Desautels Graduate Student Society

The Desautels Graduate Student Society (DGSS) is a student-run association serving the interests of Masters Students of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.


Our mission is to independently represent the members in its interactions with the faculty and administration in response to policies, issues, and concerns of importance to the Society’s members, including, but not limited to academic issues, administrative policies, and career planning opportunities.

McGill's graduate students maintain an active and enriching series of extracurricular activities. Beyond the classroom experience you will have an incomparable opportunity to meet new people, develop your talents, and learn new skills.

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Executive Team

We work to ensure that students get the most of their McGill experience and help the Masters students at the Desautels Faculty of Management achieve more as a group than we would each individually.

President - Vivianne Yao

Vivianne YaoVivianne is a BSc McGill alumni, with former goals of wanting to attend Medical School, she remains interested in neurosciences. Now an MBA 2022 candidate, she is pursuing a dual concentration in Global Strategy & Leadership, and Entrepreneurship. She was previously a territory sales manager at Juul Labs and aided expansion on a national level by helping acquire and manage accounts, specializing on clients with language barriers. On her free time, Vivianne is a foodie, actress/stunt double, as well as an avid video gamer.

Contact Vivianne

president.dgss [at]

VP Communications - Abhishek Bansal

Abhishek BansalAbhishek has 6 years of experience working as a data management consultant with firms like KPMG and DXC technology across USA and India. While in USA, he worked with an African American church as a volunteer at a Food Pantry and Clothing drive for the financially distressed. Here he worked with several individuals to come up with customized plans based on the size of their family and average expected income from any temporary source of employment, which would help them save more in case of a contingency. His interests lie in Strategy Consulting and Not for profits and in his personal career he hopes to bridge the gap between the two.

Contact Abhishek

vpcommunications.dgss [at]

VP Finance - Yehya Siddiqui

Yehya SiddiquiYehya received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham, followed by a master's degree in Coastal Engineering from the University of Florida. He has 7 years of engineering consulting experience that focused on designing coastal structures to prevent cities from climate change impacts. Yehya’s passion for the world of finance stemmed from personal trading, and the desire to broaden his finance knowledge led him to pursue his MBA at McGill. 

In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, kiteboarding, snowboarding, skydiving and scuba-diving.  

Contact Yehya

vpfinance.dgss [at]

VP Internal - Ilias Xerovasilas

Ilias XerovasilasIlias is a 2022 MBA Candidate, specializing in Global Strategy & Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He holds a M.Sc. In Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, where he was born. He has 5 years of international work experience in Healthcare products (pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics), as well as 3 years of volunteer experience in social work.

His purpose is to lead a change towards a sustainable future that will enable us to reach our full potential in regard to quality of life, technological advances and scientific discovery. To advocate for human rights, fight against inequalities & discrimination and inspire a higher sense of community between people and nations. His interests include travelling, arts, philosophy and putting his creativity into use through cooking, baking, photography, music or just a cool business presentation.

Contact Ilias

vpinternal.dgss [at]

VP External – Katia Bichar

Katia BicharKatia is a McGill alum holding a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Now pursuing her MBA, with a deep interest in leveraging customer insights, she is exploring Global Strategy and Marketing. Her previous experience includes pharmaceutical R&D where she managed & helped launch over 15 scientific studies to support the development of new and existing proprietary products.

As VP External, Katia hopes to bring back the human touch to networking during these virtual times. She also helps plan the annual Splash & Dash fundraiser benefiting the pediatric oncology ward at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and in her spare time you can find her biking along the Lachine canal or on the look-out for the next new local coffee shop and restaurant to try-out. Feel free to ask about her latest discovery!

Contact Katia

vpexternal.dgss [at]

VP Student Groups & Facilities - Alfonso Fernandez Pelayo

Alfonso Fernandez PelayoAlfonso has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and is currently an MBA 2022 candidate specializing in Finance. He was previously a management consultant at one of LATAM’s largest management consulting firms. During his 4 years in management consulting, he worked in +18 strategy projects in varying industries (Healthcare, FMCG, Oil & Gas, Private Equity, Logistics). His professional interests lie in business strategy.

Contact Alfonso

vpclubs.dgss [at]

VP Case Competitions – Conor Grieve

Conor GrieveConor has four years of experience as economist for Indigenous communities, government and the private sector. He has focused on mining, energy, infrastructure and industrial production with a focus on sustainable development and circular economy in Canada and internationally. Conor aims to leverage these experiences to work on sustainability and social performance strategy for mining and energy firms.  

Contact Conor

conor.grieve [at]

MBA2 Representative - Kelly Gonzalez

Kelly GonzalezKelly is a 2021 MBA candidate pursuing a concentration in Business Analytics. Previous to the MBA, she worked for seven years in different industries and positions, spending the last five years as a brand manager and marketing manager in the CPG industry.

Although she graduated from international business, she’s a marketer at heart, interested in consumer understanding, marketing strategy, and innovation.

She firmly believes in the power of small actions to change the world. Therefore, she has also worked as a volunteer teaching piano to low-income children and co-leading a teenager’s choir in her natal country, Colombia.

Contact Kelly

kelly.gonzalez [at]

PMBA1 Representative - Guillaume Charette

Guillaume CharetteBorn in Ottawa, raised in Gatineau, Guillaume is pursuing his MBA part-time (Class of 2023). A practicing attorney in the province of Québec (Barreau 2013), he holds a Baccalauréat en droit (LL.B. 2012) from the Université de Montréal. As well, prior to studying law, he studied Economics and political science at this University.

