Fall 2019 – Winter 2020

Fall 2019


Academic Research

Healthcare Delivery in Urban Environments - IMSF Fall 2019

Healthcare Delivery in Urban Environments

This project will explore how public healthcare services are provided in the urban environment. More specifically, it will seek to make healthcare delivery more efficient by reducing waiting times and improving patient inflow forecasts, consequently decreasing lost productivity and opportunity costs.

Animesh Animesh, Aurelie Ye, Robert Ialenti - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Animesh Animesh

Professor Aminesh's Professor Animesh’s research primarily examines the impact of Internet technologies and electronic commerce. Currently, he is working on the following areas: Impact of online advertising on consumers and firms, impact of virtual world features on consumer experiences and behavior, impact of online social media on information diffusion, and impact of computer supported coordination systems on user productivity and satisfaction.

Aurelie Ye - BCom

Aurelie Ye is a third-year Marketing and Computer Science student. At McGill, she not only was involved in clubs and case competitions, but also spearheaded Montreal’s first entrepreneurship bootcamp for the youth. During summer, she led a team of data scientists and developers to build a recommendation engine for RBC. She is passionate about bridging data, technology and business to solve tangible problems worldwide, and aims to pursue a career in Product Management. Aurelie is contributing to a big-data project aiming to solve the problem of waiting lines in healthcare systems using data analytics, predictive capabilities and computer vision, using both qualitative and quantitative skills.

Robert Ialenti - BCom

Robert Ialenti is an undergraduate student entering his final year of study at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. He is expecting to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in economics and a minor concentration in finance in April 2020. Robert is most interested in financial economics, urban economics, and international finance; he hopes to pursue graduate-level economics studies in the future. Robert has interned as a material logistics agent and data analyst; he has also completed an international exchange in Germany. Robert’s personal interests include languages, travelling, and European football. Robert will be quantifying costs related to current healthcare inefficiencies, designing and disseminating surveys, performing statistical and data analysis, and recommending innovative solutions.

Canada's Food Guide's impact on Business and Public Policy - IMSF Fall 2019

Canada's Food Guide's impact on Business and Public Policy

In this project, the fellows will assess the factors that influenced the Canada Food Guide 2018 from a policy making standpoint, the impact of guide on businesses and the changes in consumer behaviour.

Laurette Dube, Hindul Bharadwaj, Marc Matar, Alvin Yu-Xing Shen - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Laurette Dube

Originally trained as a nutritionist, with graduate degrees in finances (MBA), marketing (MPS), and behavioral decision making/consumer psychology (PhD), Laurette Dubé is Full Professor and holds the James McGill Chair of consumer and lifestyle psychology and marketing at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. Dr. Dubé’s lifetime research interest bears on the study of affects, behavioral economics, and neurobehavioral  processes underlying consumption, lifestyle, and health behavior. Her translational research examines how such knowledge can inspire more effective behavioral change and ecosystem transformation.è

Hindul Bharadwaj - MBA

Hindul Bharadwaj is a second-year MBA candidate completing a concentration in Finance. He has more than six years of experience in the oil & gas industry in various engineering and operations roles. Over the years, Hindul has developed a keen interest in the areas of health and nutrition and is determined to work on some of the key issues in these areas. Hindul is originally from India and has an engineering degree from IIT(ISM), Dhanbad(2011). Hindul will interview businesses to find out how they are dealing with the forces that can potentially impact their bottom-line and will study the transformational effects of the guide on consumers from a health and economic standpoint.

Marc Maltar - BCom

Marc Matar is a second-year BCom student majoring in International Management and Marketing. He uses the skills he acquired in these two academic areas in his job at Simone Records, working as a concert promotion agent. His interest in cultural enterprises – and their linkage to public institutions – developed into an interest in public policy. Once a member of the CLSC Foundation junior board, Marc hopes to use the multidisciplinary nature of his background as an asset in the Food Guide Policy research project. Marc will be assessing the social and economic repercussions of the 2018 changes in Canada’s Food Guide through literature reviews, data analysis and stakeholder interviews. Quantitative analysis will be done on the business level, focusing on industries and businesses, and on the individual level, focusing on consumers’ health and finances.

Alvin Yu-Xing Shen - BCom 

Alvin Shen is a fourth-year student pursuing a major in Finance and a concentration in Operations Management. Outside of the classroom, he has volunteered with a variety of organizations in social services. He has prior experience in project management at Hydro One and management consulting (operations) at KPMG. He is pursuing a career in consulting upon graduation. In this project, Alvin will be assessing the impact of changes to the 2018 Canada’s Food Guide. This includes examining the effects on businesses, both individual firms and sectors, as well as the effects on individuals. His role over the course of this project includes conducting a literature review, analyzing data and designing stakeholder interviews.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Platforms - IMSF Fall 2019

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Platforms

Firms face increasing market pressure to adopt new technologies and automate their processes. Amid this trend that is certainly not new, we seek to understand AI’s role in reconfiguring work tasks, jurisdictions and relations among different occupational groups within organizations to explicate the underlying implications for front line workers and managers. The researchers are particularly interested in the nature of changes to work practices and processes that may be required when analytics initiatives and technologies are put to work.Arvind Karunakaran, Ajay Singh - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Arvind Karunakaran

Arvind Karunakaran is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy and Organization area at Desautels Faculty of Management. His areas of expertise include Coordination, Sociology of Professions/Occupations, Impact of AI and Analytics on Jobs & Work Practices, Platforms/Two-sided Markets, and Power, Status, and Authority.

Ajay Singh - MBA

 

Gabriel Todorov - BCom

Gabriel Todorov is in his third and final year at the Desautels Faculty of Management, where he is majoring in Finance and is taking a concentration in Accounting. Born in Bulgaria, Gabriel grew up in a very international setting as a globe trotter and speaks fluently Bulgarian, English and French. He spent previous summers working on improving management processes in an engineering firm in Europe and has volunteered to support various social causes  By collecting multiple sources of data — besides interviews — from observations and archival documents we aim to provide insight for smoother integration of this new technology within firms in Montreal.

Social Media and Humanitarian Operations - IMSF Fall 2019

Social Media and Humanitarian Operations

This project focuses on how social media can be used to support humanitarian relief operations. The fellow strives towards three objectives: to collect data from major organizations’ social media about humanitarian operations, to determine their effectiveness, and to derive insights for improved communication between organizations and social media users.

Changseung Yoo, Dixon Wong - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Changseung Yoo

Changseung Yoo is an Assistant Professor, Bensadoun School of Retail Management and an Affiliate Member of Information Systems Area at the Desautels Faculty of Management. His research areas include digital markets, information systems & operations management interface, online advertising, and retail.

Dixon Wong - BCom

Dixon Wong is a third-year BCom student majoring in Finance with a concentration in Business Analytics. Over the past few years at McGill, Dixon has held leadership positions in extracurriculars including the McGill Management International Case Competition and the McGill Model United Nations Consulting Committee. Having interned at Bell, he hopes to pursue a career in strategy consulting. In his free time, Dixon enjoys playing tennis, attending music festivals, and listening to true crime podcasts. By using sophisticated text and social media analytics tools in Python and R, Dixon addresses natural language processing and the dynamics of social networks.

Precision Medicine and Global Clinical Trials - IMSF Fall 2019

Precision Medicine and Global Clinical Trials

In this project they seek to understand how vehicles and processes for drug development, such as global clinical trials, prevention trials, and personalized medicine impact end-users, knowledge production and transfer, development of local pharmaceutical industries, drug regulation practices, and the political economy of health.

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Professor Diana Dakhlallah

Diana Dakhlallah is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour. She joined Desautels in 2018 after completing her PhD at Stanford University. Her research interests include economic sociology, political economy, healthcare markets, global health, bribery, development, social incentives, organizations, and morally and socially contentious markets.

Bosko Dzepina - BCom

Bosko Dzepina is a third-year student studying economics and computer science. He has experience in corporate development, economic research, and strategy consulting. Currently on the investment team for Front Row Ventures, a student-run venture capital fund, he is interested in topics at the intersection of technology, economics, and healthcare.

Role of Chief Sustainability Officers in Organizations - IMSF Fall 2019

Role of Chief Sustainability Officers in Organizations

This project aims to investigate the role of sustainability professionals in organizations. Through in-depth interviews the fellows hope to gain insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by chief sustainability officers and managers as they try to integrate sustainability with business goals.

Dror Etzion, Arvind Karunakaran, Leila Gebara, Danielle Sukharenko - IMSF Fall 2019

Professors Dror Etzion and Arvind Karunakaran

Dror Etzion is an associate professor of strategy and organizations at the Desautels Faculty of Management and an associate member of the McGill School of the Environment. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Strategy Studies in Organizations. His work emphasizes the importance of local initiatives to promote sustainability, as opposed to an over-reliance on hierarchical approaches such as international agreements and other top-down approaches.

Arvind Karunakaran is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy and Organization area at Desautels Faculty of Management. His areas of expertise include Coordination, Sociology of Professions/Occupations, Impact of AI and Analytics on Jobs & Work Practices, Platforms/Two-sided Markets, and Power, Status, and Authority.

Leila Gebara - BCom

Leila Gebara is in her final year pursuing a triple concentration in Managing for Sustainability, Business Analytics, and International Management. Throughout her undergraduate degree Leila has gained experience in a variety of roles including dispatching truck drivers at ArcelorMittal, consulting for a non-profit with Emzingo U, and developing risk management platforms at VIA Rail. She is passionate about using business for good and hopes to pursue an international career in the social economy.

Danielle Sukharenko - BCom

Danielle Sukharenko is entering her third year at the Desautels Faculty of Management, where she is majoring in Strategic Management with a concentration in Information Systems. Danielle recently interned at IHS Markit on the Journal of Commerce editorial team, where she conducted research and published a series of articles on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the international overseas shipping sector. Danielle hopes to continue working in corporate sustainability, with the goal of understanding how global sustainability mandates impact organizational roles, business practices, and industries. 

Machine Learning Frameworks for Analyzing Eating Habits - IMSF Fall 2019

Machine Learning Frameworks for Analyzing Eating Habits

Obesity remains a pressing societal challenge, and self-regulation is seen to be an important tool to address this challenge. Many digital interventions aim to incentivize individuals to choose healthier food options via gamification strategies or nutrition navigation. This research project aims to answer questions connecting patterns of food intake with body weight outcomes, and impact of mobile-delivered interventions on eating patterns.

Laurette Dube, Nathan Yang, Veronica Chen - IMSF Fall 2019

Professors Laurette Dube and Nathan Yang

Originally trained as a nutritionist, with graduate degrees in finances (MBA), marketing (MPS), and behavioral decision making/consumer psychology (PhD), Laurette Dubé is Full Professor and holds the James McGill Chair of consumer and lifestyle psychology and marketing at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. Dr. Dubé’s lifetime research interest bears on the study of affects, behavioral economics, and neurobehavioral processes underlying consumption, lifestyle, and health behavior. Her translational research examines how such knowledge can inspire more effective behavioral change and ecosystem transformation.

Nathan Yang is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at McGill Desautels Faculty of Management. His main research interests are in big data and machine learning, health and wellness, behavioural science, retail, and empirical industrial organization. In addition to retailer expansion strategies, he has worked on (or is currently working on) projects that focus on various aspects of customer relationship management in a diverse set of industries, including appliances, bike sharing, car rentals, electronic health platforms, fast fashion, loan markets, social media, large international commercial weight loss programs, mobile weight loss apps, and video games. His most recent research attempts to blend together behavioural science, big data, and machine learning to help nudge people towards healthier lifestyles.

Veronica Chen - BCom

Veronica Chen is in her final year at Desautels faulty of management, pursuing a major in Finance and a minor in computer science. Passionate about both finance and technology, she is interested in how new technological transformations can create meaningful impact for business. With her experience in a food and entrepreneurship related research project and exposure to machine learning, she is determined to bring innovative solutions to this project. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in trading and quantitative finance. 

Women, Aboriginal, and Minority Entrepreneurs in Supply Chains - IMSF Fall 2019

Women, Aboriginal, and Minority Entrepreneurs in Supply Chains

This research project takes a stakeholder’s approach to better understand the challenges that are faced by women, aboriginal, and minority suppliers. Through the development and analysis of numerous interviews with corporate directors, leaders of non-profit organizations, and legislators, the professor and Fellowslookto understand the role and experience of “change agents” involved in supplier diversity programs in Canada. This work will contribute to an academic paper that will increase awareness on the subject and promote diversity in supply chains.

Patricia Hewlin, Malay Mishra - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Patricia Hewlin

Patricia Faison Hewlin joined McGill University in 2010. She conducts research on how organization members and leaders engage in authentic expression, as well as factors that impede authenticity in everyday work interactions. Her research has centred on employee silence, and the degree to which members suppress personal values and pretend to embrace those of the organization, a behaviour she has termed as “creating facades of conformity”.With the support of Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council, ProfessorHewlin'sresearch has expanded to studying the role of authenticity and values among diverse organizational leaders and entrepreneurs in Canada, US and Asia.

Malay Mishra - MBA

 

Narrative Theory and International Monetary Fund (IMF) - IMSF Fall 2019

Narrative Theory and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

This project uses narrative theory to demonstrate how language crafted to tell a particular story shapes normative ideology and generates new actual monetary and economic policy. By using a nuanced narratological analysis of the International Monetary Fund’s internal communications, public statements, speeches, donor meetings, and adjustment rationales, the aim is to understand how these narratives have influenced monetary policy at the IMF-staff and member-state levels.

Lindsay Holmgren, Florence Ajdenbaum, Esteban William Herpin - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Lindsay Holmgren

With an MA and a Ph.D. in English Literature from McGill, Dr. Lindsay Holmgren focuses her research on how language (verbal and non-verbal) influences audiences and the responsibility that influence entails. Thus, her graduate work, which took philosophical and narratological approaches to literature, informs her teaching at the Faculty of Management, the International Masters for Health Leadership (IMHL), and at the Faculty of Medicine in Postgraduate Medical Education.

Florence Ajdenbaum - BCom

Florence is a final-year BCom student majoring in finance and minoring in economics. Outside of the lecture hall, Florence’s passion lies in the public policy and central banking sectors, her secret idol being Christine Lagarde. Florence brings experience from Société Générale’s sales and trading practice as well as from the fintech industry where she contributed to the launch of a startup. After having lived in New York, Montreal and Paris, she hopes to pursue an international career in the economics and finance field. Always curious and ready to take part in new projects, it is with a great sense of responsibility and team spirit that Florence joins Professor Holmgren in her research on the International Monetary Fund. It is by using a nuanced narratological analysis on the IMF’s internal communications, public statements, speeches, donor meetings, and adjustment rationales, that Florence will study how these narratives have influenced monetary policy at the IMF-staff and member-state levels.

