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Aldo Bensadoun and the company he turned into a big-league player

Aldo Bensadoun (BCom’64) founded Aldo Shoes as a Le Château exclusive in 1972, then opened the first standalone ALDO store in 1987. Today, the ALDO Group is a major player in the shoe field, with locations in 95 countries. Throughout, Mr. Bensadoun has maintained an interest in corporate culture as an engine for doing good....

Published: 8 Aug 2017

To realise your potential, be fully engaged.

A piece in Forbes co-authored by Desautels professor Karl Moore and Sandoz executive Vincenzo Ciampi (BCom’94) says that it takes a sense of purpose to realise one’s career potential.

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Published: 8 Aug 2017

After DavidsTea, Desautels alumnus goes for something new

According to a recent piece in the Ottawa Business Journal, David Segal (BCom’04) knocked one out of the park with DavidsTea, and he bets he can do it again with salad. His new venture, Mad Radish, brings premium salad to the fast-food scene, where Canadians currently spend $24 billion per year. There’s a growing hunger for healthier choices, which is why big-calorie chains like McDonald’s have started adding salads to their menus, but Mr....

Published: 7 Aug 2017

Desautels alumnus and amateur sailor hits the high seas to make history

Clipper Round the World is an epic endurance event, a race that crosses 40,000 nautical miles and hits six continents. It’s unique in that there is no requirement to have ever stepped on a boat to crew one of the twelve 70-foot yachts. Simon DuBois (BCom’10) is on a mission to be the first Quebecer to complete a round-the-world yacht race. The last attempt by a Quebecer was when solo racer Gerry Roufs disappeared in 1997 while racing in the Vendée Globe....

Published: 2 Aug 2017

A Desautels alumnus steps towards international stardom

Geoffroy Sauvé (BCom'10) built on his 2014 stint on Quebec’s La Voix music competition show to make music his full-time job and land a record contract. But he’s not exactly a newcomer: Geoffroy worked on the music scene’s business side for a decade, and still hires composers for advertising and film work....

Published: 2 Aug 2017

How interviewing CEOs informed Adam Bryant’s views on leadership

According to a Financial Post article by Desautels professor Karl Moore and BCom undergrad Sara Avramovic, New York Times journalist Adam Bryant has spent the past eight years interviewing some of the world’s biggest-name CEOs for his column, Corner Office.

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Published: 26 Jul 2017

McGill business grad was head of Birks for four decades

George Drummond Birks (BCom‘40) was practically destined to go into the jewellery business. Born into a family of silversmiths, he eschewed an apprenticeship in favour of a McGill Commerce degree and a stint in the Black Watch Regiment during World War II, where he served well enough to get a citation for bravery. After the war ended, he joined the family business and was running it a decade later....

Published: 25 Jul 2017

Desautels alumna named Secretary General of Quebec Press Council

The Quebec Press Council has elected Caroline Locher (BCom’01) to the position of Secretary General, effective September 5th. Prior to her election, Ms. Locher was Executive Director of the Fédération professionelle des journalistes du Québec. A journalist by trade, she worked as a CBC Radio One producer, and as a bilingual reporter on the international stage at BBC World Service, France24 and Radio-Canada. Ms....

Published: 25 Jul 2017

Desautels alumnus gets a great start in London’s investment banking scene

eFinancialCareers.com has published a list of eight young London-based investment analysts to watch, all of whom started at their respective companies in June. The high-octane London banking scene is highly competitive, but these newly-minted pros have what it takes to make a real impact.

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Published: 24 Jul 2017

Desautels BCom student on her two months in South Africa

Desautels BCom student Thao Nguyen is finishing up a two-month internship with South African non-profit Aluwani, where she and fellow Desautels student Marie-Christine Bourgie helped set up a crowdfunding campaign for an early childhood development centre.

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Published: 13 Jul 2017

Desautels alumnus promoted at CIBC

According to BNN.ca, changes are afoot at CIBC: a shakeup of the management team has two department heads leaving the company, as well as a couple of promotions. One of those promotions sees Desautels alumnus Jon Hountalas (BCom’84, MBA’91), bumped up to Group Head, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, Canada from his previous role of running the company’s commercial banking arm....

Published: 7 Jul 2017

Evening delivery startup hopes to expand quickly

BoxKnight is a new kind of delivery service. For an extra few dollars, consumers can have their packages delivered while they’re home in the evening. A text message lets them know that their goods are at BoxKnight’s warehouse, and asks when they’d like it delivered. Right now, it only works for online purchases at four Montreal-area retailers, but the company is already looking at expansion beyond the city limits.

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Published: 5 Jul 2017

Why does advertising matter? FreeWheel Europe knows

The FreeWheel Council for Premium Video has been a thought-leadership player in North America since 2015, educating stakeholders on the differences and benefits of premium video, from marketing to monetization. The company recently opened a European division to tackle the unique perspectives and issues present in that market.

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Published: 4 Jul 2017

Desautels alumnus named new president of CFA Montreal

Frederick Chenel (BCom'04) has big plans for CFA Montreal. As the Association’s new president, his goal is to up its exposure, both at home and on the world stage. He’ll be doing this by bringing industry heavyweights to Montreal to speak at the Association and by forging partnerships with major finance organisations. You can also expect to see Mr. Chenel promoting the city at conventions and other events....

Published: 4 Jul 2017

Desautels alumni included on Canada’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 list

According to a piece at BNN.ca, over 900 nominations have been reviewed and pared down to the final Canada’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 list. The list is a roundup of some of Canada’s most outstanding young business and medical leaders, and technologists. Goodfood CEO Jonathan Ferrari (BCom'10) is also listed, as is DAVIDsTEA co-founder David Segal (BCom'04)....

Published: 29 Jun 2017

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