Desautels Graduate Student Society

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Desautels Graduate Student Society (DGSS)

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.

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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Mission

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.


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.

Guillaume CharettePresident (interim) - Guillaume Charette

Contact: president.dgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Born 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) and Ontario (2022), 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 Crown attorney at the PPSC (federal crown).

In his spare time, Guillaume likes to invest in stocks and options, is a ski-addict and a runner, 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, and a board member of the foundation of the Vincent d'indy music school.
 


VP Communications - Aylin Dacey

Contact: vpcommunications.dgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Aylin is an MBA ’23 candidate with a concentration in Global Strategy and Leadership. She completed her Bachelor of Science at Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in Marketing and Design. She comes with four years of advertising agency experience, which she hopes to build upon as she takes her career in a more strategy-focused direction.

Throughout her career, Aylin has volunteered her time at non-profit organizations helping with branding and design consulting initiatives.

Aylin enjoys urban hiking in her new city and exploring new restaurants and cuisines in her free time. Additionally, as an exhibited photographer, she is always on the lookout for her next interesting photo subject!

 


Christos LycosVP Finance - Christos Lycos

Contact: vpfinance.dgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)  / christos.lycos [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Christos is an MBA ’22 candidate with a concentration in Global Strategy and Leadership. He completed his Bachelor degree in Finance at Concordia University. He began his career at Air Canada, where he worked in various commercial strategy and corporate development roles. Some of which include leading pricing for the airline’s largest route portfolio worth over $1.5B in annual revenues, pitching and executing new market entries, and leading multiple large scale strategic initiatives including new aircraft acquisitions and M&A activity.

Along the same lines, Christos was also recently on a freelance consulting project advising the CEO of a European airline on a strategy to maximize ROI on a recent EUR700M investment in new aircraft.

Christos is also involved in charitable communities including the Hellenic Community of Great Montreal where he helps organize cultural events and negotiates sponsors from corporate donors. He is also a volunteer and event organizer in McGill’s DOvEE (Diagnosis Ovarian and Endometrial cancer Early) annual events in honor of his grandmother.

Christos is also an avid snowboarder, likes to meditate even though he struggles at it. He also recently became a licensed scuba diver and is excited to put his license to use in beautiful reefs around the world!

 


Alfonso Rodriguez GomezVP Internal - Alfonso Rodriguez Gomez

Contact: vpinternal.dgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Alfonso has a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico, and is currently a 2023 MBA candidate with a double specialization in Global Strategy & Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Prior to the MBA he worked as a business consultant, having worked in several strategy and process engineering projects for one of the largest banks in Mexico.

As VP Internal, Alfonso aims to work towards creating a sense of unity among all Desautels graduate students, specially during these trying times, as well as to create a sense of community where everyone can feel included. During his free time you can find Alfonso reading fictional novels, doing yoga, exploring the city for cool places to grab a meal or a cup of coffee, or planning his next trip. Feel free to reach out!

 


Matias FontVP External – Matias Font

Contact: vpexternal.dgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Matias is an MBA candidate pursuing his MBA in a concentration in Global Strategy & Leadership. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Argentina, and a specialization in Project Management. His 6 years of work experience were focused on Operations, Strategy and Project Management in Energy and Petrochemical industries.

He encourages a social impact change in the company’s strategy, driving this goal with a human-oriented perspective. Also, he motivates others to build bridges towards their own ambitions.

During his spare time, he enjoys being a theatre actor, cooking (his well-known empanadas), and hiking.

 


Ishan HargunaniVP Student Groups & Facilities - Ishan Hargunani

Contact: vpclubs.dgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Ishan is an MBA candidate, with a concentration in Global Strategy. He comes from a marketing and consumer insights background, and his past experiences include leading multiple cross-functional teams across the world to help businesses determine the best go-to-market strategies.

He hopes to leverage these skills to deliver value to key strategic initiatives at leading organizations.

In his free time, Ishan likes listening to music, trying different types of food, and playing tennis.

 


Gautam TanejaVP Case Competitions – Gautam Taneja

Contact: Gautam.taneja [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Gautam is an MBA candidate at Desautels and pursuing concentration in Global Strategy and Leadership. He completed his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from GNDEC, Ludhiana (India) and acquired professional exposure as Technology Consultant (SAP) at Accenture for 4 years. He has worked in technology implementation and support roles before starting his MBA. His areas of expertise are warehouse management, retail, tech project management, and Agile.

He is currently working as an Program Manager-intern at Bombardier. Gautam is also CAPM certified by PMI (Project Management Institute).

As VP Case competitions, he is aiming to connect Desautel students with top-notch case competitions happening globally and increase participation of Desautels in the case competitions in general.

Gautam is also an active volunteer and he has worked in several community service and CSR projects in the education, health, and human welfare areas. In his leisure time, he likes reading books, exploring new places, cooking, and reading about new technology trends. He is always ready to challenge his capabilities and push himself beyond comfort zone.

If you would like to chat with him about anything, please feel free to reach out on Linkedin or phone.

 


Vivianne YaoMBA2 Representative - Vivianne Yao

Vivianne 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.

 


Fabio GattiPMBA Representative - Fabio Gatti

 


Kiira LeibelMMF Representative - Kiira Leibel

 


Guillaume BeaulacMMF Representative - Guillaume Beaulac

 


Mudit AggarwalMMA Representative - Mudit Aggarwal

Contact: mudit.aggarwal [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

 

 


Emery DittmerMMA Representative - Emery Dittmer

Contact: emery.dittmer [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

 

 


Claire BurgoyneMMR Representative - Claire Burgoyne

 


Madison LaxerMMR Representative - Madison Laxer

 

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