Esteban William Herpin - BCom

Esteban Herpin is a Finance Major and political science minor is his final semester at Desautels. His academic passions lie in the intersection of business and public sector policies. Outside of class, Esteban has been the vice president of finance of the McGill Student Society and Vice President Academic Affairs of the Management Undergraduate society. Esteban is also an avid traveler with an international background that has traveled to Chile, Brazil, and Israel through McGill study abroad programs.

Analyzing the role of Social Media Monitoring in 911 Emergency Management - IMSF Fall 2019

Analyzing the role of Social Media Monitoring in 911 Emergency Management

Performing statistical and data analysis of 9-1-1 call logs to gain insight into different aspects of emergency management organizations and the types of situations they handle. The fellows will also structure mass amounts of collected data to allow for efficient analysis, code programs to organize the data and write brief reports on the interpretation of the results.

Arvind Karunakaran, Yuan Tian - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Arvind Karunakaran

Arvind Karunakaran is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy and Organization area at Desautels Faculty of Management. His areas of expertise include Coordination, Sociology of Professions/Occupations, Impact of AI and Analytics on Jobs & Work Practices, Platforms/Two-sided Markets, and Power, Status, and Authority.

Yuan Tian - BCom

Yuan Tian is a third-year BCom student majoring in Finance with a concentration in Business Analytics. She is patient and passionate about learning new skills from challenges. Throughout her time in McGill, she participated in various on-campus activities and devoted most of her spare time to volunteer work. Originally from China, she is capable of 3 languages. Besides, she enjoys travelling and tasting local delicacies. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career integrating both Finance and Data Analytics.

Demand Side Impacts on Sustainable Consumptions - IMSF Fall 2019

Demand Side Impacts on Sustainable Consumptions

The fellows will be undertaking a literature review and subsequently developing and conducting interviews to design a framework for sustainable consumption from the perspective of consumers. The research will specifically focus on consumers’ product choice, usage, and disposal. They will focus on one aspect of this process to further understand consumers’ behaviors regarding sustainable consumption.

Emine Sarigullo, Mahsa Ghazi, Annelise Jahnke, Rachael Madore - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Emine Sarigullo

Dr. Emine Sarigöllü is Associate Professor and Academic Director International Management at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. She is also founder of MIM (McGill Institute of Marketing). Dr. Sarigöllü’s primary research domain is choice. She has investigated choice in both existing and really new products across a variety of contexts and implemented statistical models to analyze the impact of marketing decisions on choice. In this domain, she has also explored the relationship between environmental perceptions, attitudes and behaviors in various cross-cultural contexts. Dr. Sarigöllü has extended her research in this area to examine the relationship between brand awareness, brand equity and market outcome.

Mahsa Ghazi - BCom

Originally from China, Yingchen (Heather) Liu is a third-year BCom student majoring in Statistics for Management with a Minor in Computer Science. Easy-going and reliable, she is always ready to learn new things with a strong sense of responsibility and good team spirit. The combination of her business acumen and technical skills enable her to analyze the fast-changing business environment and develop algorithm-based strategies. Yingchen hopes to pursue a career in the consulting industry.

Annelise Jahnke - BCom

Annelise is a fourth-year BCom student pursuing a major in finance and a minor in marketing. During her time at McGill, she has been involved on campus in various ways to promote community engagement and has enjoyed volunteering her time for different philanthropic initiatives. In her spare time, you can find Annelise enjoying outdoor activities or reading a good book. 

Rachael Madore - BCom

Rachael is a third-year BCom student concentrating in Strategic Management and Information Systems with a minor in Environment. She is passionate about creating environmental and social change through empathy and innovation. During her time at McGill, she has collaborated with other socially driven self-starters due to her involvement in MyVision McGill and McGill Entrepreneurs’ Society. Rachael plans to pursue an international career in the environmental and social purpose space.

Impact of Nutrition Navigation Program on Consumer Purchases - IMSF Winter 2019

Impact of Nutrition Navigation Program on Consumer Purchases

This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a nutrition navigation program implemented by a major Canadian grocery chain using analytical tools. It involves developing machine learning models based on a large amount of shopping basket data. This analysis will allow the team to guide future marketing decisions as well as identify changes in purchase behaviour.

Yu Ma, Vittoria Vecchioli - IMSF Winter 2019

Professor Yu Ma

Dr. Yu Ma is Associate Professor of Marketing and Bensadoun Faculty Scholar at McGill University. He obtained his Ph.D. in management from Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining McGill, he was Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. His research interest includes food marketing, retailing and big data analytics.

Vittoria Vecchioli - BCom

Vittoria is a third-year BCom student completing a double concentration in Information System and Business Analytics and a Minor in Computer Science. Over the course of her studies she developed a strong interest in how data analytics can be used to make and improve business decisions. Originally from France and Italy, she has lived in London for a few years. She hopes to broaden her horizon by pursuing an international career in the field of data analysis.

Analyzing Insights on Personality Traits of Executives - IMSF Fall 2019

Analyzing Insights on Personality Traits of Executives

The fellows will be analyzing existing literature and transcripts of interviews that Professor Moore has conducted in order to identify key insights related to introverts and extroverts in the C-Suite. They will then be working with Professor Moore to communicate these insights to the public through articles released in a variety of publications.

Karl Moore, Ashley Dinh, Leo Gelfand, Rachel Hanji Seo, Daniel Di Sun - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Karl Moore

Dr. Karl Moore joined McGill's Faculty of Management in autumn 2000, where he teaches graduate courses in globalization and leadership. He has taught extensively in executive education and MBA programs with leading universities including Oxford, LBS, Cambridge, IMD, Darden, Cornell, INSEAD, Duke, the Drucker School, the Rotterdam School of Management, IIM Bangalore, Queen's and McGill. He was recently nominated for the 2017 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Leadership Category as a top thinker in the area for his work on introverts/extroverts in the C-Suite & Millennials. Seven other nominees included faculty from Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Penn and Dartmouth.

Ashley Dinh - MBA

Ashley is a second year MBA student at McGill, specializing in Data Analytics. She is a Pharmacist by training and possesses 7 years experience in Sales & Marketing in Pharmaceuticals industry. Humanitarian causes are a passion of hers. They drove her to leverage her professional experiences and business knowledge to contribute to the community. She is also a modern guitarist and a hiker enthusiast. She will be using her experiences and exposures in Asia, Europe, and North America to evaluate how Introverts/Extroverts traits in the C-Suite differ across cultures.

Leo Gelfand - BCom

Leo Gelfand is a fourth-year management student pursuing a triple concentration in Finance, Strategic Management and Business Analytics. At McGill, Leo has been involved as an Editor of the Bull & Bear and a Project Manager for JED Consulting. In the summers, he has interned at Capital One and Mackenzie Investments. Outside the classroom, Leo's interests include playing basketball and completing crossword puzzles. 

Rachel Hanji Seo - BCom

 

Daniel Di Sun - BCom

Daniel is a fourth year BCom student at McGill University with a Major in Finance and a Concentration in Data Analytics. This year he will serve as VP Finance for the McGill Consulting Association. After graduation, Daniel will be joining the Boston Consulting group to pursue a career in Management Consulting. In his free time, Daniel enjoys good food and sports.

Sustainable Practices for Smallholder Farmers in Developing Countries - IMSF Fall 2019

Sustainable Practices for Smallholder Farmers in Developing Countries

This research project focuses on how smallholder farmers in developing countries are able to access financing to develop sustainable practices. The work is being conducted in collaboration with a local non-profit organization specialized in international sustainable finance.

Paola Perez-Aleman, Daniela Garabito Silva, Babet Nieman, Corentin Jeanrot  - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Paola Perez-Aleman

Dr. Paola Perez-Aleman is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization at McGill University. Her research and expertise lie at the intersection of management, strategy, and international development. The focus of her work is on the processes that build capabilities of enterprises, foster innovation and advance economic development. Her research areas include Emerging Market Strategy, Entrepreneurship, International Management, Social Innovation, Sustainable Development, and Technology & Innovation.

Daniela Garabito Silva - BCom

Daniela is a U2 Honours Economics student passionate about food security and sustainable agriculture. Daniela has explored this interest by interning with the United Nations World Food Programme, working as a Food Educator for McGill Food and Dining Services, and by being one of two McGill students selected to participate in the Peru Fair Trade Origin trip. She has also been involved in the Desautels Sustainability Network and the Fair-Trade Venture of Engineers Without Borders. Daniela will be researching how smallholder farmers are able to access financing to develop sustainable practices.

Babet Nieman - BCom

Babet Nieman is a third-year BCom student pursuing a major in Economics and Finance. She is passionate about the convergence of business and social innovation. With a desire to promote sustainability and ethical consumption, she has previously worked as a social impact consultant for a low-income thrift store in Peru. At McGill, she is involved in MyVision where she organizes events that connect social businesses to students. The objective of this project is to thoroughly understand the sustainable methods of farming in developing contexts. The project entails examining large amounts of collected data to uncover trends and recommend relevant solutions. In this project, Babet hopes to approach the sustainability of farms through a financial lens — examining the role of credit markets and financial grants.

Corentin Jeanrot - BCom

Corentin is a second-year BCom student in the Managing for Sustainability program. Passionate about tackling society’s grand challenges, he is interested in the role business can play in generating a net positive impact on social and environmental needs. Furthermore, he has been active in pursuing social work in developing countries in Asia and Africa, deepening his understanding of global challenges and the ways to address them. The project entails examining large amounts of collected data to uncover trends and recommend relevant solutions. In this project, Corentin hopes to approach the sustainability of farms through a financial lens — examining the role of credit markets and financial grants.

Social Impact of Bike Sharing in Smart Cities - IMSF Fall 2019

Social Impact of Bike Sharing in Smart Cities

Urban shared mobility is increasingly prevalent. The aim of this project is to investigate its implications on social welfare. To this
end, we will explore the bike share data of Chicago and Montreal and apply advanced data analytics tools. The potential impact is to
inform policymakers about how to promote a bike share system onward.

Wei Qi, Yingchen Liu - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Wei Qi

https://www.mcgill.ca/desautels/wei-qiDr. Wei Qi is an assistant professor in Operations Management at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. His research interests include Energy & transportation systems operations management (e.g. energy storage, electric vehicles, renewables); New techno-economic models, e.g.: urban-scale systems integration, sharing economy in e-commerce, transactive energy; Supply chain design and management; and Data analytics.

Yingchen (Heather) Liu - BCom

Originally from China, Yingchen (Heather) Liu is a third-year BCom student majoring in Statistics for Management with a Minor in Computer Science. Easy-going and reliable, she is always ready to learn new things with a strong sense of responsibility and good team spirit. The combination of her business acumen and technical skills enable her to analyze the fast-changing business environment and develop algorithm-based strategies. Yingchen hopes to pursue a career in the consulting industry. Urban shared mobility is increasingly prevalent. The aim of this project is to investigate its implications on social welfare. To this end, we will explore the bike share data of Chicago and Montreal and apply advanced data analytic tools. The potential impact is to inform policymakers about how to promote a bike share system onward.

Digital Technologies for Integrated Career - IMSF Fall 2019

Digital Technologies for an Integrated Career 

The fellows will be exploring how digital technologies shape current careers as well as researching emerging technologies that could have impacts on the future.

Emma Vaast, Selin Kucukoglu, Ritha Sarf - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Emma Vaast

Emmanuelle Vaast is a Professor of Information Systems at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. She teaches the core Information Systems course as well as Managing Information Technology (BCom), Technology and Innovation for Sustainability (BCom) and research methods (PhD. Program). Her research examines how social practices emerge and change with the implementation and use of new technologies and how these new practices are associated with organizational and change dynamics. She has in particular investigated the learning and knowledge dynamics taking place at different levels (communities and networks of practice, for instance) and the boundary-spanning involved in these dynamics when new Information Systems get implemented and used.

Selin Kucukoglu - BCom

Selin Kucukoglu is an international student at the Desautels Faculty of Management. She is studying Information Systems and Finance and her areas of interests are cybersecurity, information technology and data analytics and science. Alongside her academics, she is involved with the competitive tennis team at McGill as well as have held a few roles at the Management Undergraduate Society. Her interests are sports, Turkish politics, fashion, reading and cooking. Her role demands to conduct various interviews and analyze the data to drive meaningful results.

Ritha Sarf - BCom

Ritha Sarf is in her final year of studies as a BCom student at McGill with a dual concentration in Finance and Business Analytics along with a minor in International Development. Over the course of her studies, she has been involved in several student organizations such as Opportutoring, Enactus and co-founded a youth lead Non-Profit Organization back home in Morocco. She has also recently completed an exchange at Sciences Po Paris where she took introductory courses in law and diplomacy. Upon graduation she intends to pursue legal and international relations studies as she hopes to engage in an international consulting career at the intersection of law and technology. In the light of the ongoing research project at McGill University on digital technologies for integrated careers, she is looking forward to analyzing the transformative impact of technology on current jobs.

Connections between Corporate Investors and Acquisitions - IMSF Fall 2019

Connections between Corporate Investors and Acquisitions

Networking is an essential aspect of today’s business environment. Regardless of what is written on your resume or LinkedIn, impressing an employer and having a one on one discussion is key. The question then arises, to what extent does a corporate investor’s background impact the acquisitions process.

Kwangjun An, Humza Azhar Butt, Dong Chen - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Kwangjun An

Kwangjun An is an assistant professor of Strategy and Organization. His research draws on organization theory to study organizational outcomes such as networks, change, growth and survival. In particular, he is interested in entrepreneurial firms, market networks and mobility of professionals. His current research projects focus on venture capital law firms and examine how they play a broker role between start-ups and venture capital firms. He also studies the U.S. mutual fund industry with particular attention to how the mobility of professionals can cause the organization to make important strategic changes. He uses mix-method approaches in his research, which range from large-scale data analyses to interviews and content analysis.Vedat Verter joined McGill's Faculty of Management in 1995 as part of the Management Science area. During his sabbatical in 2001-02, he was a visiting professor at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Before joining McGill, he taught at the University of Alberta and Bilkent University. He had also worked in the Research & Development Centre of Koc Holding, the largest industrial corporation in Turkey, as a project manager for five years.

