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Anna Abramova

Anna Abramova

Anna is going into her third year at McGill, pursuing a major in Finance and concentration in Business Analytics. During her time at McGill, she has been involved with the McGill Debating Union, AIESEC, McGill International Students’ Network, and has participated in various case competitions. Having gained experience in financial risk management, regulatory compliance and data analytics during her internship at PwC, Anna is looking to further her interest in these areas through the IMSF research program. This year she will work with professors Sieber and Brandusescu to conduct cross-disciplinary literature review on AI procurement and deployment from a government and organizational perspective. At the end of the program, she will present her research findings to municipal officials who are a part of AI in Canadian Municipalities Communities of Practice forum. Anna is open to various career paths in data analytics, corporate finance, consulting, risk management, operations and urban development.

Nada Al Mgharbel

Nada Al Mgharbel

Nada is a third year McGill student, currently majoring in Psychology and minoring in Management and Behavioral Science. Nada is passionate about the field of Computational Psychology and about the use of data analytics in psychology to investigate issues related to cognitive functions such as perception, learning mechanisms, and memory. She is interested in the comparison of natural and artificial intelligence and the application of computational methods to the simulation of cognitive phenomena. Nada hopes to conduct field research as part of her degree in McGill, and upon graduation, pursue a career in data analytics. For the faculty project, supervised by Professor Roman Galperin, Nada will be conducting qualitative and quantitative research, aiming to understand processes that shape informal networks of advice and trust in organizations using natural language processing, analyzing these social networks and examining how they may contribute to gender inequality in organizations.

Nabil Anouti

Nabil Anouti

Nabil is a Global Strategic Management, Finance & Entrepreneurship BCom student at Desautels. Born in Lebanon, he mostly lived in Switzerland, Jordan, and Egypt before Canada. Currently serving as president of the McGill Entrepreneurs' Society and McGill Marketing Network, he is passionate about designing creative human-centred solutions and impactful experiences for brands, corporations, and social causes. His work experience includes customer strategy and applied design consulting at Deloitte and digital marketing at CBC/Radio-Canada. At McGill, he is involved in JED consulting, PennyDrops, MIPC, and DPCC, and sits on the MUS Board of Directors. A hungry and resourceful entrepreneur at heart, Nabil hones in on modern impact with his other endeavours. He founded his web/media creative agency NAB Design in 2015, started his various online businesses in 2014 and launched his first successful YouTube channel in 2013. In his IMSF faculty project with Professor Ashesh Mukherjee, Nabil will be looking into when and why consumers share their personal information online through various UI/web design studies and research into previous literature.


Tom Berger

Tom Berger

Tom Berger is a second-year BCom student majoring in Strategic Management with a concentration in Finance. Throughout his time at McGill, he has been consistently involved in var¬ious student associations and engaged in dozens of case competitions, both at the regional and national level. This Fall, Tom will serve as a Pro Bono Consultant for IBM to deliver innovative and technological solutions to local NPOs. Enjoying the diversity and novelty of solving business problems across multiple industries and functions, he hopes to pursue a career in the management consulting industry following graduation. Under the supervision of Professor Karl Moore, Tom will analyze and conduct interviews with business executives to identify patterns across the introvert/extrovert spectrum. Ultimately, he will assist in writing articles for the online press and contribute to the professor’s upcoming book on the subject.

Avneet Bhabra

Avneet Bhabra

Avneet is in her third year at McGill where she is majoring in Finance and completing a double concentration in Global Strategy and Managing for Sustainability. Her interest in global politics led her to become the Under-Secretary-General, Financial Affairs for SSUNS 2021, a Model UN conference hosted by McGill. More broadly, Avneet is passionate about advocacy for socioeconomic equality, especially as it relates to educational access. On campus, she is the VP Operations for PennyDrops at McGill, a student led initiative that promotes financial literacy. She aspires to work in banking after graduation where she hopes to further socially sustainable practices in finance. She is also a research intern at the McGill Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics, where she is keen on learning more about academia. Currently, she is working with Prof. Diana Dakhlallah on research related to the political economy of drug development, and the impact of processes such as clinical trials on the broader pharmaceutical industry.

Maëlys Boudier

Maëlys Boudier

Maëlys is in her second year at McGill pursuing a BCom in Finance. She is passionate about the economy of a world being redefined by new technologies, in particular automation through machine learning. Throughout her time at McGill, she has participated in case competitions as well as investment pitches. Apart from being involved in student life at McGill, she sings and performs with bands and orchestras. Currently, she is working with Professor Samer Faraj and PhD student Anand Bhardwaj on decision-making and hospital coordination during COVID-19. Maëlys will conduct research and analysis to examine the fast response strategies employed in a state of a crisis by a leading Canadian superhospital.


Vanna Chang

Vanna Chang

Vanna is a fourth year BCom student pursuing a major in Managing for Sustainability and a minor in Computer Science. She is passionate about sustainability and technology, aspiring for a career path where both sectors converge to create innovative solutions to tackle our world's climate crisis and better our way of living in the future. Inspired by empowering others, Vanna serves as a council member on McGill's Sustainability Projects Fund, which aims to build a sustainable culture on campus by creating opportunities for community involvement. This year, Vanna will work alongside Professor Anna Kim to study how social enterprises can survive in the marketplace without compromising their social mission.

Matthew Gibson

Matthew Gibson

Matthew is a third-year business analytics student and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at 11-years old. Growing up, his world was only competitive sports. However, the diagnosis made him realize there's a community of sick children in need of help. Therefore, in 2015, he became an ambassador for Opération Enfant Soleil. In 2017, he represented Quebec for the Children's Miracle Network. This year, he is Co-Director of Corporate Donations for CASCO and Co-President of DTech. Under the supervision of Professor Robert Nason, Matthew's faculty project is on Hate Groups and the Dark Side of Entrepreneurship and will focus on statistical analysis. Questions they will try to answer vary from why do hate groups form, how do they form, and what is the role of social media in their formation.

Morgan Gill

Morgan Gill

Morgan Gill is in his final year of study at Desautels in the Honours in Investment Management program. Throughout his studies, he has been heavily involved in JED Consulting, McGill’s student-run consulting club, and he plans to work in the consulting field at Bain & Company upon graduation. Further down the road, Morgan hopes to work for an early-stage startup as exposure to the startup world at McGill has opened his eyes to its fast-paced and exciting nature. Working with Professors Paul Beaumont and Camille Hebert, Morgan’s fellowship is focused on understanding the indirect benefits from being appointed to a company’s board, specifically evaluating how board mandates have improved gender equality among corporate executives.


