10 Points of Pride

The Desautels Faculty of Management is where international perspectives on business converge to produce some leading-edge research. With more than 70% of our professors hailing from over 25 different countries, our faculty pushes the boundaries of knowledge with an interdisciplinary, global, collaborative approach. The prestigious “Desautels 22” featuring our researchers’ top-tier publications attests to the breadth and depth of our Faculty’s output. Bringing their research to the classroom, professors at Desautels are not only transforming business practices and public policy, they are enabling a new generation of leaders to innovate in today’s quickly changing business world.

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Number 2

Desautels is growing

As the international business community’s continue to evolve, Desautels is growing – both in our course offerings and our facilities. The campus now reflects the scale of the Desautels Faculty of Management’s sense of ambition and purpose.

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World-renowned professors

With faculty hailing from every corner of the globe, the Desautels Faculty of Management provides a truly global approach and perspective to teaching and research. Most of our faculty are involved in research and collaborations that cross international borders.

Our faculty continues to be lauded for their notable achievements & teaching methods >

  • Professor and Associate Dean, Research Vihang Errunza, (Finance) was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his work as a finance scholar, in recognition of the effect of his work on global welfare in September 2017.
  • Professor Nancy Adler (Organizational Behaviour) was listed as one of the world’s top 30 gurus in the Leadership Professionals category of the 2016 Global Gurus ranking.
  • Juan Serpa (Assistant Professor of Operations Management) was named by Poets & Quants’ 2017 top 40 Undergrad profs list in September 2017.
  • Professor Sebastien Betermier (Finance) was named by Poets & Quants as one of 2017’s Best 40 Under 40 Professors for his engaging teaching and excellence in research in March 2017.
  • Professor Saibal Ray (Operations Management) was named into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in March 2017.
  • Professor Alain Pinsonneault (Information Systems) was inducted into the Ordre national du Québec as a Chevalier in June 2016.
  • Henry Mintzberg (Strategy & Organization) is the 2015 recipient of the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award acknowledges an exceptional individual whose work has made an important contribution to global thought leadership over an extended period.

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The finest students

The Rhodes Scholarship is widely considered to be one of the world's most prestigious scholarships. More than any other Canadian university, McGill can lay claim to an astounding 145 Rhodes Scholars. Among these, four Rhodes Scholars hail from the Desautels Faculty of Management.

  • 2015: Joanna Klimczak, BCom'2014
  • 1983-84: William Hinz, BCom'83, DipEd'88, MA'91
  • 1979: John Charles Collis, BCom'79
  • 1946: Mervyn Lester Weiner, BCom'43

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Montreal enjoys worldwide recognition

Montreal offers true joie de vivre with a unique blend of North American and European cultures. A UNESCO City of Design since 2006 and the most bilingual and trilingual metropolitan area in Canada, it is also twice as affordable as other international cities in North America and Europe.

Greater Montreal enjoys the most competitive housing costs of all the major Canadian cities and the best domestic purchasing power in the country (and the third best in North America). Government-funded health care and free public primary and secondary education contribute to making the cost of living here 40% lower than other metropolitan cities.

Hip, friendly, stylish. Montreal’s dynamism shines in its diverse, accessible, walkable neighbourhoods, cultural organizations, festivals and events. The Montreal International Jazz Festival, International Fireworks Competition, the Rogers Cup and Formula 1 races, Montreal Startupfest and Montreal C2 are just a few of the annual events that entertain and connect locals and international visitors.

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At the forefront of research

As one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities, McGill University has been a member of the Association of American Universities since 1926, an organisation comprising the top North American research universities. It is also a founding member of Universitas 21, which is an international network of leading research-intensive institutions that work collaboratively to enhance global reach and encourage international scope.

In alignment with McGill’s reputation, Desautels enjoys global recognition for its innovative management research. We are 49th in the world according to the UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings and are ranked among the top three research universities in Canada. Our professors also secure more government funding for research than the national average and publish in some of the most high-profile business journals. The Desautels 22, a compendium of the articles, books and monographs produced by our faculty members from 2012 to 2018, is a testament to the breadth of our faculty’s output.