Humza Azhar Butt - BCom

Humza Azhar Butt is a third-year B. Com student, studying Finance and Information Systems. Originally of Pakistani descent he has studied abroad in Beijing, China most of his life. Outside of class, he is the President of GOVision helping spread awareness of the current digital innovation happening in Asia. He is regularly seen playing intramural basketball with his friends or preparing for some case competition. Humza is utilizing tools such as CapIQ in this project to understand how a corporate investor’s background can impact their decision in targeting firms for acquisitions.

Dong Chen - BCom

Textual Analysis in Financial Reporting - IMSF Fall 2019

Textual Analysis in Financial Reporting

In this project, the fellows are analyzing stock valuation reports to identify trends in sensitivity analysis reporting. That data will be utilized to investigate how those analyses are used and the impact they have on stock performance.

Hongping Tan, Stephen Hays Gill, Chuyi Wei - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Hongping Tan

Dr. Honping Tan is an Associate Professor and the Accounting area coordinator at the Desautels Faculty of Management. His research areas include capital markets, data analytics, disclosure, earnings management, emerging markets, firms' disclosure activities, information environment, and international finance.

Stephen Hays Gill - BCom

Stephen Gill is a fourth-year BCom student studying Statistics, Finance, and Computer Science. He is most passionate about applying quantitative analytical methods to the realms of sports and finance. Outside of class, Stephen enjoys independent football analysis projects and has also worked as a Managing Editor for The McGill Tribune. He has completed an internship as an Operations analyst and plans to pursue a career in Data Science upon graduation. He then uses those observations to write computer programs that scrape qualitative and quantitative sensitivity analysis data from a larger sample of those reports.

Chuyi Wei - BCom

Chuyi Wei is a third-year BCom student majoring in Accounting with a concentration in Business Analytics. She was originally from China before coming to Canada for university. She is a member of the Chinese and Canada Junior Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about bonding the relationship between these two countries she loves. She is interested in data analytics and debating. Chuyi is analyzing stock valuation reports to identify trends in sensitivity analysis reporting. After graduation, she is considering study options in law or work in financial institutions.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and classical music.

Social Media Analysis and Product Innovation Opportunity - IMSF Fall 2019

Social Media Analysis and Product Innovation Opportunity

This project will explore social media platforms and how they provide a rich source of information that can help understand consumers’ needs through user-generated content. The goal of the project is to build a corpus of domain knowledge of non-alcoholic beverages (hot and cold) across consumers’ and enterprises’ social media platforms. Further, analyze the domain knowledge to identify innovation opportunities in non-alcoholic non-black tea beverages. The fellows will conduct a literature review, collect, code, annotate and analyse data as well as participate in writing articles for publication.

Laurette Dube, Nathan Yang, Yu Ma, Anam Hossain, Kristal Lok, Radhika Rana - IMSF Fall 2019

Professors Laurette Dube, Nathan Yang, and Yu Ma

Originally trained as a nutritionist, with graduate degrees in finances (MBA), marketing (MPS), and behavioral decision making/consumer psychology (PhD), Laurette Dubé is Full Professor and holds the James McGill Chair of consumer and lifestyle psychology and marketing at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. Dr. Dubé’s lifetime research interest bears on the study of effects, behavioral economics, and neurobehavioral processes underlying consumption, lifestyle, and health behavior. Her translational research examines how such knowledge can inspire more effective behavioral change and ecosystem transformation.

Nathan Yang is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at McGill Desautels Faculty of Management. His main research interests are in big data and machine learning, health and wellness, behavioral science, retail, and empirical industrial organization. In addition to retailer expansion strategies, he has worked on (or is currently working on) projects that focus on various aspects of customer relationship management in a diverse set of industries, including appliances, bike sharing, car rentals, electronic health platforms, fast fashion, loan markets, social media, large international commercial weight loss programs, mobile weight loss apps, and video games. His most recent research attempts to blend together behavioral science, big data, and machine learning to help nudge people towards healthier lifestyles.

Dr. Yu Ma is Associate Professor of Marketing and Bensadoun Faculty Scholar at McGill University. He obtained his Ph.D. in management from Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining McGill, he was Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. His research interest includes food marketing, retailing and big data analytics.

Anam Hossain - BCom

Anam Hossain is in her third and final year at McGill’s Bcom program, in which she will be completing a major in Marketing and a concentration in Business Analytics. She was born and raised in India before moving to Canada for University. She has been involved and held several executive positions in student organizations such as MUS Marketing Network, Tashan Dance Company and P[h]assion. In her free time, she enjoys learning and improving skills such as video editing and social media marketing. She hopes to pursue a career in brand management and/or in data analysis.

Kristal Lok - BCom

Radhika Rana - BCom

Radhika Rana is a second year MBA student completing her concentration in Global Strategy and Leadership to complement her previous background in Accounting and Finance. Radhika is determined to use her analytical skills to seek innovative solutions for business challenges. She is originally from India, has a keen interest in Table Tennis and loves to perform as a music vocalist at various events. Radhika will be leading the project- ‘Social media analysis and Product innovation opportunity’. This project requires application of strong data analytical skills and a creative bent of mind to identify innovation opportunities through analysis of large amount of complex data from social media platforms. The goal is to devise successful strategies for the introduction of a new product in market using advanced techniques of deep learning and brand imagine.

Analyzing Big Data for Labour Market Implications - IMSF Fall 2019

Analyzing Big Data for Labour Market Implications

The project will strive to answer two important questions: 1) how do the types and breadth of skills that workers possess across different job roles impact the ability of organizations to facilitate coordination and innovation?, and 2) for which types of jobs and tasks do organizations use regular employees versus contract workers? Analyzing Big Data on Labor Markets has the potential to uncover important consequences for organizational performance.

Matthew Corritore, Adil Maikeyev - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Matthew Corritore 

Matthew Corritore is an assistant professor of Strategy & Organization in the Desautels Faculty of Management. He joined the faculty in 2018 after completing his Ph.D. in Macro-Organizational Behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Matthew investigates questions related to corporate culture and non-standard work. His research agenda consists of two streams: 1) Cultural Heterogeneity and Firm Performance and 2) Nonstandard Work and Job Quality.

Adil Maikeyev - BCom

Adil Maikeyev is a third-year student pursuing a major in Accounting and minor in Computer Science. He was born and raised in Kazakhstan before he came to high school in Ontario. Throughout the years at McGill, he was a member of McGill Concert Choir and computer science clubs. Adil hopes that this research program will expand and develop his analytic abilities, which he could use in his future finance career. In this project, Adil will be analyzing "big" data of job postings, which will help to identify the skills and tasks associated with different job roles within job posting text and uncover consequences for organizations.

Using WiFi to Predict Customer Movement and Purchases - IMSF Fall 2019

Using WiFi to Predict Customer Movement and Purchases

Using unique access from a smart WiFi specialist company to the granular spatial tracking information in a sporting goods chain store, the team intends to understand where customers area to predict where customers will go next using advanced demand modelling that incorporates tools from machine learning (i.e. variational inference).

Changseung Yoo, Nathan Yang, Thomas Villeneuve - IMSF Fall 2019

Professors Nathan Yang and Changseung Yoo

Nathan Yang is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at McGill Desautels Faculty of Management. His main research interests are in big data and machine learning, health and wellness, behavioral science, retail, and empirical industrial organization. In addition to retailer expansion strategies, he has worked on (or is currently working on) projects that focus on various aspects of customer relationship management in a diverse set of industries, including appliances, bike sharing, car rentals, electronic health platforms, fast fashion, loan markets, social media, large international commercial weight loss programs, mobile weight loss apps, and video games. His most recent research attempts to blend together behavioral science, big data, and machine learning to help nudge people towards healthier lifestyles.

Changseung Yoo is an Assistant Professor, Bensadoun School of Retail Management and an Affiliate Member of Information Systems Area at the Desautels Faculty of Management. His research areas include digital markets, information systems & operations management interface, online advertising, and retail.

Thomas Villeneuve - BCom

Thomas is a self motivated and driven student specializing at the intersection of entrepreneurship and the data and computer oriented world we live in today. Thomas will be working to analyse positional WiFi data inside a Montreal mall. His aim will be to build the business case around what could be learnt from the data and then establish models to analyse the data in the scope of said business case. Modelling the data to gain insight into the behavior of people in the mall and predicting future behavior.

Applications of Machine Learning to Risk Management - IMSF Fall 2019

Applications of Machine Learning to Risk Management

The project is using the data sets the banks are using to identify a credit score for their customers, and the data they use to manage the risks of their investments for evaluations of risk management tools. The team will apply machine learning methods to test their performance compared to the traditional models that banks use. The idea is to run a horse race between traditional risk management instruments, and machine learning algorithms on the new datasets that banks use for their internal risk assessments and identify to what extent AI can be implemented on the level of banking risk management.

Ruslan Goyenko, Roy Zhang - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Ruslan Goyenko

Ruslan Goyenko is an Associate Professor of Finance at Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Ruslan's research focuses on empirical asset pricing, liquidity, market microstructure, and mutual funds performance predictability.

Roy Zhang - BCom

Born in Yunnan in southwestern China, Roy first discovered his passion for trade and finance cultivating tea leaves on the Tibetan plateau. He completed the International Baccalaureate in Calgary before enrolling at McGill University’s Faculty of Management in 2017. As a fellow at MDIIM, Roy is passionate about industries at the forefront of the industrial world, from Machine Learning to Volatility Estimation. Outside of school, he can be found playing grand strategy games, messing around on photoshop, or trying to value obscure derivatives.

Predicting the Survivability of Cryptocurrencies - IMSF Fall 2019

Predicting the Survivability of Cryptocurrencies

This research aims to collect data on initial coin offering (ICO) and coin trading from cryptocurrency trading platforms. The objective is to use the data throughout the ICO process (e.g., coin announcement, technical white paper, initial trade pattern, etc.) to predict the short and long-term survivability of the cryptocurrencies.

Warut Khern-am-nuai, Dorothy Lei - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Warut Khern-am-nuai

Dr. Warut is an Assistant Professor in the Information Systems Area. His research areas include Management of Information Security, Platform for Online Marketplaces, and Predictive Analytics.

Dorothy Lei - BCom

Ying (Dorothy) Lei is in her final year of pursing a major in Finance and a minor in Economics at Desautels. Proactive and energetic, she loves exploring the world and expanding her skill set while helping others grow. Throughout her time at McGill, Dorothy has been actively engaged in helping fellow students and facilitating cross-cultural communication as Peer Advisor at Career Center and VP Acadamics at MG Theory. She is also a French learner, a Chinese debater, and a PADI-certified scuba diver. Inspired by a course in FinTech, she became interested in the impact of technology on the financial system and the crypto economy it creates. This semester, Dorothy will studying the survivability of various cryptocurrencies. Meanwhile, devoted to promoting social well-being, she will be working for the SDG Fellowship to implement Sustainable Development Goals within Montreal.  Dorothy hopes to study Law for the next step and pursue a career in Law and Economics.

Analyzing an NGO's Healthy Lifestyle Marketing Interventions - IMSF Fall 2019

Analyzing an NGO's Healthy Lifestyle Marketing Interventions

This project focuses on marketing analytics of an NGO that has implemented multiple interventions for healthy eating, promoting exercise and reducing smoking.

Yu Ma, Ismail Benchekroun - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Yu Ma

Dr. Yu Ma is Associate Professor of Marketing and Bensadoun Faculty Scholar at McGill University. He obtained his Ph.D. in management from Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining McGill, he was Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. His research interest includes food marketing, retailing and big data analytics.

Ismail Benchekroun - BCom

Ismail is a third-year Bcom student majoring in Statistics. He is excited to pursue a Business Analytics concentration and apply the mathematical concepts he has learned to a managerial context. Outside of academics, Ismail is an exec of McGill Improv and enjoys playing basketball. He previously worked for Professor Yu Ma during the summer of 2019, helping him prepare case studies for the MRKT 440: Marketing Analytics course taught in the fall 2019 semester. He will run some analysis to evaluate the impact of those intervention plans, looking at the change in healthy food sales, the number of new members enrolled in YMCA, and the smoking cessation sales. 

Collaboration in Shipping Networks - IMSF Fall 2019

Collaboration in Shipping Networks

Using data from one of the largest airfreight providers in the world, worth an entire year of shipments, i.e. details on 125 million shipments, the project is aimed to conduct a Network analysis and determine the implications of airfreight connects and the speed of the network.

Professor Juan Serpa

Dr. Juan Serpa is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management Area and a William Dawson Scholar. His research interests include Big Data & Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Empirical Industrial Organization, Government Operations, and Supply Chain Management.

Guillaume Lapierre-Berger - BCom

Guillaume Lapierre-Berger is a third-year BCom student at McGill majoring in Finance and with a strong background in mathematics and business analytics. Throughout his undergraduate studies, he has been involved in Operations Research with faculty members at Desautels, where he acquired transferable knowledge in AI and machine learning. Passionate about social impact, he is working in close collaboration with Montreal food coop Santropol Roulant by creating an app and using data analytics in a bid to revolutionize their operations. After his undergraduate degree, he aspires to attend graduate school and eventually obtain a PhD in Operations Management. In this project, he will be working with Professor Juan Serpa and handling data to prove the currently ignored phenomenon of negative spillover externalities in airline cargo collaboration networks when a new connection between two locations is added. The hypothesis is that the addition of direct routes in the network reduces collaboration between two airlines at intermediary locations previously serving that route, which renders the operations less efficient, and ultimately more costly, at external locations where they are still collaborating.

 

 


Community Partnerships

Machine Learning and Food Security in Montreal - IMSF Fall 2019

Machine Learning and Food Security in Montreal

This project is in collaboration with Santropol Roulant. To run one of their famous food provision programs, the organization grows food on its own farm, prepares it, and distributes it to people with mobility problems in Montreal. We are supporting the organization to improve its mobile food provision program and agricultural programs by implementing data trackers in their farms, to improve food growth. We are also creating an AI app to intelligently decide how to distribute this food across consumers.

Juan Serpa, Zachary Amar, Christina Baik, Antoine Marchal, Lesley Borowski, Janna Augustin - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Juan Serpa

Dr. Juan Serpa is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management Area and a William Dawson Scholar. His research interests include Big Data & Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Empirical Industrial Organization, Government Operations, and Supply Chain Management.