Manon Giot

Manon Giot

Manon is a third year BCom student pursuing a major in Finance, with additional coursework in accounting and computer science. After McGill, she hopes to pursue a master’s in accounting and obtain her CPA, with the goal of pursuing a career in public accounting. She has dual citizenship in the United States and Belgium, and is trilingual speaking English, French, and Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys being an active member of Mosaica Dance Company and spending time with family and friends. Supervised by Professor Hongping Tan, Manon will use her language capabilities, coding expertise, and knowledge in accounting and finance to complete a textual analysis of Chinese accounting and finance research for a literature review.

Buket Gok

Buket Gok

Buket Gok is a third year student at McGill University pursuing a degree in Marketing and Information Systems. Throughout her time at McGill, she has enjoyed being the executive of Design Collective and Turkish Student Society (TSSMU) as well as the ambassador of Desautels Exchange Network. Her creative interests of marketing and design led her to a marketing and sales internship with Shift One Inc., a budding American startup. Over the last year, she also became involved with PIVOT, an action research project funded by McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative. In this role, she worked as a research assistant alongside Professor Animesh Animesh and Professor Dror Etzion. For her faculty project, she will continue assisting these professors with the user experience and interface design of the PIVOT website. Upon graduation, she will pursue a career in sustainable marketing, where she hopes to create impactful strategies that will encourage consumers to engage in pro-environmental behaviours.

Louna Guichard

Louna Guichard

Louna is in her second year at McGill University and is completing a major in Economics with a minor in Computer Science. She is passionate about tech, innovations, and design, and aspires to work in the field of product management in a tech company. This summer, Louna worked as an intern in a Parisian food-tech start-up and was particularly impressed by the fast pace at which they improved the product. This semester, Louna will be supervised by Professor Emma Vaast and will work alongside Jia Wei Yang on the faculty project. They will try to frame the subject of Artificial Intelligence from the invention of the word until now, by for example analyzing the evolution of the fears and hopes that this theme aroused.


Mizan Hemani

Mizan Hemani

Mizan is a second-year BCom student pursuing a degree focusing on Finance and Sustainability. While at McGill, he has developed an interest for sustainable finance and impact investing through working with the Montreal Social Value Fund and hopes to pursue a career in this niche of the finance industry. Through his contributions to the TEDEd organization and other thought-driven initiatives, Mizan has developed a sincere passion for the sharing of pluralistic ideas as a tool for social action. For the faculty project, Mizan will be researching the roles of Chief Sustainability Officers in corporations and understanding the challenges and opportunities they face while integrating sustainability into their business goals.

Luc Holleville

Luc Holleville

Luc is a U1 student at McGill University, majoring in Statistics and minoring in Organizational Behaviour. He is passionate about using data creatively to generate unique solutions involving complex financial issues. Given the breadth of his interests, Luc plans on pursuing a career in consulting or product management in the financial services industry. Luc has a passion for philosophy and tries to integrate ethics into any of his business endeavors. In the faculty project, Luc will be conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Namely, literature review and programming in R, on determining Gender Patterns in Innovation Patent Examination as part of Professor Roman Galperin’s research. Outside of school, Luc enjoys mountain hiking, reading the classics, and meeting new people.

Andrew Hong

Andrew Hong

Andrew is completing his final year at McGill pursuing a BCom in Finance and Business Analytics. After studying two years in the Bio, Life Sciences stream at McGill, he transferred to the Faculty of Management and discovered his passion for social finance and consulting. As a Fund Manager at the Montreal Social Value Fund, Quebec’s first student-led impact investing fund, he invests in social enterprises that provide solutions to social and environmental issues in Montreal. He holds particular interest in public health and finding ways to better the community. Andrew aspires to pursue a career in consulting to further develop his problem solving skills and create impactful change by working with leaders in public, private, and social sectors. Through the fellowship, he will work on the Living Lab project under the supervision of Professor Laurette Dubé at the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health of Economics (MCCHE), collaborating with intersectoral partners to identify initiatives, relevant data sources, and tools that are targeted to assist the most vulnerable populations.


Khaled Khadam

Khaled Khadam

Khaled is a third year BCom student majoring in Finance with a concentration in Business Analytics. He has joined the McGill Entrepreneurs’ Society as the director of finance committed to helping his team rebuild the club and establish its presence on campus. Throughout his education he has always enjoyed solving complex problems, therefore after his studies, he aspires to have a fulfilling career. During his free time, Khaled enjoys catching up on Formula 1 and the automobile world in general. Through his fellowship, Khaled will be assisting Professor Moore with his research on personality types among executives and will go through the data gathered to help Professor Moore with his upcoming book.

Herman Korsunov

Herman Korsunov

Herman is a second year student currently majoring in Finance. Although he is still uncertain as to which area interests him the most, he is certain that he wishes to get involved in sustainability and financial technology. At the end of the day, his goal is to make an impact on the world and do his part in keeping our planet alive. Apart from his career aspirations, Herman enjoys swimming, learning, architecture, and going out with friends. Regarding the project, Herman is excited to be part of the Hearing Care Platform: Business Strategy and Implementation team. As a grandson of two deaf-mute grandparents, the project allows him to raise awareness and provide personalized feedback on how to better care for your hearing according to your own listening habits.

Francois Lépine-Cossette

Francois Lépine-Cossette

Francois is a second-year BCom student in Managing for Sustainability with minors in International Development Studies and Indigenous Studies. Francois worked on many different initiatives such as founding an impact incubator in Wales and proposing a national water strategy to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Francois deeply cares about youth engagement. reconciliation with indigenous peoples and the protection of nature. Through IMSF, he is engaged with the launch of Pivot – a platform connecting business owners tackling climate change, where he is coordinating the marketing side of the platform’s launch.


Benny Lin

Benny Lin

Benny is in his final year of studies at McGill and he is pursuing a Finance major. His major areas of academic interest include economic development, international trade, corporate finance, and startup ecosystems. Throughout his studies, Benny has been involved in various internships across private equity, corporate development, and research. He hopes to continue gaining diverse experiences. Under Professor Etemad, Benny will be researching effective strategies for the global growth of innovative start-ups and entrepreneurial SMEs. Outside of school, Benny enjoys playing tennis, snowboarding, cooking, and downhill longboarding.

Jasmine Liu

Jasmine Liu

Jasmine is in her junior year at McGill pursuing a BCom in Joint Honours in Economics and Finance. Jasmine witnessed first-hand the scalable impact of extending interest-free microloans to Kenyan entrepreneurs as part of a microfinance non-profit organization. This cemented her desire to pursue a career at the intersection of finance and economic development. Through her work with Professor Lindsay Holmgren studying the implications of finitude-related events on Canadian University students, Jasmine is looking forward to learning about the narratological approach and its relationship with the political economy.

