“Beyond the exceptional network that we build through the program, the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal really leaves a deep and lasting mark on us as managers and leaders. The EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal helped me to develop several “management muscles” that I use on a daily basis. We develop a capacity to constantly reflect; to step back from the increasingly complex challenges encountered every day. And we build a unique analytical capacity, specific to the program and based on the different managerial mindsets, which enables us to act and to contribute significantly to our organizations and the changes they are called on to implement.”
During the course of his career, Édouard Biot, a McGill-HEC Montréal 2016 EMBA alumnus, has held senior management positions in diverse industries. In recent years, he has been Vice-president of operations and IT at Riverside Opticalab Ottawa, an affiliate company of Essilor Canada and he carried out three management mandates with Essilor in Vancouver, Toronto and at the Montreal Hub. His extensive experience along with his Executive MBA diploma led him to his most recent appointment as Vice-president, Operations Canada at Essilor Canada.
In his new role, the environment, health and safety team, the quality team, Essilor Canada’s three optical hubs (Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver) and the 14 regional Labs will report to Édouard.
Essilor Canada is a subsidiary of Essilor International, a leader in ophthalmic optical products. Essilor creates, manufactures and personalizes a wide range of corrective lenses and coatings that are distributed through eyecare professionals and help prevent visual health issues, correct and protect vision. The different Essilor brands available on the Canadian market are Varilux®, Eyezen™, Crizal®, Xperio® and Transitions®.
The internal press release announcing Édouard’s appointment described him very accurately: “Édouard has proven his versatility, has change management abilities and is recognized for his leadership, strategic vision and ability to implement continuous improvement approaches.”