Zachary Amar - BCom

Zachary Amar is a final year student in Analytics and Information systems. Passionate about analytics and programming he is eager to apply his skills to help an industry that is so important for our future. He has lived most of his life in Barcelona, Spain and is a huge sports fan. Especially soccer and basketball! He will be working in Machine Learning to improve food security in Montreal. In collaboration with Santropol Roulant, he will help them develop a database and an app to track volunteer schedules. He will also work in collaboration with the McGill Food Analytics Club (McFAC) and help with the collection and analysis of data from solar panels that will be installed in order to improve the growth of fruits and vegetables.

Christina Baik - BCom

Christina is a third-year Bcom student pursuing a triple concentration in Business Analytics, Managing for Sustainability, and Strategic Management. She is passionate about a wide variety of sustainable topics including global food sustainability and animal welfare. She aspires to pursue a career in wildlife conservation, as well as helping to advance current strategies of animal shelters/sanctuaries in rural and urban areas. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, sports, and volunteering at animal shelters. In this project, she is focused on leveraging AI and analytics tools to improve agricultural programs in collaboration with local food security organizations. This will be achieved by integrating and applying sustainability knowledge, communication, and analytical research skills.

Antoine Marchal - BCom

Antoine is a B.Com student with concentrations in Managing for Sustainability and Business Analytics. He was previously the goalkeeper of the Redmen Soccer team and now pursuing his passion for social change. He is curious about a variety of subjects ranging from interactive design to psychology. Antoine hopes to one day start his own social impact enterprise. In his free time, he loves to play sports, read, and hang out with his friends. Antoine will be working with the McGill food Analytics Club that aims to create an app for Santropol Roulant and help them with the management of their food production, volunteers, and overall demand. His role will be to facilitate the use of the solutions by Santropol's employees by creating digital interfaces that give the employees access to the backend and database of the application.

Lesley Borowski - BCom

Janna Augustin - BCom

Janna Agustin is a fourth-year BCom student studying Business Analytics and Computer Science. In the past few years, she has developed a passion for initiating tech-driven social impact. She has previously worked at two start-ups in Southeast Asia and is currently involved in a student-managed VC fund in Montreal called Front Row Ventures. Through her academic and professional experiences, she strives to combine her interests in programming, data science and social entrepreneurship. In her free time, you can find Janna taking film photos or singing Whitney Houston at the top of her lungs.

Business Expertise on Surgical Innovation Program - IMSF Fall 2019

Business Expertise on Surgical Innovation Program 

The Surgical Innovation Program is a cross-disciplinary program that equips trainees to enter the medical technology sector. The program is delivered jointly by McGill University, École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), and Concordia University. Student teams are formed to bring together expertise in business, engineering, computer science, and surgery through an experiential simulated start-up process for new Clinical technologies. Physical devices, as well as digital health (including Artificial Intelligence) devices, are developed.

 

Professors Jan Jorgensen and Dr. Jake Barralet

Jan Jorgensen joined McGill's Faculty of Management in 1980. He previously taught at the University of Waterloo and Dalhousie University. Dr. Jorgensen directs the master's program in Economic Policy Management (EPM), which is offered jointly by the Faculty of Management and the Department of Economics. His current research interests include organizational responses to globalization in selected industries, strategic collaboration, and public sector divestment and restructuring in industrialized and developing countries. He is particularly interested in the transferability of western management know-how to developing and emerging market economies.

Dr. Jake Barralet is a professor at McGill University and scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre; Vice Chair Surgery Research; and Director of Research for the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at McGill University. His expertise includes biomaterials nanomaterials innovation, with 15 years of academic and 3 years of industrial experience. Interested in science and making it work with a focus on tissue regeneration and material synthesis. Interested in productive partnerships to achieve the goal of bringing new innovations to the public.

Haoran Wang - BCom

Haoran Wang is a fourth year BCom student, studying sustainability with a minor in psychology. He is passionate about connecting resources from different parties to create shared values. Haoran believes the power of collaboration and aims to create social changes from a solution-oriented approach. Outside of the academic world, he is a storyteller in Mandarin, a cinephile in English, and a motivated learner in French.

Meiqi He - BCom

Meiqi He is a third-year BCom student majoring in Finance with a concentration in Business Analytics. She is passionate about integrating predictive analytics in decision making and turning data into information to explore new business opportunities. Throughout her time at McGill, she has been involved in various student clubs, including Model UN and McGill Robotics, and she also recently joined a Start Up based in Silicon Valley. For this project, Meiqi will be working on developing innovative solutions in clinical technologies from a consulting perspective.

Mark Gao - BCom

Mark is a U4 BCom student majoring in accounting. With a aspirations of pursuing a careering involving both quantitative analysis as well as client-facing advisory, he pursues math and programming courses to supplement his business knowledge. As someone who prides himself on maintaining a broad set of skills, he particularly enjoys working on projects that involve a mix of independent research as well as interaction with stakeholders, especially in a scientific setting. In the health innovation project in particular, he is excited to have the opportunity to take an idea from the blueprint to the market, all the while creating something that could prove very beneficial to the health care sector, and thus, to any one of us.

Umema Rajput - BCom

Umema Rajput is a second-year BCom student pursuing a major in Finance. She finds herself enthusiastic about public speaking; all along being a crime fiction fanatic. Moving on in her life, she would like to provide a unique platform to young girls in order to equip them with knowledge and expertise to meet the challenges of the dynamic and evolving global marketplace. Through the course of her time at the Surgical Innovation Program, her aim would be to bridge the gap between potential opportunities in the medical sector towards allocating resources for providing solutions to minute, yet subtle problems faced by medical professionals in various sectors. Hence, it would be a great opportunity for her to acquire skills to solve complex problems from both the business and medical perspective, being an invaluable lifetime experience.

Mentorship Strategies for Experiential Learning - IMSF Fall 2019

Mentorship Strategies for Experiential Learning

The project involves working with faculty and staff at McGill, other academic and non-academic institutions to explore effective strategies for mentoring students, as they engage in interdisciplinary research, experiential learning and entrepreneurship to facilitate their paths to having a social impact at a local and international level. The study impacts leaders from foundations and other stakeholders who are concerned with engaging diverse students in interdisciplinary research, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship for professional development.

Nii Addy, Falah Rajput, Srinitia Mukherjee - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Nii Addy

Nii Addy is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, where he also conducts research at the McGill Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE). Dr. Addy is an Affiliate Member of McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID). Dr. Addy’s work focuses on effecting sustainable organizational and institutional change through multi-stakeholder partnerships spanning societal sectors (public, private and civil society) and industrial sectors (education, nutrition, health, agriculture, etc.)

Falah Rajput - BCom

Falah Rajput is a third-year B. Com student, studying finance and analytics. Outside of class, Falah is very involved on campus, having helped launch the inaugural edition of a global buy-side case competition, and is now serving on the board of an independent campus publication. Originally from Pakistan, Falah has previously lived in the Middle East and Africa. He spent the previous summer working on a human-centered consulting engagement in South Africa and intends to use this cross-cultural mindset to pursue a career in consulting. In his free time, he can be found discussing public policy with friends and binge-watching Prime Minister's Questions.

Srinita Mukherjee - BCom

Srinitia Mukherjee is a final year student in the BCom honors economics and finance program. During her time at McGill, she has been a part of 3 mentorship programs and hopes to utilize that experience to bring a fresh perspective to the project. She also brings consulting and banking experience and is TD’s campus ambassador for the current academic year. In her spare time, Srinita likes drawing, listening to music and trying different cuisines.

The McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC) 2019 - IMSF Fall 2019

The McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC) 2019

The McGill International Portfolio Challenge will bring top students from around the world to solve a realistic complex case of a fictional fund that is responsible for managing the public pensions in a region whose economy is highly dependent on finite natural resources. Student teams will act as consultants and recommend the optimal portfolio strategy. In particular, this challenge is completely organized by eight BCom students from our Faculty, partnering with numerous sponsors and with $50,000 as cash prizes for winning teams from around the world.

Sebastien Betermier, Tania Corinne Essombe Kuoh, Ryan Adam Kalisky, Darius Kuddo, Rakan Lamy, Angel Jia Yi Miao, Bhoomika Saxena, Matthew Wilson, Thomas Mienkowski - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Sebastien Betermier

Sebastien Betermier is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. His research seeks to understand the relationships between risk and return and how these drive investors in their investment decisions and contribute to the development of sustainable pension systems. His work appears in top finance journals and has received several distinctions, including the lead article in the Journal of Finance in 2017. Professor Betermier teaches Investment Management and Pension Investing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been recognized repeatedly through nominations for teaching excellence which includes receiving the Desautels Distinguished Teaching Award and coaching the winning team of the PRMIA international risk management challenge in 2016 and 2017. He was named one of the World's Best 40 under 40 Business School Professors by Poets and Quants in 2017.

Tania Corinne Essombe Kuoh - BCom

Ryan Adam Kalisky - BCom

Darius Kuddo - BCom

Darius is currently a U2 student in the Honours in Investment Management program at McGill. Originally from the Washington DC area, he first gained technical experience through coding and publishing almost a dozen apps since age 11 before becoming interested in business after founding a startup in his second year of high school. Much of his work both inside and outside of Desautels bridges these two areas of knowledge. Darius is primarily responsible for managing the competition’s day-to-day public outreach and promotion.

Rakan Lamy - BCom

Rakan was born in Lebanon but spent most of his life in Montreal. He discovered a passion for finance during his last year of high school, as it was the field of study that best incorporated his interests in mathematics and humanities such as economics and politics. During his free time, Rakan enjoys preparing his next travel and hitting the gym. Rakan is part of the Executive team for the McGill International Portfolio Challenge, for which he is responsible for Corporate Relations and Sponsorships. He is personally in charge of raising the event’s ~$100,000 sponsorship budget by reaching out to several top financial institutions from all over the world.

Angel Jia Yi Miao - BCom

Bhoomika Saxena - BCom

Bhoomika is a final-year BCom candidate studying Finance and Business Analytics. Alongside studying, her major involvements include leading the organizing team of McGill International Portfolio Challenge, Co-Founding the Montreal Social Value Fund (Impact Investing), and being a Floor Fellow (Residence Assistant). Originally from India, she has lived in 4 countries and loves exploring, reading, and eating food. Upon graduation, she will launch her career at BlackRock with aspirations of engaging in Sustainable Investing. Bhoomika is the Executive Director of the McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC). MIPC is the world’s premier buy-side finance competition that brings top students worldwide to solve real-world investment issues and present them to industry leaders. She leads a team of seven students, managing a significant budget of over $100K, and obtaining a CEO-like experience dealing with numerous students, sponsors, administrators, and other key stakeholders to organize a seamless and lucrative event for all participants, current and prospective.

Matthew Wilson - BCom

Matthew Wilson is a senior year BCom student majoring in Finance with a concentration in Business Analytics. He previously provided business expertise within the Surgical Innovation Program as part of the Fellows Program. His 8-month project involved research with the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), market analysis and consulting a team of graduate students to develop a medical assistant arm prototype which he pitched in front of a panel of professors and venture capitalists. During the summer of 2019, he worked as a Healthcare Economics Intern at Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC. Matthew’s current role as Managing Director, External Affairs & Media with the McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC) involves managing a team of VP Externals to increase the number of competing teams and grow the challenge. He is also responsible for strengthening partnerships with contestants, sponsors, professors, media, McGill’s administration and other key stakeholders. Matthew is passionate about public speaking, entrepreneurship and he is an avid swimmer.

Thomas Mienkowski - BCom

Thomas is a fourth-year student majoring in economics with a double minor in management and history. As a member of the McGill International Portfolio Challenge since September 2018, currently in the VP Logistics role, Thomas has enjoyed honing his event planning skills and learning more about the dynamic field of investment management. An involved member of the student body, he has also won three CCBA National Championships as a pitcher on the varsity men’s baseball team. After working in BMO’s Global Asset Management division in Toronto this summer, he would like to embark upon a career in finance post-graduation. As the VP Logistics for MIPC this fall, Thomas will be booking venues and caterers as well as negotiating contracts for the event on November 8-9th to ensure that the weekend runs smoothly and on budget. Additionally, he will be responsible for marketing the event to the Montreal and McGill communities and connecting them with the thought-provoking discussions and networking opportunities that this year’s edition of MIPC will offer.

Industry Liaison for MMA Experiential Consulting project - IMSF Fall 2019

Industry Liaison for MMA Experiential Consulting project

The project aims at aiding the effective running of the experiential learning component for the McGill Master of Management in Analytics (MMA). The MMA degree is a pre-experience, twelve-month specialized program in the evolving field of management analytics. It is designed to address the growing needs of organisations for business analytics. The project entails developing contingent structures to provide MMA students with quality learning experience. The fellows will be supporting students completing their Master of Management in Analytics (MMA). They are responsible for developing and managing a structure for student and client interactions and for developing a post-project follow-up and marketing structure to showcase McGill’s capacities in analytics and the tangible business applications analytics permit. 

Shoeb Husain, Ariane Dusablon, Deborah Acri - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Shoeb Husain

Shoeb joins McGill with a wealth of industry experience in both the Technology and Financial Services industries and is helping to craft the Masters of Management in Analytics for the Desautels Faculty of Management, as Program Director MMA.  His recent tenure at IBM Watson in the US allowed him to architect many AI solutions for Fortune 500 companies across North America and abroad. Having spent many years with TD Securities and Algorithmics, Shoeb worked in Simulation-based Predictive Analytics in the Capital Markets space where he was based in London, UK and consulted with major Sovereign Wealth Funds and Private Investment and Insurance institutions in the European and Asian markets.

Ariane Dusablon - BCom

Ariane is a U3 student completing a triple concentration in Finance, Data Analytics and Strategy. Last semester, she was abroad in Germany and came back to partake in a consulting internship, a field she wants to work in after McGill. This year, along with the Fellows program she is also the VP of Corporate Relations for the Management Undergraduate Society. Ariane with be working as the industry liaison for the Consulting Analytics project, which complements nicely her work and her interests.

Deborah Acri - BCom

Deborah Acri is an Italian-Canadian Senior at McGill majoring in Finance, with a concentration in International Management. Many regard her as an avid learner, detail-conscious person, and analytical thinker. Interested in stock trading, real estate investing and interior design, she is also looking forward to broadening her horizons in the consulting field. Deborah aspires to enter the finance industry in the asset management area. Books and theater are her hobbies.

 

 


Teaching and Course Materials

Information Systems course materials - IMSF Fall 2019

Information Systems Course Materials

The objective is to do literative review of the primary themes of research in Information Systems area and create a teaching resource that presents synthesized research findings (that can complement or even substitute the currently used textbooks). 

