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Making strides to integrate immigrants into the workplace

Montreal attracts around three-quarters of immigrants to Quebec, but many new arrivals have a hard time finding work due to institutional barriers. Frantz Saintellemy (EMBA'20), President of Groupe 3737, is part of a new city-wide initiative determined to improve this reality.

For Saintellemy, integrating new arrivals into the workforce is not just an economic matter, it’s also a question of dignity.

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Published: 20 Feb 2019

Why big law firms are failing at retaining millennials

Joint Law-MBA graduate Aly Haji (BCL/LLB’18, MBA’18) shares his take on why the traditional values and incentives that underpin operations in major law firms do not appeal as strongly to millennial lawyers.

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Published: 20 Feb 2019

Why love blossoms in business school

On this Valentine’s Day, hear from a roster of happy couples, including Andrew Maxwell and Helen Leighton (MBA’81), as they share how their love stories blossomed during their MBA studies.

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Published: 14 Feb 2019

Catapulting startups with a cultural mission

La Piscine is the first organization in Quebec dedicated to growing a startup ecosystem around creative and cultural innovation.

Philippe-Aubert Messier (EMBA’13) of Apollo Music Store comments on the value it has brought to his music platform company.

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Published: 11 Feb 2019

Reflecting on DMAA 2019

Members of the Desautels community came together on February 1, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel to celebrate this year’s recipients of the Desautels Management Achievement Awards (DMAA).

This year’s recipients included:

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Published: 8 Feb 2019

Blakes hires MBA alumnus

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has appointed Hubert T. Lacroix (BCL’76, MBA’81), former president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, as its strategic counsel.

Lacroix will take on the new role of strategic counsel and will assist clients with the development of business strategies, governance, long-term planning and major deals.

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Published: 5 Feb 2019

Spreading the power of financial know-how

Leaders of the youth financial literacy program PennyDrops, Victoire Gekas (BCom’18) and Antoine Francoeur (BCom’18), join Salut Bonjour to share the strides they are making with their new French program, Jeunesse Enrichie.

Skip ahead to 1:09:00 to watch.

Published: 1 Feb 2019

PSP Investments: Powerful networks and opportunities

Viktoria Machanova (BCom’99) joined PSP Investments in 2008 as a private-equity analyst and has since moved up to manager of private equity.

She sits down with the Montreal Gazette to shed light on her life working for one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers.

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Published: 1 Feb 2019

A step toward saving the vulnerable

Longueuil Police Chief Fady Dagher (EMBA’12) has announced the creation of a new intervention and support team for young people who have been or are at risk of being recruited into the sex trade.

Backed by $852,102 over the next five years from the federal government's crime prevention action fund, the team will target victims of sexual exploitation aged 17 and up.

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Published: 28 Jan 2019

Maximizing your next business trip

Roohi Saeed (MBA’06), Head of Communications at Autodesk, is no stranger to travelling for business.

In a recent blog post, she shares her top five tips for making the most of your next business trip.

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Published: 28 Jan 2019

Talking fashion with BCom alumna

With the launch of her latest Spring collection, Toronto-born designer Tanya Taylor (BCom’07) talks about her inspirations and future brand directions.

Taylor's collections are inspired by her travels and feature a colorful spectrum of fabrics. Color is often mixed with another favorite: bold prints, which first begin as a hand-painting.

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Published: 25 Jan 2019

Recapping the Inaugural MMF New York Trip

In November 2018, students enrolled in the Masters of Management in Finance (MMF) program travelled to New York City to witness firsthand how today’s financial sector operates in a booming metropolis.

Over the span of two days and thanks to McGill’s extensive alumni network, students met with 12 distinct financial organizations that operate across a variety of areas, such as asset management, real estate, risk management, and private equity.

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Published: 25 Jan 2019

Ready, set, eat! MBA alumna’s bakery is talk of town

Founded by Dara Gallinger (MBA’15), brodflour is the newest addition to Toronto’s bakery scene and sets itself apart by milling 100% of its own flour, which enhances the taste and nutritional value.

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Published: 23 Jan 2019

Canada welcomes MBA students with open arms

Leading American business schools – traditionally the crème de la crème of MBA education - are seeing a drop in applicants in favor of other markets, particularly Canada.

Adam Halpert (MBA’10), Associate Director of MBA Career Services at Desautels explains what might be drawing applicants north of the border.

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Published: 21 Jan 2019

Perspectives on the IMPM from a hotel VP

IMPM graduate Sharon Cohen, Vice President, Fairmont Brand Management, AccorHotels shares how the program shifted her focus on management and the tools that she continues to use in her current role.

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Published: 16 Jan 2019

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