Frédéric Perron (BCom’97) leads Conego Connexion with an ear to the ground. At a recent virtual business conference organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Trois-Rivières, he shared his journey from call center agent to president of a major Canadian telecommunications company and reflected on the key features of successful leadership.
Eric Waterman (MBA’04) was recently named Vice-President for Agribusiness at Inno-center, a Montreal-based consulting firm. Waterman brings more than 20 years of experience in operational marketing roles at companies like L'Oréal, Maison Le Grand, and Ernst & Young to the challenge of supporting the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises in Quebec’s agri-food sector.
Led by Managing Director Indu Krishnamurthy (EMBA’15), Microcredit Montréal has loaned $5.8 million to 9,500 entrepreneurs from economically disadvantaged backgrounds since its inception. Now, with nearly $500,000 in funding from the City of Montreal, along with the Saputo Foundation, the organization is poised to contribute vital support for entrepreneurs who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
Congratulations to Diane Gauvin (BCom'93, MBA’96) on her appointment to a five-year term as Director General of Dawson College. With 23 years of leadership experience at Dawson College under her belt, she is well-positioned to lead the institution through the challenges of COVID-19 and build a strong foundation for the future.
Frantz Saintellemy (EMBA’20) has made a career out of building microprocessors that make autonomous vehicles possible. Now his company, LeddarTech, has been named one of the five future Canadian unicorns as it provides a critical component for vehicle designs.
Professor Karl Moore and Wáhiakatste Diome-Deer sit down with Monica Ille (EMBA’20) to learn about her transformational 25-year career in the media industry. Ille, a member of the Abenaki First Nation of Odanak in Quebec, actively promotes greater recognition of indigenous communities in Canadian society through her role as chief executive officer of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
Master of Management in Finance (MMF) students at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management flock to Canada from 30 countries around the globe. Recently ranked the top program in Canada and 17th globally in the QS Masters in Finance Rankings 2021, the MMF program is recognized for its diversity, alumni outcomes, employability and value for money.
In his regular Forbes column, Professor Karl Moore profiles Inez Jabalpurwala (BA’89, MA’91, MBA’01), global director of the Viral Neuro Exploration, known as “VINEx,” a private initiative that studies the ways in which viruses affect the central nervous system.
Desautels alumni Jonnie Lawson (BCom’19) and Tristan Zeman (BCom’17) are hard at work to make sustainable, year-round produce accessible to Canadians through indoor vertical farms. Over the summer, their innovative hydroponic growing system won first place at the annual McGill Dobson Cup start-up competition. As they expand into a larger growing facility in Montreal, they’re not slowing down anytime soon.
Marie-Hélène Nolet (BCom’94) brings more than 25 years of expertise in business governance, venture capital investment, and mergers and acquisitions to her new role as Chief Operating Office of Desjardins Capital. As Quebec’s small- and medium-sized enterprises struggle to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nolet will play a leading role in promoting and supporting their long-term growth.
Canadian entrepreneur Stéphane Beaulieu (MBA’19) recently opened the eco-friendly Yuzkyu Resort near Mount Daigenta in Yuzawa, Japan. Beaulieu’s brainchild capitalizes on the surging popularity of “glamping” by offering visitors the choice of geodesic dome tents, a larger luxury lodge, and an open space for setting up tents near the pristine rivers and lakes of the region.
Students, colleagues, friends and family of the late Professor Richard Donovan have paid tribute to his legacy with the new Richard Donovan Graduating Prize in Case Excellence at McGill University. Veteran MMICC judge George Attar (BCom’82) and BCom alumna Shonezi Noor (BCom’14) reflect on the legacy of an inspiring colleague and professor.
Mohammed Mohammedi (IMHL’19) has spent the past 25 years fighting to eradicate polio and other deadly diseases in the developing world. Now, as he confronts the complex challenge of eradicating polio in Afghanistan with his team at UNICEF, Mohammedi credits the IMHL program for honing his ability to lead in crisis situations.
With José Chagnon (EMBA’11) at the helm, Quebec-based manufacturer Plasticase has reimagined its operations to meet the rising demand for medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With multiple Olympic medals, World Championships, and World Cup titles to her name, mogul champion Jennifer Heil (BCom’13) is currently spearheading a new effort to support elite Canadian athletes. Heil received the 2020 Young Alumni Achievement Award at the Desautels Management Achievement Awards.