Fall 2020 - Winter 2021

2020 - 2021 Fellowship Cohort
Faculty Projects
Impact Initiatives

2020 - 2021 Fellowship Cohort


Alix Albright Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Alix Albright

Alix Albright is in her final years of study at McGill University with a major in International Management, a minor in Political Science, and a concentration in Data Analytics. Over the course of her studies, she has been involved in multiple organizations including JED Consulting and the Desautels Sustainability Network. These two groups have allowed her to delve deeper into two areas of interest and she hopes to pursue a career that combines both consulting and sustainability upon graduation. She is also passionate about social impact and completed a social consulting internship in Peru last summer that introduced her to the world of food and sustainable agricultural practices. She has carried this interest over to her fellowship as she works on developing a website that uses algorithms to pair not-for-profit organizations with volunteers to help combat food-insecurity in Montreal.

Catherine Audette Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Catherine Audette

Catherine is in her final year of her Bachelor’s in Commerce. She is completing a major in Managing for Sustainability and a concentration in International Business. She is passionate about sustainability in the food industry and the fashion industry. She aspires to be a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) for a large corporation. Catherine is working on a research project addressing the role of CSOs in organizations and, through this research, hopes to understand how sustainability professionals can have a large impact on their organization.

Ismail Benchekroun Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Ismail Benchekroun

Ismail Benchekroun is a fourth-year BCom student majoring in Statistics and pursuing a concentration in Business Analytics. Throughout his time at McGill, he has enjoyed becoming a member and exec of McGill Improv, being the proud captain of a Beginner-level intramural basketball team, as well as working on various Marketing Analytics research projects. Ismail loves working with numbers and wishes to eventually work for an organization that will let him do that, while also making a positive difference in some way. Under the supervision of Professor Yu Ma, along with a team of another Operations Management prof and Computer Science master’s student, Ismail will be using electronic transaction data to predict customer churn in a specific store.

Oliver Boucher Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Oliver Boucher

Oliver is completing his final year at McGill pursuing a BCom in Managing for Sustainability with a minor in Political Science. He helped lead the Desautels Sustainability Network for two years, engaging hundreds of students and professionals in the sustainability movement by organizing conferences and events. Through Emzingo’s 2019 Global Impact Fellowship, Oliver volunteered with a community center in Johannesburg that supports children affected by HIV/AIDS. He is a co-founder of the Montreal Social Value Fund, a student team that invests in local enterprises to generate social and environmental value alongside impact-adjusted returns. He aspires to study public policy to meaningfully address the challenges facing Canadians. A native of Victoria, BC and an avid triathlete, Oliver is happiest when he is active outdoors or immersed in a book. He is thrilled to be part of the Pivot Project—managing social media, developing partnerships, and sharing SMEs' stories to amplify their leadership on climate change.

Sarosha Chagani Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Sarosha Chagani

Sarosha is a third-year student in the Desautels Faculty of Management doing a triple concentration in Sustainability, International Business, and Strategic Management. Immigrating to Mississauga, Ontario from Pakistan, Sarosha was exposed to the significant disparities in development between the global North and South, which inspired her focus on building capabilities in a human-centred approach. In pursuit of this, Sarosha was an Emzingo fellow this past summer, working with The Wellbeing Project in a Spanish context. She is also one of the Executive Directors for 5 Days for the Homeless McGill and is conducting research on corruption in parliaments and corporations. Sarosha looks forward to exploring the role of innovation in creating sustainable growth by analyzing how artificial intelligence and analytics impact front-line workers in the gig economy, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sinthura Chandramohan Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Sinthura Chandramohan

Sinthura is in her final year of her BCom, pursuing a concentration in Strategic Management and a minor in Economics. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue a JD degree, and ultimately a career path that will allow her to help build a more equitable world. She is passionate about reform to prisons and the criminal legal system and hopes to work in this domain in the future. During her time at McGill, she has been involved with various student organizations, such as the McGill Social Business Network and the McGill Policy Association. Through this fellowship, Sinthura is working on a project that explores the role of analysts in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Ivan Chiang Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Ivan Chiang