Animesh Animesh, Aurielle Lacombe de Repentigny, Anna Nercissian - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Animesh Animesh

Professor Animesh’s research primarily examines the impact of Internet technologies and electronic commerce. Currently, he is working on the following areas: Impact of online advertising on consumers and firms, the impact of virtual world features on consumer experiences and behavior, the impact of online social media on information diffusion, and impact of computer-supported coordination systems on user productivity and satisfaction.

Arielle Lacombe de Repentigny - BCom

Anna Nercissian - BCom

Anna is in her third year at Desautels, majoring in Marketing and concentrating in Information Systems. Throughout her time at McGill, she has been involved in various activities ranging from Fashion Business Uncovered to World Vision. Born in Iran, Anna has lived in 3 countries since. She hopes to further her global perspective through an international career in either consulting or marketing within the tech industry. In this project, Anna will conduct research of the current developments within the field of information systems in order to enrich the contents of a core Information Systems course. Through this work she will help enhance the effectiveness of the core class in educating BCom students of important IS topics.

Customer Insights course materials - IMSF Fall 2019

Customer Insights Course Materials

The project is intended to identify and collate cutting-edge content for this course from an academic as well as an industry perspective. This will lead to the development of a new core course for the Master of Management in Retailing program called 360 Degree Customer Insight.

Ashesh Mukherjee, Marine Vainui Trouillez - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Ashesh Mukherjee

Dr. Mukherjee's research focuses on marketing communications, word-of-mouth, online behavior, and pro-social behavior. In his research on marketing communications, Dr. Mukherjee has studied topics such as the use of humor in advertising, the use of scarcity in advertising, and the advertising of high technology products. In his research on word-of-mouth, Dr. Mukherjee has studied the impact of product advisors – such as movie critics and wine critics – on consumer decision making. In his research on online behavior, Dr. Mukherjee has studied consumer behavior in peer-to-peer markets such as Airbnb and Uber. In his research on pro-social behavior, Dr. Mukherjee examines methods to increase charitable donations and environmental conscious behaviors among consumers.

Marine Vainui Trouillez - BCom

Marine Trouillez is a third-year BCom student majoring in Marketing. She is Luxembourgish and French and masters different languages such as French, German, English, and Chinese. Her 5 months exchange program at Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, gave her a broader view on the influence cultures have on consumer patterns. Throughout her time in McGill, she enjoyed volunteering as a coordinator to create an antenna for the association “Pour Un Sourire d’Enfant” in Canada. In this project, she is developing teaching materials for a future customer insight course at Desautels. Working alongside a faculty member she is developing a deeper understanding of customers in the retail context both online and offline as well as how firms can leverage customer insight to gain a competitive advantage.

 Developing a Retail Case Study incorporating Tableau - IMSF Fall 2019

Developing a Retail Case Study incorporating Tableau

Data visualization became a vital part of data science. Mining data and discovering knowledge from historical datasets is useful only if communicated clearly to managers and executives. Most companies are now using the software Tableau for data visualization. This project aims to put together a module to teach Tableau to university students.

Maxime Cohen, Matthieu Reed - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Maxime Cohen

Dr. Maxime Cohen is an Associate Professor, Bensadoun School of Retail Management; Affiliate Member, Operations Management. His research areas include Data Science, Empirical/Behavioral Operations Management, Field Experiments, Platform for Online Marketplaces, Pricing & Revenue Management, and Retail.

Matthieu Reed - BCom

Matthieu Reed is in his final year of BCom, pursuing a major in Information Systems with a Marketing concentration. Throughout his time at McGill, he has been involved with the McGill Varsity Rowing Team while completing an E-Commerce internship in the retail industry and an IT internship within the financial services. Additionally, he spent a semester abroad in 2018 studying architecture and design at the University of Melbourne. Matthieu traveled extensively during his teens, spending 3 years in Paris and visiting many countries. He cultivated a passion for documenting and learning about the past, current, and future of fashion, design and retail. Supervised by Professor Maxime Cohen, Matthieu will be able to merge his interests for fashion and retail with his curiosity for the ever-popular data visualization software Tableau.


 


 

Winter 2020


Academic Research

Healthcare Delivery in Urban Environments - IMSF Fall 2019

Healthcare Delivery in Urban Environments

This project will explore how public healthcare services are provided in the urban environment. More specifically, it will seek to make healthcare delivery more efficient by reducing waiting times and improving patient inflow forecasts, consequently decreasing lost productivity and opportunity costs.

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Professor Animesh Animesh

Aminesh Animesh'sresearch primarily examines the impact of Internet technologies and electronic commerce. Currently, he is working on the following areas: Impact of online advertising on consumers and firms, impact of virtual world features on consumer experiences and behavior, impact of online social media on information diffusion, and impact of computer supported coordination systems on user productivity and satisfaction.

Xuan Chen - BCom

Xuan Chen is a third-year management student majoring in Finance and minoring in French. She is interested in risk management and credit analysis based on fundamental analysis, so in summer 2019, she interned as a credit research analyst at Huatai Securities. With a passion for finance, she also wishes to pursue a career to find out desirable investment solutions in complex environments. During her spare time, she volunteered as a mentor for Pennydrops McGill to teach high school students financial literacy. Because of her deep love for translation and literature, last winter, she also worked as a translator and coordinator for the Canada China International Film Festival. Xuan Chen will assist Professor Animesh in studying the problem of long waiting times for patients to receive health care services. She will first look through factors that affect the waiting time and then use data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies to predict wait times and to provide updated information for patients.

Robert Ialenti - BCom

Robert Ialenti is an undergraduate student entering his final year of study at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. He is expecting to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in economics and a minor concentration in finance in April 2020. Robert is most interested in financial economics, urban economics, and international finance; he hopes to pursue graduate-level economics studies in the future. Robert has interned as a material logistics agent and data analyst; he has also completed an international exchange in Germany. Robert’s personal interests include languages, travelling, and European football. Robert will be quantifying costs related to current healthcare inefficiencies, designing and disseminating surveys, performing statistical and data analysis, and recommending innovative solutions.

Canada's Food Guide's impact on Business and Public Policy - IMSF Fall 2019

Canada's Food Guide's impact on Business and Public Policy

In this project, the fellows will assess the factors that influenced the Canada Food Guide 2018 from a policy making standpoint, the impact of guide on businesses and the changes in consumer behaviour.

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Professor Laurette Dube

Originally trained as a nutritionist, with graduate degrees in finances (MBA), marketing (MPS), and behavioral decision making/consumer psychology (PhD), Laurette Dubé is Full Professor and holds the James McGill Chair of consumer and lifestyle psychology and marketing at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. Dr. Dubé’s lifetime research interest bears on the study of affects, behavioral economics, and neurobehavioral  processes underlying consumption, lifestyle, and health behavior. Her translational research examines how such knowledge can inspire more effective behavioral change and ecosystem transformation.è

Hindul Bharadwaj - MBA

Hindul Bharadwaj is a second-year MBA candidate completing a concentration in Finance. He has more than six years of experience in the oil & gas industry in various engineering and operations roles. Over the years, Hindul has developed a keen interest in the areas of health and nutrition and is determined to work on some of the key issues in these areas. Hindul is originally from India and has an engineering degree from IIT(ISM), Dhanbad(2011). Hindul will interview businesses to find out how they are dealing with the forces that can potentially impact their bottom-line and will study the transformational effects of the guide on consumers from a health and economic standpoint.

Marc Matar - BCom

Marc Matar is a second-year BCom student majoring in International Management and Marketing. He uses the skills he acquired in these two academic areas in his job at Simone Records, working as a concert promotion agent. His interest in cultural enterprises – and their linkage to public institutions – developed into an interest in public policy. Once a member of the CLSC Foundation junior board, Marc hopes to use the multidisciplinary nature of his background as an asset in the Food Guide Policy research project. Marc will be assessing the social and economic repercussions of the 2018 changes in Canada’s Food Guide through literature reviews, data analysis and stakeholder interviews. Quantitative analysis will be done on the business level, focusing on industries and businesses, and on the individual level, focusing on consumers’ health and finances.

Alvin Yu-Xing Shen - BCom 

Alvin Shen is a fourth-year student pursuing a major in Finance and a concentration in Operations Management. Outside of the classroom, he has volunteered with a variety of organizations in social services. He has prior experience in project management at Hydro One and management consulting (operations) at KPMG. He is pursuing a career in consulting upon graduation. In this project, Alvin will be assessing the impact of changes to the 2018 Canada’s Food Guide. This includes examining the effects on businesses, both individual firms and sectors, as well as the effects on individuals. His role over the course of this project includes conducting a literature review, analyzing data and designing stakeholder interviews.

Matthew Wilson - BCom

Matthew Wilson is a senior year BCom student majoring in Finance with a concentration in Business Analytics. He previously provided business expertise within the Surgical Innovation Program as part of the Fellows Program. His 8-month project involved research with the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), market analysis and consulting a team of graduate students to develop a medical assistant arm prototype which he pitched in front of a panel of professors and venture capitalists. During the summer of 2019, he worked as a Healthcare Economics Intern at Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC. Matthew’s most recent role as Managing Director, External Affairs & Media with the McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC) involved managing a team of VP Externals to increase the number of competing teams and grow the challenge. He was also responsible for strengthening partnerships with contestants, sponsors, professors, media, McGill’s administration and other key stakeholders. Matthew is passionate about public speaking, entrepreneurship and he is an avid swimmer.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Platforms - IMSF Fall 2019

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Platforms

Firms face increasing market pressure to adopt new technologies and automate their processes. Amid this trend that is certainly not new, we seek to understand AI’s role in reconfiguring work tasks, jurisdictions and relations among different occupational groups within organizations to explicate the underlying implications for front line workers and managers. The researchers are particularly interested in the nature of changes to work practices and processes that may be required when analytics initiatives and technologies are put to work.

Arvind Karunakaran, Ajay Singh - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Arvind Karunakaran

Arvind Karunakaran is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy and Organization area at Desautels Faculty of Management. His areas of expertise include Coordination, Sociology of Professions/Occupations, Impact of AI and Analytics on Jobs & Work Practices, Platforms/Two-sided Markets, and Power, Status, and Authority.

Ajay Singh - MBA

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Social Media and Humanitarian Operations - IMSF Fall 2019

Social Media and Humanitarian Operations

This project focuses on how social media can be used to support humanitarian relief operations. The fellow strives towards three objectives: to collect data from major organizations’ social media about humanitarian operations, to determine their effectiveness, and to derive insights for improved communication between organizations and social media users.

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Professor Changseung Yoo

Changseung Yoo is an Assistant Professor, Bensadoun School of Retail Management and an Affiliate Member of Information Systems Area at the Desautels Faculty of Management. His research areas include digital markets, information systems & operations management interface, online advertising, and retail.

Thomas Villeneuve - BCom

Thomas is a self-motivated and driven student specializing at the intersection of entrepreneurship and the data and computer-oriented world we live in today. Thomas will be working to analyze positional WiFi data inside a Montreal mall. His aim will be to build the business case around what could be learnt from the data and then establish models to analyze the data in the scope of the said business case. Modelling the data to gain insight into the behaviour of people in the mall and predicting future behaviour.

Aleem Damji - BCom

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Precision Medicine and Global Clinical Trials - IMSF Fall 2019

Political Economy of Drug Development

In this project they seek to understand how vehicles and processes for drug development, such as global clinical trials, prevention trials, and personalized medicine impact end-users, knowledge production and transfer, development of local pharmaceutical industries, drug regulation practices, and the political economy of health.

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Professor Diana Dakhlallah

Diana Dakhlallah is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour. She joined Desautels in 2018 after completing her PhD at Stanford University. Her research interests include economic sociology, political economy, healthcare markets, global health, bribery, development, social incentives, organizations, and morally and socially contentious markets.

Bosko Dzepina - BCom

Bosko Dzepina is a third-year student studying economics and computer science. He has experience in corporate development, economic research, and strategy consulting. Currently on the investment team for Front Row Ventures, a student-run venture capital fund, he is interested in topics at the intersection of technology, economics, and healthcare.

Ferhat Gherbi - BCom

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Role of Chief Sustainability Officers in Organizations - IMSF Fall 2019

Role of Chief Sustainability Officers in Organizations

This project aims to investigate the role of sustainability professionals in organizations. Through in-depth interviews the fellows hope to gain insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by chief sustainability officers and managers as they try to integrate sustainability with business goals.

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Professors Dror Etzion and Arvind Karunakaran

Dror Etzion is an associate professor of strategy and organizations at the Desautels Faculty of Management and an associate member of the McGill School of the Environment. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Strategy Studies in Organizations. His work emphasizes the importance of local initiatives to promote sustainability, as opposed to an over-reliance on hierarchical approaches such as international agreements and other top-down approaches.

Arvind Karunakaran is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy and Organization area at Desautels Faculty of Management. His areas of expertise include Coordination, Sociology of Professions/Occupations, Impact of AI and Analytics on Jobs & Work Practices, Platforms/Two-sided Markets, and Power, Status, and Authority.

Danielle Sukharenko - BCom

Danielle Sukharenko is entering her third year at the Desautels Faculty of Management, where she is majoring in Strategic Management with a concentration in Information Systems. Danielle recently interned at IHS Markit on the Journal of Commerce editorial team, where she conducted research and published a series of articles on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the international overseas shipping sector. Danielle hopes to continue working in corporate sustainability, with the goal of understanding how global sustainability mandates impact organizational roles, business practices, and industries. 

Charlotte Marmonier - BCom

Charlotte Marmonier is in her third year at McGill University, in which she is pursuing a bachelor of commerce with a triple concentration in Strategic Management, Data Analytics, and Marketing. Since her first year, Charlotte has been involved in a student-run non-profit that seeks to ensure financial literacy amongst the youth in Canada. This has spurred her interest in social change and community development, which she was able to learn more about through her involvement in case competitions. Through the program, Charlotte hopes to learn and understand how corporations are integrating sustainability into their organizational strategy.

Catherine Audette - BCom

Catherine Audette is in her second year of studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management. She is majoring in Managing for Sustainability with a Concentration in International Business. She is passionate about sustainable business and undertaking the transition towards a sustainable economy. In previous professional positions, Catherine has led various initiatives to establish more sustainable practices in the given firm. Over the long term, she strives to transform how large corporations conduct business and to make sustainable commerce the norm. Over the course of this semester, Catherine will be working on a research project regarding the role of Chief Sustainability Officers in organizations. She will be conducting interviews with Chief Sustainability Officers in order to determine what opportunities and obstacles they face when working towards merging sustainable practices and commerce.

