MBA alum Thompson gives keynote at 2023 Lavender Grad

McGill Desautels Faculty of Management alum Tim Thompson (MBA’90) served as the keynote speaker at this year’s Lavender Grad, an event celebrating the graduation of McGill students who identify as two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, trans, queer, intersex, or non-binary.

Published: 12 Jun 2023

Desautels Global Expert Daniel Dupont uses patience to ride out market turbulence

When oil prices went negative in 2020, Daniel Dupont (BCom’01) bought in. “I didn’t need to be smart to know it would go back up,” says Dupont, Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments and a Desautels Global Expert.

Published: 1 Jun 2023

Several McGill Desautels alumni honoured at 2023 McGill Alumni Association Awards and Honours

On May 4, members of the McGill community gathered at Maison Manuvie for the 2023 McGill Alumni Association Awards and Honours, which recognize alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff who stand out for their impressive contributions and achievements in service to McGill, the MAA and in their respective communities. This year, six awards were given to members of the McGill Desautels community. A huge congratulations to all of this year’s honourees!

Published: 24 May 2023

The workplace has changed, and will continue to: Samer Saab

Leaders should spend less time worrying about people who leave, and more time celebrating those that stay, according to Samer Saab (BEng’93, MBA’96), the CEO of Explorance, a leading experience management solutions company.

In an era of talent scarcity, the balance of power between employer and employee has shifted, Saab told in an interview for Authority Magazine.

Published: 26 Jul 2022

Authenticity and allyship in the business world

Black leaders carry extra burden. Organizations often expect them to take on advocacy roles in equity, diversity and inclusion, but that should be everyone’s responsibility, argued panelists at the Desautels Faculty of Management’s Black History Month virtual event. Moderated by Lysie Salomon (BCom’17), the panel considered authenticity, leadership, and allyship in the workplace. It featured Dr.

Published: 17 Mar 2022

Celebrating accomplishments of women within the Desautels community

On International Women’s Day we highlighted some of the outstanding and accomplished women within the Desautels community, who positively impact our students through their teaching, research, guidance, or mentorship. 

Published: 10 Mar 2022

Global Experts program fosters partnerships between students and alumni

The Desautels Global Experts program connects current students with alumni experts across industries, providing valuable learning and networking opportunities to help students thrive in their academic and professional careers.

Published: 7 Mar 2022

Raising the bar for real-world learning in analytics and retail

KPI Digital entrepreneur Benny Cohen (BCom’82) shares business acumen and scholarship support with students in McGill’s Master of Management in Analytics (MMA) and Master of Management in Retail (MMR) programs.

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Published: 23 Sep 2021

Going the distance

Dan Park, BCom’03, is redefining the used car sales industry with his start-up, Clutch Canada, an e-commerce platform for buying and selling cars without the hassle and uncertainty usually associated with the process. Clutch Canada gives customers the option to shop for a car from the comfort of home and have it delivered directly to their driveway.

Published: 28 Jun 2021

Embracing the journey

Samer Saab (BEng'93, MBA'96) fled a civil war in Lebanon to pursue a degree in engineering at McGill in 1990. He realized early in his career that he was best suited to launching his own company. Since returning to his alma mater for an MBA, he has leveraged his business school experience to launch what has become one of Canada’s most desirable employers. 

Published: 8 Jun 2021

Stand for Something 

Inez Jabalpurwala (BA’89, MA’91, MBA’01) credits her years at McGill with inspiring her to take a stand for the causes she supports. As a member of the McGill Debating Union, she learned to express herself clearly and persuasively, a skill that served her well as the Global Director of VineX and former CEO of Brain Canada.

Published: 27 May 2021

COVID-19 devastating to brain health in long haul

Inez Jabalpurwala (BA’89, MA’91, MBA’01), Global director of the Viral Neuro Exploration (VINEx) initiative and the founding CEO of the Brain Canada Foundation, discusses the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on brain health. Initial research has uncovered possible links between the virus and other viral infections and neurodegenerative diseases.

Published: 12 Feb 2021

BCom alumnus voted Outstanding Individual at IJInvestor 2020 Awards

Congratulations to Desautels Global Expert Steven M. Sonnenstein (BCom’96, DPA’98) for receiving IJGlobal’s prestigious Outstanding Individual Award in honour of the role he has played in redefining digital infrastructure over the course of his career.

Published: 3 Feb 2021

BCom alumnus returns to his roots to launch investment fund

After spending the last fifteen years on Wall Street, Aaron Stern (BCom’06) is fulfilling a longtime dream to launch his own investment fund in downtown Montreal.

With ten current employees, five of whom are fellow McGill alumni, Converium Capital has already raised over US $125 million with a plan to begin investing at the beginning of April.

Published: 27 Jan 2021

EMBA alumna promoted to Senior Vice President role at Autodesk

After two decades at Autodesk, Diana Colella (EMBA’11) has risen through the ranks to become the new Senior Vice President of Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment vertical solutions group, which oversees the collection of tools that video game developers and film and television producers use for visual effects, simulations, and rendering.

Published: 13 Jan 2021


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