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Desautels alumnus named to board at Quebec mining company

Terry Kocisko (BCom’87) has been appointed to the audit committee and Board of Directors of Quebec-based mining company Yorbeau Resources. He comes to the job with three decades-plus of experience under his belt, as well as a degree in Accounting and Finance from Desautels. Yorbeau is a gold mining company that operates in Quebec and is currently concentrating on its Rouyn Property, which is 4 km south of Rouyn-Noranda in the Abitibi region....

Published: 7 Sep 2017

Montreal and McGill named on Business Insider top-50 list

Business insider has published a list of the cities with the world’s top-50 universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Included on the list are Montreal and McGill University, thanks to Montreal’s quality of life, the Underground City, the festivals, the Biodome, the botanical garden and various other niceties....

Published: 7 Sep 2017

McGill among Canadian schools maintaining their places in the university rankings

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are out for this year, and McGill maintains its place as number 42 in the world. McGill is one of only three Canadian schools in the top 50 and six in the top 200....

Published: 7 Sep 2017

Facebook, Google and spending those advertising dollars

In a piece for Martech Today, Desautels Global Expert James Green (BMus'86) writes that, though the US advertising industry is growing, the fact is that Google and Facebook are raking in the numbers while smaller firms aren’t doing nearly as well. There is also a marked downward slope in TV advertising, while the numbers for digital are on the rise.

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Published: 6 Sep 2017

James Green on being fired by Steve Jobs, an expiring visa and building back to success

Magnetic CEO and Desautels Global Expert James Green (BMus'86) has a remarkable resume by any measure, but his story is even more impressive: he worked at Disney for almost a decade before becoming a VP at Pixar, which is where he hit a snag.

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Published: 6 Sep 2017

Wisdom, comfort zones and Henry Mintzberg

A recent piece in India’s Free Press Journal delves into wisdom and the six parameters listed in the ancient Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata. The parameters include listening intently and gaining a full understanding of something before jumping into action, being able to hold forth on seminal books, having a quick mind and so on. Loyalty is also listed as a big factor, as is openness to change.

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Published: 6 Sep 2017

Desautels alumnus interviewed about his new job as CEO of Soho Square

Sumanto Chattopdhyay (MBA’90) recently sat down with Impact to discuss his new job as Chairman and CEO of Indian marketing powerhouse Soho Square. The former Ogilvy & Mather Creative Director has only been at the job for a month, but he has already taken steps to set the tone in terms of the corporate culture and the corporate vision.

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Published: 5 Sep 2017

Desautels professor on cultural sensitivity and western managers working in China

A piece at CNBM.net.cn quotes Desautels Professor Saibal Ray on how foreign workers in China can work smoothly with their Chinese counterparts. 

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Published: 5 Sep 2017

Under-20 cross-country champ, star student from Bermuda starts at Desautels

Brianna Mendes (BCom’20) is no ordinary student. The Bermuda High School graduate comes to Desautels with the kind of academic background that most of us can only dream of: She received the Doris Trott Butterfield Scholarship, which awards those with the highest attainable GPA, as well as the Dudley and Deborah Butterfield Scholarship, which brings high-performing Bermudan students to study at McGill.

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Published: 5 Sep 2017

From dropout to airline mogul: how Wow Air’s CEO made his own success

Desautels Professor Karl Moore writes in the Calgary Herald that Icelandic businessman Skúli Morgensen’s low-cost carrier Wow Air is only the latest company that he has founded since he started his first business while he was still a student.

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Published: 5 Sep 2017

List of stars with surprising degrees includes Desautels alumnus

Quebec celebrity news site envedette.ca recently posted a list of stars who hold degrees that have nothing to do with show business.  Some of the stars are pure over-achievers (James Franco has BA in English from UCLA, a doctorate from Yale, and has done arts and writing studies at NYU and Columbia), while others are head-scratchers (Brad Pitt quit journalism school two weeks before graduation to become an actor).

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Published: 1 Sep 2017

Bombardier’s past haunts it as NYC blocks it from bidding on new subway cars

According to a story in the Montreal Gazette, Bombardier has been frozen out of a bidding process to build up to 1,695 new subway cars for the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority due to cost overruns and late delivery on an earlier MTA contract. The beleaguered company’s early performance on a contract for Toronto’s new streetcars was similarly poor, though Bombardier says that it has been meeting deadlines for the past year.

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Published: 1 Sep 2017

Desautels alumnus appointed chair of McGill Board of Governors

Ram Panda (MEng’71, MBA’77) is the new chair of the McGill University Board of Governors. He came to Canada from his native India in 1968 to study electrical engineering at McGill, and never left. In 1978, he co-founded metal-industry software maker Invera Inc., which rapidly became a major player in its market.

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Published: 1 Sep 2017

Karl Moore on Air Transat: the company needs to learn from its mistakes

Desautels Professor Karl Moore recently appeared on BNN to discuss the hearings into the stranding of two Air Transat flights in Ottawa last month.

During the discussion, Prof. Moore brought up several points, but ultimately said that Air Transat needs to show that it has learned from the event.

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Published: 1 Sep 2017

McGill-Concordia Solar Decathlon team gets $250,000 boost from Hydro-Quebec

TeamMTL, the joint McGill-Concordia team developing the Deep Performance Dwelling for the Solar Decathlon China, has just received $250,000 from Hydro-Quebec to help the team get to the competition in 2018. The money will be used to finish construction of the team’s entry, which is a row-house designed to be net-zero energy and sustainably built, yet affordable and comfortable to live in....

Published: 29 Aug 2017

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