Integrated Management Symposium Series

The Integrated Management Symposium Series invites members of the McGill and Montreal community to explore management through intimate conversations between prominent McGill academics and world leaders in their fields. The series encourages participants to broaden their perspective in order to address the significant ecological, social, and economic challenges facing today's societies.

These free symposia are generously supported by our benefactor, Marcel Desautels, C.M., LLD’07.

Upcoming Symposia

The Future of the Firm 

Tuesday, 24 March, 2020 ***POSTPONED: NEW DATE TBD***

3450 McTavish St, McGill Faculty Club, Ballroom, Montreal, QC H3A 1X9

Join the Desautels Faculty of Management in welcoming Bengt Holmström, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics (2016) and Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics, emeritus, MIT for an Integrated Management Symposium with Saku Mantere, Associate Professor of Strategy & Organization and Director of the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management.

How do leaders and stakeholders deploy incentives, shape strategy, and influence behaviour? The co-discussants will explore how firms navigate boundaries between themselves and markets, how such boundaries are changing and for what reasons.


Bengt Holmström is the Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was head of the Economics Department from 2003-2006. He holds a joint appointment with MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Holmström is a microeconomic theorist, best known for his research on the theory of contracting and incentives especially as applied to the theory of the firm, to corporate governance and to liquidity problems in financial crises. In 2016, he received the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society and the American Finance Association, and an elected foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (corporate finance). In 2011, he served as President of the Econometric Society.

He received his doctoral degree from Stanford University in 1978. Before joining MIT in 1994, he was the Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Management at Yale University’s School of Management (1983-94) and associate professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (1979-82). He holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Vaasa, Finland, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, and the Hanken School of Economics, Finland. He was awarded the Banque de France-TSE Senior Prize in Monetary Economics and Finance in 2012, the Stephen A. Ross Prize in Financial Economics and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange – MSRI Prize for Innovative Quantitative Applications in 2013, and the Distinguished CES Fellow award from CESifo, Munich.

He is a board member of the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA) (2005-), and a former board member of Aalto University in Finland (2010-2017) and the Nokia Corporation (1999-2012).


Saku Mantere, Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and Director of the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management. His research focuses on strategic organizations; on questions such as what it is that makes organizations strategic and how strategic management affects organizations. His work has been published in all the top journals in his field.

Professor Mantere has served as chairman of the board of the Helsinki University of the Arts (2012-2014), and as a member of the founding board of the Aalto University (2008-2017).


Coming soon


2019-2020 Series

Integrated Management Symposium with Josée Guibord and Patrick Odier moderated by Mehreen Haider, serving as the opening ceremony for MIPC 2019.


Investing in a Changing World: Transitioning from Traditional to Sustainable Investments

Opening Ceremony of 2019 MIPC (Symposium powered by Lombard Odier Group)

Friday, November 8, 2019 – 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Salon 1861, 550 Rue Richmond, Montreal, Quebec H3J 1V3

What is the role of financiers in shaping a more sustainable world? What are some constructive ways asset managers can transition to investing sustainably? How can we rise above the race for short-term earnings to generate long-term competitive returns and system-wide change?

Join us for a special Integrated Management Symposium to mark the opening ceremony of the 2019 McGill International Portfolio Challenge (MIPC), the premier buy-side finance case competition in the world with $50,000 in cash prizes. Sustainable investment experts Patrick Odier, Senior Managing Partner of Lombard Odier Group in Switzerland and Josée Guibord CEO of Evolugen (by Brookfield Renewable) will share their view on how the investment community can participate as genuine actors in enabling a cleaner, healthier and an equitable future. The discussion will be moderated by Mehreen Haider (McGill MBA’19), Global Capital Markets Associate at Scotiabank.


