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What are EMBA participants learning from Managers of Indigenous Origin?

What are EMBA participants learning from Managers of Indigenous Origin? For the past two years, the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA has been awarded a $ 50,000 scholarship to a manager of indigenous origin, to cover part of the program's tuition fees. This year, the program would very much like to award two scholarships, but we are still looking for applicants. The purpose of this scholarship is to support managers of indigenous origin in Canada in their professional development, but also to bring different perspectives and experiences to other participants in the class. The program’s directors have seen a real impact on the class, thanks to the contributions of the managers of indigenous origin who have participated in the EMBA. Graduates are also appreciative of their significant learning their classmates of indigenous origin:  "Thanks to meeting Ken Rock [now Managing Director of the Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam Economic Development Corporation], who shared with me his knowledge of the Aboriginal reality, I better understand the importance of reconciliation after the injustices of the past in order to define a better future for all.” Guy Gervais, CEO, HumanID Technologies, Angel Investor "From Manon Jeannotte [first recipient of the EMBA scholarship for managers of indigenous origin and Gespeg Mi'gmaq Chief], I learned the importance of strategically planning the development of organizations to make a real contribution to the community in the long run. Manon inspired us to always step back and analyze the impact of our daily decisions in the long term. " Josée Duplessis, Senior Director, Public Affairs - Canada, CN "One of the things I remember is that it is essential to understand the culture and relationships of a group, a people, a culture not only to influence them, [...]

April 16th, 2018|Newsletter|0 Comments

François Senez is appointed Assistant Vice President, CWA at National Bank

François Senez (left) & Michel Filion, Recruitment Director, EMBA (right)Photo credit: Jim Mneymneh creatingwithlight.com François Senez is appointed Assistant Vice President, CWA at National Bank François Senez, midway through his EMBA at McGill-HEC Montreal, has just taken on a new challenge.  His 12 years of experience in the financial services sector, and his evolving leadership skills, developed in part through the EMBA, have led to his appointment as Assistant Vice President, CWA (Central, Western & Atlantic Canada) at National Bank.  Changing jobs, changing cities, and completing the Executive MBA. It’s a tall order, but François has the energy and focus to succeed. As Assistant Vice President, he will have to mobilize a team of Financial Planning Managers, a role he held himself until his appointment, in their day-to-day management of Financial Planners. François will also be in charge of developing and implementing strategies to increase the National Bank's market share in the investment sector. As the leader of a team of seasoned financial planning managers, François will be putting into practice several aspects of management that he has developed further during the EMBA, including, among others, coaching, collaboration and strategy development.

André Léger (EMBA 2012) is appointed Vice President, Finance and Administration at One Drop

André Léger (EMBA 2012) is appointed Vice President, Finance and Administration at One Drop André Léger graduated from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal in 2012. He has put his finance and accounting background to work in a diversified range of businesses.  He has held, among others, the positions of CFO, for the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, Director, Finance and IT for the Canadian Cancer Society - Quebec Division and CEO & CFO of the Canadian division of Degremont Suez, which specializes in the sale and design of water treatment equipment. Recently, he joined the One Drop Foundation as Vice President, Finance and Administration. One Drop is a foundation created in 2007 by the Cirque du Soleil’s founder, Guy Laliberté. One Drop's mission is to protect drinking water and make it accessible, which can be a real transformational force to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Isabel Dansereau becomes Executive Director of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation

Isabel Dansereau becomes Executive Director of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation Last week, the Old Port of Montreal Corporation announced the appointment of its new Executive Director; Isabel Dansereau. Isabel is a current participant in the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA program. In her new role, Isabel will manage a 2.5 km recreational and tourism site that welcomes more than 7 million visitors a year and is at the very beginning of a major revitalization process. One of her main challenges over the coming months will be to implement a common vision for the two business units of the Corporation - the Old Port site and the Montréal Science Center - in a rapidly changing organization. "This is an amazing opportunity. Thanks to the conceptual framework developed through the various modules of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program and the rich exchanges with my peers in the cohort, I feel perfectly ready to take up this challenge. More specifically, the notions I saw during the Collaborative Mindset module helped me acquire tools that will be very useful for me in unlocking the immense potential of the teams now under my responsibility. "

New role for Eric Boucher (EMBA 2018) at LafargeHolcim

Eric Boucher (EMBA 2018) is now Vice President & General Manager, Greater Edmonton Market & Western Canada Ready Mix for LafargeHolcim Eric Boucher, a recent graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA program,  accepted the position of  Vice President & General Manager, Greater Edmonton Market & Western Canada Ready Mix for LafargeHolcim. This is Eric’s second promotion at LafargeHolcim since he completed his EMBA classes last fall. LafargeHolcim is a leading global building materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. Eric will now be based out of Edmonton and will be responsible for the Concrete Ready Mix product line for all of Western Canada (Manitoba to BC).

