Industry experts

MBA students at the Desautels Faculty of Management benefit from the integration of industry experts in management education. We offer a number of exciting activities, including:

Executives in Residence

CEOs and former CEOs of Fortune 500 companies share their vast industry and leadership experience, while providing one-on-one mentorship to students.
Mr. Paul Desmarais Jr. Chairman and Co-CEO, Power Corporation
Mr. Richard Evans Chairman, AbitibiBowater; Past President and CEO, Alcan Inc.
Mr. Stephen Jarislowsky CEO, Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd.
Mr. Raymond Royer Corporate Director, Great-West Lifeco; Past President and CEO, Domtar Inc.
Mr. Paul Tellier Corporate Director, BCE Inc; Past President and CEO, Bombardier Inc. and Canadian National Railway Co.

CEO Speaker Series

The CEO Speaker Series provides an interactive opportunity for Desautels MBA & Masters students to learn more about the businesses and life philosophies of prominent leaders.

Guest Lecturers and Speakers

A variety of high-profile industry experts are also invited as guest lecturers and at special events, providing students with an additional learning component to the classroom.  Some guest lecturers have included:
Sir Richard Branson Virgin Group
Robert Brown Former CEO, Bombardier; CEO and Board Member, BCE; Chairman, Aeroplan Group
Alberta Cefis (BA'75, MBA'79) Executive VP and Head Global Transaction Banking, Scotiabank
Jacynthe Côté CEO, Rio Tinto Alcan
Phillip Crawley CEO and Publisher, The Globe and Mail
Joseph Iannicelli CEO, Standard Life Canada
Andrew Molson Vice Chairman, Molson Coors; Co-owner of the Canadiens
Mike Roach CEO, CGI
Calin Rovinescu CEO, Air Canada
Bob Seelert Chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi
Phillipe Trudeau CEO, Trudeau Corporation

Entrepreneurial Leadership (The Peter Brojde Endowment)

Through exposure to the personal histories of extraordinary leaders in more than a dozen fields, and through the interaction with professors and administrators from other McGill Faculties, students will learn first-hand how different styles of management adapt to and contribute to evolving careers.
Sandra Ainsley Establisher of Hazelton Lanes Gallery in Toronto; leading expert in the glass community
Dr. William Barakett, CM Director of the Dep. Of General Medicine at the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital
Tim Brodhead CEO, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation; Officer of the Order of Canada
Ronald Corey, CM 1982-1999 President of the Montreal Canadiens; President and CEO, Carling O'Keefe
Roméo Dallaire, OC, OQ Member of the UN Secretary General Board on Genocide; Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy in Harvard Fellow at the Montreal Institute of Genocide Studies Concordia; recipient of the Pearson Peace Medal; Grand Officer of the Order of Québec; Governor General; former Officer in the Order of Canada
Chief Billy Diamond, OQ Former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees; former President, Air Creebec; President of the Cree Niskamoon, Diamond Sylvico and Waska Resources; Member of the Order of Québec
Jake Eberts, OC 1976 Managing Director of Oppenheimer & Co (London, England); Founder of Goldcrest Films in 1977; Chairman of the National Geographic Films; Officer of the Order of Canada since 1992
Yves Fortier, CC, OQ 1989-90 Canada's Representative to the UN Security Council; 1984-89 a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); 1988-92 Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN; in October 1989 President of the Security Council; 1998-2001 President of the London Court of International Arbitration.
Marc Garneau, CC Canada's 1st astronaut in space in 1984.  President of the Canadian Space Agency; MP for Westmount-Ville-Marie in 2008
Hon. John Gomery Member of the Bar since 1957; 1999-2004 Chairman of the Copyright Board; President of the Comité Général des Juges de la Cour supérieure du Québec; President of the Family Law Committee from 1983 to 1993 and has been a member of the Rules of Practice Committee
John Hobday, CM 2003-06 Director of The Canada Council for the Arts
Monte Hummel, OC Co-founder of Pollution Probe, builder and President of World Wildlife Fund (Canada)
Patrick Kenniff Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs 1979-84; Rector & Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University in 1984; President of Kenniff & Racine
Dr. Daniel Levitin Former President of 415 Records/Columbia Records (Sony Music)
Dr. Maurice McGregor Prof. Emeritus in Medicine; a Chair of the Technology Assessment Unit of the McGill University Health Center
Richard Pound, OC, OQ 5 years as Chair of the Board of Governors of McGill, 1999-2009 McGill's Chancellor; member of the Olympic Committee; Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency in 1999-2007.
Hon. Pierrette Rayle Former Judge of the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal of Québec
The Rev. Bruce Stavert Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada since 2004; active in both Provincial Synod and General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada
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