Patrick Odier has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Lombard Odier & Co Ltd. since January 1st, 2014, and he has been Senior Managing Partner of the Lombard Odier Group since July 1st, 2008. He joined the Lombard Odier Group in 1982 and completed his training in Zurich, New York, and Montreal, before becoming a Managing Partner in 1986. He holds an economics degree from the University of Geneva and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. Patrick Odier was Chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association from September 2009 to September 2016. He is a member of the Board and Board Committee of economiesuisse (Swiss Business Federation). He is also a board member of several Swiss and international academic institutions and philanthropic organizations.

Josée Guibord, Chief Executive Officer, Evolugen: Named CEO in 2018, Josée is accountable for leading Evolugen and advancing its strategic growth within the country. She draws on her extensive experience as General Counsel and Senior Vice-President (SVP), Legal Services for Brookfield Renewable’s North American platform. Since joining in 2011, she has acted in a strategic advisory role during periods of significant expansion and transformation, contributing to the success of several large-scale organizational transitions, such as the creation of Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. in 2011. Becoming SVP in 2015, she led her legal team on all aspects of the business, including financing, litigation and acquisition among other corporate and commercial matters.

Josée is a board member of WaterPower Canada, providing direction in the promotion and advocacy of sustainable hydropower in Canada. In addition, as an active member of her local community, she is committed to supporting the well-being of francophone children as the Chair of the Board of Grandir Ensemble, a community non-profit in the Ottawa region.

The discussion will be moderated by Mehreen Haider, McGill MBA'19 graduate and currently Global Capital Markets Associate at Scotiabank. Mehreen is named by Poets & Quants among the 2019 MBA students to look out for worldwide.


World Bank policy-signalling address  at McGill University by President David Malpass and co-discussant Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean of Desautels Faculty of Management.

Securing Good Development Outcomes: Global Growth Challenges & Opportunities

Important policy-signalling address by Mr. David Malpass, President World Bank Group

Monday, October 7, 2019 – 4:00 – 5:15 pm

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Pollack Hall, Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3

Current McGill students and faculty members are invited to join Prof. Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, for a speech delivered by Mr. David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group, entitled Securing Good Development Outcomes: Global Growth Challenges and Opportunities. This special event will take place on October 7th at 4 pm in Pollack Hall in the Strathcona Music Building (555 Sherbrooke Street West).

Every year the World Bank presents this important policy-signalling address from a leading academic institution ahead of its general assembly in Washington, D.C.

General registration is restricted to current McGill students and faculty members and must occur in advance of the event.
A valid McGill ID card must be presented at the door to gain entrance to Pollack Hall.
Seats are unassigned and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis as of 3:15 pm. Please arrive early!


Co-organized by Faculty of Arts and Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University


David R. Malpass: 13th President of the World Bank Group

David R. Malpass was selected as 13th President of the World Bank Group by its Board of Executive Directors on April 5, 2019. His five-year term began on April 9.

Mr. Malpass previously served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs for the United States. Mr. Malpass represented the United States in international settings, including the G-7 and G-20 Deputy Finance Ministerial, World Bank–IMF Spring and Annual Meetings, and meetings of the Financial Stability Board, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

In 2018, Mr. Malpass advocated for the capital increase for the IBRD and IFC as part of a reform agenda featuring sustainable lending practices, more efficient use of capital, and a focus on raising living standards in poor countries. He was also instrumental in advancing the Debt Transparency Initiative, adopted by the Bank Group and the IMF, to increase public disclosure of debt and thereby reduce the frequency and severity of debt crises.

Before joining the U.S. Treasury, Mr. Malpass was an international economist and founder of a macroeconomics research firm based in New York City. He served as chief economist of Bear Stearns and conducted financial analyses of countries around the world.

Previously, Mr. Malpass served as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Developing Nations and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Economic Affairs. He focused on an array of foreign policy and development issues, including U.S. involvement in multilateral institutions; the Bank Group’s 1988 capital increase, which supported the creation of the Bank’s environment division; the Enterprise for the America’s Initiative; and Brady bonds to address the Latin American debt crisis. He also served as Senior Analyst for Taxes and Trade at the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, and as Staff Director of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

Mr. Malpass has served on the boards of the Council of the Americas, Economic Club of New York, National Committee on U.S.–China Relations, Manhattan Institute, and Gary Klinsky Children’s Centers, as well as various for-profit entities. He is the author of numerous articles on economic development.