Michael Long

Michael Long

Michael is a U2 student in the Honours in Investment Management program. He discovered his passion for business after analyzing case studies as part of his high school DECA team. He is also an avid card game player and has competed and coached at the international level for many years. During his free time, he enjoys aquascaping aquariums, solving chess puzzles, and working on his backhand smash in badminton. This year, Michael will be working with Professors Dror Etzion and Arvind Karunakaran on research topics related to sustainability in the professional workplace. He hopes to learn more about how firms can implement important ESG values to improve the well-being of the organization as well as investors’ views on the firm.


Le Lu

Le Lu

Le Lu is in her third year at Desautels Faculty of Management. She is doing a major in Finance and a concentration in Business Analysis. She expects to pursue a master’s degree after graduating from McGill, and to work in the financial industry. As an international student, she and her friends are facing some difficulties both in study and life. Thus, she is interested in psychology and hopes to guide herself and give her and her friends some suggestions to better enjoy life in Canada. She is going to work on building a culture of academic innovation at Douglas Mental Health Research Centre for the academic year.

Reda Ouazzani Touhami

Reda Ouazzani Touhami

Reda is a second year student pursuing a triple concentration in Finance, Operations Management, and Entrepreneurship. He demonstrated his enthusiasm for problem-solving through 9 case competitions last year, including the National KPMG Ideation Challenge that he won alongside his four teammates. His eagerness to learn from many industries and help businesses solve their most challenging problems naturally directed him to a career in Consulting. This year, as part of the MDIIM program, Reda is working on a retail project, where he will be exploring the multifaceted drivers of individual food consumption as well as assessing how consumers react to particular interventions (e.g., price and promotion sensitivity).

Philippe Paquin-Hirtle

Philippe is completing his final year at McGill University, pursuing a BCom in Finance. He developed his interest in sustainability and impact as he learned about the sustainable finance field. This year, he is involved in the Desautels Sustainability Network while also deepening his understanding of the ESG sphere through an internship. Even though Philippe is still unsure about his career path, he wishes to help businesses have a positive social and environmental impact. Under the supervision of Professor Dror Etzion and Professor Arvind Karunakaran, Philippe will beworking on the project “Sustainability Professionals in Organizations”. His contribution will involve some qualitative and quantitative analysis.


Scott Pardy

Scott Pardy

Scott Pardy is a second year BCom student majoring in Strategic Management, with a minor in International Development. Outside of the classroom, he is involved with the McGill Investment Club, InterVarsity, and an intramural ultimate frisbee team. He is interested in promoting fair competition in our global economy and contributing to the development of international communities. Currently, he is researching the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa & Latin America. Alongside Prof. Perez-Aleman, he aims to understand the evolving strategies of SMEs integrated into Global Supply Chains, as it relates to the issue of sustainability.

Pragna Patel

Pragna Patel

Pragna is a third year BCom student majoring in Marketing with a concentration in Business Analytics. Throughout her time at McGill, Pragna has participated in numerous case competitions and has even helped organize a national level case competition with her peers, aiming to provide career opportunities to university students in tech and start-ups. Pragna is always keen to learn more about up-coming technology, the latest trends in fashion and modern art. Following graduation, she aspires to pursue a career in consulting, where she aims to help business grow by implementing innovative and digital solutions using strategy, marketing and technology. For her project, Pragna will be assisting Professor Wei Qi in building a case study about planning and operating electric vehicle sharing systems.

Saadia Qureshi

Saadia Qureshi

Saadia is completing her final year at McGill, studying marketing and strategic management. Throughout her time at the faculty, she had the opportunity to get involved in numerous organizations such as the McGill Make a Wish Foundation and the McGill Management International Case Competition (MMICC). Upon graduation, she aspires to work in marketing research. Under the supervision of Professor Arvind Karunakaran, Saadia will examine the role of technology in 911 emergency coordination with the help of qualitative and quantitative data.


Jordan Rindler

Jordan Rindler

Jordan is a second year U1 student with a Major in International Management (MIM) and a minor in Biotechnology. Jordan has a drive to explore and a special connection with the ocean. He hopes to combine his entrepreneurial spirit with his passion for sustainability in order to save the ocean ecosystems while also getting to see them up close and travel the world. In the past year, Jordan has started and grown an education-oriented investment community focused on equity derivatives to 2,000 members, worked as a research journalist for a sustainability start-up and as a business development consultant for a technology firm. Jordan’s other interests include discovering foreign cuisine and culture, learning languages, and free diving. This year, alongside Professor Lindsay Holmgren, Jordan will be building economic models and conducting interviews with Canadian University Students in order to gauge how finitude related events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the impending climate crisis affect students’ spending habits and major life decisions.

Mariam Sabbah

Mariam Sabbah

Mariam is a 2018 Loran McCall Macbain Scholar in the final year of her degree in International Management, with minors in Political Science and International Development Studies. She is the President of the Art of Wellness and the UN Communications Officer for IRSAM, leading delegations to ECOSOC commissions. Mariam is also a volunteer with newcomers and refugees. She plans to pursue law and public policy with a focus on immigration and social welfare. In her faculty project, Mariam will be working with Dr. Simon Ducharme and Stéphanie Lassonde of the Douglas Mental Health Research Center to research building a culture of academic innovation at the Center.

Skye Scruton

Skye Scruton

Skye Scruton is a third-year student in the Desautels Faculty of Management completing a major in Strategic Management with a minor in International Development Studies. Skye is a veteran member of the McGill Model UN Delegation Team, Secretary-General of the 2021 Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium and sits on the IRSAM Board of Directors. While at McGill, Skye has been driven to study the relationship between social issues and business operations. An RA internship studying urban agriculture and how organizations with a social need affect the development of communities has cemented her passion to effect positive change. Skye hopes to pursue a master’s degree in public policy, and eventually work in policy formation and consulting. Throughout the fellowship program, Skye will be working on the “Survival and Death of Social Enterprises in Market Place” alongside another fellow, Professor Anna Kim, and Dr. EunJoo Koo. The project focuses on how social enterprises can survive in a competitive marketplace against non-social enterprises. Through field study research, Skye and the project team will uncover insight into how social enterprises survive.