Ivan is a third-year BCom student pursuing a major in Strategic Management and a minor in Computer Science and International Development. He is driven by impact, currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of PennyDrops, a national student-led charity championing youth financial literacy. This past year, Ivan consulted for an education NGO to develop an expansion strategy and meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is passionate about socioeconomic equality and climate action, intending to pursue further studies to learn about policy-based solutions to the most pressing challenges of his generation. Currently, he is working with Professor Anna Kim to study how social enterprises can balance their social mission with survival in a market-driven economy.

Mathilde Ensminger Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Mathilde Ensminger

Mathilde is a 3rd-year BCom student at McGill University, pursuing Concentrations in Strategic Management and Managing for Sustainability with a Minor in Political Science. Interested in many subjects as diverse as history, architecture, literature, international cuisine and food waste, she also cares about giving people and organizations the means and tools to make enlightened and progressive decisions. After recent experience in strategic analytics and a previous internship at the European Parliament where she conducted research on the Impact of Lobbying on the Decision-Making Process, she decided to engage in an international consulting and advocacy career at the intersection of sustainable development, environment protection and world heritage conservation. Supervised by Professor Dr. Sarigöllü, Mathilde is looking forward to outlining sustainable consumption stakeholders and develop ways to better advocate for sustainable consumption from a consumer perspective.

Alicia Essig Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Alicia Essig

Alicia is pursuing a Major in Marketing and Concentration in Retail Management. Currently, she is working as a marketing freelancer for a logistics start-up in Berlin where she is responsible for all online communications and content creation. Having a passion for creative writing and sharing her story of living in Germany and China prior to moving to Canada, she also writes monthly columns for a German newspaper. In the future, she wants to gain more job experience in different industries and ultimately sees herself working in marketing within the luxury fashion market. She cares deeply about sustainability and would love to see more companies become environmentally friendly, not just superficially for marketing purposes but out of a real desire to save our planet. For her faculty project, she will work on a social media strategy for the Master's program at the McGill Bensadoun School of Retail Management. The goal is to promote the new program, create awareness for the school’s offerings and ultimately attract top talent.

Irene (Qinyu) Fang Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Irene (Qinyu) Fang

Irene is a second-year BCom student majoring in Finance with a concentration in Business Analytics. She is motivated to bring positive social changes in the business context by applying the analytical skills she learned. Driven by the desire to promote education equity, she has been engaging in several charitable activities back home in China and volunteered as a HomeworkZone mentor during her first year at McGill. She is an active volunteer, a café lover, and a french learner. In this project, Irene will be doing literature reviews, writing, and conducting interviews with workers and managers who are impacted by AI/Analytics that their organization implemented. She aims to pursue a career in consulting or NGO after graduation.

Braden Gaerber Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Braden Gaerber

Braden is in his fourth year of studies as a BCom student at McGill University. He is pursuing a finance major with a concentration in business analytics, combining his interest in business and technology. Over the last year, he has been integrating his interests in technology with his passion for helping those affected by food insecurity by working with the McGill Food Analytics Center to bring technological solutions to food-related non-profits. This year, as part of the MDIIM program, he is working on a website (myplacedumarche.com) that helps connect volunteers to food-related non-profits through the use of a decision algorithm.

Iris Gaudin Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Iris Gaudin

Iris is in her final year of studies as a BCom student pursuing a dual concentration in Marketing and Managing for Sustainability, combined with a minor in French literacy. Her diverse academic curriculum highlights her multidisciplinary skills and curiosity, allowing her to develop creative perspectives. She got involved in MyVision McGill, a student-run enterprise that provides consulting services to social entrepreneurs. As a project manager, it deepened her interest in applying business practices toward purpose-driven goals. She aspires to pursue a career in developing meaningful, innovative and measurable solutions to ensure the security of future generations, as she strongly believes marketing can be a powerful tool to drive systemic change. Supervised by Professor Emmanuelle Vaast, she is working on the development of a new undergraduate course exploring ‘Ethics in the digital age’. Iris will conduct research and analysis to improve the integration of tech ethics classes across the management curriculum.