Mr. Malpass earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and his MBA from the University of Denver. He was a CPA and undertook advanced graduate work in international economics at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and has studied Spanish, Russian, and French.

Isabelle G. Bajeux-Besnainou: Dr. Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou has served as Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University since September 2015.

Under her leadership, the Faculty has launched a Master of Management in Finance, a Master of Management in Analytics, a series of interdisciplinary minors in Entrepreneurship for undergraduate students, and program offerings in data analytics at several levels. Dean Bajeux-Besnainou has also led strong efforts in the hiring of professoriate, and managed the expansion of the Faculty’s physical facilities through the acquisition and renovation of the Donald E. Armstrong Building, which opened in January 2018. Most recently, she spearheaded the creation of the innovative Bensadoun School of Retail Management, dedicated to the future of retail. The School will build on the University’s strengths in management, AI, sustainability, agriculture, and science, among others.

Prior to joining Desautels, Dean Bajeux-Besnainou was Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the George Washington University School of Business for three years after serving as the Chair of the Finance Department. During this time, she developed a new Bachelor of Science degree program and reformed the Bachelor of Business Administration. As a firm believer in the value of interdisciplinary studies, she designed these two programs to require a major or minor outside of the Business School.

Dean Bajeux-Besnainou is an alumna of the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) Paris in Mathematics and earned a doctorate in Mathematics Applied to Finance in 1989 from Université Paris-Dauphine. She has taught extensively at various universities and her research interests relate to asset pricing, portfolio management, and credit risk, among other topics. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Management Science, Mathematical Finance, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, American Economic Review, and Journal of Business.

Dean Bajeux-Besnainou is currently Co-Chair of the Global Council on the Future of Consumption for the World Economic Forum. She has also served as a speaker at events across North America, Europe and Asia, including the Bloomberg Tomorrow's Talent Conference in New York City and Les Rencontres Économiques d'Aix-en-Provence. Dean Bajeux-Besnainou has been featured in various media such as Financial Times, Globe and Mail, Bloomberg, Fast Company, and Les Échos.



Integrated Management Symposium and Delve launch 24 September 2019 - Dr. Mehmood Khan and Laurette Dubé

Lifelong Wellness: Product innovation and multisystemic approaches to aging

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 – 5:30 – 7:00 pm
McGill Faculty Club Ballroom, 3450 McTavish St., Montreal, Quebec H3A 1X9

With recent scientific advances, aging is no longer simply a normal consequence of a life well lived or and a path to death through painful and costly chronic diseases. Increasingly, it is seen as a process that can be managed by extending years of healthy lifestyle and containing ever-increasing healthcare costs.

Join Laurette Dubé, Professor of Marketing and Director of the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics, in conversation with Dr. Mehmood Khan, scientist and former Vice Chairman of PepsiCo turned CEO of Life Biosciences Inc., a healthy living startup with more than $75 million in venture funding.

They will explore how the scientific community is partnering with business leaders, policymakers, and educators in an attempt to stave off multiple diseases of aging through integrated interventions and product innovation ranging from food and pharmaceuticals to bio technologies encompassing the end-to-end value chain from the consumer to retailer.


Dr. Mehmood Khan:

Mehmood Khan, M.D., is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Life Biosciences Inc. He joined the company in April 2019. Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Life Biosciences is a biotechnology company developing therapies for age-related diseases by focusing on the biology of aging. Its ultimate goal is to significantly extend healthy human lifespan. In his role as CEO, Dr. Khan provides strategic direction and operational oversight. His vision of a more efficient and effective drug development pathway will drive innovation in the science and technology Life Biosciences advances.