Chareet Shah

Chareet Shah

Chareet is in his final year pursuing a major in Finance. He enjoys taking his knowledge beyond the classroom by participating in stock pitch competitions, trading competitions, and business case competitions. In the next few years, he aspires to lead a team of financial market professionals creating wealth and value by investing responsibly. He is also interested in ESG and the economic growth of developing countries. This year he will be working with Professor Kwangjun An on “Fintech Companies and Change in Strategic Orientations”. He is dealing with financial data from over one hundred companies and assessing their performance.

Jennifer Shi

Jennifer Shi

Jennifer is a second-year student at the Desautels Faculty of Management, pursuing a major in Finance. She has spent her time at McGill competing in case competitions, cheering on the Redbirds and Martlets at the Molson Stadium, and serving on the executive teams of numerous student clubs and organizations. This year, she looks forward to combining her interests in both business and medicine through her fellowship project, Health Leadership in Times of Transformation, where she will be conducting research on healthcare management and logistics. Under the supervision of Professor Liette Lapointe, Jennifer will be responsible for performing literature reviews, interviewing healthcare professionals, composing research deliverables, and writing a case study. Outside of school, Jennifer enjoys spending her time being active outdoors, capturing film photography and listening to Russian rap.

Roy Taguchi

Roy Taguchi

Roy is a second-year BCom student currently pursuing a major in Finance with a minor in History. In the past year, he has been involved in numerous extracurriculars, including being a social media editor for the McGill Journal of Political Studies, a junior analyst for the McGill Bankers International Association, and a member of the Community Engagement and Equity Committee. He is excited to work with Professor Lisa Cohen on implementing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives at Desautels. He is also looking forward to researching and tracking EDI initiatives in other universities in Canada and beyond.


Andromeda Wang

Andromeda Wang

Andromeda is a second-year BCom student pursuing a major in International Management and a minor in Finance. Currently, she is the MUS Director of Apparel Design and a member of the SSMU’s Ethics Board. Her passions include digital painting, dancing, and figure skating. She has an avid interest in fashion, technology, economics, and supporting humanitarian efforts. In addition, she is enthusiastic about fostering strong connections within and between communities of differing identities. Andromeda will be working with Professor Jean-Nicolas Reyt to research and create teaching materials for Millennials and Gen-Z to aid negotiation in the workplace. She will be simulating different negotiation situations and will produce educational material on negotiation in the workplace that will help educate young professionals and bridge the gap between different working generations.

Collin Wang

Collin Wang

Collin Wang is a second-year BCom student at McGill University currently enrolled in the Honours in Investment Management program. He sees the IMSF as an opportunity to explore intellectually stimulating topics in interdisciplinary areas of study while honing a set of fundamental skills that could support a career in either capital markets or corporate strategy. He is particularly interested in the application of business frameworks to improve healthcare-related fields. In his free time, Collin enjoys playing hockey and binging podcasts on niche topics. Under the guidance of Professor Kwangjun An, his faculty project will focus on analyzing the shift in orientations of recently IPO’d fintech companies. The project aims to explore the relationship between how management characterizes their strategic positioning and the resulting impact on market valuation.

Jiang Xu

Jiang Xu

Jiang Xu is a third-year student in the Desautels Faculty of Management pursuing a major in Information System and a concentration in Operations Management. She is motivated to positively impact society. She was an volunteer in the Viva la Vida Organization where she helped many people share their authentic views and stories through the medium of art. She aspires to pursue a career in Digital Marketing. For the faculty project, Jiang will work with Professor Arvind Karunakaran to explore the important role of technology in 9-1-1 Emergence Coordination.


Emily Yang

Emily Yang

Emily is in the third year of her BCom degree. She is majoring in Managing for Sustainability and recently started a concentration in Data Analytics. Outside of school, she loves to compete in dragon-boat races and to perform with her orchestra. Her passion for climate activism inspired her to do work that promotes sustainable business practices. She is working as a sustainability consultant for a local Montreal wedding planning service to help them achieve their zero-waste goals. Emily will be working alongside Professor Cossette in developing a Hearing Care Platform which aims to provide inexpensive personal noise exposure tools for youths and musicians who get exposed to noise induced hearing loss. In the future, Emily hopes to continue to engage in impactful work and maybe start a social enterprise of her own.

Jia Wei Yang

Jia Wei Yang

Jia is a third-year student at Desautels, majoring in Strategic Management with a minor in Computer Science. Throughout her years at McGill, she has discovered a keen interest in technology and its relationship with the corporate world. She is an executive of BOLT, a club which focuses on a platform for business and computer science students to work together. Jia is also Director of Sustainability under the Management Undergraduate Society. In the future, she wishes to use social entrepreneurship in her work to encourage businesses to be more socially and environmentally conscious. Under the guidance of Professor Emmanuelle Vaast, Jia will be looking at Framings of Artificial Intelligence and analyzing current and future trends of AI, while reflecting on their impact on society.

Vanessa Yang

Vanessa Yang

Vanessa is a fourth-year student pursuing a major in Managing for Sustainability and a minor in Geography. At McGill, she has been involved with Enactus McGill, Rem and Company, and BRIDGE Sustainability Case Competition. Growing up, she moved frequently between different countries and cities which made her aware of the relationships people develop with their environments and the consequent impacts. Her studies and experiences represent her interests in sustainable development, urban dynamics, and the natural sciences. After her undergrad, Vanessa hopes to continue her educational journey in Urban Planning to create safe and resilient spaces for all. Alongside Professor Laurette Dubé and the MCCHE team, she will be working on the Living Lab project to better understand the determinants of Smart and Healthy Cities and how they can be implemented to combat challenges associated with the growing complexities of urban communities.


Michaela Yu

Michaela Yu

Michaela is a second year BCom student, pursuing a double concentration in Business Analytics and Finance with a minor in Statistics. Driven by a passion for data analytics and social equity, Michaela is constantly seeking opportunities to combine these two interests to discover new ways of promoting social equity and inclusion. Her experience working in sustainable and social procurement with municipal governments has taught her strategies to encourage organizations to redefine their definition of “best value” and to integrate social outcomes and environmental stewardship. This year, Michaela looks forward to assisting Prof. Jean-Nicolas Reyt in researching negotiation techniques and creating educational materials to promote transparent and inclusive communication with millennials and Gen Z.

Kelly Zhang

Kelly Zhang

Kelly is a second-year student in the Desautels Faculty of Management, pursuing a major in Finance. She pursues her interests in investment banking and management consulting by getting involved in multiple on and off campus organizations including JED Consulting and RBC Capital Markets. Under the supervision of Professor Liette Lapointe, Kelly will conduct literature reviews, interview healthcare professionals, and analyze the insights for her project on health leadership in times of transformation. With COVID-19 heightening the importance of healthcare professionals, she is excited to gain a comprehensive understanding on how leadership and motivation have changed during and after the pandemic. Outside of University, she enjoys testing out new recipes, investing in stocks and cryptocurrency, and figure skating.