Andrew Guerrand Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Andrew Guerrand

Andrew is in his final year at McGill University. He is pursuing a Joint Honors degree in Finance and Economics with a minor in Honors Mathematics. He is passionate about computational mathematics and how they can be applied to finance and economics. He was selected in Canada’s first and largest student-run investment fund, holding positions as a risk manager and senior economic analyst. Given this experience, a career in quantitative finance is certainly a career path he has in mind. Outside of school, he enjoys hiking, smelling new perfumes, and drinking lots of coffee.

Sarah Haddad Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Sarah Haddad

Sarah is a second-year BCom student doing a major in Managing for Sustainability with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminism, and Social Justice. At McGill, they spend a lot of time staffing the QM office. In their free time, they like to spend time with people, painting and reading political theory. Sarah has a profound interest in humanitarian issues concerning the intersecting topics of gender, race, class, and environment. After undergrad, they hope to continue their studies in either Public Policy/Administration or in Urban Planning. Ultimately, they hope to continue working on projects that have positive impacts on the environment. For their faculty project, Sarah will be working with Professor Emma Vaast on a study about Ethical Management in the Digital Age, where they will be exploring the topic of tech-ethics.

Zacharie Houle Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Zacharie Houle

Zacharie is a third-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 during 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 faculty 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.

Neva-Jade Kadende Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Neva-Jade Kadende

Neva-Jade is a second-year BCom student majoring in Strategic Management with a concentration in Finance. She has dedicated her time at McGill to clubs whose missions are dear to her heart such as Desautels African Business Initiative (DABI) and the McGill Student for Oxfam Quebec (MSOQ). She aspires to work in Public Sector Consulting and later go back to school to study Corporate Law. As the daughter of immigrants, she has a keen interest in the integration of refugees around the world. For her faculty project, Neva-Jade will focus on the analysis of transcripts of interviews and help with the writings of articles for diferrent online press.

Mahin Khan Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Mahin Khan

Mahin is in his final year of studies of his BCom, majoring in Finance. Throughout his McGill experience, he has thoroughly been involved in various extracurricular groups and clubs, engaging in activities as diverse as case competitions to investment pitches to volunteerism at his local food bank. He has a strong interest in quantitative tasks and a passion for writing and computer programming. While currently engrossed in volunteerism along with his studies, his future career aspirations include private wealth management and banking. Supervised by Professor Kwangjun An, Mahin will utilize his competencies for reading, finance, and coding to assess M&A discussions and their associated market reactions. This will be done for the purposes of assessing the effects of certain US-centric policies on the macroeconomy.

Saruul Khishigjargal Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Saruul Khishigjargal

Saruul is a student of life, currently studying International Development, with concentrations in Political Science and Social Entrepreneurship at McGill University. During her time at McGill, she has been a part of numerous student organizations and experiential programs, such as the McGill MUN delegation team, Praxis Sustainable Leadership Program, and Teaching Assistantship. In the near future, Saruul hopes to conduct field research as part of her degree at McGill, and upon graduation, leverage her experience in research and fieldwork to work at a multinational research facility or think tank. She is passionate about education reform, entrepreneurship, and grassroots development in developing countries. In the faculty project, Saruul will be conducting qualitative research, namely literature review, on determining Gender Patterns in Innovation Patent Examination as part of Professor Roman Galperin’s research.

Sacha Krajcik Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Sacha Krajcik

Sacha is a third-year Bcom student, pursuing a double concentration in Managing for Sustainability and Strategic Management. Last year, he spent a semester abroad at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Sacha is passionate about the automotive industry, where he hopes to pursue his career. He spent three months in the United Kingdom interning at Jaguar Land-Rover and at a design studio. He is committed to accompanying the huge transition of the mobility industry which is happening today. He will be conducting interviews with Chief Sustainability Officers as well as analyzing their insights in order to understand their role and impact throughout the organization.