Machine Learning Frameworks for Analyzing Eating Habits - IMSF Fall 2019

Machine Learning Frameworks for Analyzing Eating Habits

Obesity remains a pressing societal challenge, and self-regulation is seen to be an important tool to address this challenge. Many digital interventions aim to incentivize individuals to choose healthier food options via gamification strategies or nutrition navigation. This research project aims to answer questions connecting patterns of food intake with body weight outcomes, and impact of mobile-delivered interventions on eating patterns.

Laurette Dube, Nathan Yang, Veronica Chen - IMSF Fall 2019

Professors Laurette Dube and Nathan Yang

Originally trained as a nutritionist, with graduate degrees in finances (MBA), marketing (MPS), and behavioral decision making/consumer psychology (PhD), Laurette Dubé is Full Professor and holds the James McGill Chair of consumer and lifestyle psychology and marketing at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. Dr. Dubé’s lifetime research interest bears on the study of affects, behavioral economics, and neurobehavioral processes underlying consumption, lifestyle, and health behavior. Her translational research examines how such knowledge can inspire more effective behavioral change and ecosystem transformation.

Nathan Yang is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at McGill Desautels Faculty of Management. His main research interests are in big data and machine learning, health and wellness, behavioural science, retail, and empirical industrial organization. In addition to retailer expansion strategies, he has worked on (or is currently working on) projects that focus on various aspects of customer relationship management in a diverse set of industries, including appliances, bike sharing, car rentals, electronic health platforms, fast fashion, loan markets, social media, large international commercial weight loss programs, mobile weight loss apps, and video games. His most recent research attempts to blend together behavioural science, big data, and machine learning to help nudge people towards healthier lifestyles.

Veronica Chen - BCom

Veronica Chen is in her final year at Desautels faulty of management, pursuing a major in Finance and a minor in computer science. Passionate about both finance and technology, she is interested in how new technological transformations can create meaningful impact for business. With her experience in a food and entrepreneurship related research project and exposure to machine learning, she is determined to bring innovative solutions to this project. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in trading and quantitative finance. 

Women, Aboriginal, and Minority Entrepreneurs in Supply Chains - IMSF Fall 2019

Women, Aboriginal, and Minority Entrepreneurs in Supply Chains

This research project takes a stakeholder’s approach to better understand the challenges that are faced by women, aboriginal, and minority suppliers. Through the development and analysis of numerous interviews with corporate directors, leaders of non-profit organizations, and legislators, the professor and Fellowslookto understand the role and experience of “change agents” involved in supplier diversity programs in Canada. This work will contribute to an academic paper that will increase awareness on the subject and promote diversity in supply chains.

Patricia Hewlin, Malay Mishra - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Patricia Hewlin

Patricia Faison Hewlin joined McGill University in 2010. She conducts research on how organization members and leaders engage in authentic expression, as well as factors that impede authenticity in everyday work interactions. Her research has centred on employee silence, and the degree to which members suppress personal values and pretend to embrace those of the organization, a behaviour she has termed as “creating facades of conformity”.With the support of Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council, ProfessorHewlin'sresearch has expanded to studying the role of authenticity and values among diverse organizational leaders and entrepreneurs in Canada, US and Asia.

Malay Mishra - MBA

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Mergers & Acquisitions Conference Call Transcripts and Market Reactions

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Professor Kwangjun An

Kwangjun An is an assistant professor of Strategy and Organization. His research draws on organization theory to study organizational outcomes such as networks, change, growth and survival. In particular, he is interested in entrepreneurial firms, market networks and mobility of professionals. His current research projects focus on venture capital law firms and examine how they play a broker role between start-ups and venture capital firms. He also studies the U.S. mutual fund industry with particular attention to how the mobility of professionals can cause the organization to make important strategic changes. He uses mix-method approaches in his research, which range from large-scale data analyses to interviews and content analysis.

Alexandre Dubé-Côté - BCom

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Laurie-Anne Palin - BCom

Laurie-Anne is a third-year Bachelor of Commerce student, majoring in Marketing with a concentration in Strategic Management. A born and raised global citizen, she spent the bulk of her childhood years in Japan, India and Europe where her mother's career took her family. During her time at McGill, Laurie-Anne has been involved with multiple student organizations, most notably the MUS' Cancer Auction where she is acting as the executive director and has successfully raised over $100,000 in the past three years. In her role as a student fellow, Laurie-Anne will assist professor Kwangjun An with the initial stages of the research (such as literature reviews and editing) with the goal of developing a clear research objective which the team can then pursue.

Analyzing the role of Social Media Monitoring in 911 Emergency Management - IMSF Fall 2019

Analyzing the role of Social Media Monitoring in 911 Emergency Management

Performing statistical and data analysis of 9-1-1 call logs to gain insight into different aspects of emergency management organizations and the types of situations they handle. The fellows will also structure mass amounts of collected data to allow for efficient analysis, code programs to organize the data and write brief reports on the interpretation of the results.

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Professor Arvind Karunakaran

Arvind Karunakaran is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy and Organization area at Desautels Faculty of Management. His areas of expertise include Coordination, Sociology of Professions/Occupations, Impact of AI and Analytics on Jobs & Work Practices, Platforms/Two-sided Markets, and Power, Status, and Authority.

Gabriel Todorov - BCom

Gabriel Todorov is in his third and final year at the Desautels Faculty of Management, where he is majoring in Finance and is taking a concentration in Accounting. Born in Bulgaria, Gabriel grew up in a very international setting as a globe trotter and speaks fluently Bulgarian, English and French. He spent previous summers working on improving management processes in an engineering firm in Europe and has volunteered to support various social causes By collecting multiple sources of data — besides interviews — from observations and archival documents we aim to provide insight for smoother integration of this new technology within firms in Montreal.

Manan Lilani - BCom

Manan Lilani is a final year B.Com student completing a Joint Honours in Economics and Finance. He did his schooling in Dubai before moving to Canada for university. He is very passionate about learning how to learn and aims to teach economics with an interdisciplinary approach. On the path of achieving this goal, Manan is a part of Expanding Economics, an Economics club with a purpose to share new and abstract ideas in the field. Alongside this, Manan has co-founded the Montreal Social Value Fund with 8 of his peers, which aims to invest in local social enterprises that provide sustainable solutions to social and environmental issues in the Montreal community.

Demand Side Impacts on Sustainable Consumptions - IMSF Fall 2019

Demand Side Impacts on Sustainable Consumptions

The fellows will be undertaking a literature review and subsequently developing and conducting interviews to design a framework for sustainable consumption from the perspective of consumers. The research will specifically focus on consumers’ product choice, usage, and disposal. They will focus on one aspect of this process to further understand consumers’ behaviors regarding sustainable consumption.

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Professor Emine Sarigullo

Dr. Emine Sarigöllü is Associate Professor and Academic Director International Management at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. She is also founder of MIM (McGill Institute of Marketing). Dr. Sarigöllü’s primary research domain is choice. She has investigated choice in both existing and really new products across a variety of contexts and implemented statistical models to analyze the impact of marketing decisions on choice. In this domain, she has also explored the relationship between environmental perceptions, attitudes and behaviors in various cross-cultural contexts. Dr. Sarigöllü has extended her research in this area to examine the relationship between brand awareness, brand equity and market outcome.

Martin Nicolaï - BCom

Martin Nicolaï is a 4th year BCom student at the Desautels Faculty of Management, studying Entrepreneurship and Managing for Sustainability. Having lived in 4 different countries, Martin has leveraged his international background as well as his passionate and driven nature to involve himself on a variety of projects in parallel to his undergraduate studies. After working as Marketing Director for a luxury sneaker company, Martin shifted his efforts towards sustainable business and currently works as Co-President of the Desautels Sustainability Network, a student-run organization promoting a culture of sustainable business and opportunities in the field to McGill students. He will be working to explore and identify the factors that influence product consumption decisions with regards to Sustainability. This work will focus on three key parts of the life cycle of the product from the demand side: the purchasing decision; the length of time over which the product is kept; and the disposal of the product. To understand these factors further, Martin will develop a protocol for interviews and will conduct a series of focus groups and in-depth interviews with both students and professionals.

Georgia Radakovic - BCom

Georgia is a fourth-year BCom student majoring in Finance. Driven by the belief that business can and should be an agent for positive social change, she participated in the 2018 Emzingo Global Impact Fellowship in Johannesburg and is currently a member of the McGill Non-for-Profit Consulting program, where she hopes to leverage her investment banking and VC experience to help a local NGO maximize community impact. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, watching documentaries, and singing. In this project, Georgia will be reviewing and testing questionnaires, as well as organizing and conducting interviews with focus groups to support the development of a new conceptual framework that explains the nature of consumers’ sustainable consumption practices.

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Role of ESG analysts in Corporate Sustainability Reporting

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Professor Dongyoung Lee

Dongyoung Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Accounting Area. His research interests include Capital Markets, Corporate Activities, Corporate Social Responsibility, Disclosure, and International Business.

Nabilah Ladhabhoy - MBA

Nabilah Ladhabhoy is a first-year MBA candidate with more than six years of work experience in Finance and Corporate Governance. Nabilah has a Bachelor of Management Studies from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and has completed all three levels of the CFA Program. Nabilah was part of the core team that developed an Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) investment framework for India’s first ESG fund fueling her passion for ESG and sustainability.

Sinthura Manjari Chandramohan - BCom

Sinthura is a U2 student pursuing a BComm with concentrations in Strategic Management and Business Analytics. She is passionate about discovering how corporations can create a greater positive impact in society. At McGill, she is involved with various organizations such as MyVision McGill and the McGill Policy Association. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate studies and ultimately, a career path that will enable her to reinforce the role of the private sector in driving change. Sinthura will be researching the role of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) analysts in corporate sustainability reporting.

Analyzing Insights on Personality Traits of Executives - IMSF Fall 2019

Analyzing Insights on Personality Traits of Executives

The fellows will be analyzing existing literature and transcripts of interviews that Professor Moore has conducted in order to identify key insights related to introverts and extroverts in the C-Suite. They will then be working with Professor Moore to communicate these insights to the public through articles released in a variety of publications.

Karl Moore, Ashley Dinh, Leo Gelfand, Rachel Hanji Seo, Daniel Di Sun - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Karl Moore

Dr. Karl Moore joined McGill's Faculty of Management in autumn 2000, where he teaches graduate courses in globalization and leadership. He has taught extensively in executive education and MBA programs with leading universities including Oxford, LBS, Cambridge, IMD, Darden, Cornell, INSEAD, Duke, the Drucker School, the Rotterdam School of Management, IIM Bangalore, Queen's and McGill. He was recently nominated for the 2017 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Leadership Category as a top thinker in the area for his work on introverts/extroverts in the C-Suite & Millennials. Seven other nominees included faculty from Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Penn and Dartmouth.

Ashley Dinh - MBA

Ashley is a second year MBA student at McGill, specializing in Data Analytics. She is a Pharmacist by training and possesses 7 years experience in Sales & Marketing in Pharmaceuticals industry. Humanitarian causes are a passion of hers. They drove her to leverage her professional experiences and business knowledge to contribute to the community. She is also a modern guitarist and a hiker enthusiast. She will be using her experiences and exposures in Asia, Europe, and North America to evaluate how Introverts/Extroverts traits in the C-Suite differ across cultures.

Leo Gelfand - BCom

Leo Gelfand is a fourth-year management student pursuing a triple concentration in Finance, Strategic Management and Business Analytics. At McGill, Leo has been involved as an Editor of the Bull & Bear and a Project Manager for JED Consulting. In the summers, he has interned at Capital One and Mackenzie Investments. Outside the classroom, Leo's interests include playing basketball and completing crossword puzzles. 

Rachel Hanji Seo - BCom

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Daniel Di Sun - BCom

Daniel is a fourth year BCom student at McGill University with a Major in Finance and a Concentration in Data Analytics. This year he will serve as VP Finance for the McGill Consulting Association. After graduation, Daniel will be joining the Boston Consulting group to pursue a career in Management Consulting. In his free time, Daniel enjoys good food and sports.

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Cultural Appropriation in the Food Industry

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Professor Daphne Demetry

Daphne Demetry is an assistant professor of Strategy & Organization in the Desautels Faculty of Management. She joined the faculty in 2017 after a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Corporate Reputation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Northwestern University. As an organizational sociologist, Daphne investigates questions related to organizational theory, culture, economic sociology and entrepreneurship.

Zehan Wang - BCom

Zehan is a second-year management student pursuing a major in Accounting and a concentration in Business Analytics. She has been involved as a peer ambassador of Desautels Career Services. As an international student, she is interested in cultural integration under the trend of globalization. As a foodie, she enjoys trying different kinds of food. The research project “the cultural appropriation in the food industry” attracts her by mixing both. Zehan hopes to become a professor one day as she loves teaching and researching. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and reading.

Emma Aubert - BCom

Emma Aubert is a third-year undergraduate student at Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. She is expecting to obtain her Bachelor of Commerce with a major in International Management and a minor in International Development Studies in April 2020. Emma is most interested in culture, its effects on society and especially its consequences in business. Originally from France, she decided to move to Canada to discover new cultures and for the same reason, she recently went to an exchange in Argentina. In the future, she hopes to broaden her horizons by pursuing an international career in a culture-related field. Emma will be working on Cultural Appropriation and Authenticity in the Food industry. Along with the professor, she will uncover when and why do some food producers get labelled as engaging in the cultural appropriation by audience members. The position consists of online researching and collection of secondary data sources, conducting a literature review and analyzing secondary documents.

Kristal Lok - BCom

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Social Impact of Bike Sharing in Smart Cities - IMSF Fall 2019

Social Impact of Bike Sharing in Smart Cities

Urban shared mobility is increasingly prevalent. The aim of this project is to investigate its implications on social welfare. To this
end, we will explore the bike share data of Chicago and Montreal and apply advanced data analytics tools. The potential impact is to
inform policymakers about how to promote a bike share system onward.

Wei Qi, Yingchen Liu - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Wei Qi

Dr. Wei Qi is an assistant professor in Operations Management at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. His research interests include Energy & transportation systems operations management (e.g. energy storage, electric vehicles, renewables); New techno-economic models, e.g.: urban-scale systems integration, sharing economy in e-commerce, transactive energy; Supply chain design and management; and Data analytics.