Yue Zhong

Yue Zhong

Yue Zhong is in her final years of study at McGill University with a major in Finance and a concentration in Business Analytics. Last summer, she was involved in an internship in the games industry as a marketing analyst. It was an impressive and delightful experience, and she believes that it is meaningful to enrich people's daily lives with games and improve their convenience with the internet. Thus, she hopes to pursue a career in the games or tech industry upon graduation. She has carried this interest over to her fellowship as she works on developing a digital recommendation system in retail based on customer's loyalty and consuming habits with Professor Haruvy and Professor Dubé.


Jingyi Zhu

Jingyi Zhu

Jingyi is a final year BCom student pursuing a dual concentration in Information System and Human Resources, combining her interest in technology and psychology. She is motivated to be an explorer and problem solver. Jingyi aspires to pursue a career in technology service or consulting by applying the analytical and interpersonal skills she has learned. Outside of work, She enjoys reading, meditation, and physical exercise. As part of the MDIIM program, Jingyi will conduct research and analysis with Professor Matissa Hollister regarding the consequences of job mobility on future hiring prospects.



Artificial Intelligence in Civic Governance

This research project investigates the transformations taking place as artificial intelligence (AI) is introduced in government and AI impacts governance. A technology that aims to move-fast-and-breaks-things disruption is not necessarily conducive to meaningful civic engagement in government AI procurement & deployment. We are interested in how concepts from business ethics and social responsibility influences government-deployed AI both positively and negatively. This work will contribute to a workshop, a presentation, and an academic paper to increase awareness of the influence of the private sector on the epistemology of the public sector and on civil society.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Renee Sieber, Department of Geography

Fellow(s): Anna Abramova

Back to the Future: Framings of Artificial Intelligence

This project investigates the different framings around Artificial Intelligence (AI) over the year. Through a systematic analysis of documents, the Faculty Supervisor and Fellows will examine how AI was presented, what expectations have been placed upon it, and which fears have been articulated about it. The project will follow these framings over decades.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Emmanuelle Vaast of the Information Systems Area
Emmanuelle Vaast

Fellow(s): Louna Guichard, Jia Wei Yang

Building a Culture of Academic Innovation at Douglas Mental Health Research Centre

This project is looking at the Douglas Research Centre’s organizational culture and its impact on innovation in the field of mental health. The Fellows will be conducting a literature review of innovation best practices and researching case studies for implementing such practices in academia settings. The second semester, the Fellows will engage in market research to find out the needs from the industry to see how the Research Centre could partner on innovative projects. This work will contribute to the Research Centre’s overall strategic development and partnership growth.

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Simon Ducharme at the Douglas Research Centre

Fellow(s): Mariam Sabbah, Le Lu

Business Networks and M&A Decisions

This project aims to understand the role of business networks in firms' mergers and acquisition decisions. Using data on personal connections between French top executives and M&A operations for the universe of French firms, the faculty supervisor and the Fellow will seek to understand whether stronger personal connections between top executives predict a higher likelihood of an M&A operation between two firms. The project ultimately aims to use female directors' recruitment following the 2011 French gender board quota law as a shock on boards' composition to identify the effects of business networks on M&A decisions. This work will contribute to an academic paper that will shed light on the role of search frictions in M&A decisions and the importance of business connections in shaping firm-to-firm economic links.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Paul Beaumont of the Finance Area
Paul Beaumont

Fellow(s): Morgan Gill

Design and Implementation of Partners and Resources Digital Mapping Tool for Living Lab

Digital technologies have been taking unprecedented salience in our everyday life but remain nascent in their ability to respond to the particular needs of the most vulnerable people. This project embraces this opportunity through a multi-stakeholder Living Lab that will generate evidence-based, holistic, community-engaged, and digital-powered solutions for the vulnerable population in Montreal. Through a process of collaboration, co-creation and real-world experimentation, This Living Lab project will generate digital solutions that bridge the human and digital divide between health professionals, public health services, and community organizations, and that tackle the challenges that our partners face in addressing the evolving health and social needs of our most vulnerable population.

This Living Lab project will operate within the broader Smart City-Health City initiative co-led by McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE). The Fellows will get a unique chance to work with on-the-ground implementation partners, benefit from close faculty coaching and industry mentorship, and acquire professional skills that will enhance their job readiness. At the same time, the Living Lab as a whole will generate a better understanding of the determinants of Smart and Healthy Cities that can be implemented as successful, scalable and enduring solutions to many current and future challenges faced by growing and increasingly complex urban communities.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Laurette Dubé of the Marketing Area
Laurette Dubé

Fellow(s): Andrew Hong, Vanessa Yang

Effective Strategies for Global Growth of Innovative Start-ups and Entrepreneurial SMEs

The professor’s prior research and publication as well as ongoing background research point to two troublesome findings that Canadian startups and entrepreneurial small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are highly innovative and rank in the top 10 in the world. In contrast, only very few grow to become global successes. Therefore, the research question in need of theoretical, practical and strategic answers is: Why highly innovative younger and smaller Canadian enterprises have not grown to become global successes.

The theoretical part of this research will seek clarification of forces, policies and impediments adversely impacting the growth of innovative SMEs in at least six sectors, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Biotechnology, Creative Industries, Financial Technology (Fin-tech), Gaming and Manufacturing. The practical and experiential part of the research will involve reaching the younger and innovative smaller firms, mainly through interviews, to develop a rich perspective on what is the list of influential factors contributing to their slow international growth, beyond relatively smaller sizes. The objective is to develop case studies, publish papers, and formulate a public policy position to help innovative younger companies to become globally competitive.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Hamid Etemad of the Marketing Area
Hamid Etemad

Fellow(s): Benny Lin

Examining the Role of Technology in 9-1-1 Emergency Coordination

9-1-1 emergency management organizations (EMOs) play an important role in the functioning of a city. These organizations are confronting important challenges during these uncertain times of the pandemic. This research focuses on understanding the role of technology in 9-1-1 Emergency Coordination. If you are interested in getting hands-on experience in collecting and analyzing qualitative and archival data (e.g., city-level 9-1-1 calls, archival data, phone/zoom interviews), and participate in interesting and relevant social science research, this would be a great learning opportunity.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Arvind Karunakaran of the Strategy Area.

