Jean-Philippe Gagnon (EMBA 2016) becomes Vice President and General Manager at Fibrenoire When he started the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program in 2014, Jean-Philippe Gagnon was General Manager, Wireless Network, Operations at Bell Mobility. Today, he is Vice President and General Manager of Fibrenoire, a firm specializing in fiber optic connectivity services for businesses. What happened? Over the course of the EMBA modules, Jean-Philippe got to know his classmate, Rémi Fournier, as well as Fibrenoire, the company Rémi the company he co-founded in 2007. The firm was growing exponentially, having been identified as the fastest-growing company in Quebec in 2014, according to Profit 500. In June 2015, as he was starting the final phase of his EMBA, Jean-Philippe joined Fibrenoire as Vice President of Operations. A few months later, Videotron announced its acquisition of Fibrenoire to meet the growing needs of the business market in Quebec. Merger integration was a big challenge, but Jean-Philippe's knowledge of the big telecom company environment certainly helped ensure a successful transition. In addition, the Rémi and Jean-Philippe were able to draw on their learnings developed during the EMBA program, particularly in the Collaborative Mindset module, where merger and acquisitions strategies are discussed Today, the co-founders of Fibrenoire have embarked on very different challenges, and Jean-Philippe takes over the reins of Fibrenoire.
Guillaume Lavoie (EMBA 2016) recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers Guillaume Lavoie, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has been recognized by Canadian Lawyer as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada in 2018 (Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers, 2018) in the Young Influencer category. While studying for his Executive MBA, Guillaume had been promoted to partner at one of the largest law firms in Quebec, Lavery, before being appointed to the firm's board of directors in 2016. He heads the private equity and venture capital group and coordinates the mergers & acquisitions team.
Looking for an evening out at one of Montreal’s best restaurants? A list published in Forbes outlines which local spots should not be missed, including Dominic Bujold’s (EMBA 2013) popular eatery LOV. Read more in Forbes. ELLE Quebec also published an article on LOV's new location in Laval: If many have already enjoyed frequenting the two Montreal downtown locations of LOV restaurant to feast on vegan dishes, Dominic Bujold is sure to please many more with the opening of a third location in Laval. Like the other two establishments, the décor does not disappoint either. Read more in ELLE Québec. Dominic Bujold is a serial entrepreneur specialized in franchises. He founded Sushi Shop before selling it to MTY group. He graduated from the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA program in 2013. The same year, he founded Groupe Evoluco, which specializes in the conception and development of fast casual dining concepts. With Evoluco, Dominic wants to help new generations of franchisees to prosper, such as the concepts of Crudessence, M4 Burritos and No 900 Pizzéria Napolitaine.
Learn more about microcredit, ACEM and Indu Krishnamurthy (EMBA 2015) "In Quebec, thousands of small businesses owe their creation, or their salvation, to microcredit. About 15 organizations across the province occupy the space neglected by the big banks and lend to more risky or vulnerable entrepreneurs. " ACEM - Microcredit Montréal plays this role in the Montreal metropolitan area. Its Managing Director is McGill - HEC Montreal EMBA graduate Indu Krishnamurthy. Learn more about microcredit, ACEM and Indu in this Radio-Canada interview (in French).
Eric Myles graduated from the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program in 2011. He joined the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) in 2014, and was recently promoted to the position of Chief Sport Officer. In an article published on RDS.ca, a sports broadcaster’s website, the author describes how Eric has already "inspired his team with his great passion for sport and its mobilizing role in society." Eric commented on the 2015 COC crisis, which resulted in a major cultural change for the organization. "We are a high performance organization and we have a vital role to play in the Canadian society: to unite and support young people in their dreams and passions. It was important to take very clear positions in relation to our values of inclusion, diversity, ethics and safety in sport, explained Eric in an interview. " To learn more about Eric's role at the COC, read the article on RDS.ca (in French).
Jennifer Vaillancourt, Director of Global Media, Aldo Jennifer Vaillancourt joined the Aldo Group just before receiving her McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA diploma in the Spring of 2018. She now holds the position of Director, Global Media for the Aldo Group. With a degree in marketing from Florida State University, several years of experience at E. & J. Gallo Winery as well as her work as a consultant, she will certainly be a great asset to the Aldo Group. Jennifer explains that the Executive MBA will also help her become a more impactful manager: "My EMBA has given me the confidence, tools, and peer experiences that better enable me to contribute to the needs of my organization."