Dr. Khan previously served as Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Global Research and Development at PepsiCo, a Fortune 50 company with upwards of 250,000 employees across 22 brands. At PepsiCo, Dr. Khan played a pivotal role in their global R&D efforts to create breakthrough innovations in food, beverages and nutrition, including the incorporation of healthier and more nutritious offerings across its portfolio. Dr. Khan also oversaw PepsiCo’s global sustainability initiatives based on the belief that success in business is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world we share. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Dr. Khan served as President of Global R&D Center at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, leading the global efforts of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world by revenue.

Before moving into industry, Dr. Khan had a distinguished medical career as a faculty member in endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School where he served as Director of the Diabetes, Endocrine and Nutritional Trials Unit. He also spent nine years leading programs in diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism and nutrition for the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Dr. Khan is a member of the Board of Directors of Reckitt Benckiser and Indigo Ag. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technologies at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Chair of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Khan earned his medical degree from the University of Liverpool Medical School, England, and completed a fellowship in clinical endocrinology and nutrition in the Department of Medicine and Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London and a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology.

Laurette Dubé: 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.

Dr. Dubé received the YMCA Women of Distinction Award for the social sciences in 2011 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Dubé is also the founding chair and scientific director of the McGill Center for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE). With a strong focus on harnessing the power of business as a catalyst for real-world change, the MCCHE operates through collaboration of private sector organizations with NGO/social enterprises, policymakers and academics at community, state, national and global levels to promote convergence through local and systemic changes. Behavioral economics, decision neuroscience, spatial-temporal statistics, and computational systems science models are at the core of real-time learning enabled by this transdisciplinary research-action approach.

Beyond books and scientific publications in the leading scientific journals, her work has been covered in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and The Economist.

2018-2019 Series


Integrated Management Symposium 10 April 2019 - Richard Whittington and Marie Josée Lamothe

Implementing Inclusive & Transparent Strategy: Opening up contemporary organizations

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, 1st Floor, Salon Pierre de Coubertin, 1050 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal

Strategy making is becoming increasingly open. When done well, it creates a shared understanding, a stronger commitment, and effective implementation. It’s inclusive of more and varied stakeholders, and it’s often more transparent, as plans and knowledge tend to be shared more widely. Innovative technologies, new cultural mindsets, and contemporary business models are enabling open strategy across organization types and segments of society with long-lasting global implications.

The McGill Desautels Faculty of Management welcomes Richard Whittington, Professor of Strategic Management at Saïd Business School, Oxford University to share his insight in dialogue with Marie Josée Lamothe, Professor of Practice at the Bensadoun School of Retail Management. The symposium will explore the implications of initiating and implementing open strategy. Drawing from Whittington’s research case studies and from Lamothe’s 25 years of managerial experience in multinational and start-up ecosystems, they will elaborate on the importance of coaching, communication, and coordination in the implementation of open strategy.


Richard Whittington: Professor of Strategic Management at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, is a leader in the field of Strategy-as-Practice research. His research is exploring the recent ‘opening’ of strategy, as it becomes more transparent internally and externally, and involves a widening range of people from inside and outside the organisation. He is the author of two highly influential textbooks on strategy: Exploring Strategy, which has sold more than one million copies, and What is Strategy–and Does it matter?, a past winner of the Management Consulting Association prize for the best management book of the year. His research has featured in the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, and People Management. Along with serving on the boards of scholarly journals and associations, Professor Whittington has held full or visiting appointments at Harvard Business School, HEC Paris, Imperial College, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Toulouse, and Warwick Business School. He has a PhD from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, an MBA from Aston Business School, and MA in Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford. Dr. Whittington is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management.