As a lawyer, Guillaume practiced in business law and as a commercial litigator, before becoming a provincial Crown attorney at the DPCP in charge of Criminal prosecutions. From there, he transferred to the City of Montreal where he held the same position, before becoming legal counsel to the service de police de la ville de Montréal (SPVM). He currently represents the city and police force before Courts in a variety of matters, ranging from access to information law, to criminal trials or civil liability cases.

In his spare time, Guillaume likes to invest in stocks and options, play guitar or bass, learn languages (Spanish and Mandarin being his current challenges) and contribute to the legal profession through his involvement in the Conseil de discipline du Barreau du Québec where he tries to make sure the public is well protected. He is also a member of the young bar of Montréal. 

Contact Guillaume

guillaume.charette [at]

PMBA2 Representative - Anna Los

Anna LosAnna is a Polish-Canadian part-time 2022 MBA Candidate. She holds a master’s degree from Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) and a Ph.D. from Polytechnique Montreal, both in Mechanical Engineering.

She has been working as a Metrology Specialist at Pratt & Whitney Canada, where she has been involved in Industry 4.0, automation and manufacturing projects.

In her free time, she does yoga and house renovation projects. She is passionate about local cuisine and Smart Home solutions. Anna speaks Polish, English, French and German. Just For Laughs/Juste pour Rire is her favourite Montreal’s festival.

Contact Anna

anna.los [at]

PMBA3 Representative - Ramin Mohsenin

Ramin MohseninRamin is pursuing his MBA part-time through Desautels Faculty of Management’s Professional MBA program (Class of 2021). He holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering (Co-op) as well as a PMP certification. He is currently pursuing a concentration in Finance and Strategy.

With 8+ years of professional experience in the Engineering, Project Management, and Finance domains, Ramin is currently a Director of M&A at Valsoft Corporation, leading acquisitions of software companies. Prior to Valsoft, he was an M&A Manager at Deloitte Canada, consulting within the national Infrastructure & Capital Projects team and advising on some of North America’s most complex engineering projects.

In his spare time, Ramin serves as an Assistant Coach for the Concordia University Men’s soccer team. He grew up playing soccer at elite national levels including varsity, professional, and semi-professional stints. His other sporting passions include basketball and tennis. He is also involved in philanthropic endeavors as an Ambassador to the Young McCord and as a Code Life Leader of the Montreal General Hospital.

Contact Ramin

ramin.mohsenin [at]

MMF Representative - Andrew Gillich

Andrew GillichAndrew is a 2021 Master of Management in Finance candidate with a keen interest in commercial banking and finance. He recently earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in December 2019 where he majored in Finance and minored in Economics. Since graduating, he continued his summer internship at State Street in the Fund Accounting department until he decided to return to school in his hometown of Montreal to expand the depth of his knowledge in the field of finance. Andrew has also played hockey all his life and was an instructor at his favourite local hockey rink for eight years.

Contact Andrew

andrew.gillich [at]

MMF Representative - Amine Zemzami

Amine ZemzamiAmine is a 2021 MMF candidate and an Equity Analyst within Desautels Capital Management. Prior to joining the MMF program, he graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2020 as a BCom. in Finance which he took in French. This gives him access to broader sources of information and enables him to express his ideas in both French and English. His passion for finance and his experience as Assistant Financial/Accounting Officer within the Conseil des Écoles Publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario are the reasons why he decided to continue his learning journey in finance. Back in Morocco, his country of origin, Amine developed an early passion for Surfing when he was 7 years old, played competitive Tennis and learned piano and guitar. He also enjoys the occasional Karting session. Finally, after moving to Canada, Amine became an avid Snowboarder.

Contact Amine

amine.zemzami [at]

MMA Representative - Foteh Gafarov

Foteh GafarovFoteh is a 2021 Master of Management in Analytics Candidate. He comes from a diverse education and cultural background. He graduated from McGill University with a BA in Economics and concentration in Entrepreneurship. Foteh has lived in three different countries and speaks several languages including Russian and Tajik. He hopes to combine his diverse background and the hard skills learned throughout the MMA program to pursue a career in sports, business or healthcare analytics. Further, his future ambition involves utilizing big-data and machine learning to pursue an entrepreneurial venture. Lastly, as an MMA Rep he hopes to create clear and positive communication channels between the program committee and the student body with hopes of taking advantage everything Desautels has to offer and more.

Contact Foteh

foteh.gafarov [at]

MMA Representative - Andrea Yzeiri

Andrea YzeiriAndrea, a 2021 Master of Management in Analytics candidate, holds two bachelor’s degrees: political science specializing in law and politics and business administration concentrating in supply chain and analytics with an undergraduate thesis in operations management (focusing on the healthcare industry). She has worked on multiple research projects, including one on a Mitacs Globalink research grant in Brazil, for the last five years. Her passions, outside of innovation and research, include helping and building her community. She has worked as a part of We$ucceed: Beyond the Status Quo and as a board member on both United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex and the Windsor Justice Empowerment Association, among other initiatives. Her career aspirations are to utilize operations research, decision analytics, and strategy to improve on people’s quality and length of life in either the healthcare or technology industry. In her spare time, she enjoys reading novels (classics, political and philosophical), performing spoken word poetry, traveling, and Latin dancing.

Contact Andrea

andrea.yzeiri [at]

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