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EMBA alumnus on her journey to the top of the PR world

As the general manager at Edelman Montréal, Eve Laurier (EMBA'11) recently sat down to share some insights into building a successful career in the PR world. She credits her MBA studies with helping her to attain the focus needed to take her career further, and her father as a major source of motivation.

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

Desautels makes mark at Unleash 2017

In response to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward by the United Nations, Unleash 2017 assembled youth from across all continents to Denmark for ten days of untethered ideation to help resolve some of the world’s most persistent issues.

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

In the midst of change comes reassurance for SFL

As with any major organisation, reassessing the services offered in relation to market demand and future directions is key to remaining competitive and relevant.

According to Michael Rogers (EMBA’17), Vice President Business Development, Insurance Solutions at Desjardins, this will be the scope of the proposed restructuring at SFL. He also maintains that SFL will not be absorbed under Desjardins as the restructuring evolves. 

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

The next frontier for the Business of Fashion? Podcasts.

Podcasts have become an integral part of people’s daily media browsing, and the Business of Fashion’s Founder and Editor-in Chief, Imran Amed (BCom'97), is set to expand into this influential platform.

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Published: 11 Oct 2017

Well Told Health aims to shake-up supplements industry

Desautels alumna and Global Expert, Monica Ruffo (BCom’86), has launched Well Told Health to respond to an alarming gap in the market for organic supplements that are made without any synthetic ingredients.

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Published: 5 Oct 2017

A call for greener practices in the fashion world

In the age of technology with growing emphasis on sustainable living, many in the fashion world, including Desautels Global Expert, Imran Amed (BCom'97), have questioned the continued prevalence of paper fashion show invitations.

It turns out that wastage permeates every facet of the fashion industry, from excessive fabric waste spurred by fast fashion, to unsustainable product packing.

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Published: 4 Oct 2017

Are crickets the meal staple of the future?

Mohammed Ashour (MBA'14), co-founder of Aspire Food Group, received the Highly Commended Award at FoodBytes, a startup competition that supports innovative ideas in food and agriculture. The Aspire Group transforms crickets into high-protein powder and snacks, and are looking to expand their market into the U.S., where the aversion to insects as food seems to prevail.

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Published: 2 Oct 2017

Ben Plomion talks startups, skateboards, and Donald Trump

­­­­­­­­­­For French native Ben Plomion (MBA’07), his early teenage years consisted of skateboards, Nirvana, and an unshakable dream of relocating to the U.S. After completing his studies in Canada, he made his dreams a reality by securing work at General Electric in New York.

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

Desautels alumna appointed CFO at Loop Industries

D. Jennifer Rhee (BCom’88, DPA’89) has been named Chief Financial Officer at Loop Industries, a manufacturer of environmentally responsible Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) and Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG). Ms. Rhee has over 25 years of finance, accounting, international tax and management experience, having worked, most recently, as a partner with Richter LLP since January 2007.

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

LIMRA names Desautels alumnus to list of financial innovators

LIMRA has released its 2017 Rising Stars of Innovation under 40 list and Jean-Michel Lavoie (MBA’09), Assistant Vice President, Product Development, Group Benefits at Sun Life Financial has made the final cut.

The list recognises individuals across many areas of the financial services who are using an innovative approach to their business practice and day-to-day activities.

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

Alibaba and future directions of retail

Alibaba hosted its Gateway’17 conference, which brought together an array of forward-looking retailers, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who commented on the healthy trade relationship between Canada and China.

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

Desautels alumnus and Global Expert makes Queen’s New Year’s Honours list

Imran Amed (BCom'97) has been named to the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his contributions as CEO of The Business of Fashion, an online news site for the fashion industry. The list recognises people in the UK who have made significant contributions to society.

Founded in 2007, The Business of Fashion has since become one of the leading sources of news for the fashion world.

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Published: 29 Sep 2017

Desautels Global Expert Monica Ruffo takes aim at the supplements market

While looking into supplements as part of her treatment for breast cancer, Monica Ruffo (BCom’86) realized something was amiss. “I couldn’t actually understand what was written on the labels,” Ruffo says. Further research uncovered a lack of legal framework surrounding the use of the word “natural” in Canada and the U.S., and that most supplements labelled so are hardly natural at all....

Published: 26 Sep 2017

Desautels alumnus named to the board of Teekay Offshore Group

David Levenson (BCom'96) has been nominated to the Board of Teekay Offshore Group as news of a completed comprehensive transaction with Brookfield Business Partners L.P. is also shared.

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Published: 26 Sep 2017

Desautels alumna and former Ericsson exec joins Verizon as CSO

Light Reading reports that after leaving her position as Head of Ericsson North America, Rima Qureshi (BCom’87, MBA’96) has been hired as Verizon’s new Chief Strategy Officer. She will be working for CEO Lowell McAdam.

Qureshi has a deep understanding of the issues involved with running a successful tech company in today’s network-heavy reality: she started at Ericsson as a system analyst in 1993, before moving up through the ranks.

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Published: 20 Sep 2017

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