Leadership and Learning with Pierre Marcouiller, Patron of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal class of 2019

Pierre Marcouiller, Patron of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal class of 2019, invited ‘his’ class, the current EMBA cohort, to breakfast, for a lively discussion of leadership and learning. Marcouiller is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Camso Inc. since April 2017, after having been Chairman of its Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since 2000. To get the conversation started, he asked the class about the key things they’ve learned in the program so far. The responses were telling. Participants all talked about personal change and perspective change, rather than specific tools that they’ve integrated into their work.  They talked about the importance of taking time to reflect, of stopping to think before acting.  They also talked about how time management has improved, and how hard it is to learn the lesson that “good is enough”.  They feel enriched by now having the language to express their ideas and convey their messages more clearly. They feel more confident, in general, but also in speaking in front of groups.  They understand the value of diversity, because from the moment they set foot in class, they’ve been learning new perspectives from the different industries and areas of expertise represented in the class.  They’ve learned to navigate and embrace the grey zones, accepting that there’s value in the grey zone, and not all is black and white. Mr. Marcouiller summarized all of these insights with a captivating picture: “Taking the time to go up to the balcony”.  By this he meant, when you’re in the heat of the action, you can only see your immediate surroundings – by going up to the balcony, you get a broader view and can see if you’re really going to [...]

April 13th, 2018|Current Participants, EMBA 2019, Newsletter|0 Comments

Hugo Delorme (EMBA 2016) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Société des loteries du Québec

Hugo Delorme (EMBA 2016) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Société des loteries du Québec In the last few weeks, Hugo Delorme has added a new and important role to his portfolio, as he has been appointed an independent member of the Board of Directors of the Société des loteries du Québec. This board of directors is made up of 10 members, all appointed by the Quebec government. They are all independent members, with the exception of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Loto-Québec. Hugo’s background in public relations, communications and politics, together with his graduation from the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA Program in 2016, prepares him well for this new and important role.

Antonio Joyanes (EMBA 2014) promoted to Senior Vice President, Refining at CEPSA

Antonio Joyanes (EMBA 2014) promoted to Senior Vice President, Refining at CEPSA After studying engineering in Spain, Antonio Joyanes started his career in the oil and gas industry. In 2011, he became the General Manager of CEPSA Chimie Montréal S.E.C. and moved to Canada with his family. Antonio decided to take advantage of his presence in Montreal to fully challenge himself and embark on the bilingual Executive MBA program offered by two world-renowned universities: McGill University and HEC Montréal. He graduated from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal in 2014 and was quickly called back to Spain to take up the position of Front Office Manager at CEPSA Group headquarters in Madrid. Most recently, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Refinement at CEPSA Group. For Antonio, the EMBA has changed his perspective, broadened his business-world vision; a key element in a new role at the executive level.  

France St-Louis (EMBA 2018) is now Chief Claims Officer for OneBeacon Insurance Group

France St-Louis (EMBA 2018) is now Chief Claims Officer for OneBeacon Insurance Group France St-Louis, a 2018 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumna, recently accepted the position of Chief Claims Officer for OneBeacon Insurance Group and is now based in Minneapolis, United States. France has been working in the insurance industry for over 20 years. Until recently, she was Deputy Senior Vice-President, Claims at Intact Insurance, the largest provider of property and casualty (P&C) insurance in Canada and a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America. Intact recently bought OneBeacon,  now a wholly-owned subsidiary, which provides specialty insurance products in the United States through independent agencies, brokers, wholesalers and managing general agencies. One of France’s roles will be to act as the bridge between OneBeacon and Intact. “I am very excited by this new challenge. I know that the EMBA has definitely helped me reach this new stage in my career.” shared France.

Richad Jiva Lila (EMBA 2018) and his success story at National Bank

A renewed global perspective, a change project with impact and a promotion to deputy Vice-President Richad Jiva Lila is confident that "the financial services of tomorrow will be a mix of technology and talent" and that the key to succeed in this environment is "to go faster through digital and to differentiate through the relationships we build". Richad Jiva Lila has worked at National Bank for over twenty years, yet he feels that the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program has led him to see some aspects of the organization differently: "The EMBA has really been a source of value creation for me and for my organization. The program allowed me to have an overall organizational perspective, to pivot our business model by analyzing our blind spots in order to create a unique value proposition for our customers. " During the EMBA, participants are asked to implement a change project in their organization. In his own change project, Richad developed "The Institutional Boutique", an element which is today at the heart of the change in strategy at the Bank. "It's very interesting at this point to see how the theory conveyed in the EMBA actually has an impact on the corporate strategy, but above all, creates value for the customer," Richad explains. During the EMBA, in addition to the impact of his change project for the organization, Richad was also promoted to Deputy Vice President for National Bank. "My role as Deputy VP has two components: the business development side, for institutional clients, but also the strategic initiatives component (technological projects and corporate strategies) for a subsidiary of National Bank, National Bank Trust, serving clients such as: pension plans, foundations, religious communities or private holdings. "What I [...]