Elliot Lifson

Desautels International Advisory and Advancement Board; Professor of Practice, Strategy & Organization; Vice-Chairman, Vêtements Peerless Clothing Inc.
Elliot Lifson
Contact Information
Email address: 
elliot.lifson [at] mcgill.ca
Alternate email address: 
linda.foster [at] mcgill.ca

Bronfman Building [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5


MBA, University of Western Ontario, Canada
LLB, Université de Montréal, Canada

Strategy & Organization

For the past 45 years, Elliot Lifson has been working in the Canadian apparel industry. He is President of the Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF); Member of the Board of Directors for Export Development Canada (EDC), Member of the Quebec Government Committee for Export Quebec, Member of the Board of Manufacturers and Exporters of Quebec (MEQ), and Past Chairman of the Board of the Montreal Board of Trade – of which he currently sits as an advisor. He is also a Professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and an Entrepreneur Coach at L’école D’entrepreneurship de Beauce.

He sits on the board of many charitable institutions such as the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and the Jewish General Hospital Foundation; he is also Chairman of the Board of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts.

Elliot Lifson is a member of the Barreau du Quebec and the Lord Reading Law Society. He is a graduate in Law from the Université de Montréal, with an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

In 2020, he was appointed as a member to the Order of Canada.

CAS Professoriate
Desautels International Advisory and Advancement Board
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Honorary Life Membership Award

Elliot Lifson’s longstanding involvement with the Desautels Faculty of Management has made him a valued member of the McGill community – his Honorary Life Membership Award just makes it official. He serves as a member of the Desautels Faculty Advisory Board, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Organization in the Faculty, where he is a popular lecturer who is well-known for going above and beyond for his students. Read more

McGill Desautels International Advisory and Advancement Board

Comprised of highly successful industry leaders from around the globe, who provide regular support and recommendations to our Dean and the Faculty. 

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