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Groupe Deschênes builds on glowing history of acquisitions

Since the 1980’s, Groupe Deschênes has secured 29 acquisitions to establish itself as the main Canadian distributor of plumbing, heating, electrical, water, and sewer supplies.

Building on its history, François Deschênes (EMBA’10), the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Deschênes Inc., has guided the company toward one of its most pivotal acquisitions to date - Corix Infrastructure.

Published: 15 Mar 2018

EMBA alumna on reconciliation

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, Radio-Canada featured EMBA alumna Manon Jeannotte (EMBA’ 16), Chief of Gespeg and the recipient of the EMBA program’s inaugural scholarship for indigenous managers, to discuss the path to reconciliation and her role in politics.

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Published: 15 Mar 2018

Recognizing members of the Desautels community

The Desautels Faculty of Management is delighted to recognize members of its community who have recently received awards of excellence.

Please join me in congratulating them for their continued and inspiring commitment to Desautels and McGill.

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou Dean & Professor of Finance Desautels Faculty of Management



Published: 15 Mar 2018

HIM Guest Lecture: Ian Shaffer

Ian Shaffer, BCom’96, President and CEO at Galliant Advisors Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Mr. Shaffer guest lectured with our Honours in Investment Management students. He discussed his career path since graduating from McGill and his decision to found Galliant Advisors.

He talked about his firm’s investment approach and their expertise in US stock picking. Finally he gave a few investment examples including; Wyndham Worldwide, McDonald’s and Amazon.

Published: 13 Mar 2018

Desautels Global Expert: Sarah Neilson

Sarah Neilson, MBA’04, Portfolio Manager at RBC Global Asset Management Monday, March 12th, 2018

Guest Lecture with MBA students in Modern Corporate Finance and BCom students in Corporate Finance – both with Sujata Madan

Published: 13 Mar 2018

A great milestone for Aspire Food Group

Aspire Food Group, a manufacturer of food products made from crickets co-founded by Mohammed Ashour (MBA’14), announced that it has acquired Exo, a producer of protein bars made from crickets.

According to Ashour, “There was such a great meeting of minds it very quickly evolved into Aspire acquiring Exo. The synergy and logic just make sense”.

Published: 8 Mar 2018

Former Cisco CEO sees big promise in crickets as food

The former Cisco Systems CEO, John Chambers, has emerged as a public advocate for the Aspire Food Group’s edible cricket foods.

What’s more, he has pledged to invest in the promising company founded by Desautels MBA graduate Mohammed Ashour (MBA’14). For the record, his favorite flavor is sea salt and vinegar. 

Published: 7 Mar 2018

Guest Lecture: Benny Cohen

Benny Cohen, BCom’82 , President and CEO, KPI Digital Solutions & Lewise Hiltz, Head of Digital Marketing at KPI Digital Solutions Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Guest Lectures in Customer Insights (MRKT 657) with Prof. Ash Mukherjee

Published: 6 Mar 2018

Guest Lecture: Roberto Sbrugnera

Roberto Sbrugnera, EMBA’10,...
Published: 6 Mar 2018

Desautels Global Expert: Steven Kramer

Steven Kramer, BCom’97, President & Chief Executive Officer of WorkJam Thursday, March 1, 2018

Guest Lectures in Technological Entrepreneurship with Prof. Michael Avedesian

Published: 6 Mar 2018

Desautels Global Expert: Kory Williams

Kory Williams, MBA'04, Principal, K Williams Consulting Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mr. Williams guest lectured in two sections of Strategic Management (MGCR 423) with Prof. Kwangjun An. He discussed the real life applications of strategy and provided several case examples.

Published: 6 Mar 2018

Perspectives from IMHL alumna on her quest for Olympic gold

In a blog post for Radio Canada, Sylvie Bernier (IMHL’11) comments on her journey to achieving Olympic gold, which was at once exhilarating and rewarding as it was all-consuming and distressing. Along the way, she shares what life has been like after the Olympics and how it has changed.

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Published: 2 Mar 2018

Azimut appoints Desautels alumna as director

Azimut Exploration Inc. has appointed Angelina Mehta (MBA’02) as its new company director, effective February 27, 2018.

In addition to an MBA, Mehta holds a degree in mining engineering and is also pursuing a Masters of Law at York University. She has previously worked as an investment manager at The Sentient Group and has gained both technical and corporate experience with Rio Tinto's subsidiary, Iron Ore Company of Canada.

Published: 2 Mar 2018

Retail is not on its last breath, but alive and well

Despite popular misconceptions that the retail industry is in cataclysmic decline, Executive Director of the Bensadoun Retail Initiative, Charles De Brabant (BCom'83), sheds light on why this could not be further from the truth.

Retail, as he explains, is in the midst of transformation, not on the brink of demise.

Published: 27 Feb 2018

Let’s talk empowering women in the workplace

More than 400 participants attended this year’s Conférence L'ACT in Montreal, which explored what organizations can do to provide women with greater opportunities in the workplace.

Among the presenters was Louise Richer (EMBA’16), Executive Director and Founder of the National School of Humour.

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Published: 23 Feb 2018