A Champion for All Students

Professor Richard Donovan poses in front of the Bronfman Building’s trophy case with case competition BCom students

Professor Richard Donovan poses in front of the Bronfman Building’s trophy case with case competition BCom students

Over the span of his career, Professor Richard Donovan (BCom’88) was known for his collaborative, friendly demeanour, his commitment to his work, and the genuine care he had for his students. His unexpected passing on August 3, 2019, has left a deeply felt void within the McGill community.

Professor Donovan was perhaps best known for his commitment to case training. He taught and mentored countless students across all levels, from undergraduate, graduate and executive education to the McGill School of Continuing Studies. A recipient of numerous teaching awards, he prided himself on providing the best learning experience for all.

A proponent of experiential learning, Professor Donovan generously contributed his time and expertise as a coach to numerous case teams. For over two decades, he mentored hundreds of students competing locally and internationally, allowing them to put management theory into practice. His case course helped many students develop skills enabling them to problem solve creatively, and he openly shared his techniques with fellow international case coaches. Travelling with students across continents, he was instrumental in putting McGill on the map for its talented management students.

Professor Donovan also helped design and lead original case competitions that continue to attract students to campus from across the world. Included among them are the McGill Management International Case Competition, the Global Retail Challenge, and the Japan Inter-MBA Case Competition.

As some of his former students have said:

“Thinking of Professor Donovan brings a smile to my face; he always filled the classroom with motivation and inspiration.”

“Professor Donovan always wanted the best for his students. Going to Japan and China with him as our coach was one of the proudest moments of my time at McGill.
He will be missed by so many.”

The Richard Donovan Fund to Support Desautels Students
If you wish to support this fund, you may do so through the McGill Seeds of Change website or by contacting Samantha Maldoff at samantha.maldoff [at] mcgill.ca or 514-398-5591.


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