Marie Josée Lamothe: Professor of Practice at the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, McGill University, with 25 years of International Management experience in the Consumer Products world, has been nominated among Canada’s 40 Global Leaders (Canadian Business magazine). She is the founder of Tandem International, an advisory firm specialized in Omni-channel branding & profitability. She was the Managing Director at Google Canada for nearly 5 years. Prior to Google, she held various roles during her 12 years at L’Oréal, ranging from International Marketing Director in France to CMO & CCO in Canada. Mrs. Lamothe sits on the boards of The ALDO Group, LightSpeed HQ and OSMO, a not-for-profit organization created to support the development of the start-up ecosystem in Québec. Mrs. Lamothe was also appointed to the 2017 Advisory Council on Economy and Innovation for the Government of Quebec. Moreover, she has been appointed by the Treasury Board of Canada to the Audit Committee for Ministries such as Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and nominated by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) Commissioner to its external advisory panel. In the past years, Mrs. Lamothe was recognized among Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Financial Post and Canada’s Marketers of the Year by Strategy magazine. The Boardlist named her among the Top 10 women in Tech in Canada, InfoPresse nominated her as a Personality of the Year in Quebec. Forbes Magazine and Social Media Magazine (US) recognized her among Top Marketing Minds to follow on social media in North America. Mrs. Lamothe is a graduate of Mathematics and Economics from the University of Montreal.



Integrated Management Symposium 26 March 2019 - Brian Athaide and Diana Dakhlallah

Navigating the Cannabis Haze: Disrupting a century-long underground market

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – 5:30 – 8:00 pm
3rd Floor, Centre Mont-Royal

In 2013, the Canadian government introduced regulation allowing the commercial production and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. In October 2018, the legalization of recreational marijuana use followed suit. Canada is now the second country in the world to have formalized the production, sale, and consumption of marijuana. As a result, the cannabis industry is undergoing an intense commodification process. Amid this fast-paced change, many open questions remain. Canadian marijuana companies are leading the development of a global industry with countries around the world looking closely at how this experiment might translate within their regulatory environments.

To provide insight into the creation and transformation of the burgeoning cannabis market, McGill Desautels Faculty of Management is delighted to welcome Brian Athaide (BCom’89), CEO of The Green Organic Dutchmen (TGOD) for an Integrated Management Symposium. Brian Athaide will reflect with Prof. Diana Dakhlallah from the Organizational Behaviour area at Desautels on the commodification dynamics and related constraints, consumption, regulatory concerns, socially responsible investing, and uncertain science of cannabis.


Brian Athaide: CEO of The Green Organic Dutchman, has 29 years of global experience including CFO at Andrew Peller, the largest public wine producer in Canada and 25 years at Procter & Gamble, working in 8 countries, culminating as the CFO of a multi-billion dollar Eastern European business. He has a track record of building shareholder value and winning organizations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America leading acquisition integrations, developing corporate strategy, managing foreign exchange devaluations, banking crises, economic/political turmoil and high market volatility. Brian combines practical business acumen with excellence in execution. Brian has a BCom from McGill with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.

Dr. Diana Dakhlallah is an economic sociologist. Her most recent work falls at the intersection of the political economy of service provision in public sector organizations and global health. In this work, she examines and tests the role that social incentives play in structuring the dynamics of healthcare provision between frontline healthcare providers and healthcare seekers to understand and mitigate governance issues. Her work, conducted in the context of the public healthcare sector in the MENA region, sheds light on questions related to the interpretation, measurement, scaling, social influence dynamics, and institutionalization of behavioural grey zones within organizations and at the societal level. She holds a PhD from Stanford University and is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behaviour area at McGill Desautels Faculty of Management.


Integrated Management Symposium 15 November 2018 - Mike Gerbis and Paola Perez Aleman

Facing the Climate Challenge: Taking Significant Actions in Business and Government

November 15, 2018 – 5:30 – 8:00 pm
3rd Floor, Centre Mont Royal

The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warns that global warming of 1.5°C or higher above pre-industrial levels could result in long-lasting and potentially irreversible changes to the planet. Various pathways to mitigation have been proposed - from scaling largely untested Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) technologies to dramatically reducing energy consumption - and with them carry corresponding synergies and trade-offs with sustainable development. Can we avoid climate change catastrophe while still pursuing poverty alleviation and prosperity for all?