Fellow(s): Saadia Qureshi, Jiang Xu

Exploring and Analyzing Trends in Jobs, Careers, and Employment Practices

The research involves several different projects all related to current trends jobs and career patterns, including several projects on the use and impact of artificial intelligence as well as on the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The specific focus of the work will depend upon the status of the various projects and the interests and skills of the Fellow.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Matissa Hollister of the Organizational Behaviour Area
Matissa Hollister

Fellow(s): Jingyi Zhu

Fintech Companies and Change in Strategic Orientations

This research project explores how ventures manage the process of strategic orientation alongside their evolving products and their competitive surroundings. Specifically, it uses the earnings conference call transcripts and/or annual reports to study how fintech companies’ business strategy and ecosystem claims change over time.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Kwangjun An of the Strategy Area
Kwangjun An

Fellow(s): Collin Wang, Chareet Shah

Hate Groups and Entrepreneurship

This project investigates the entrepreneurial dynamics of hate groups in the United States. Since 1990, the Southern Poverty Law Center has published an annual census of hate groups operating in the United States. Leveraging this data and other secondary sources, this project will investigate institutional factors that lead to the formation and survival of hate groups over time. We will also match this data to social media and other documents which provide insight on hate group membership, rhetoric, and strategy.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Robert Nason of the Strategy Area
Robert Nason

Fellow(s): Matthew Gibson

Health Leadership in Times of Transformation

Health Leadership is a critical success factor in the transformation of healthcare systems. Professionals in social services and health care are notoriously resistant to change. Technology advancements, budget constraints, mergers, governance, staff morale, changing patient/consumer behavior and crises (e.g. COVID-19) are some of today’s strategic issues affecting social services and healthcare leadership. This proposal aims at taking a fresh look at governance, management practices and tools for transformation that will lead to improved healthcare and social services delivery and staff engagement.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Liette Lapointe of the Information Systems Area
Liette Lapointe

Fellow(s): Jennifer Shi, Kelly Zhang

Hearing-Care Platform: Business Strategy and Implementation

This project is a partnership between McGill, ÉTS and UdeM. According to the World Health Organization (2019), those exposed to loud sounds in social settings for a period of 20 years and over are more than three times at risk of hearing loss compared to those unexposed, and 5–10% of listeners are likely to develop hearing loss. Studies have shown that young musicians are particularly at risk. Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is permanent and irreversible, but generally progressive and preventable. By reducing NIHL, the hearing-care platform will have a positive impact on societal cost, especially given the negative effects NIHL has on social withdrawal, mental health, and academic performance. To make this sustainable, the long-term plan needs to be as accessible as possible. This will have to align with values such as equity, diversity, and inclusion so the social and health impact is significant.

The Hearing-Care Platform, an inexpensive, personal noise exposure set of tools, targeted at youths, musicians and others without a technical background is available at McGill Music Library. It aims at raising awareness of, and promoting, hearing care in youths by applying cutting-edge research on the development of practical and accessible noise exposure self-assessment tools. The platform consists of three components: a listening-level measuring kiosk, a smartphone-based noise measurement app, and a companion web server. The kiosk is a freely accessible station on which students can place their own headphones or earphones and playback music from their own playlist on an acoustical mannequin-head. The smartphone-based app, portable and intuitive noise measurement solution, provides a personal noise-exposure logbook for everyday professional music, and non-music activities. The web server bridges the kiosk and the app, collects and aggregates multiple data streams, and allows for their processing and use.

Faculty Supervisor: Professors Isabelle Cossette and Professor Fabrice Marandola of the McGill’s Schulich School of Music and Professor Jérémie Voix of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at ÉTS Montreal

Fellow(s): Emily Yang, Herman Korsunov

Hospital Coordination and Decision Making during COVID

This research involves studying how a leading Montreal Hospital is responding to the COVID-19 breach. We have access to the meetings of the "cellule de crise" (top management team) that is managing the response of the hospital, ensuring that clinical processes are functioning appropriately, etc. for the period March 2020 till now. The data collection is ongoing and involves attendance of said meetings, interviews with the principals (a dozen interviews already completed), and shadowing of key decision-makers. This work will contribute to the organizational coordination literature by focusing on disruption and repair.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Samer Faraj of the Strategy Area
Samer Faraj

Fellow(s): Maelys Boudier

Implementing EDI Initiatives at Desautels

This project involves working with Desautels's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team on conducting research and implementing various strategic initiatives. Developing a respectful, diverse and inclusive culture is key to ensuring everyone who passes through our doors feels safe, welcome, valued and heard. The overall goal of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Desautels is to address systemic racism and discrimination faced by students, staff and faculty at Desautels and advance EDI. Follow this link for more information on EDI:

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Lisa Cohen of the Organizational Behaviour Area
Lisa Cohen

Fellow(s): Roy Taguchi

Introverts/Ambiverts/Extroverts in the C-Suite

This ongoing project requires analyzing hundreds of already conducted interviews with C-Suite, Executives and CEOs to gain insights. Comparing the key insights with already existing literature to further broaden the implications for a written component.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Karl Moore of the Strategy Area
Karl Moore

Fellow(s): Tom Berger, Khaled Khadam

Natural Language Processing, Social Network Analysis and Gender Inequality in Organizations

This ongoing project aims to understand processes that shape informal networks of trust and advice in organizations and that may contribute to gender differences at work. Using data from millions of documents and work reports generated by patent examiners in the process of assessing inventions for patentability, this project allows to disentangle ways in which technical and cultural contexts influence the formation and use of advice networks. If women learn to reach out for advice differently than men, the factors generating these differences may help us understand the roots of gender inequality in scientific work and in knowledge-intensive organizations more generally.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Roman Galperin of the Organizational Behaviour Area
Roman Galperin

Fellow(s): Luc Holleville, Nada Al Mgharbel

Negotiating with Millennials and Gen-Zs: Challenges and Opportunities

Young professionals face specific challenges when it comes to negotiating, which means they require adapted solutions. The goal of this project is to create research and teaching materials specifically targeted to Millennials and Gen-Zs. Such materials include research reviews, simulation instructions, and survey results. Fellows will work in collaboration with the faculty supervisor to produce research and teaching materials.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Jean-Nicolas Reyt of the Organizational Behaviour Area
Jean-Nicolas Reyt

Fellow(s): Andromeda Julia Weijia Wang, Michaela Yu

PIVOT: Small and Medium Enterprises Taking Climate Action

PIVOT is an action-research project developed by McGill University in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada. Its aim is to create and nurture a community of small and medium business owners who are acting on climate change and inspiring others to join them in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

PIVOT is a content-rich platform where eco-conscious business leaders come together to share their goals, their struggles and their achievements, and to support each other in their quest to build better businesses and a brighter future for future generations.