Yingchen (Heather) Liu - BCom

Originally from China, Yingchen (Heather) Liu is a third-year BCom student majoring in Statistics for Management with a Minor in Computer Science. Easy-going and reliable, she is always ready to learn new things with a strong sense of responsibility and good team spirit. The combination of her business acumen and technical skills enable her to analyze the fast-changing business environment and develop algorithm-based strategies. Yingchen hopes to pursue a career in the consulting industry. Urban shared mobility is increasingly prevalent. The aim of this project is to investigate its implications on social welfare. To this end, we will explore the bike share data of Chicago and Montreal and apply advanced data analytics tools. The potential impact is to inform policymakers about how to promote a bike share system onward.

Brett (Junrui) Cheng - BCom

Brett Cheng is in his third year pursuing a major in Finance and a concentration in Business Analytics. Outside of class, he can often be seen on the basketball court or in the gym. As a fellow at MDILM, Brett is most passionate about exploring economic phenomenon using big data. The importance of urban sharing economy is gradually increasing as the population expands. Brett’s role in this project is to conduct data research and visualization using Python.

Digital Technologies for Integrated Career - IMSF Fall 2019

Digital Technologies for an Integrated Career 

The fellows will be exploring how digital technologies shape current careers as well as researching emerging technologies that could have impacts on the future.

Emma Vaast, Selin Kucukoglu, Ritha Sarf - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Emma Vaast

Emmanuelle Vaast is a Professor of Information Systems at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. She teaches the core Information Systems course as well as Managing Information Technology (BCom), Technology and Innovation for Sustainability (BCom) and research methods (PhD. Program). Her research examines how social practices emerge and change with the implementation and use of new technologies and how these new practices are associated with organizational and change dynamics. She has in particular investigated the learning and knowledge dynamics taking place at different levels (communities and networks of practice, for instance) and the boundary-spanning involved in these dynamics when new Information Systems get implemented and used.

Selin Kucukoglu - BCom

Selin Kucukoglu is an international student at the Desautels Faculty of Management. She is studying Information Systems and Finance and her areas of interests are cybersecurity, information technology and data analytics and science. Alongside her academics, she is involved with the competitive tennis team at McGill as well as has held a few roles at the Management Undergraduate Society. Her interests are sports, Turkish politics, fashion, reading and cooking. Her role demands to conduct various interviews and analyze the data to drive meaningful results.

Ritha Sarf - BCom

Ritha Sarf is in her final year of studies as a BCom student at McGill with a dual concentration in Finance and Business Analytics along with a minor in International Development. Over the course of her studies, she has been involved in several student organizations such as Opportutoring, Enactus and co-founded a youth lead Non-Profit Organization back home in Morocco. She has also recently completed an exchange at Sciences Po Paris where she took introductory courses in law and diplomacy. Upon graduation, she intends to pursue legal and international relations studies as she hopes to engage in an international consulting career at the intersection of law and technology. In light of the ongoing research project at McGill University on digital technologies for integrated careers, she is looking forward to analyzing the transformative impact of technology on current jobs.

Connections between Corporate Investors and Acquisitions - IMSF Fall 2019

Connections between Corporate Investors and Acquisitions

Networking is an essential aspect of today’s business environment. Regardless of what is written on your resume or LinkedIn, impressing an employer and having a one on one discussion is key. The question then arises, to what extent does a corporate investor’s background impact the acquisitions process.

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Professor Kwangjun An

Kwangjun An is an assistant professor of Strategy and Organization. His research draws on organization theory to study organizational outcomes such as networks, change, growth and survival. In particular, he is interested in entrepreneurial firms, market networks and mobility of professionals. His current research projects focus on venture capital law firms and examine how they play a broker role between start-ups and venture capital firms. He also studies the U.S. mutual fund industry with particular attention to how the mobility of professionals can cause the organization to make important strategic changes. He uses mix-method approaches in his research, which range from large-scale data analyses to interviews and content analysis.

Catherine Saya - BCom

Catherine Saya is a third-year BCom student majoring in Finance. Since September 2018, she has been working as an intern in the Special Loans Department of a bank. She has also worked as a research assistant during the past fall term. Additionally, over the next few months, Catherine will take part in the Senior Class Giving Committee at McGill. Upon graduation, she intends to continue her studies in law school. Catherine’s areas of interest are bankruptcy and insolvency, restructuring, M&A, strategy, and real estate. During this project, Catherine will be collecting, coding, and analyzing data to understand the connections between corporate investors and acquisitions. More specifically, she will be focusing on investors' backgrounds and their contacts in corporate development units and how those components can play an important role in acquisition target selection.

Ronak Desai - BCom

Ronak Desai is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Finance with a concentration in strategic management in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. Ronak’s interest in the financial world was sparked in his childhood growing up in Zimbabwe due to economic instability and numerous financial struggles faced by the country. He is very interested in Venture Capital and Capital Markets. Ronak’s personal interests include European Football, Squash and Travelling. Being proactive and enthusiastic, he loves exploring the world and expanding his skillset while helping others grow. Ronak will be working on a project about Connections between corporate investors and acquisitions. There is a lack of understanding about how corporate venture capital investments and acquisitions are organized within firms. Professor Kwangjun An, Ronak and Catherine seek to tackle this by looking at the backgrounds of corporate investors and investigating how contacts which corporate investors have in corporate development units play a role in acquisition target selections.

Dong Chen - BCom

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Textual Analysis in Financial Reporting - IMSF Fall 2019

Textual Analysis in Financial Reporting

In this project, the fellows are analyzing stock valuation reports to identify trends in sensitivity analysis reporting. That data will be utilized to investigate how those analyses are used and the impact they have on stock performance.

Hongping Tan, Stephen Hays Gill, Chuyi Wei - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Hongping Tan

Dr. Hongping Tan is an Associate Professor and the Accounting area coordinator at the Desautels Faculty of Management. His research areas include capital markets, data analytics, disclosure, earnings management, emerging markets, firms' disclosure activities, information environment, and international finance.

Stephen Hays Gill - BCom

Stephen Gill is a fourth-year BCom student studying Statistics, Finance, and Computer Science. He is most passionate about applying quantitative analytical methods to the realms of sports and finance. Outside of class, Stephen enjoys independent football analysis projects and has also worked as a Managing Editor for The McGill Tribune. He has completed an internship as an Operations analyst and plans to pursue a career in Data Science upon graduation. He then uses those observations to write computer programs that scrape qualitative and quantitative sensitivity analysis data from a larger sample of those reports.

Chuyi Wei - BCom

Chuyi Wei is a third-year BCom student majoring in Accounting with a concentration in Business Analytics. She was originally from China before coming to Canada for university. She is a member of the Chinese and Canada Junior Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about bonding the relationship between these two countries she loves. She is interested in data analytics and debating. Chuyi is analyzing stock valuation reports to identify trends in sensitivity analysis reporting. After graduation, she is considering study options in law or work in financial institutions.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and classical music.

Social Media Analysis and Product Innovation Opportunity - IMSF Fall 2019

Social Media Analysis and Product Innovation Opportunity

This project will explore social media platforms and how they provide a rich source of information that can help understand consumers’ needs through user-generated content. The goal of the project is to build a corpus of domain knowledge of non-alcoholic beverages (hot and cold) across consumers’ and enterprises’ social media platforms. Further, analyze the domain knowledge to identify innovation opportunities in non-alcoholic non-black tea beverages. The fellows will conduct a literature review, collect, code, annotate and analyse data as well as participate in writing articles for publication.

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Professors Laurette Dube, Nathan Yang, and Yu Ma

Originally trained as a nutritionist, with graduate degrees in finances (MBA), marketing (MPS), and behavioural decision making/consumer psychology (Ph.D.), Laurette Dubé is Full Professor and holds the James McGill Chair of consumer and lifestyle psychology and marketing at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. Dr. Dubé’s lifetime research interest bears on the study of effects, behavioural economics, and neurobehavioral processes underlying consumption, lifestyle, and health behaviour. Her translational research examines how such knowledge can inspire more effective behavioural change and ecosystem transformation.

Nathan Yang is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at McGill Desautels Faculty of Management. His main research interests are in big data and machine learning, health and wellness, behavioural science, retail, and empirical industrial organization. In addition to retailer expansion strategies, he has worked on (or is currently working on) projects that focus on various aspects of customer relationship management in a diverse set of industries, including appliances, bike sharing, car rentals, electronic health platforms, fast fashion, loan markets, social media, large international commercial weight loss programs, mobile weight loss apps, and video games. His most recent research attempts to blend together behavioural science, big data, and machine learning to help nudge people towards healthier lifestyles.

Dr. Yu Ma is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Bensadoun Faculty Scholar at McGill University. He obtained his Ph.D. in management from Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining McGill, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. His research interest includes food marketing, retailing and big data analytics.

Anam Hossain - BCom

Anam Hossain is in her third and final year at McGill’s Bcom program, in which she will be completing a major in Marketing and a concentration in Business Analytics. She was born and raised in India before moving to Canada for University. She has been involved and held several executive positions in student organizations such as MUS Marketing Network, Tashan Dance Company and P[h]assion. In her free time, she enjoys learning and improving skills such as video editing and social media marketing. She hopes to pursue a career in brand management and/or in data analysis.

Radhika Rana - MBA

Radhika Rana is a second-year MBA student completing her concentration in Global Strategy and Leadership to complement her previous background in Accounting and Finance. Radhika is determined to use her analytical skills to seek innovative solutions for business challenges. She is originally from India, has a keen interest in Table Tennis and loves to perform as a music vocalist at various events. Radhika will be leading the project- ‘Social media analysis and Product innovation opportunity’. This project requires the application of strong data analytical skills and a creative bent of mind to identify innovation opportunities through analysis of large amounts of complex data from social media platforms. The goal is to devise successful strategies for the introduction of a new product in market using advanced techniques of deep learning and brand imagine.

Analyzing Big Data for Labour Market Implications - IMSF Fall 2019

Analyzing Big Data for Labour Market Implications

The project will strive to answer two important questions: 1) how do the types and breadth of skills that workers possess across different job roles impact the ability of organizations to facilitate coordination and innovation? and 2) for which types of jobs and tasks do organizations use regular employees versus contract workers? Analyzing Big Data on Labor Markets has the potential to uncover important consequences for organizational performance.

Matthew Corritore, Adil Maikeyev - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Matthew Corritore 

Matthew Corritore is an assistant professor of Strategy & Organization in the Desautels Faculty of Management. He joined the faculty in 2018 after completing his Ph.D. in Macro-Organizational Behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Matthew investigates questions related to corporate culture and non-standard work. His research agenda consists of two streams: 1) Cultural Heterogeneity and Firm Performance and 2) Nonstandard Work and Job Quality.

Adil Maikeyev - BCom

Adil Maikeyev is a third-year student pursuing a major in Accounting and minor in Computer Science. He was born and raised in Kazakhstan before he came to high school in Ontario. Throughout the years at McGill, he was a member of McGill Concert Choir and computer science clubs. Adil hopes that this research program will expand and develop his analytic abilities, which he could use in his future finance career. In this project, Adil will be analyzing "big" data of job postings, which will help to identify the skills and tasks associated with different job roles within job posting text and uncover consequences for organizations.

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Retail Competitive Pricing for Online Platforms

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Professor Maxime Cohen

Maxime Cohen is an Associate Professor, Bensadoun School of Retail Management; Affiliate Member, Operations Management. His research areas include Data Science, Empirical/Behavioral Operations Management, Field Experiments, Platform for Online Marketplaces, Pricing & Revenue Management, and Retail.

Zacharie Houle - BCom

Zacharie Houle is a second-year BCom student majoring in accounting while taking additional courses in Business Analytics. Over the past few years, Zacharie has volunteered in numerous projects for the LGBT community. Interning in summer 2020 at EY in external audit, one of his career goals is to able to give data-driven actions for improved decision-making to his clients. In his free time, Zacharie, also known as the Christmas guy, enjoys discovering and shopping for everything related to Christmas. Zacharie’s MDIIM research project is about comparing item prices across different marketplaces and determine if being the cheapest has a boost in sales. The goal of this research is to develop a sales prediction model that includes prices of the different competitors and the ranking position in Amazon.

Applications of Machine Learning to Risk Management - IMSF Fall 2019

Applications of Machine Learning to Risk Management

The project is using the data sets the banks are using to identify a credit score for their customers, and the data they use to manage the risks of their investments for evaluations of risk management tools. The team will apply machine learning methods to test their performance compared to the traditional models that banks use. The idea is to run a horse race between traditional risk management instruments, and machine learning algorithms on the new datasets that banks use for their internal risk assessments and identify to what extent AI can be implemented on the level of banking risk management.

Ruslan Goyenko, Roy Zhang - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Ruslan Goyenko

Ruslan Goyenko is an Associate Professor of Finance at Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Ruslan's research focuses on empirical asset pricing, liquidity, market microstructure, and mutual funds performance predictability.

Roy Zhang - BCom

Born in Yunnan in southwestern China, Roy first discovered his passion for trade and finance cultivating tea leaves on the Tibetan plateau. He completed the International Baccalaureate in Calgary before enrolling at McGill University’s Faculty of Management in 2017. As a fellow at MDIIM, Roy is passionate about industries at the forefront of the industrial world, from Machine Learning to Volatility Estimation. Outside of school, he can be found playing grand strategy games, messing around on photoshop, or trying to value obscure derivatives.

Collaboration in Shipping Networks - IMSF Fall 2019

Collaboration in Shipping Networks

Using data from one of the largest airfreight providers in the world, worth an entire year of shipments, i.e. details on 125 million shipments, the project is aimed to conduct a Network analysis and determine the implications of airfreight connects and the speed of the network.

Professor Juan Serpa

Dr. Juan Serpa is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management Area and a William Dawson Scholar. His research interests include Big Data & Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Empirical Industrial Organization, Government Operations, and Supply Chain Management.

Guillaume Lapierre-Berger - BCom

Guillaume Lapierre-Berger is a third-year BCom student at McGill majoring in Finance and with a strong background in mathematics and business analytics. Throughout his undergraduate studies, he has been involved in Operations Research with faculty members at Desautels, where he acquired transferable knowledge in AI and machine learning. Passionate about social impact, he is working in close collaboration with Montreal food coop Santropol Roulant by creating an app and using data analytics in a bid to revolutionize their operations. After his undergraduate degree, he aspires to attend graduate school and eventually obtain a PhD in Operations Management. In this project, he will be working with Professor Juan Serpa and handling data to prove the currently ignored phenomenon of negative spillover externalities in airline cargo collaboration networks when a new connection between two locations is added. The hypothesis is that the addition of direct routes in the network reduces collaboration between two airlines at intermediary locations previously serving that route, which renders the operations less efficient, and ultimately more costly, at external locations where they are still collaborating.

