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Sean McNally crowned valedictorian at Desautels

Congratulations to Sean McNally (BCom’21), this year’s valedictorian at the Desautels Faculty of Management, for his academic achievements and contributions to the Desautels community. As McNally moves on to a management role at Oliver Wyman in Montreal, he reflects on his time at Desautels and his intention to continue cultivating personal and communal growth in every stage of his career.

Published: 17 Jun 2021

Moving the ball forward

Claude Généreux (BEng’85) and his wife, Myriam Legault (BEd’85), announced a donation of $1 million to the McGill Athletics and Recreation. Their gift will support student athletes, both in and out of the stadium, by providing scholarships, funding community service opportunities.

Published: 10 Jun 2021

Advancing financial markets across the globe

Seven years ago, Olivier Babin (BCom’18) won the Bourstadt Stock Market Simulation. Now, at age 25, he has his sights set on launching his own startup in the financial technology sector while continuing to build Mkono, a non-profit he co-founded to provide microcredit without interest to entrepreneurs in Kenya.

Published: 10 Jun 2021

From the corporate office to live television 

Right out of university, Dick Irvin (BCom’53) enjoyed a stable career in Montreal’s finance sector.

Published: 8 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

Building the right foundation

After graduating from McGill, Michael Pesner (BCom’63) took over his father’s accounting and insolvency practice before joining a KPMG predecessor firm as a chairman and managing partner. Over the next 26 years, he navigated challenges in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and insolvency so adeptly that he was invited to serve on the KPMG board of directors.

Published: 3 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

EMBA alumnus leads Longueuil police department to receive top municipal honours  

Under the directorship of Fady Dagher (EMBA’12), the police department for the urban agglomeration of Longueil (SPAL), along with the City of Longueuil, recently received a top municipal prize from the Union Des Municipalités Du Québec (UMQ).

Published: 27 May 2021

BCom alumnus publishes first novel

Daniel Aleman (BCom’16) landed a role at a marketing services firm immediately after earning his degree at the Desautels Faculty of Management, but it wasn’t long before he pursued a different calling as a full-time author. Now, as he promotes his first novel, he expresses gratitude for the marketing and communications skills he honed as a BCom student.

Published: 27 May 2021

Announcing the 2021 Lionel Pelham Kent Scholarship recipients

Congratulations to Laurent Brière-Dulude (BCom'20), Paige Doyle (BCom'20), François-Xavier Lord (BCom'20), David Masella (BCom'20), Étienne Poulin-Leblanc (BCom'20) and Sara Shin (BCom'20) who were awarded the Lionel Pelham Kent Scholarship by the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA)

Published: 26 May 2021

Desautels alumna becomes President & CEO of Knight Therapeutics Inc.  

Congratulations to Samira Sakhia (BCom’90, DPA’94, MBA’01), who will take on a new challenge as President and Chief Executive Officer of Knight Therapeutics Inc., a Montreal-based company focused on acquiring or in-licensing and commercializing innovative pharmaceutical products for Canada and Latin America.

Published: 21 May 2021

BCom alumna makes Women in Fintech Powerlist 2020

Congratulations to Laviva Mazhar (BCom’15), who made the Innovate Finance’s 2020 global Women in Fintech Powerlist in the investor category. For the past six years, the Powerlist has highlighted female talent with the growing FinTech sector. As an investment associate at Luge Capital, a FinTech-focused venture capital firm, Mazhar sources and evaluates investment opportunities and supports portfolio companies.

Published: 13 May 2021

MBA alumnus wins prestigious Prix Hommage

Congratulations to Claude Mongeau (MBA’88), who received this year’s Prix Hommage Les As de la finance at an annual ceremony hosted by the Quebec Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) Canada. Mongeau joins nearly 100 other notable leaders in Quebec finance who have received an award since the event began in 2011. He has served as a Chief Financial Officer for 100 years and President and CEO for six years with CN.

Published: 13 May 2021

Former president of Doctors Without Borders joins School of Population and Global Health

Joanne Liu (MDCM’91, IMHL’14, DSc’16) brings decades of experience as a pediatric emergency room physician and former international president of Doctors Without Borders to McGill’s School of Population and Global Health. In her new role as a professor, she will focus on pandemic and health emergencies.

Published: 13 May 2021

Welcoming a new cohort of GCPA students

The second week of May marks the start of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting program (GCPA) for an incoming cohort of 49 students. This year’s cohort consists of 43 of McGill University’s very own Bachelor of Commerce graduates, with the remaining students coming from other Canadian universities.

Published: 7 May 2021


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