Willing Li Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Willing Li

Willing is a U3 student at Desautels with a major in strategy and a minor in philosophy. She considers herself as an entrepreneurial individual because that is the spirit that really drives all of her academic, professional, and personal pursuits. Academically she has had a chance to study in China, the US, and France before coming back to Canada for university; it all started with her pitching to her parents, at the age of 14, why she should study abroad alone in the US. Professionally, she is motivated by curiosity and problem-solving which has brought her to consulting. She is passionate about gender equality, quality education for all, and music as a universal language. Her faculty project entails analyzing personality traits of business executives, based on interviews done by Professor Karl Moore. Some key tasks include detecting patterns and distribution across the introvert/extrovert spectrum, writing articles, and synthesizing quotes for the professor's upcoming book on the above subject.

Katrin Maliatski Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Katrin Maliatski

Katrin is a fourth-year Bcom student pursuing a triple concentration in Business Analytics, Sustainability, and Marketing. She is hoping to pursue a career in sustainability consulting, helping businesses make meaningful changes toward sustainability. She is very passionate about saving and protecting the environment and is always interested in learning more about how we can collectively combat the climate crisis. She will be working on the Machine Learning and Food Security project, where she will be utilizing AI and analytical tools to improve Santropol Roulant’s food growth at their farm.

Ana Maria Menghes Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Ana Maria Menghes

Ana Maria is a final year BCom student, pursuing a double concentration in Finance and Marketing. During her time at McGill, she has been involved in clubs and initiatives such as She’s The First and the Montreal Employment Law Information Project, where she discussed issues related to gender inequality, access to education and legal literacy, all causes she profoundly cares about. Upon graduation, she intends to pursue legal studies and aims towards a career in the legal field. Under the supervision of Professor Diana Dakhlallah, Ana will be studying the role of the public and private sector shaping the industry of drug development and the markets for global clinical trials, through qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Kuba Nowosielski Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Kuba (Nicholas) Nowosielski

Kuba is a third-year BCom student pursuing a double concentration in business analytics and marketing, with a minor in computer science. Kuba believes that there is power in unity and that people should come together to fight for what they believe. He Is planning on using his schooling to create impactful initiatives that bring together millions of people to support charities and NGOs. In his spare time, Kuba enjoys sports, learning skills online, and spending time with family and friends. In the IMSF faculty project, Kuba will be working with professor Serpa on a machine learning project to make air freight shipments more efficient.

Sreenidhi Ramachandran Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Sreenidhi Ramachandran

Sreenidhi is in her final year of BCom, pursuing a major in Strategic Management and concentration in Organizational Behaviour. She assisted Prof. Arvind Karunakaran on research about Platforms and the Gig Economy during the summer. She was also a Sales and Marketing intern at Zomato, a global restaurant aggregator. During her time at McGill, she held positions in the Indian Students Association and the Management Undergraduate Society. Moreover, she is the Co-President of Raag Fusion, a South-Asian music group at McGill. Apart from being involved in student life at McGill, she is a South Indian Classical singer and co-created a series of online music events, featuring celebrities around the world, to honour healthcare workers and doctors for their services during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will continue assisting Prof. Karunakaran, analyzing the Impact of AI & Analytics on Frontline Workers and Managers, framing open-ending questions, conducting interviews and analyzing governance mechanisms of platforms.