Desautels faculty members take part in multidisciplinary research projects through the cutting-edge McGill Retail Innovation Lab. Our researchers also figure prominently in the federally funded Innovation Superclusters Initiative notably the Bensadoun Retail School of Retail Management and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE).

  • One of the two multidisciplinary teams for the AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI) will includes researchers from the Bensadoun School, and the Faculties of Engineering, Management and Science. Their work will bridge the retail, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, and information and communications technology sectors to build intelligent supply chains through artificial intelligence and robotics.
  • The Protein Industries Supercluster involves the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science and the MCCHE who will contribute knowledge about retail that spans the full agri-food chain.

Number 7 A hub for entrepreneurship & social entrepreneurs

McGill University ranks #1 in Canada for developing successful Female Founders and #2 Canada for producing overall competitive startup Founders (Pitchbook Universities 2020 Ranking). The Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is the hub of entrepreneurship at the University, working with over 10 Faculties to offer high quality programs to startups at every juncture of their growth, from idea to investment-readiness.

The Dobson Centre aims to support McGill affiliated founders in building innovative companies with a purpose. With over 409 active startups, the Centre has supported the creation of over 5,900 jobs since 1988. Its graduating startups have raised over $770 millions to date.

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has grown considerably since its founding in 1988 under the late John Dobson, BCom’49, a known advocate for free enterprise and entrepreneurship. The Foundation has continued to offer financial support to advance the Centre's efforts, including a $2 million gift to support the McGill X-1 Accelerator in 2017 and a $3 million gift in July 2020.

Number 8 Sustainability

Sustainability can be understood as the pursuit of economic prosperity while living within the carrying capacity of ecosystems and achieving social equity – across all sectors and types of organizations. Economic sustainability is at the heart of Desautels' Strategic Plan. The Faculty has set out to grow self-sustaining degree programs, grow revenue-generating executive education, and continue to build on its research-driving fundraising capabilities. In addition, our degree programs and courses in Managing for Sustainability have been recognized for their innovative design, and the research interests of many of our faculty members focus on the economic, environmental, and social impacts of conducting business.

Professor Dror Etzion’s Sustainability & Environmental Accounting class, for instance, won the 2017 Aspen Institute Business & Society Program Ideas Worth Teaching Award.

The McGill campus as a whole and in its own right has won recognition for its sustainability. In 2017, Corporate Knights Green Campus Ranking recognized McGill as the second greenest campus in Canada. Evaluation criteria included initiatives undertaken to improve environmental impact (including green buildings), greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable transportation, purchasing, and waste management.

Learn about Sustainability at McGill >

Number 9 Notable Desautels alumni

A small sample of the over 30,000 hugely successful alumni we have around the globe.

  • 2013 Hult Prize winners Mohammed Ashour (MSc’11, MDCM’15) and Shobhita Soor (MBA’15), made Forbes’ 2016 "30 Under 30 List" of the brightest young social entrepreneurs.
  • Joanne Liu, MCDM’91, MMGMT’14, Former International President, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  • Inez Jabapurwala, MBA'01, CEO Brain Canada and NeuroScience Canada Partnership
  • Samira Sakhia, BCom’90, DPA’94, MBA’01, President, Knight Therapeutics Inc.
  • Alain Bellemare, MBA’93, President-International, Delta Airlines
  • Rima Qureshi, BCom’87, MBA’96, Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon
  • Bertrand Cesvet, MBA'88, Executive Chairman and Senior Partner, Sid Lee
  • The Honorable Jeanne Atherden, BCom’69, Bermuda Parliament, Minister of Health, Seniors and the Environment
  • Seymour Schulich, MBA'65, Chairman & CEO, Nevada Capital Corp Ltd
  • William Shatner, BCom’52, Actor

Number 10International reputation

McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world while the Desautels Faculty of Management is ranked as one of the world’s top international business schools.

The Desautels Faculty of Management is accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The Faculty is a member of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative and the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization of leading graduate business schools worldwide.

At McGill, we know the importance of attracting the best and brightest: from our students to our researchers to our employees. That’s why we do all that we can to ensure that McGill is a place where everyone thrives, and we’re proud to say our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. We were named one of Montreal's Top Employers for 2020.


Last updated: February 9, 2021

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