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Aspire Food Group is making pet food more sustainable with insect protein

Insects have always been part of the diet of cats and dogs – but they haven’t always been a part of the pet foods that we feed them. That’s changing, and a company with McGill roots is helping drive a transformation in the industry. Aspire Food Group cultivates crickets to produce high-quality protein with a low environmental footprint.

Published: 16 Sep 2022

Montreal’s new professional women’s hockey team will feature Desautels alum Ann-Sophie Bettez

Montreal is getting a new team in the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF), a professional women’s hockey league – and it will have Desautels representation. Ann-Sophie Bettez (BCom’11) is a forward for the team, and was the 2011-12 CIS Player of the Year. The Montreal Force will be playing its home games across Quebec this year, and Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City, Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup, Saint-Jerome, and Sept-Iles are all possible host cities.

Published: 7 Sep 2022

Betty Zoller launches Aviva, a maker of plant-based, nut-free cheese alternatives

Animal welfare and a desire to reduce carbon emissions inspired Betty Zoller (MBA’15) to adopt a vegetarian diet. But when Zoller was looking for a nut-free cheese alternative, there weren’t any options. Many plant-based cheese alternatives are made using a base of cashew nuts or coconut oil, and seeing a gap in the available options, Zoller founded Aviva.

Published: 11 Aug 2022

McGill-HEC Montréal EMBAs make Poets&Quants 2022 Best & Brightest Executive MBA list

The influential business school news site Poets&Quants has named McGill-HEC Montréal EMBAs Jean-Pierre Michael and Carlos Andrade to its 2022 Best & Brightest Executive MBA list.

Published: 2 Aug 2022

The workplace has changed, and will continue to: Samer Saab

Leaders should spend less time worrying about people who leave, and more time celebrating those that stay, according to Samer Saab (BEng’93, MBA’96), the CEO of Explorance, a leading experience management solutions company.

In an era of talent scarcity, the balance of power between employer and employee has shifted, Saab told Medium.com in an interview for Authority Magazine.

Published: 26 Jul 2022

Chafik Hamad establishes RAFAH bursary to honour his mother’s memory by helping students who face systemic barriers

McGill celebrated its bicentennial in 2021, and as the university community began looking toward the next hundred years, it launched the Third Century Challenge Fund. Created by Chancellor Emeritus Michael Meighen, it encourages others to give by matching funds. Forty-eight new scholarships and bursaries have been created since the launch of the fund in 2019, and Chafik Hamad (MBA’15) is one of the donors who took up the call.

Published: 25 Jul 2022

BCom graduate recognized by PRME as Global Students Regional Leader in North America

Congratulations to Alice Félix da Silva (BCom’22) on being recognized by Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the United Nations' largest initiative to advance responsible management education in the world, for her outstanding contributions while representing McGill Desautels as the 2021/22 PRME Global Students (PGS) Regional Leader in North America!

Published: 25 Jul 2022

From Olympian to CEO, Craig Buntin shares his journey with McGill’s entrepreneurship community

Craig Buntin (MBA’13) represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, but during the lead-in to the 2010 Games in Vancouver, the pairs figure skater sustained torn ligaments in his shoulder that would prevent him from competing on home ice. It was a setback, but he ably pivoted toward the next chapter.

Published: 22 Jul 2022

Forbes names Desautels’ 2022 Valedictorian one of top 11 purposeful women leaders positively impacting the world

Théadora Sauvé (BCom’22) believes that the power of the Law can be a powerful tool in making peace. The 2022 Valedictorian has plans to study Law at McGill, and was recently named one of 11 purposeful women leaders who are positively impacting the world. Sauvé has taken on a leadership role with Million Peacemakers, a youth initiative that seeks to co-create a culture of peace.

Published: 28 Jun 2022

Spotlight on EMBA Scholarship for Managers of Indigenous Origin recipients

Kimberly Quinn (BA’99, BA’01, EMBA’21) was on the lookout for new opportunities to learn when she came across the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive program, which stood out for its bilingual structure and its Scholarship for Managers of Indigenous Origin.

Published: 28 Jun 2022

Louis Morissette’s career combines business training with comedic instincts

When Louis Morissette (BCom’95) was studying at Desautels, he was also performing in comedy shows. And when he went to the École Nationale de l’humour, he found himself wondering what the business plan for comedy could be.

In the years since then, he’s figured it out. Morissette is the co-founder and President of the production company KOTV and has been an actor and producer for television and film.

Published: 16 Jun 2022

Ann-Sophie Bettez inducted into McGill Sports Hall of Fame

The McGill Sports Hall of Fame is honouring Desautels graduate Ann-Sophie Bettez (BCom '11) as part of its Class of 2022. Bettez’s induction follows a decorated university hockey career in which she was named the CIS rookie of the year as a first-year student, and Canadian university hockey player of the year as a senior. That same year, Bettez was also McGill's top female athlete and won the BLG Award as Canada’s top female student-athlete.

Published: 16 Jun 2022

After more than forty years with the IOC, Dick Pound is retiring

While he was still a law student, Dick Pound (BCom’62, BCL’67) competed in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. But that was only the beginning of the Desautels alumnus’ decades-long involvement in the Olympic movement. Pound was elected to the International Olympic Committee in 1978, and is now its longest-serving member.

Published: 16 Jun 2022

Liette Vigneault honoured with Women in Communications and Technology Leader Award

Women in Communications and Technology celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala event that recognized the contributions of leaders who have championed women in Canada’s innovation industries. Among those honoured at the event was Liette Vigneault (EMBA’18), who received the WCT Leader award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to the organization.

Published: 16 Jun 2022

Serge Postigo stars in the Paris adaptation of Mel Brooks’ award-winning musical The Producers

When The Producers launched on Broadway in 2001, it took home the Tony Award for Best Musical. Its French adaptation repeated the feat at this year’s Molière awards, which recognize achievement in live French theatre. In Les Producteurs, Serge Postigo (EMBA’15) plays the lead role of Max Bialystock, a theatrical producer who seeks to get rich by convincing investors to back a play that’s all but certain to flop – only to find himself with an unexpected hit on hands.

Published: 16 Jun 2022

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