Youcef Sahnoune Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Youcef Sahnoune

Youcef is a third-year management student pursuing a degree in Finance and Global Strategy. Throughout his time at McGill, he has been involved as an editor for the Bull and Bear, McGill's premier business magazine, and as an executive in PennyDrops McGill, a program dedicated to increasing financial literacy in youth across the Montreal area. With work experience in risk management, data analytics, and regulatory compliance, Youcef will be launching his career in the management consulting industry, where he hopes to gain skills that will one day enable him to start his own company. Outside of his studies, Youcef loves to watch European football, play chess, and spend time with friends. This year, alongside Professor Karl Moore, Youcef will be helping to conduct interviews with prominent corporate leaders and will analyze batches of qualitative data to help further Professor Moore's extensive study into what kind of personality traits those who have risen to lead some of the world’s most impactful companies possess.

Jiamin Yuan Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Jiamin Yuan

Jiamin is in his third year at McGill and he is taking a major in Finance with a concentration in Business Analytics. During his study at McGill, he finds the integration of business mindset and social responsibility is promising and exciting. He wants to leverage his experience in investment banking and private equity to start a new field of ESG investing at McGill Investment Club. Due to the COVID-19 impact, he is spending his Fall 2020 term in Shanghai, where he decided to take a working term and study as a full-time student simultaneously. After college, he decides to step into the venture capital fields and make investments that are eco-friendly and social-responsible. With the ongoing research project regarding planning and operating an electric vehicle sharing system, he is feeling excited about combining the business logic with the technical analysis tools to solve real-world problems.

Rachel Tang Integrated Management Student Fellowship 2020-2021

Rachel Tang

Rachel is a U2 student studying Finance and Business Analytics. She is interested in pursuing a career in the Capital Markets. This year, she is thrilled to combine her passion for food with her drive to bring positive social impacts through IMSF. Besides food, she is also motivated to creating initiatives for Education and Health. Outside of school and work, you can most likely find her in the kitchen, prepping for the next big meal, or on her bike, enjoying Montreal's beautiful summer breeze. Rachel and her peers in the McGill Food Analytics Club are creating a website that incorporates an integrated database that facilitates the volunteer recruiting process of food organizations. Rachel is responsible for optimizing the web design and reaching out to the communities for collaboration.

 




Faculty Projects

Digital Technologies for Integrated Career - IMSF Fall 2019

Survival and Death of Social Enterprises in Market Place

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

Anna Kim

Professor Anna Kim

Anna Kim is an assistant professor in management for sustainability at the Desautels Faculty of Management and academic mentor for BCom Managing for Sustainability major and concentration programs. Prior to joining McGill, Anna taught at HEC Montréal, received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and worked for international development organizations in the UK and East Africa.

Anna’s research explores how organizations coordinate short- and long-term considerations, as well as local and global processes, for sustainable development. Her ethnographic fieldwork sites include Fairtrade-certified tea and coffee producer organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Nepal. Anna’s work has been recognized by several awards, including the Best International Paper Award and the Best Environmental & Social Practices Paper Award at the Academy of Management (OMT Division), and published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Organization Science.

Fellow:

Ivan Chiang - BCom (Major in Strategic Management, Minors in Computer Science and International Development)

Applications of Machine Learning to Risk Management - IMSF Fall 2019

Digital Marketing Strategy of Master of Management in Retailing (MMR)

This project aims to strategize and implement a digital marketing campaign to promote the new Master of Management in Retailing (MMR) program through social media and the university’s global partnerships.

Anwar White

Professor Anwar White

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.

Yu Ma

Professor Yu Ma

Dr. Yu Ma is an Associate Professor of Marketing and a 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.

Fellow:

Alicia Essig - BCom (Major in Marketing and Concentration in Retail Management)

Information Systems course materials - IMSF Fall 2019

AI Analytics Impact on Front line Workers and Managers

Over the past few years, organizations have been implementing initiatives in AI and analytics (e.g., predictive and prescriptive analytics) within their business units. This research is aimed at exploring questions around how AI and analytics are shaping work practices, reconfiguring jurisdictions and power relations especially between front-line workers and middle managers, and how AI is impacting the workers’ well-being.

Arvind Karunakaran

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.

