Jean-Claude Tshipama appointed CEO Broadband for Eutelsat SA

Jean-Claude Tshipama (EMBA 2016) has recently been named CEO Broadband within Eutelsat SA in charge of Africa. Eutelsat S.A. provides satellite-based video, business, broadband networks, and mobile services to telecommunication operators and broadcasters, corporate network integrators, and companies primarily in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The company owns and operates satellites that provide capacity to international telecommunications operators and broadcasting companies. Jean-Claude Tshipama is a McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA alumnus. He started his career in Democratic Republic of Congo in the telecommunications, computer and Pay TV industries’.He successively worked as Commercial Manager at Celtel in Africa, Head of Sales and Distribution for nineteen countries in Africa at Microsoft Corporation and Head of Sales and Distribution at Digicel in the Caribbean and Pacifica regions, before taking the general direction of Canal + RDC. More recently, he had embarked on an entrepreneurial project in Quebec, with his wife: Zympala, a high-end, African-inspired clothing line for which he held the position of President and CEO. He had developed the plan for this company during the EMBA. Today, with Zympala in the capable hands of his wife, Jean-Claude returns to work in an environment he knows well. The learning and tools developed at the EMBA and his entrepreneurial experience will certainly give him a different perspective on the industry and its challenges.

A New Role at CAE for Zahida Intwala (EMBA 2017)

A long-awaited first step in the aviation industry: Zahida Intwala becomes Instructor Experience Specialist for CAE “I am very excited for this new adventure as from a young age, I have always been fascinated by the aviation industry”, said Zahida Intwala (EMBA 2017), who has recently started her new role as Instructor Experience Specialist for CAE. As an Instructor Experience Specialist for this global leader in aviation training, Zahida’s mandate will be to maintain and improve the central instructor initiatives, increase instructor attraction and retention, as well as to assure customer and client positive perception of instructor quality. Zahida will contribute to CAE’s vision of becoming the “Training Partner of Choice”. She will work with global HR and Business Unit Leaders to develop, manage and improve the programs, processes and standards relating to instruction and instructors. Zahida graduated from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal last year, and she sees the link between the program and her new role: “The EMBA was a transformational experience both on a personal and professional level as it prepared me to take the leap into my new role. It’s like they say, ‘Knowledge is power’! Your education is your passport to a whole new world. I thank the EMBA staff, professors and guest speakers for providing an enriching experience with countless opportunities of knowledge sharing thereby helping leaders becoming even better.”

March 19th, 2018|Alumni, Aviation, EMBA 2017, Engineering, New Role, News|0 Comments

2018 McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA Graduates

Congratulations to the 45 New McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA Alumni! Jason Annahatak Director, Post-Secondary Student Services Kativik Ilisarniliriniq Vidéo Watch Jason's video-testimonial. Scholarship Jason received the EMBA Scholarship for Managers of Indigenous Origins Articles Helping to train Aboriginal leaders of today and tomorrow - The McGill Reporter Apprendre de l’expérience d’autres leaders Leanne Bayer Executive Director Community Shares Video Watch Leanne's video-testimonial. Scholarship Leanne Bayer received the EMBA Scholarship for Managers of Non-Profit Organizations. Article: 4 choses à apprendre de leaders aux perspectives différentes PodCast Listen to Leanne in this podcast co-produced with radio station The Beat 92.5 Annick Bergeron Secretary-General University of Ottawa Promotion Annick Bergeron (EMBA 2018) becomes Secretary-General of the University of Ottawa. Read. Mélanie Bernard Senior Operations Manager Holt Renfrew Vidéo Watch Melanie’s video-testimonial.  Maxime Blais District Manager SAQ Promotion Maxime Blais a commencé l’EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal comme l’un des plus jeunes participant de sa classe. Lire l’histoire de sa rentrée. Éric Boucher General Manager, Quebec & Eastern Ontario Aggregates LafargeHolcim Jean-Sébastien Boutet Director, Commercial & Market Development Alcoa Corporation Catherine Dagenais Vice President, Chief Operating Officer SAQ Promotion Catherine Dagenais appointed COO, SAQ > Read more. Delphine Davan-Gatti President Covalent Development corp. Yves Desbiens Public Affairs Officer Department of National Defence Claudia Désilets President Acti-Sol inc. Stéphane Durand Executive Director DSNA Services Stéphane Émond Corporate Operations and Project Director Rob Ersoni Vice President, IT and Security [...]

