50 Years of Impact

Here is a glimpse of our remarkable MBA achievements and milestones over the past 50 years. Together we will build on our successes for the NEXT 50 years of impact.

Don LewtasDon LewtasThanks to generous financial investments from alumni and friends, as well as that of their personal time and professional expertise, our MBA has been gaining momentum for the last 10 years. We are confident that our MBA program is the best catalyst to enable top students to embark on transformative and impactful careers.”

- Don Lewtas, CFO Onex Corporation, Desautels Advisory Board Chair

 

Milestones

1906Management education begins at McGill

Management education begins at McGill University. The Department of Commerce is established within the Faculty of Arts, offering “commercial courses to train people as accountants, clerks, and the like.” A Diploma of Commerce is awarded to students completing the two-year program.


1965First MBA Class

MBA Class of 1965

McGill graduates its first MBA class. Businessman and future McGill benefactor Seymour Schulich is one of the graduates.


1968Faculty of Management

The Faculty of Management of McGill University is established, incorporating the School of Commerce and the Graduate School of Business Administration.


1972Samuel Bronfman Building

Samuel Bronfman Building

The Samuel Bronfman Building is inaugurated, providing the Faculty of Management with a modern new home on Sherbrooke Street. A generous donation from the Bronfman family makes the building possible.


1976PhD Program

The Faculty of Management initiates a joint PhD program with Concordia University, École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) of the Université de Montréal, and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).


1978MBA/Law Program

The joint MBA/Law program receives approval. Applications begin in 1979.


1988Applied Investments Program

In an effort to provide a much-needed link between financial market theory and practical investment experience, McGill pioneers the Applied Investments Program, which was the first program of its kind in Canada.


1991International Advisory Board

Chaired by Paul Desmarais Jr. (BCom’77), an International Advisory Board is established to seek management education advice from leading Canadian and foreign business leaders.


1996MD/MBA Program

The Faculty launches the Joint MD/MBA program—the first of its kind in Canada.


1998MBA Japan Program

The Faculty launches the MBA Japan program, the first Canadian degree program offered in Japan.


2005$22 Million donation from Marcel Desautels

Marcel DesautelsOn November 17, the Canadian Credit Management Foundation and Dr. Marcel Desautels CM, O.Ont., LLD’07, donate $22 million to the Faculty. The gift allows our Faculty to invest in the MBA program curriculum, renovate facilities, enhance career services and hire new professors. It is the largest single donation ever made to a business or management faculty in Canada. The Faculty is named the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University.


2008$10 Million donation from Marcel Desautels & MDIIM Creation / Joint EMBA Program

Another $10 million donation from Dr. Marcel Desautels creates the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) and contributes to the formation of the innovative Integrated MBA curriculum, a new, cohesive direction to the Faculty under the integrated management approach.

The Faculty launches the bilingual joint Executive MBA (EMBA) program with HEC Montréal.


2009Hot Cities of the World Tour

The first-ever Hot Cities of the World Tour begins, taking BCom and MBA students to Israel.


2010MBA / PMBA / MBA Japan

The MBA program becomes self-funded, allowing us innovate and invest in the right areas and solidify our position among the world’s top MBA programs.

The Faculty evaluates and redesigns the Professional Part-Time MBA and MBA Japan program under the integrated management umbrella.


2011Self-funded MBA
The Québec Ministry of Education approves our MBA as a distinct international program within Quebec, allowing us to be the only MBA in the province to be self-funded while forgoing government subsidies, giving us increased flexibility and self-reliance.


2013Hult Prize / MBA International Study Trip / EQUIS

Desautels MBA students Mohammed Ashour (MD-MBA), Shobhita Soor (LLB-MBA), Jesse Pearlstein, Zev Thompson and Gabe Mott triumph over 10,000 applicants from around the world to win the 2013 Hult Prize of $1 million toward their social enterprise (sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative).