PIVOT is funded by the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative. The study will take place from 2020 to 2022, but our hope is that the platform will continue to evolve and attract more members for years to come.

Faculty Supervisors: Professor Dror Etzion of the Strategy Area and Professor Animesh Animesh of the Information Systems Area
Dror Etzion  Animesh Animesh

Fellow(s): Buket Gok, Francois Lepine-Cossette

Planning and Operating an Electric Vehicle Sharing System

Many cities worldwide are embracing electric vehicle (EV) sharing as a flexible and sustainable means of urban transit. However, it remains challenging for the operators to charge the fleet due to limited or costly access to charging facilities. In this project, we focus on answering the core question—how to charge the fleet to make EV sharing viable and profitable. Supported by the real data of a major rental and car-sharing app, we plan to develop optimization models that characterize how customers pick EVs based on energy levels, and how the operator implements a charging up-to policy.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Wei Qi of the Operations Management Area
Wei Qi

Fellow(s): Pragna Patel

Political Economy of Drug Development

The goal of this project is to develop a deeper understanding of the political economy of drug development processes such as global clinical trials and personalized medicine. In this project, we unpack the independent and interconnected roles of private and public sector actors in shaping and co-creating these markets, and the implications for end-users, knowledge production and transfer, pharmaceuticals’ development and regulation, and the political economy of health. This project covers various geographic locations.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Diana Dakhlallah of the Organizational Behaviour Area
Diana Dakhlallah

Fellow(s): Avneet Bhabra

Precision Retailing in the Grocery Retail Sector: Building the Foundations for Digital Navigation Tools

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost every aspect of our everyday lives, including how, when, where, why, and with whom we eat. Yet, even before the onset of the pandemic, not one country was on track to meet the WHO’s 2025 global nutrition targets. The health and economic impacts of diet-related chronic diseases (e.g., obesity, diabetes, and cardiac disease) are mounting. Over the past ten years, our research group has been exploring the multifaceted drivers of individual food consumption in areas across the world (e.g., India, USA, Canada). We have also evaluated the impact that technology ecosystems can have on individual health and economic outcomes, exploring pathways through which technology may enable resilience.

Currently, we are building a large data warehouse to connect disparate data sources containing information on consumer purchasing behaviors (retail transactions), product-level nutrition information, retail marketing practices (e.g., in-store promotions, advertising), demographic information, and population health records. The objective of this project is to explore how factors from each of these sources simultaneously influence individual food choices at the point-of-purchase and longitudinally over time, as well as how consumers react to particular interventions (e.g., price and promotion sensitivity). The behavioral models developed through this research will serve as inputs for the development of future-generation marketing technologies. The COVID-19 disrupted digital retail channels in the grocery sector as consumers grappled with prevailing lockdowns. Technologies have enabled resilience across many sectors (e.g., remote collaboration tools; remote patient monitoring), as well as for food by enabling a new world of omnichannel physical and digital experiences (e.g., click-and-pick or on-demand delivery). The outputs of this research project aim to enhance the capabilities of such technology platforms by developing tools for healthy, goal-based guidance.

Faculty Supervisors: Professor Ernan Haruvy and Professor Laurette Dubé of the Marketing Area
 Laurette Dubé

Fellow(s): Yue Zhong, Reda Ouazzani Touhami

Socioeconomic Implications of Finitude-Related Events on Canadian University Students

This project takes a narratological approach to assessing how major events that relate to human finitude impact the socioeconomic lives and decisions of university students in Canada. Specifically, we will assess how their professional and consumption-related choices are affected by these events.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Lindsay Holmgren of the Strategy Area
Lindsay Holmgren

Fellow(s): Jasmine Liu, Jordan Rindler

Survival and Death of Social Enterprises in the Marketplace

Social enterprises face challenges of achieving financial sustainability without compromising their social mission. Despite the growing interest in the phenomenon of social entrepreneurship, many social enterprises struggle to survive in the competitive marketplace. The Fellows will participate in an ongoing field study of social enterprises that have been facing significant financial challenges. Through an in-depth study of organizations that have ceased to exist, as well as those that continue to operate, the project aims to offer insights into how social enterprises survive – or fail to do so – in the marketplace.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Anna Kim of the Strategy (Sustainability) Area
Anna Kim

Fellow(s): Skye Scruton, Vanna Chang

Sustainability in Agricultural Global Value Chains Affected by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic affected millions of people employed in rural agricultural small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. As they struggle to diversify revenues and confront environmental challenges, they also face reduced incomes and demand instability due to COVID-19. Through the analysis of interviews and archival data, the goal of this project is to understand the strategies for increasing the sustainability of SMEs operating in global value chains affected by the pandemic. This research project will contribute insights on the sustainability strategies of SMEs and how they are changing amidst the current disruptions. The geographical focus will be on SMEs in Africa and Latin America.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Paola Perez-Aleman of the Strategy Area
Paola Perez-Aleman

Fellow(s): Scott Pardy

Sustainability Professionals in Organizations

This research is aimed at understanding the challenges and opportunities that sustainability professionals (e.g., Chief Sustainability Officers, Sustainability Manager etc.) encounter in implementing sustainability-related initiatives within their organizations. We are especially interested in examining how sustainability professionals view their roles in organizations, how is sustainability positioned within the broader organization (e.g., centralized, decentralized, federated etc.), and the challenges these professionals face in obtaining buy-in from other business managers (e.g., Supply Chain Managers, Procurement Managers) to implement their sustainability goals and initiatives as a part of their organizational practice.

Faculty Supervisors: Professor Arvind Karunakaran and Professor Dror Etzion of the Strategy Area
Arvind Karunakaran  Dror Etzion

Fellow(s): Mizan Hemani, Philippe Paquin-Hirtle, Michael Long

Textual Analysis of Analyst Reports

Conduct topic modelling for extracted statements from over 100K analyst reports and annual reports; Construct similarity and other linguistic measures across documents; Identify textual patterns to extract conflict of interest as disclosed in financial analyst reports.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Hongping Tan of the Accounting Area
Hongping Tan

Fellow(s): Manon Giot

When and Why Are Consumers Willing to Share Their Personal Information Online?