Stéphane Fortin, a 2018 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, had a new company project in mind well before his admission to the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA: Divicor Inc. The firm’s unique approach is in providing foreign companies in a highly technical field - graphic communications and printability - representation in Canada by qualified representatives. Having graduated in May, Stéphane finally launched Divicor this month. "I had been working on this project for over 8 years. I was supposed to launch it in January 2017, but following my acceptance to the EMBA program, I decided to delay the launch. I thought that I would benefit from the tools I would learn about at McGill and HEC Montreal. I wanted to start my next business with new ways of doing things, with an MBA mindset. " Divicor is Stéphane’s sixth enterprise and the fourth he started from scratch. Stéphane will be the President of Divicor and will lead all operations and sales, and ensure that manufacturers and manufacturers’ customers’ needs are well served. "My EMBA final paper, entitled « Best practices and strategies in sales as adopted by successful companies in the declining field of printing.» has helped me a lot in the final stages of pre-startup. I gained a better understanding of the real needs of successful printers. Moreover, I've improved my business model, mission, vision, and strategy, as a direct result of the new skills and knowledge developed at the EMBA and thanks to my classmates’ input. " Divicor inc. is a firm that offers a sales force at the service of manufacturers, the opportunity to be part of an independent manufacturing group, a single contact link in Canada and much more. Stéphane's team will be complete [...]
Claire Hayek, a 2015 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has recently been elected as a director on the board of Re:Sound. “Artisti’s board [on which Claire already sits] nominated me to join Re:Sound. They thought I would be a good fit due to my business and music background as well as my EMBA. They also thought it would be great to have an artist on the Re:Sound board as the latter is composed of music business leaders from collection rights societies, major labels and independent labels such as MROC, SOPROC, ACTRA RACS, CIMA (more details here). I will bring the artist’s input to big decisions made in music licensing in Canada,” says Claire. Re:Sound is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights. They advocate for music creators, educate music users, license businesses and distribute royalties to creators — all to help build a thriving and sustainable music industry in Canada. Claire Hayek, a 2015 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, is a Senior Metallurgist at Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd, and a singer-songwriter-producer. She has also launched a number of businesses in recent years, such as MSP Teambuilding, a mobile recording studio for corporate events, special events and birthday parties.
Markus Reubi (EMBA 2016) has been promoted to Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo
Markus Reubi, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA graduate, has been promoted within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland to become the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to his responsibilities for the political work of the Embassy as head of the political section, he will also act as Chief Operating Officer within the Embassy and coordinate the diplomatic work in various bilateral cooperation areas such as economy, finance, commerce, culture, science & technology, education or tourism. Markus believes that his broad leadership and intercultural management skills, which he developed further during the EMBA program, helped him in the selection process. He also feels that important learnings in communication from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal Toastmasters Club (for EMBA graduates and participants only) played a role, and he’s sure both of these elements will facilitate his start into this new role in August 2018. Markus studied Law in Switzerland and worked as a consultant for a few years before he started working as a Swiss diplomat 14 years ago. Over the years, he held different position around the globe. For the last four years, he was Head of the Swiss Business Hub (SBH) Canada for Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The SBH Canada is located within the Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal and is part of the network of Switzerland Global Enterprise.
Claudia Désilets and Pascal Larose (EMBA 2018) among Poets & Quants’ Best & Brightest EMBAs for 2018
Claudia Désilets and Pascal Larose (EMBA 2018) among Poets & Quants’ Best & Brightest EMBAs for 2018 Poets & Quants for Executives released their list of the Best & Brightest EMBAs for 2018. Among some of the most impressive Executive MBA students of the year, from 45 schools around the globe, were two McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA 2018 graduates: Claudia Désilets, President, Acti-Sol inc., a fertilizer business Pascal Larose, Chief of Staff of 35th Canadian Brigade Group, Canada, National Defense Read the full features on Claudia Désilets and Pascal Larose and see the complete list of Poets & Quants 2018 Best & Brightest EMBAs. This year, P&Q reached out to 45 schools with leading EMBA programs to participate in the Best & Brightest, with programs chosen from existing MBA rankings at U.S. News, The Financial Times and The Economist. Each school was asked to choose two nominees for inclusion. Although programs were given latitude to select 2018 EMBA graduates based on their criteria, P&Q encouraged them to factor in such variables as “class contributions, academic performance, extracurricular involvement, professional achievement, personal intangibles and unique personal stories.”