Fellows:

Sarosha Chagani - BCom (Triple concentration in Sustainability, International Business, and Strategic Management)

Irene (Qinyu) Fang - BCom (Major in Finance and concentration in Business Analytics)

Sreenidhi Ramachandran - BCom (Major in Strategic Management and concentration in Organizational Behaviour)

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.

Diana Dakhlallah

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.

Fellow:

Ana Maria Menghes - BCom (Double concentration in Finance and Marketing)

Women, Aboriginal, and Minority Entrepreneurs in Supply Chains - 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

Professor Dror Etzion

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

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.

Fellows:

Catherine Audette - BCom (Major in Managing for Sustainability and concentration in International Business)

Sacha Krajcik - BCom (Double concentration in Managing for Sustainability and Strategic Management)

Textual Analysis in Financial Reporting - IMSF Fall 2019

Role of ESG Analysts in Corporate Sustainability Reports

There is a growing prevalence of corporate sustainability reports. For example, the percentage of Fortune Global 250 firms with sustainability reports has increased from 35 to 95 over the 1999−2011 period, according to a 2015 KPMG survey. Against this backdrop, this project aims to examine the role of former and current ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) analysts in corporate sustainability reporting. First, when former ESG analysts are hired by public firms, they can have a positive influence on sustainability reporting practices. Second, current ESG analysts may demand more sustainability information from corporations, which can affect both the quantity and quality of sustainability reports.

Dongyoung Lee

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.

Fellow:

Sinthura Chandramohan - BCom (Concentration in Strategic Management and minor in Economics)

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Climate Action Documentaries Strategy for SMEs

McGill professors and the National Film Board’s Digital Interactive Studio are working together on a documentary project that showcases the leadership role that Small and Medium Enterprises are playing in the fight against climate change. We will create short stories in multiple formats and online platforms featuring SME leaders whose visionary spirit and actions demonstrate practices and innovations that pave the way toward a sustainable low-carbon economy. The researchers will track and analyze the diffusion of these stories across social media and assess their cumulative impact.

Dror Etzion

Professor Dror Etzion

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.

Fellow:

Oliver Boucher - BCom (Major in Managing for Sustainability and minor in Political Science)

Connections between Corporate Investors and Acquisitions - IMSF Fall 2019

Mergers & Acquisitions Conference Call Transcripts and Market Reactions

This project examines the relationship between the content of acquisition-related conference calls and stock market reactions. Prior research suggests that stock market reactions to acquisition announcements depend on pre-merger issues (e.g., questionable strategic fit or cultural fit) and post-merger issues (e.g., difficulties in integration). However, these studies offer mixed findings because their conceptual and empirical approaches are largely fragmented. This implies that research opportunity exists to develop an integrative understanding of acquisition-related issues (Bauer & Matzler, 2014). The project takes this research opportunity by exploring the interdependencies of pre-merger and post-merger issues and their impact on stock market reactions.

Kwangjun An

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.

Fellow:

Mahin Khan - BCom (Major in Finance)

Analyzing Big Data for Labour Market Implications - IMSF Fall 2019

Ethical Management in the Digital Age

The development of new technologies, from social media to Artificial Intelligence, has led to innumerable positive consequences. It has also, however, triggered many unanticipated, more ambivalent consequences, from "fake news," to "surveillance capitalism," and complex trends associated with the future of work. In this project, we will map out current developments associated with making responsible managerial choices at a time where digital innovation has enabled and complicated what managers and companies can and/or should do.

Emmanuelle Vaast

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.

Fellows:

Iris Gaudin - BCom (Double concentration in Marketing and Managing for Sustainability, and minor in French literacy)

Sarah Haddad - BCom (Major in Managing for Sustainability and minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminism, and Social Justice)

Demand Side Impacts on Sustainable Consumptions - IMSF Fall 2019

Sustainable Consumption from the Consumer Perspective

The Fellow 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’ behaviours regarding sustainable consumption.