To help address this grand challenge the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management is pleased to welcome Mike Gerbis, CEO of The Delphi Group and GLOBE Series. For two decades, Mr. Gerbis has advised companies, institutions, and government bodies on how to use sustainability as a strategic advantage to achieving long-term value. Joining him in the discussion will be Paola Perez-Aleman, Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management. Prof. Perez-Aleman has been recognized for her work promoting equity, diversity, inclusivity, and sustainable development in the classroom and through her research. Together they will share their respective insights on innovation and business-government relations and explore how sustainability can act as a competitive advantage while creating powerful synergies between private, public, and community stakeholders.


Integrated Management Symposium 13 November 2018 - Susan DeVore and Beste Kucukyazici

Redefining Health Care: Transformation of Health Systems for the 21st Century

November 13, 2018 – 5:30 – 8:00 pm
6th Floor, Bronfman Building, 1001 Sherbrooke Ouest 

The rise of digital technologies and disruptive innovations through advances in big data and artificial intelligence, coupled with the increasing desire for better access to high-quality care, has created a unique opportunity to transform traditional healthcare into a modern, value-based health care system fit for the 21st century. What could this drastic transformation look like and how can we ensure that no one falls through the cracks during the transition?


The Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management is delighted to welcome Susan DeVore, CEO of Premier Inc. for an Integrated Management Symposium. For nearly three decades she has witnessed the evolution of healthcare systems and has engaged stakeholders to co-develop solutions that support high-quality, efficient, and sustainable care delivery models. She will be joined by Prof. Beste Kucukyazici from the Operations Management Area of McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. Together they will explore some of the main drivers behind this transformation, how this transformation can be initiated, accelerated, or improved upon. They will also discuss the various barriers to positive change that can emerge along the way and the uplifting strategies that can be used to overcome them.


2017-2018 Series

In 2017-18, MDIIM's leadership dialogues will focus on "the future of work" and explore how jobs and careers are changing due to social, environmental, and technological disruptions.

Integrated Management Symposium 2018 Andre Spicer and Saku Mantere

If We All Hate Business Jargon, Why Do We Keep Using It?

May 26, 2018 – 10:00 – 12:00 pm
3rd Floor, Donald E. Armstrong Building, 3420 McTavish 

Our organizations are flooded with empty talk. We are constantly "going forward" to lands of "deliverables", stopping off on the "journey" to "drill down" into "best practice". Being an expert at using management speak has become more important in corporate life than delivering long lasting results. The upshot is that meaningless corporate jargon is killing our organizations.


André Spicer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and the founding director of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise at Cass Business School, City, University of London. He is an expert in the areas of Organisational Behaviour, Leadership, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Professor Spicer has done work on organizational power and politics, organisational culture, employee identity, the creation of new organizational forms, space and architecture plays at work and leadership. His work looks at a wide range of settings including knowledge intensive firms, financial institutions, seaports, universities, libraries, media organizations, and new social movements. 

Saku Mantere is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization in the Desautels Faculty of Management and Director of the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management. Following work as a high school philosophy teacher and telecommunications engineer, he completed his PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management in his native Finland. Prior to joining McGill, Saku taught at the Warwick Business School, UK; Hanken School of Economics, Finland; Rouen Business School (now NEOMA Business School), France and Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University), Finland.



IM Symposium Eric Labaye & Brian Rubineau

The Workforce is Transitioning, and Everything Matters 

April 16, 2018 – 5:30 – 7:00 pm
McGill Faculty Club Ballroom, 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal, H3A 1Y1

The rise of automation technology is projected to deliver significant benefits to productivity, economic growth, and safety in the next decade. However, these same technologies will inevitably disrupt the global workforce and jobs as we know them today will be lost, changed, or radically different from anything we can presently envision.  How do we embrace phenomena such as artificial intelligence and robotics while accounting for those historically caught in the crosscurrents of major employment transitions - women, minority groups, people with disabilities, immigrants, and people with lower education levels?


