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E-commerce booms during pandemic

Since its launch in 2016, EMERGE Commerce has risen to become a leader in direct-to-consumer e-commerce brands. Professor Karl Moore recently spoke with EMERGE Commerce founder and CEO Ghassan Halazon (BCom’06) to unpack the evolving relationship between consumers and the internet during the pandemic.

Published: 4 Mar 2021

IMPM alumnus proves there’s no wrong age to go back to school

With nearly 15 years of professional consulting experience under his belt, Rick Heinick (IMPM’09) decided to return to the classroom in 2009 to earn a master’s degree. After graduating from McGill at age 44, he founded the Boston-based pharmaceutical company Tear Clear, where he still serves on the Board of Directors. While Heinick believes that there is no wrong age to earn a graduate degree, he views prior experience as a major asset, not a liability.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

BCom alumnus pays it forward

After receiving substantial financial support to complete his BCom degree at Desautels, Pierre LeBrun (BCom’72) has been paying it forward for over five decades. From the time he joined RBC as summer student in 1965 to his retirement from a Senior VP position in 2000, he has steadfastly worked to give students the same opportunity he received.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

EMBA graduates excel at international public speaking competition

Two McGill graduates have reached the divisional championship of the Toastmasters International, a speech evaluation competition created in 1924 to promote public speaking and leadership skills internationally. Jean-Francois Bertrand (EMBA’14) captured first place in the discourse of assessment in French, while Michael Rodrigues (EMBA’20) won the English speech assessment.

Published: 26 Feb 2021

EMBA alumnus explores impact of humour in the workplace

Catherine Patry (EMBA’20) sits down with Quebec Reveille to discuss her final paper at Desautels, which examines the relationship between humour and women leaders in business.

In “Humor, a coat of epoxy on the glass ceiling,” Patry studies seventeen women leaders across industries and concludes that managerial humour remains gendered.

Published: 22 Feb 2021

BCom alumnus releases financial guidebook

Doug Allan (BCom’08) is on a mission to teach people financial tips and tricks they probably didn’t learn in high school. The Desautels alumnus recently released “A Fighting Chance: The High School Finance Education Everyone Deserves,” a 10-chapter guidebook that encourages readers to study financial literacy early in life.

Published: 12 Feb 2021

BCom alumnus joins Chief Outsiders executive team

Mike Rosenberg (BCom’89) recently joined Chief Outsiders’ team of digital marketing executives. A recognized customer acquisition leader with expertise in business development, Rosenberg brings a wealth of digital transformation experience to the table. Chief Outsiders operates as an “Executives-as-a-Service” firm as it facilitates operations for a group of 80 Chief Marketing Operators across the U.S.

Published: 12 Feb 2021

MBA alumnus begins new adventure at La Maison Simons

One of the oldest companies in Canada will soon be getting new blood as Mike Ross (MBA’11) takes the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Published: 12 Feb 2021

Online education app raises $3M under leadership of BCom alumnus

Cyrus Moradian (BCom’12) co-founded educational platform Wize in 2017 with the goal of empowering students across North America to reach their full potential. Nearly four years later, Moradian has led his company to raise US $3 million in funding from investors. Wize will use the investment to develop new course-specific tutorials and tutoring resources for all grade levels, as well as MCAT and LSAT test preparation.

Published: 5 Feb 2021

MBA alumnus becomes president-international of Delta Air Lines at historic time for aviation industry

Following a five-year term as Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier Inc., Alain Bellemare (MBA’93) was recently named the president-international of Delta Air Lines. With a successful track record of leadership in the aerospace industry, Bellemare will work to improve the global reputation and financial stability of Delta, the world’s top airline in revenue, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 5 Feb 2021

Stanley Cup Champion Mathieu Darche joins McGill Athletics podcast

In the first episode of “Alma Matters,” a new podcast from McGill’s Athletics and Recreation department, Mathieu Darche (BCom’00) shares the story of his journey from McGill to a Stanley Cup.

Darche dominated collegiate hockey before becoming the 10th Redbird to represent his alma mater in the NHL. After taking home a Stanley Cup ring, Darche looks back at the ways his McGill education set him up for success.

Published: 5 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

Analyzing the cutting edge of business methods to create future managers

McGill’s MBA program leverages program flexibility, practical skills training, and experiential learning to prepare students to join leading companies and start their own. Daniel Franco (MBA’19) earned his degree after emigrating to Canada from Peru. After graduation, he co-founded Turbodega, a successful startup that digitizes the supply chain of bodegas in Latin America.

Published: 27 Jan 2021

BCom alumnus joins RF Capital’s Board of Directors

Nathalie Bernier (BCom’86) was recently appointed to join the Board of Directors of RF Capital Group Inc. She brings nearly 30 years of experience as an Audit and Advisory Partner at Andersen and KPMG to her new role. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, Strategic and Business Planning and Chief Financial Officer for The Public Sector Pension Investment Board.

Published: 27 Jan 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

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