The MBA program introduces a mandatory International Study Trip to enhance its globally-oriented curriculum. The full-time class visits Tokyo, Japan, and the part-time class heads to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) grants the Desautels Faculty of Management the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation for a five-year period.


2014MBA Next 50 Campaign

New gift from Dr. Marcel Desautels lays the groundwork for the MBA Next 50 campaign.


2015MBA turns 50
Donald E. Armstrong2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the first graduating MBA class at McGill. Read about the campaign launch and how the Faculty celebrated this landmark anniversary.

Top Impact Maker Seymour Schulich, proposes that the new MBA Building be named in honour of Professor Don E. Armstrong, PhD’54 (1925-2011), founder of our MBA.


Feb. 2016Masters of Management in Finance

In response to the need for a program that integrates advanced financial concepts and quantitative methods with real-world business practices, the Desautels Faculty of Management launched the Masters of Management in Finance (MMF) in February. As a pre-experience, 12-month program, the MMF welcomed its first cohort in the summer of 2016.


Announcement of the future home of the MBA program

2016Future Home of the MBA

April 14 2016

The Desautels International Advisory Board, pictured with Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, has championed the new building and future home of the MBA.

At their last meeting, the Board posed under the announcement of the future home of the MBA and Masters programs.

June-Sept 2016

McGill University approves naming of building and renovations begin

November 2016

Gift from the Schulich Foundation to the MBA Next 50 campaign


Jan. 25, 2017Donald E. Armstrong

MBA Campaign update; announcement that the new MBA Building will be named in honour of Professor Don E. Armstrong, founder of our MBA.


Panoramic Shot of Ground Floor

Panoramic view of ground floor, MBA and Masters building

Panoramic Shot of Second Floor

Panoramic view of 3rd floor, MBA and Masters building

Panoramic Shot of Basement

Panoramic view of basement, MBA and Masters building


July 2017MBA Campaign Update
MBA Campaign update; new panoramic photos of Armstrong Building progress


May 2017: Panoramic view of 3rd floor, MBA and Masters building

May 2017: Panoramic view of 3rd floor, MBA and Masters building

July 2017: Panoramic view of 3rd floor, Event Space, MBA and Masters building

July 2017: Panoramic view of 3rd floor, Event Space, MBA and Masters building

July 2017: Panoramic view of 2nd floor, Hall and classrooms, MBA and Masters building

July 2017: Panoramic view of 2nd floor, Hall and classrooms, MBA and Masters building


Donald E. Armstrong Building

Jan. 2018Donald E. Armstrong Building

The MBA & Specialized Masters programs move into the new Armstrong Building named for Professor Donald E. Armstrong, PhD’54 (1925-2011). The 48,666 sq. ft. expansion brings new dedicated teaching and learning spaces that benefit all in the Faculty. While the building opened for students as of January 2018, the grand opening took place over May 25-27, 2018.


Jan. 2018Masters of Management in Analytics

In response to the growing needs of organisations (for profit, non-profit, governmental) for business analytics, the Desautels Faculty of Management launched the Masters of Management in Analytics (MMA) program in 2018. The MMA degree is a pre-experience, twelve-month specialized program in the evolving field of management analytics. The MMA welcomed its first cohort in the summer of 2018.


May 2018MBA Next 50 Campaign Celebration

Thanks to incredible donor support, Desautels has a new home for our Masters programs - and extra space for our BCom students. Donors also created 34 new MBA awards for the #1 MBA Program in Canada and named more than 140 MBA Lockers. On May 25th and 26th, hundreds of donors and alumni gathered to celebrate this success. Now Desautels has a building and suite of awards that match our ambitions and accomplishments as a Faculty. See photos


June 2018EQUIS re-accreditation

The European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) Accreditation Board rendered its decision to re-accredit the Desautels Faculty of Management for a five-year period – the maximum term granted by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) through EQUIS.


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These historical notes were last updated on June 26, 2018.

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