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Stéphane Fortin (EMBA 2018) launches Divicor inc.

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 (EMBA 2015) joins the board of Re:Sound

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.”

Marie Senécal-Tremblay (EMBA 2013) appointed Citizenship judge

Marie Senécal-Tremblay (EMBA 2013) appointed Citizenship judge Marie Senécal-Tremblay, a 2013 McGill HEC Montreal EMBA program alumna, was recently appointed as a Citizenship judge by Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen. This will be Marie’s second 3-year term. More information from the Government of Canada’s Official Press release: All these citizenship judges and their profiles are listed in the backgrounder. Each judge was appointed to a 3-year term from an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. These 10 highly qualified individuals were selected for their embodiment of civic values and their inspirational contributions to their communities and to Canada. Supporting the Government of Canada’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, these individuals will play the important role of fostering a sense of belonging and attachment to Canada for aspiring and new Canadians. Among the appointments is Canada’s first Métis citizenship judge. Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions on some citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens. They also play an important role in promoting Canadian citizenship and civic values in their communities. Citizenship judges are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. New appointees are chosen from a list of qualified candidates who have gone through an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. Candidates for citizenship judge appointments are evaluated against the skills required by the position: judgment/analytical thinking; decision-making; effective communication; cross-cultural sensitivity; and community standing.

Atypic, founded by Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012), named Agency of the Year

Atypic, founded by Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012), named Agency of the Year Atypic, a communications and marketing agency specializing in the plural sector (NPO) founded by Pascal Lépine, a McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has been named Agency of the Year at the Flèches d’or, the annual Gala of the Association of Relational Marketing (AMR) organized in collaboration with Le Grenier aux nouvelles. Pascal is on the cover of Le Grenier aux nouvelles:

Stéphane Emond (EMBA 2018) joins Grimard as Director, Continuous Improvement and Special Projects

Stéphane Emond (EMBA 2018) joins Grimard as Director, Continuous Improvement and Special Projects Stephane Emond, a 2018 graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, has recently joined Grimard as Director of Continuous Improvement and Special Projects. In his new role, Stephane will be responsible for implementing continuous improvement projects in construction operations,  launching projects in new business sectors, and managing proposals for and execution of major projects. On a day-to-day basis, he will, act as an advisor and coach to the team and ensure the implementation of the best practices for major projects, thereby supporting the strategic vision for the group’s development. Stéphane now works with his EMBA classmate, Sébastien Grimard, Executive Vice President of this family business specialized in the fields of electricity, general construction, automation, instrumentation and power manufacturing and telecommunications.

Sébastien Aubertin-Giguère (EMBA 2013) becomes Director General, Acquisition Program Transformation, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Sébastien Aubertin-Giguère (EMBA 2013) becomes Director General, Acquisition Program Transformation, Public Services and Procurement Canada After nine rewarding years at the Canada Border Services Agency, Sébastien Aubertin-Giguère, a 2013 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has accepted an offer with Public Services and Procurement Canada. In his new role as Director General, Acquisition Program Transformation, he will be leading the implementation of the Electronic Procurement Solution, a single platform that will provide an end-to-end solution to modernize the overall Government of Canada procurement function and help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses better access opportunities to work with the Government.

Guy Gervais (EMBA 2013) is appointed director of 150: 00

Guy Gervais (EMBA 2013) is appointed director of 150: 00, Longueuil’s business accelerator Guy Gervais, a financial angel, serial entrepreneur, McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, and occasional guest expert on the program, has recently been appointed director of 150: 00. 150: 00 is the business accelerator powered by Longueuil agglomeration’s Economic Development. Its mission is to develop start-ups, reveal entrepreneurial talents and accelerate the success of companies that can meet the emerging challenges facing cities, companies and intelligent transportation. Guy will coordinate the deployment and management of this initiative. Guy has 25 years of business experience.  He was one of the first financial angels in Quebec and participated in the creation of Anges Québec. He is the founder of the venture capital firm HumanID and is the leader of Anges Québec’s impact cell, the goal of which is to attract investment from companies seeking a positive social and environmental impact. Read the official release on CNW.

Roger-Ketcha Ngassam (EMBA 2016) has been appointed Global Head Strategic Operations, Group & NTO Quality at Novartis

Roger-Ketcha Ngassam, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA graduate, joined Novartis in 2013 and has recently been appointed Global Head Strategic Operations, Group & Novartis Technical Operations Quality at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. The purpose of Roger’s role will be to integrate all strategic initiatives related to the management and long-term direction of the global Quality organization, providing high-level oversight and ensuring consistency in approach and standards. As well as planning, coordinating and executing strategic initiatives and programs within the framework of the Quality strategy, he will also oversee the running of the governance system and identify and share best practices, with the aim of building a high performing organization with world-class, efficient processes that will sustain competitiveness in an increasingly challenging environment. Roger holds a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal and has previously worked with Abbott Laboratories, Wyeth and Pfizer. At the end of his EMBA program, in 2015, he had been appointed as Vice President, Technical Operations at Boucherville. This recent promotion in Switzerland is therefore his second since joining the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA family.