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Improving Operational Decisions Using Modern Data Sources

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Professor Maxime Cohen

Dr. Maxime Cohen is an Associate Professor, Bensadoun School of Retail Management; Affiliate Member, Operations Management. His research areas include Data Science, Empirical/Behavioral Operations Management, Field Experiments, Platform for Online Marketplaces, Pricing & Revenue Management, and Retail.

Matthieu Reed - BCom

Matthieu Reed is in his final year of BCom, pursuing a major in Information Systems with a Marketing concentration. Throughout his time at McGill, he has been involved with the McGill Varsity Rowing Team while completing an E-Commerce internship in the retail industry and an IT internship within the financial services. Additionally, he spent a semester abroad in 2018 studying architecture and design at the University of Melbourne. Matthieu travelled extensively during his teens, spending 3 years in Paris and visiting many countries. He cultivated a passion for documenting and learning about the past, current, and future of fashion, design and retail. Supervised by Professor Maxime Cohen, Matthieu will be able to merge his interests for fashion and retail with his curiosity for the ever-popular data visualization software Tableau

 

 


Community Partnerships

Machine Learning and Food Security in Montreal - IMSF Fall 2019

Machine Learning and Food Security in Montreal

This project is in collaboration with Santropol Roulant. To run one of their famous food provision programs, the organization grows food on its own farm, prepares it, and distributes it to people with mobility problems in Montreal. We are supporting the organization to improve its mobile food provision program and agricultural programs by implementing data trackers in their farms, to improve food growth. We are also creating an AI app to intelligently decide how to distribute this food across consumers.

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Professor Juan Serpa

Dr. Juan Serpa is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management Area and a William Dawson Scholar. His research interests include Big Data & Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Empirical Industrial Organization, Government Operations, and Supply Chain Management.

Zachary Amar - BCom

Zachary Amar is a final year student in Analytics and Information systems. Passionate about analytics and programming he is eager to apply his skills to help an industry that is so important for our future. He has lived most of his life in Barcelona, Spain and is a huge sports fan. Especially soccer and basketball! He will be working in Machine Learning to improve food security in Montreal. In collaboration with Santropol Roulant, he will help them develop a database and an app to track volunteer schedules. He will also work in collaboration with the McGill Food Analytics Club (McFAC) and help with the collection and analysis of data from solar panels that will be installed in order to improve the growth of fruits and vegetables.

Christina Baik - BCom

Christina is a third-year Bcom student pursuing a triple concentration in Business Analytics, Managing for Sustainability, and Strategic Management. She is passionate about a wide variety of sustainable topics including global food sustainability and animal welfare. She aspires to pursue a career in wildlife conservation, as well as helping to advance current strategies of animal shelters/sanctuaries in rural and urban areas. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, sports, and volunteering at animal shelters. In this project, she is focused on leveraging AI and analytics tools to improve agricultural programs in collaboration with local food security organizations. This will be achieved by integrating and applying sustainability knowledge, communication, and analytical research skills.

Marion Gellé - BCom

Marion is a third-year Bcom student pursuing a triple concentration in Business Analytics, Digital Innovation and Marketing. She is always keen to take on new challenges and projects to get a broader view of business in different cultures and fast-changing environments. After several positions as a teaching and research assistant, she decided to make a positive impact in society by using her analytical skills with the McGill Food Analytics Centre. She will be working in collaboration with Santropol Roulant to improve their operations by developing analytics-based solutions. Within the staff-end app team, she will facilitate the use of the solutions by Santropol's employees by creating digital interfaces that give them access to the application’s backend and database.

Lesley Borowski - BCom

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Janna Augustin - BCom

Janna Agustin is a fourth-year BCom student studying Business Analytics and Computer Science. In the past few years, she has developed a passion for initiating tech-driven social impact. She has previously worked at two start-ups in Southeast Asia and is currently involved in a student-managed VC fund in Montreal called Front Row Ventures. Through her academic and professional experiences, she strives to combine her interests in programming, data science and social entrepreneurship. In her free time, you can find Janna taking film photos or singing Whitney Houston at the top of her lungs.

Business Expertise on Surgical Innovation Program - IMSF Fall 2019

Business Expertise on Surgical Innovation Program 

The Surgical Innovation Program is a cross-disciplinary program that equips trainees to enter the medical technology sector. The program is delivered jointly by McGill University, École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), and Concordia University. Student teams are formed to bring together expertise in business, engineering, computer science, and surgery through an experiential simulated start-up process for new Clinical technologies. Physical devices, as well as digital health (including Artificial Intelligence) devices, are developed.

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Professors Jan Jorgensen and Dr. Jake Barralet

Jan Jorgensen joined McGill's Faculty of Management in 1980. He previously taught at the University of Waterloo and Dalhousie University. Dr. Jorgensen directs the master's program in Economic Policy Management (EPM), which is offered jointly by the Faculty of Management and the Department of Economics. His current research interests include organizational responses to globalization in selected industries, strategic collaboration, and public sector divestment and restructuring in industrialized and developing countries. He is particularly interested in the transferability of western management know-how to developing and emerging market economies.

Dr. Jake Barralet is a professor at McGill University and scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre; Vice Chair Surgery Research; and Director of Research for the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at McGill University. His expertise includes biomaterials nanomaterials innovation, with 15 years of academic and 3 years of industrial experience. Interested in science and making it work with a focus on tissue regeneration and material synthesis. Interested in productive partnerships to achieve the goal of bringing new innovations to the public.

Haoran Wang - BCom

Haoran Wang is a fourth year BCom student, studying sustainability with a minor in psychology. He is passionate about connecting resources from different parties to create shared values. Haoran believes the power of collaboration and aims to create social changes from a solution-oriented approach. Outside of the academic world, he is a storyteller in Mandarin, a cinephile in English, and a motivated learner in French.

Meiqi He - BCom

Meiqi He is a third-year BCom student majoring in Finance with a concentration in Business Analytics. She is passionate about integrating predictive analytics in decision making and turning data into information to explore new business opportunities. Throughout her time at McGill, she has been involved in various student clubs, including Model UN and McGill Robotics, and she also recently joined a Start Up based in Silicon Valley. For this project, Meiqi will be working on developing innovative solutions in clinical technologies from a consulting perspective.

Mark Gao - BCom

Mark is a U4 BCom student majoring in accounting. With a aspirations of pursuing a careering involving both quantitative analysis as well as client-facing advisory, he pursues math and programming courses to supplement his business knowledge. As someone who prides himself on maintaining a broad set of skills, he particularly enjoys working on projects that involve a mix of independent research as well as interaction with stakeholders, especially in a scientific setting. In the health innovation project in particular, he is excited to have the opportunity to take an idea from the blueprint to the market, all the while creating something that could prove very beneficial to the health care sector, and thus, to any one of us.

Umema Rajput - BCom

Umema Rajput is a second-year BCom student pursuing a major in Finance. She finds herself enthusiastic about public speaking; all along being a crime fiction fanatic. Moving on in her life, she would like to provide a unique platform to young girls in order to equip them with knowledge and expertise to meet the challenges of the dynamic and evolving global marketplace. Through the course of her time at the Surgical Innovation Program, her aim would be to bridge the gap between potential opportunities in the medical sector towards allocating resources for providing solutions to minute, yet subtle problems faced by medical professionals in various sectors. Hence, it would be a great opportunity for her to acquire skills to solve complex problems from both the business and medical perspective, being an invaluable lifetime experience.

Mentorship Strategies for Experiential Learning - IMSF Fall 2019

Mentorship Strategies for Experiential Learning

The project involves working with faculty and staff at McGill, other academic and non-academic institutions to explore effective strategies for mentoring students, as they engage in interdisciplinary research, experiential learning and entrepreneurship to facilitate their paths to having a social impact at a local and international level. The study impacts leaders from foundations and other stakeholders who are concerned with engaging diverse students in interdisciplinary research, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship for professional development.

Nii Addy, Falah Rajput, Srinitia Mukherjee - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Nii Addy

Nii Addy is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, where he also conducts research at the McGill Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE). Dr. Addy is an Affiliate Member of McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID). Dr. Addy’s work focuses on effecting sustainable organizational and institutional change through multi-stakeholder partnerships spanning societal sectors (public, private and civil society) and industrial sectors (education, nutrition, health, agriculture, etc.)

Falah Rajput - BCom

Falah Rajput is a third-year B. Com student, studying finance and analytics. Outside of class, Falah is very involved on campus, having helped launch the inaugural edition of a global buy-side case competition, and is now serving on the board of an independent campus publication. Originally from Pakistan, Falah has previously lived in the Middle East and Africa. He spent the previous summer working on a human-centered consulting engagement in South Africa and intends to use this cross-cultural mindset to pursue a career in consulting. In his free time, he can be found discussing public policy with friends and binge-watching Prime Minister's Questions.

Srinita Mukherjee - BCom

Srinita Mukherjee is a final year student in the BCom honors economics and finance program. During her time at McGill, she has been a part of 3 mentorship programs and hopes to utilize that experience to bring a fresh perspective to the project. She also brings consulting and banking experience and is TD’s campus ambassador for the current academic year. In her spare time, Srinita likes drawing, listening to music and trying different cuisines.

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Business Development and Digital Marketing for MMR

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Professors Yu Ma and Anwar White

Dr. Yu Ma is Associate Professor of Marketing and Bensadoun Faculty Scholar at McGill University. He obtained his Ph.D. in management from Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining McGill, he was Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. His research interest includes food marketing, retailing and big data analytics.

Anwar White is a Faculty Lecturer at the Bensadoun School of Retail Management. He is also the Program Director for the Master of Management in Retailing.

Jegan Ramanathan - MBA

Jegannath Ramanathan is a first year MBA student, pursuing a specialization in Data Analytics. He is a digital marketer and go-to-market consultant by training and brings with him 7+ years of experience in Marketing, product management, and data analytics across B2B and B2C organizations. He has overseen multiple product and app launches giving him a unique perspective on user behavior and contextual targeting. This project involves coming up with a digital marketing and business development strategy for the newly launched Master of Management in Retailing (MMR) program. The goal is to devise successful strategies for increasing awareness of the MMR program and help the team in recruiting students using Social media and other digital marketing & engagement techniques.

Lorenzo Poto - BCom

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Industry Liaison for MMA Experiential Consulting project - IMSF Fall 2019

Industry Liaison for MMA Experiential Consulting project

The project aims at aiding the effective running of the experiential learning component for the McGill Master of Management in Analytics (MMA). The MMA degree is a pre-experience, twelve-month specialized program in the evolving field of management analytics. It is designed to address the growing needs of organizations for business analytics. The project entails developing contingent structures to provide MMA students with quality learning experience. The fellows will be supporting students completing their Master of Management in Analytics (MMA). They are responsible for developing and managing a structure for student and client interactions and for developing a post-project follow-up and marketing structure to showcase McGill’s capacities in analytics and the tangible business applications analytics permit. 

Shoeb Husain, Ariane Dusablon, Deborah Acri - IMSF Fall 2019

Professor Shoeb Husain

Shoeb joins McGill with a wealth of industry experience in both the Technology and Financial Services industries and is helping to craft the Masters of Management in Analytics for the Desautels Faculty of Management, as Program Director MMA.  His recent tenure at IBM Watson in the US allowed him to architect many AI solutions for Fortune 500 companies across North America and abroad. Having spent many years with TD Securities and Algorithmics, Shoeb worked in Simulation-based Predictive Analytics in the Capital Markets space where he was based in London, UK and consulted with major Sovereign Wealth Funds and Private Investment and Insurance institutions in the European and Asian markets.

Ariane Dusablon - BCom

Ariane is a U3 student completing a triple concentration in Finance, Data Analytics and Strategy. Last semester, she was abroad in Germany and came back to partake in a consulting internship, a field she wants to work in after McGill. This year, along with the Fellows program she is also the VP of Corporate Relations for the Management Undergraduate Society. Ariane with be working as the industry liaison for the Consulting Analytics project, which complements nicely her work and her interests.

Deborah Acri - BCom

Deborah Acri is an Italian-Canadian Senior at McGill majoring in Finance, with a concentration in International Management. Many regard her as an avid learner, detail-conscious person, and analytical thinker. Interested in stock trading, real estate investing and interior design, she is also looking forward to broadening her horizons in the consulting field. Deborah aspires to enter the finance industry in the asset management area. Books and theater are her hobbies.

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Operational Strategy for McGill Retail Innovation Lab (MRIL)

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Professors Maxime Cohen and Saibal Ray

Dr. Maxime Cohen is an Associate Professor, Bensadoun School of Retail Management; Affiliate Member, Operations Management. His research areas include Data Science, Empirical/Behavioral Operations Management, Field Experiments, Platform for Online Marketplaces, Pricing & Revenue Management, and Retail.

Dr. Saibal Ray is a James McGill Professor in the Operations Management Area and the Academic Director at the Bensadoun School of Retail Management. Dr. Ray's research interest can broadly be categorized as supply chain management. He is specifically interested in studying supply chain risk management, retail operations management, and supply chain issues related to agri-food and natural resources sectors. 

Selena Zhu - BCom

Selena is a fourth-year BCom student in the Honours in Investment Management program at McGill. Currently, she is the Co-President of the McGill Investment Club as well as the Co-Executive Director of the Entertainment Management Conference. After graduation, she will be joining Lazard as an investment banking analyst in the Los Angeles office. In her free time, Selena enjoys hip-hop dancing, rewatching Friends, and eating smoked salmon bagels.

 


Teaching and Course Materials

Information Systems course materials - IMSF Fall 2019

Information Systems Course Materials

The objective is to do literative review of the primary themes of research in Information Systems area and create a teaching resource that presents synthesized research findings (that can complement or even substitute the currently used textbooks). 

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Professor Animesh Animesh

Professor Animesh’s research primarily examines the impact of Internet technologies and electronic commerce. Currently, he is working on the following areas: Impact of online advertising on consumers and firms, the impact of virtual world features on consumer experiences and behavior, the impact of online social media on information diffusion, and impact of computer-supported coordination systems on user productivity and satisfaction.

Arielle Lacombe de Repentigny - BCom

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