43 Leaders and Entrepreneurs Go Back to School

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Welcome to the 43 new participants of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program!

43 experienced executives, entrepreneurs and professionals recently started the McGill – HEC Montréal Executive MBA program. Specifically designed for senior executives, the EMBA consists of nine modules centred in part around the Managerial Mindsets developed by renowned professor Henry Mintzberg.

Even though the group has vast business experience (17 years, on average), they still arrived for their first day of school feeling nervous. Happily, that nervousness also included excitement and a contagious energy.

Despite the diversity of their journeys and the different reasons they have for undertaking this demanding program, the participants of this tenth cohort of the EMBA share a number of characteristics: :

  • their desire to improve, to step back and have an impact;
  • their courage to compare and contrast their experiences with those of experienced colleagues and professors;
  • their humility to question their knowledge, attitudes and ways of doing things;
  • their willingness to take the time, despite their busy schedules, to develop, as leaders and as individuals.

The 2019 (graduation year) cohort in a nutshell:

Average age 41
Average experience 17 (787 years total)
Avg management experience 12 (536 years total)
Speaking > 2 languages 54%
# industries 25
Entrepreneurs 24%
Male/Female 63/37

Here are the 43 participants in the tenth cohort:

  • Karine Assal, Directrice de l’administration, Fonds de recherche du Québec
  • Anne-Marie Atallah, Vice-president, Franchise owner, L’Equipeur
  • Marie-Pier Bergevin, Directrice principale,Engagement de la marque, Commandites, Amérique du nord, BMO Groupe financier
  • Yves Bérubé, Conseiller en Management, Groupe KOALA
  • Manon Boisclair, Head- Global Publication Operations, Celgene Corporation
  • Chloé Boissonnault, Directrice Générale Communications et Marketing, Bell Média
  • Rémy Boivin, Président, OPTIQUE TÉLÉCOM INC.
  • Florent Bojarski, Sales and Marketing Manager, Mantoria Inc
  • Louise Bourassa, Consultante
  • Alexis Bourson, Directeur des ventes, Fibrenoire
  • David Brunet, Vice President, SCIREQ (Scientific Respiratory Equipment)
  • Tony Buu, Directeur Général – Stratégie Technologique, TELUS Communication
  • Hind Caidi Osmane, Propriétaire, Restaurant McDonald’s
  • Elena Chouw, Group Marketing Manager, Health Care Professionals, Roche Diabetes Care
  • Kakwiranoron Cook, Special Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives  Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), McGill University
  • Isabel Dansereau, Directrice principale, Centre des sciences de Montréal, Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal
  • Marco de Tavira, Section Chief, Bombardier Aerospace
  • Emmanuelle Demers, Avocate, BCF Avocats d’affaires/ BCF LLP
  • Julie Desharnais, Directrice Générale Adjointe, Fondation Dr. Julien
  • John Dickson, President, Les Solutions SJX Inc.
  • Modeste Roméo Essou, Managing Director, Programs and Grants, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI)
  • Philippe Girard, Chef de Service Préparation des fournisseurs, Programme Global 7000-8000, Bombardier Aeronautique
  • Daria Hobeika, Directrice de cabinet du ministre des relations canadiennes et de la francophonie canadienne (Gouvernement du Québec), Gouvernement du Québec Cabinet du ministre des relations canadiennes et de la francophonie canadienne
  • André Pierre Jean, Capitaine Adjudant, Forces armées canadiennes
  • Anne Joyal, Propriétaire, Strom spa nordique
  • Philippe Lachance, Anesthésiologiste, CHU de Quebec
  • Pierre Lemieux, Premier Directeur, Efficacité opérationnelle, Pages Jaunes
  • Robert Lemoine, Directeur principal – Développement d’affaires et production, Cirque du Soleil
  • Laurent Letzter, Directeur des ventes et du Marketing, LEMKEN Canada Inc
  • Dian Luo, Director – Legal and Business Affairs, Dundee 360 Real Estate Corporation
  • Hélène Meilleur, Directrice, Défi Travail Argenteuil
  • Cynthia Pasztor, General Manager, Component Maintenance, Air Canada
  • Fabrizio Piccinini, Regional Manager, Business Development, RBC Direct Investing
  • Cedric B. Robert, Chief Operating Officer (Managing Partner), ID Makina Inc.
  • Frantz Saintellemy, Founder and CEO, Groupe 3737
  • Charith Sairam, Physician in General Internal Medicine speciality, clinician and educator, McGill University Health Center (MUHC)
  • Eric Sarrazin, Directeur Plomberie Gestionnaire de Projets, TBC Constructions
  • François Senez, Directeur Planificateurs Financiers, Banque Nationale
  • Cyrus Shanbedi, Director General, Canada College
  • Amine Smires, Business Development Manager, Advanced Programs, CS Communication & Systems Canada
  • Elie Stephan, Chirurgien dentiste, Centre de soins dentaires E.S inc
  • Jason Taylor, Associate Director, Rates Sales, Scotiabank, Global Banking and Markets
  • Feng Wang, Président, Eagle Hydraulic Inc.

About the EMBA

McGill – HEC Montréal EMBA participants are experienced managers with a minimum of ten years’ work experience, including at least five in management. They are action-oriented, thoughtful people interested in creative, responsible, motivational management and committed to playing an active role in their own development and that of their classmates.

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