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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Recognition on the world stage

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Number 2

Growing ambitions

With renovated and expanded facilities located in the heart of downtown Montreal, including the new Donald E. Armstrong Building opened in 2018, Desautels is a home away from home for our students and faculty members.

In 2021, the Bensadoun School of Retail Management opened the retail innovation lab in the Bronfman Building to develop and test innovations in a laboratory store fitted with state-of-the-art technology.

In 2019, the Faculty launched the free online McGill Personal Finance Essentials, in collaboration with RBC Future Launch and The Globe and Mail. This bilingual course is open to all Canadians.

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Number 3

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.

In 2021, Nancy Adler became the first Desautels professor to win the prestigious McGill Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement.

Sujata Madan was named a 3M National Teaching Fellow for 2020—the highest recognition of individual teaching excellence and educational leadership at the university level in Canada.

Desautels’ thought leadership publication, Delve, seeks to accompany managers, decision makers, scholars, and students as they engage in managing organizations, ventures, partnerships, networks, governmental institutions, and numerous other organizational forms.

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Number 4

The finest students

More than any other Canadian university, McGill can lay claim to an astounding 147 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

Number 5

Montreal enjoys worldwide recognition

Montreal offers true joie de vivre with a unique blend of North American and European cultures. It's a vibrant, multilingual city with activities to suit every season. 

Greater Montreal enjoys competitive housing costs, government-funded health care and free public primary and secondary education.

Montreal’s dynamism shines in its diverse, accessible, walkable neighbourhoods, cultural organizations, festivals and events. 

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Number 5

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. Our professors 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 is a testament to the breadth of our faculty’s output.

Desautels faculty members take part in multidisciplinary research projects through the cutting-edge 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

The Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is the hub of entrepreneurship at the University, working with over 11 faculties to offer high quality programs to startups at every juncture of their growth, from idea to investment-readiness. With over 450 active startups, the Centre has supported the creation of over 6,000 jobs since 1988. The startups it has supported have now raised more than $1 billion in seed funding.

McGill University ranks #1 in Canada for developing successful Female Founders and #2 Canada for producing overall competitive startup Founders (Pitchbook Universities 2020 Ranking).

Number 8 A focus on sustainability

Economic sustainability is at the heart of Desautels' Strategic Plan. Our degree programs and courses in 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.

In 2021, Professor Dror Etzion and his fellow researchers at the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative launched a platform called PIVOT to empower members of the Canadian business community to be more sustainable.

In 2020, our BCom program ranked 4th in Canada and our MBA ranked 14th globally by the Corporate Knights’ Better World rankings for addressing sustainable development and corporate social responsibility through teaching, research and practice

In 2019, the Desautels Sustainability Network received the Catalyst Award for Connectivity, Governance & Administration—the highest recognition at McGill for leadership in sustainability.

Learn about Sustainability at McGill >

Number 9 Notable Desautels alumni

McGill alumni live in over 180 countries. Their ranks include world leaders, astronauts, Nobel laureates—and  a host of trailblazers in arts, sciences, business and public service. McGill’s 275,000 living alumni are using their education and experiences to making a difference in the world.

Desautels has over 30,000 hugely successful alumni around the globe.

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 2021.


Last updated: September 13, 2021

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