March 6th, 2018|Alumni, EMBA 2018, News|0 Comments

Claire Hayek (EMBA 2015) joins Artisti’s Board

Claire Hayek (EMBA 2015) joins Artisti’s Board Claire Hayek, a McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Artisti. Artisti is an organization created by Quebec’s Union des artistes in 1997 to collectively manage and distribute the royalties owed to performers under the Copyright Act.  Artisti brings together nearly 4000 artists. "This is such an honor, I'm absolutely ecstatic, explained Claire. Artisti's board is made up of renowned Quebec music artists, including the well-known France d'Amour, Annie Villeneuve and Florence K, with whom I will have the chance to work on issues that are very important to me. What I will bring to the discussion is the representation of lesser-known, self-producing artists, as well as my business skills, developed through the EMBA. "

March 2nd, 2018|Alumni, Board of directors, EMBA 2015, Music|0 Comments

Annick Bergeron (EMBA 2018) becomes Secretary-General of the University of Ottawa

From student to administrator: Annick Bergeron (EMBA 2018) becomes Secretary-General of the University of Ottawa The day her last assignment was due for the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal, her last day as a student, was also Annick Bergeron’s first day on the job as Secretary-General of the University of Ottawa. "My EMBA helped me to develop my skills in management and strategy and provided me with the tools that help me propose innovative approaches," says Annick. In her new role, Annick will undoubtedly have many opportunities to put these skills into practice and to have a positive impact. Here is the description of her new role and a short biography describing her impressive career path as made available on the University of Ottawa website: Role: The Secretary-General is the University’s most senior advisor on governance issues, providing members of the University community with information, advice and interpretations related to the University’s governance framework. Pursuant to the University of Ottawa Act, 1965, the Secretary-General of the University is also the Secretary of the University’s Board of Governors and Senate and their respective committees. In this capacity, he or she coordinates and facilitates the activities of these bodies in order to ensure the effective functioning of the University’s bicameral system of governance. The Secretary-General also oversees the activities of the University Secretariat as well as its legal services, archives, and access to information and privacy offices. [Source: ] Biographical Note: A lawyer by training, Ms. Bergeron possesses more than 25 years of experience in the academic sector, in private practice, as well as in the federal government and the Quebec government. In 2005, she was named Director of Legal Affairs at the University of Montreal. Prior to joining the [...]

February 1st, 2018|Alumni, Education, EMBA 2018, Law, Law, Promotion, Public|0 Comments

Victor Duro joins Alice & Smith as investor and VP

Victor Duro joins Alice & Smith as investor and Vice President of Business Development Victor Duro, a McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, recently joined Alice & Smith Studio as an investor and as Vice President of Business Development. Located in Montreal, the Alice & Smith studio specializes in alternate reality games. In addition to managing the launch of many video games, it has conducted global campaigns in more than 80 countries. Recognized for its expertise in investigative games and alternate reality games, the Alice & Smith studio has, for example, attracted more than 350,000 players with its latest creation, Walking Titan. The studio has also been commissioned by NBC Universal to act as a consultant on the Mr. Robot TV series. With this background, Alice & Smith decided a year ago to launch an ambitious project NITE Team 4. NT4 is inspired by the latest military and civilian hacking platforms, it is a simulation that offers to relive the most famous cyber-attacks of the last decade. "As Vice President Business Development, my main duties are to work on the outreach of the studio as well as our games and in particular our latest title "NITE TEAM 4". I have wanted to create or invest in a company for a long time, but I felt that I did not have the tools to make the move. Thus, a few months after having completed my Executive MBA, when Nathalie and Andréa, the founders of Alice & Smith, whom I have known for almost 10 years, introduced me to their project, I was able to make a well-advised decision. The decision was all the easier because there are very few projects that seriously address hacking, which is a global [...]

Geneviève Auclair (EMBA 2017) receives Meritorious Service Medal

Geneviève Auclair (EMBA 2017) receives Meritorious Service Medal Geneviève Auclair, an EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal alumna, will receive, later today, the Meritorious Service Medal at the Citadelle of Québec presented by her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada. Geneviève will receive this medal alongside more than 25 Canadians who have shown and acted with excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service and will be recognized with honours. The Governor General presents honours on behalf of all Canadians in communities across the country to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. Geneviève Auclair, M.S.M. Montréal and Puvirnituq, Quebec Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) Physician Geneviève Auclair spearheaded a successful campaign to recruit health care professionals to the Inuulitsivik Health Centre in Nunavik, and to introduce local youth to potential careers as doctors, nurses and technicians. During her tenure as chief of medicine, the number of permanent staff has increased significantly as new physicians and support workers arrive and opt to stay longer, resulting in more stable health care for the region’s residents. Source: This cause is very important to Geneviève and she was able to raise her classmate's awareness of it during the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program.  Geneviève’s very different perspective on the world of management and on society in general greatly enriched the discussions within her class. The entire EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal family is very proud and is thrilled that Geneviève is being recognized for her outstanding work.  