Eric Labaye, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and former Chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute, has been at the forefront of these futurist discussions. He has conducted major collaborative research projects in the fields of economic development, productivity, digital transformation, and gender diversity. 

Brian Rubineau is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. His research investigates how informal social dynamics contribute to inequalities in occupations and labor markets. His research appears in the leading management and sociology journals Management ScienceOrganization Science, and American Sociological Review, among others. He is the recipient of multiple competitive research grants, and he has been a Residential Research Fellow at the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University and a Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.

The Workforce is Transitioning, and Everything Matters 

This Symposium explored the sectoral employment shifts on the horizon and presented ideas to navigate the current workforce transition in a way that does not exacerbate societal divisions and inequalities. 

Watch video according to topic

  1. The workforce transition (5:39)

  2. Opportunities (26:42)

  3. Addressing inequalities (31:08)

  4. Preparing for surprises (44:39)



 Patricia Hewlin, Mary Anderson, and Tracy Joshua

Supply Chain Diversity through Cross-Sector Collaboration

October 13, 2017 – 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Bronfman Building, Room 151, 1001 Sherbrooke Street W, Montreal, H3A 1G5

Desautels Professor Patricia Faison Hewlin and her co-discussants Mary Anderson, President of WBE Canada, and Tracy Joshua, Vice-President of KNA Procurement at Kellogg’s, discussed social and business benefits of cross-sector collaboration among business and government agencies, not for profit organizations, and management scholars for integrating more businesses led by women, Aboriginal, and minorities into global supply chains.  This expert panel offered insight from corporate, advocacy and academic perspectives, and shared innovative strategies for effectively implementing sustainable and equitable procurement practices without losing sight of the bottom line.


Desautels Professor Patricia Faison Hewlin and her co-discussants Mary Anderson, President of WBE Canada, and Tracy Joshua, Vice-President of KNA Procurement at Kellogg’s.

Supply Chain Diversity through Cross-Sector Collaboration

Watch video according to topic

  1. Entrepreneurship in Canada: Fertile ground (5:10)

  2. Fertile ground with critical challenges (17:56)

  3. Fertile ground with promising opportunities for Canadian communities (33:33)

  4. Cross-sector collaboration (39:58)


Video coming soon


Matissa Hollister and Yann LeCun

Disruption in the Workplace: Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century

October 11, 2017 – 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Centre Mont-Royal, 2200 Rue Mansfield, Montréal, QC, H3A 3R8

Is AI coming for your job? The introduction of new technologies has disrupted and transformed job markets for centuries, most notably during the industrial revolution. Today artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomous technology are changing most workplaces and shifting the ground beneath jobs that were once considered stable, with repercussions across all economic sectors. A Leadership Dialogue with Yann LeCun, Director of AI Research, Facebook, and Silver Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Data Science, New York University, and Matissa Hollister, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.


Yann LeCun, Director of AI at Facebook and Silver Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Data Science at NYU, for an Integrated Management Symposium. Professor LeCun will reflect with Prof. Matissa Hollister from the Organizational Behaviour Area at Desautels on the future of work and careers in the face of advancing technological capabilities.



2016-2017 Series

In 2016-17, MDIIM's leadership dialogues focused on the theme of “Integrity”. Managing with integrity involves the capacity to navigate trade-offs between values and resist tensions from contradictory expectations and pressures. It is an undertaking which requires reflection on organizations, communities, and one's own values.

Brian Fetherstonhaugh and Suarabh Mishra

Authenticity & Deception in Communications & Advertising

April 4, 2017 – 5:30 – 7:00 pm
McGill Faculty Club Ballroom, 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal

With the explosion of unregulated social media and fake news, how can businesses effectively inform consumers and what are the benefits of authenticity? A Leadership Dialogue with Brian Fetherstonhaugh, Chairman and CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide, and Saurabh Mishra, Associate Professor, Marketing, McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management.