Nowadays, when consumers visit websites or download/update apps, they are often asked to share personal information with the firm (e.g., through accepting cookies, filling sign-up webforms). Frequent exposure to such information-requests along with increased media awareness of data disclosure policies of popular social media websites (e.g., WhatsApp, Facebook), highlight the importance of studying consumers’ privacy-related behaviors online. This research project explores factors influencing consumers' willingness to divulge personal information to online firms as well as their underlying psychology. We are particularly interested in understanding how experiencing resource scarcity affects information-divulgence behavior, where resource scarcity is the feeling of ‘not having enough resources’ such as limited money or time. This research will contribute to an academic paper that will shed new light on consumer privacy and online information sharing behavior.

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Ashesh Mukherjee of the Marketing Area
Ashesh Mukherjee

Fellow(s): Nabil Anouti

Impact Initiative

In parallel to the IMSF course and the Faculty Project, Fellows develop a group impact initiative based on the Sustainable Development Goals framework. The impact initiative is an opportunity for Fellows to have real world impact on pertinent global issues and make a tangible difference in our communities. Supported by mentors, faculty resources and their peers, the Fellows reach beyond classroom walls and beyond academic years to make lasting change.


SDG iconFellows: Maelys Boudier, Louna Guichard, Herman Korsunov, Roy Taguchi,Kelly Zhang, Scott Pardy
Impact Initiative goal: Improving access to bicycle safety in Montreal

The Armadelmets project aims to address the low usage rate of bicycle helmets by the users of Montreal’s bike-share program (BIXI). The initiative seeks to increase the awareness of the importance of wearing a helmet, offer solutions, and build upon current helmet safety projects. BIXI users recognize the importance of helmets but fail to execute the safety practice. This is due to convenience concerns, limitations on helmet accessibility, and affordability challenges. This project aims to develop a functional solution to the lack of available bicycle helmets by increasing the availability of convenient helmets through a Helmet Co-op system and by increasing the willingness of people to wear helmets through the Helmet Up app available in the app store.


SDG iconFellows: Morgan Gill, Andrew Hong, Philippe Paquin-Hirtle, Jordan Rindler, Vanessa Yang
Impact Initiative goal: Providing resource support to public school teachers

ConnectED is a two-sided matching platform which connects teachers seeking support with volunteers who have expertise and time to give. By connecting teachers in the Montreal area with university students who can give in-class workshops and presentations, ConnectED meets their goal of reducing teachers’ workloads. The ConnectED process is carried out through 3 streams of in-person help: day to day help in classrooms, specialized workshops and University and career advise.


SDG iconFellows: Buket Gok, Mizan Hemani, Francois Lepine-Cossette, Emily Yang, Jingyi Zhu
Impact Initiative goal: Reduce food waste in Montreal

FoodcycleIn Canada, 35.5 million metric tons of food are wasted each year. That is the equivalent weight of approximately 95 CN Towers worth of food put into landfills. Foodcycle is developing a solution related to the circular economy by bringing waste back into the food chain, with a focus on Bread and Grain Waste. Partnering with Boomerang Coop, their plan is to intercept spent brewing yeast and stale bread and up-cycle it, turning it into flour that can be sold to businesses to use in their products or directly to the consumer. The team will be working on getting certification and ramping up production to put their product onto shelves.

The Graphix Project

SDG iconSDG iconFellows: Avneet Bhabra, Vanna Chang, Manon Giot, Nada Al Mgharbel, Skye Scruton, Jia Wei Yang
Impact Initiative goal: Using Art for Social Change

The Graphix Project aims to educate and promote all human rights and connect youth through art, social media, or other interactive websites globally, providing them with a platform for social change. The team focused on creating an NGO to offer human rights education through graphics and cartoons. Using an online education curriculum and “the Graphix Conference” the goal is for Youth activists’ voices to be acknowledged and respected and to increase access to and understanding of human rights. The Team discussed the conference and presented their findings to the Member of Parliament Randeep Sarai, Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. They shared what youth activists’ needs are from government and highlighted the importance of allowing youth activists to attend committee sessions to provide a youth perspective. The Team is now in the process of developing a university level course focused on Business in Democracy.

Partners and stakeholders of The Graphix Project include the Yale Center of International Human Rights, McGill Faculty of Education, the advisors of the Graphix project (including former UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights), and Human rights affiliated academics from Yale, Oxford, McGill, Duke, and Columbia University.

Reading Numbers

SDG iconSDG iconFellows: Le Lu, Pragna Patel, Saadia Qureshi, Chareet Shah, Michaela Yu
Impact Initiative goal: Personal Finance Literacy

Through their research, Reading Numbers found that overall young people are not prepared to manage their personal finances, and that many women still do not consider themselves financially literate. Their response is to develop a mobile application for their target market of 18–25-year-olds . With a focus on both students and gender equality, their Reading Numbers game is both engaging and empowering, addressing topics such as budgeting, taxes, investment, credit/debt and salary negotiations.

Team Indigenous ESG

SDG iconSDG iconSDG iconFellows: Anna Abramova, Nabil Anouti, Tom Berger, Khaled Khadam
Impact Initiative goal: ESG: The Case for an Indigenous Perspective

Team Indigenous ESG addresses the absence of Indigenous notions and viewpoints in ESG reporting standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which comes at a high opportunity cost to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Small-to-Medium Enterprises. The team formulated an ESG report outlining the lack of guidelines for Indigenous SMEs and highlights the real world challenges/barriers current systems and metrics have maintained at the detriment of growth. This valuable report sparks discussion on the relevance and value of including Indigenous perspectives in ESG metrics and principles.

Eat Aware

SDG iconFellows: Reda Ouazzani, Mariam Sabah, Jiang Xu, Yue Zhong
Impact Initiative goal: Educating youth about consumer food waste through interactive learning

Eat Aware addresses the issue of food waste by providing food sustainability information and learning resources targeted at youth between the ages of 14 and 25. Their solution, the Eat Aware Platform, is both educational and actionable. It includes a core curriculum, interactive learning, and up to date information on where and how to donate food items in Montreal.

McGill Product Management Association (MPMA)

SDG iconSDG iconSDG iconFellows: Luc Holleville, Andromeda Wang
Impact Initiative goal: making a career in PM more accessible

The McGill Product Management Association began by recognizing the problems surrounding Product Management: people don’t know about Product Management, those who do are restricted by paywalled communities, the majority of Product Management content is tailored for senior product professionals and finally, no local Product Management student communities exist. Through the MPMA, the team is raising awareness and interest in PM, while teaching skills and providing resources to give students the confidence they need to apply to PM jobs and succeed in interviews. Since November 2021, they have reached over 400+ students (86% satisfaction rate) with panel discussions, seminar on ideating like a PM and speed networking.

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