Emine Sarigollu

Professor Emine Sarigöllü

Dr. Emine Sarigöllü is Associate Professor and Academic Director International Management at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. She is also the 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 behaviours 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.

Fellow:

Mathilde Ensminger- BCom (Concentrations in Strategic Management and Managing for Sustainability, and a Minor in Political Science)

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

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.

Fellows:

Neva-Jade Kadende - BCom (Major in Strategic Management and a concentration in Finance)

Willing Li - BCom (Major in Strategy and minor in Philosophy)

Youcef Sahnoune - BCom (Finance and Global Strategy)

Collaboration in Shipping Networks - IMSF Fall 2019

Machine Learning for Efficient Air Freight Shipments

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.

Juan Serpa

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.

Fellow:

Kuba (Nicholas) Nowosielski - BCom (Double concentration in Business Analytics and Marketing, and a minor in Computer Science)

Industry Liaison for MMA Experiential Consulting project - IMSF Fall 2019

Customer Churn Model in Deep Learning

A top US retailer is interested in improving the performance of their predictive models of customer churns and membership tier switching. We are trying to integrate the entire customer journey data in addition to the usual past sales and demographics data to improve the predictive capacity. The deep learning model is a potential candidate that can take advantage of a large amount of information.

Yu Ma

Professor Yu Ma

Dr. Yu Ma is an Associate Professor of Marketing and a 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.

Fellow:

Ismail Benchekroun - BCom (Major in Statistics and concentration in Business Analytics)

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Gender Patterns in Innovation Patent Examination

Intellectual property (IP) protection is a cornerstone of an innovation economy. Effective IP protection requires robust decision-making by patent examiners in a country’s patent office on whether a given invention merits a patent. These decisions are negotiated in an exchange of written legal documents between patent applicants (inventors and their lawyers) and a patent examiner. Using data from 50 million such documents, this project will explore whether gender differences in the style used by examiners to write their decisions affect the outcome of the patent case. Through this project, fellows will learn about the process of patent prosecution and the legal documents involved.

Roman Galperin

Professor Roman Galperin

Roman Galperin is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Behaviour Area. He is a social science researcher with a focus on organizations, labour markets, and markets for expertise. He is an expert in people analytics and research design. 

Fellow:

Saruul Khishigjargal - BA (Major in International Development, concentrations in Political Science and Social Entrepreneurship)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Platforms - IMSF Fall 2019

Retail Competitive Pricing for Online Platforms

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Maxime Cohen

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.

Fellow:

Zacharie Houle - BCom (Major in Accounting)

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Planning & Operating an Electric Vehicle Sharing System

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

Wei Qi

Professor Wei Qi

Wei Qi is an assistant professor in Operations Management at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. His research interests include Smart-city analytics and operations, 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 retail logistics, shared autonomous electric vehicles). Wei is also a strategic advisor of the China Energy Group, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  

Fellow:

Jiamin Yuan - BCom (Major in Finance and concentration in Business Analytics)

Machine Learning and Food Security in Montreal - IMSF Fall 2019

Machine Learning and Food Security

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

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.

Fellows:

Alix Albright - BCom (Major in International Management, minor in Political Science, concentration in Business Analytics)

Braden Gaerber - BCom (Major in Finance and concentration in Business Analytics)

Andrew Guerrand - BCom (Joint Honors in Finance and Economics, minor in Honors Mathematics)

Katrin Maliatski - BCom (Triple concentration in Business Analytics, Managing for Sustainability, and Marketing)

Rachel (Jingru) Tang - BCom (Major in Finance and concentration in Business Analytics)


Impact Initiatives

  • Group 1: Working on how to convert vacant lots into community gardens or public spaces.
  • Group 2: Working on how to engage youth in the political system.
  • Group 3: Working on how to increase mental health support within indigenous communities.
  • Group 4: Working on how to engage locals within Montreal to use and interact with cultural heritage sites.
  • Group 5: Working on how to reduce food waste.
  • Group 6: Working on ensuring universal access to sexual health education.

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