Josée Duplessis (EMBA 2016), CN’s new Senior Director, Public Affairs – Canada

Josée Duplessis, a 2016 graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA, has been appointed to the position of Senior Director, Public Affairs - Canada, CN - the Canadian National Railway Company and its rail subsidiaries.  Just 18 months after graduating, she has been able to achieve her objective: "I was drawn to the Executive MBA because I wanted to make a shift in my career; from politics to the business world. The program allowed me to recognize the skills learned in public administration, to transfer them and to land a great job and challenge within CN, a significant industry player," Josée told the EMBA team. With a background in sociology, Josée has also distinguished herself by her involvement in federal and municipal politics. Since her EMBA graduation, she had held the position of Chief of Staff for the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada and Minister Responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Josée had previously been at the head of Recyc-Québec's Board of Directors and worked on restructuring the governance of Aboriginal communities. On the municipal scene, she held various positions, including chair of the executive committee of the City of Montreal and responsible for urbanisms and natural areas files for the island of Montreal and a member of the commission of economic development and councilor of the Plateau Mont-Royal borough.[/fusion_text]

Recommendations for an effective board

Recommendations for an effective board How can you make sure to have an effective board of directors? Here are recommendations from: Louise St-Pierre, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Connexion, president of the board of Domaine Forget; Josée Duplessis (EMBA 2016), Chief of Staff for the Minister of Family, Children and Social Development of Canada; Guillaume Lavoie (EMBA 2016), partner at Lavery and member of the firm's board of directors; Ginette Mailhot (EMBA 2014), founder of Capital Humain Plus, president of the board of the Economic Development Corporation of the MRC de Joliette. Decide if you really want/need to have a Board of Directors. Ginette Mailhot is an experienced entrepreneur. She believes that entrepreneurs are often reluctant to create a board of directors (or an Advisory Board) because they believe "it can weigh you down and it is expensive". While there is some truth to that, Ginette is convinced that having a board “ensures rigor.” Working with a board requires a certain amount of structure, which can lead to greater efficiency. Think about who you want as board members. For Louise St-Pierre, it is important to fight for diversity, in all its forms. And, she notes, we all have prejudices, so we need to make sure that they do not influence our choices. According to Ginette Mailhot, people external to your company are important. They can be particularly helpful in areas where you may lack internal expertise. She recommends daring to ask people who have extensive expertise, people you admire. A Board of Directors can be a treasure trove of resources, but this is only possible if the board gathers people of diverse profiles and expertise. Louise [...]

October 18th, 2017|Alumni, Board of directors, News, Newsletter|0 Comments

Ginette Mailhot appointed President of the Board of Directors of Anges Québec

Ginette Mailhot appointed President of the Board of Directors of Anges Québec Ginette Mailhot is a real believer in supporting the development of the business community, and it shows in the moves she’s made since graduating from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal in 2014.  She sold the insurance firm, la turquoise, of which she was CEO; she founded Capital Humain Plus, a consulting firm; she’s been appointed president of the board of the Economic Development Coporation of the Regional Municipality of Joliette (CDÉJ) and she joined Anges Québec. The success she’s having on this new path was underlined recently: she was named Chair of the Board of Directors of Anges Québec. As president of the board of directors of Anges Québec, she will contribute to the growth and the evolution of this network of 200 investor-members who invest in the diverse projects built by Québec’s entrepreneurs. The ‘angels’, Anges Québec’s members, are experienced entrepreneurs and professionals.  They contribute to the start-up and growth of new businesses in many ways: as coaches, board members, promoters or through collaboration on business strategies. Ginette reflects on how the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal has contributed to her development: "This program brought me a lot, even though I was already CEO of my company. The EMBA increased my self-confidence and gave me a different perception of myself as a manager and leader, which in turn enabled me to improve myself. I am a person who ‘goes for it’.  I follow my instincts.  The EMBA has given me the tools to develop my vision and my ideas more formally, in order to make them understand and accepted, which is very important on a board of directors. The EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program and the [...]