Brian Fetherstonhaugh (BCom'79), Chairman and CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide, for an Integrated Management Symposium.

Mr. Fetherstonhaugh will reflect with Prof. Saurabh Mishra from the Marketing Area at Desautels on communications and advertising in light of the massive technological disruption occurring in the world of media.



Shaun Donovan and Sebastien Betermier

Leadership During Economic Crisis

February 20, 2017 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm
McGill Faculty Club Ballroom, 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal

Mr. Donovan spoke about his time as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development following the U.S. financial crisis of 2007-2008 and provided insight into the role the federal government played in pulling the U.S. economy through the crisis. The discussion explored themes such as the role of public institutions during times of crisis, parallels between the U.S. and Canada’s economies, and the preparation for the current transition of leadership.


A Leadership Dialogue with Shaun Donovan, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama and Sebastien Betermier, Assistant Professor, Finance, McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management.



Joanne Liu and Henry Mintzberg

From Ebola to Imbalance

October 28, 2016, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Bronfman Building, Room 151, 1001 Sherbrooke Street W, Montreal, H3A 1G5

Dr. Joanne Liu and McGill Desautels renowned Professor Henry Mintzberg will discuss the need for strong NGO’s, especially in the health sector, and the important role that plural sector organizations can play in rebalancing society


A Leadership Dialogue with Dr. Joanne Liu, (MDCM'91, MMGMT'14), International President of Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières, and Henry Mintzberg, John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management.



David Elmaleh and Jui Ramaprasad

Innovating with Impact: Building Successful Businesses from Science-based Discovery

September 14, 2016 - 5:30 - 7:00pm
McGill Faculty Club Ballroom, 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal

Universities are full of bright, curious individuals asking fundamental questions. What isn’t evident is how breakthroughs are transformed into marketable products and services that combat complex health, environmental, and social challenges. How does an inventor adopt an entrepreneurial mindset, and how can multi-disciplinary expertise create purposeful solutions? Business development firms, like PureTech Ventures, are masters at turning discovery into profitable healthcare companies.


Dr. David R. Elmaleh (Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, inventor entrepreneur, and Co-Founder of PureTech) shared insights on the role of technology in science-driven businesses. In dialogue with Professor Jui Ramaprasad (Associate Professor of Information Systems at Desautels) he imparted his experience ranging from building new enterprises to resolving conflicts of interest and working on teams.



Dominic Barton and Christopher Ragan

Integrity in Governance: Global Capitalism in the Long Run

May 19, 2016 - 5:30 - 7:00pm
McGill Faculty Club Ballroom, 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal

The second event in the series focused around integrity as it relates to a firm's values, its interactions with clients, and how it can be integrated into public policy. Together, they discussed integrity in governance, including whether management schools today are teaching what is really needed for tomorrow’s business leaders to perform in a way that is both good for shareholders and for society.


The discussion featured Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company, perhaps the world’s most prominent management consulting firm. He has a fascinating perspective on integrity — from the importance of ethics in business and the need for capitalism to take a longer-run view, to the compatibility of economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. McGill economics professor Christopher Ragan is a longtime analyst of Canadian economic policy, is currently the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, and has been a senior advisor to both the Governor of the Bank of Canada and to the federal Minister of Finance.



Kent Nagano and Nancy Adler

Artistic Integrity and Leadership: Going beyond the Dehydrated Language of Management

April 4, 2016 - 5:30 - 7:00pm
McGill Faculty Club Ballroom, 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal

The discussion touched on a variety of ways through which music and artistic leadership can influence society, from the social inclusion of Beethoven's Egmont Overture to the interfaith peace building of the Pontanima Choir in Sarajevo. 


A Leadership Dialogue with Maestro Kent Nagano, Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Professor Nancy J. Adler, S. Bronfman Chair in Management, McGill University.


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