Stephane Dodier (EMBA 2010) is appointed Vice President Information Technology for Promutuel Assurance Stephane Dodier, a 2010 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has recently been appointed Vice President Information Technology for Promutuel Assurance, the 4th largest property and casualty insurer in Quebec. Stephane is in charge of over 100 employees and a well-stocked project portfolio. Previously, Stephane held the position of General Manager, IT Governance, Security and Risk, Americas Region for AIMIA, a firm specialized in loyalty programs. He was also Vice President, Information Technology for Optimum Financial Group and La Capitale General Insurance. Early in his career, he worked for Oracle and subsequently founded his own consulting firm. The latter was acquired in June 2000 by Covansys. Despite his impressive journey, Stephane was humble enough to admit that he still had a lot to learn. He started the EMBA program ten years ago. He appreciates that the program had a considerable impact on the subsequent stages of his career: "The learning received during my EMBA is still relevant today. It has served me in recent years and will be useful to me once again in this new role. I have particularly maximized the value of the modules dealing with innovation and business strategy. "
Laurent Pieraut (EMBA 2010) announces CS North America’s selection for UbiMobility program CS Communications and Systems Canada (now also known as CS North America) was recently selected as one of 2017 startups for the UbiMobility program. Laurent Pieraut, CS North America CEO, graduated from the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA in 2010, while Program & Business Development Manager Amine Smires will be starting the Executive MBA program this September. UbiMobility is a nine-month acceleration program run by Bpifrance and Business France to give companies in the connected and autonomous car field a leg up in the United States. The program has already proved its worth. The 16 startups selected for the second edition of the program in 2016 raised nearly € 50 million in financing and 11 of them have launched operations in the United States. CS Communications and Systems Canada is developing a software validation method called NADIA which helps to generate test scripts of hundreds of lines of code in seconds, drastically reducing test costs.
Caroline Dignard (EMBA 2010) and the Cogeco Connexion Legal Team Receive the Best Canadian Legal Department Award Under the leadership of experienced lawyer Caroline Dignard, Vice-President of Legal Affairs and Chief Privacy Officer, a 2010 graduate and a member of the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA Advisory Committee, the Cogeco Connexion legal team recently received the prestigious Best Canadian Legal Department Award. The award was presented at the annual International General Counsel Awards ceremony at the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards in New York, which recognizes the best legal, intellectual property and tax services in the world. “Collaboration and commitment to good customer service are the values that guide our team,” said Caroline Dignard in an official press release. “Every day, we strive to maintain close ties with our internal and external business partners, making them valuable allies, serving our clients, whether internal or external. Over time, and with the support of our management teams, we have adopted and implemented rigorous and enviable governance practices that have enabled us to protect Cogeco from major risks. ”
We are awaiting the April 24th announcement of the 2017 Mercuriades contest’s winners with a bit of impatience this year, because several EMBA participants and graduates play key roles in some of the nominated companies. The Mercuriades is a prestigious Quebec business contest, launched in 1981 by the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FCCQ). Its objective is to highlight innovation, ambition, entrepreneurship and performance of Quebec’s small and large businesses. Here are the finalists to which we will pay special attention: Cogeco Connexion: Category: Contribution to economic and regional development - Large Enterprise Liette Vigneault, current EMBA participant, Vice-President, Human Resources and Communications; Caroline Dignard, EMBA 2010, Vice-President, Legal and Chief Privacy Officer; Michel Blais, EMBA 2014, Vice-President, Customer Solutions; Robert Massé, EMBA 2014 Director, Credit and Retention. Groupe Deschênes inc. : Category: Development of a Web or Mobile Technology Presented by TELUS - Large Business François Deschênes, EMBA 2010, President Edelman Montreal Categories: Manulife Employer of the Year - Large Business Community Involvement Presented by Investors Group - Large Business Ève Laurier, EMBA 2011, Executive Director; Pierre Choquette, EMBA 2013, Vice-President Normandin Beaudry Categories: Entrepreneurship, Succession and Business Transfers Presented by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton - SMEs Successful Business Strategy Presented by La Capitale Sophie Lachance, EMBA 2017, Partner Some of our graduates also work for Air Canada and Desjardins, both finalists in different categories.
"You can be trained by the best communication specialists, read all the books on the subject and watch the best speakers in action, but if you really want to improve, you have to practice," says Michel Filion. “And that’s what Toastmasters focuses on." The McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA Program has been expanding its focus on how to communicate effectively, at the suggestion of its graduates. Early February marked an important step on this road with the launch of the EMBA EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal Toastmasters club, dedicated to its participants and alumni. Here are four reasons why: 1) Mastering the art of speaking effectively in public is a must for today's leaders. Much of a manager’s job involves communicating. Being able to communicate effectively will help managers gain credibility, rally teams behind them, convey objectives and expectations effectively, avoid confusion and defuse stressful workplace scenarios, among other things. 2) A proven program Toastmasters International (TMI) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping its members improve their communication and leadership skills through public speaking. Since 1924, Toastmasters has helped people with different backgrounds become more confident speakers, better communicators and leaders. The program has more than 345,000 members worldwide. At Toastmasters, everyone has a role to play. Participants can perform a 5 to 7 minutes prepared speech or be invited to improvise a one-to-two-minute speech on an imposed subject, without preparation or time for reflection. Each role provides an opportunity to speak in public, to practice, and to help members feel more confident in speaking in public. 3) The club is in good hands Michel Filion, Director of Recruitment for the EMBA was introduced to Toastmasters in 2014 and was named Toastmasters’ Quebec champion in 2016. He [...]
In addition to being the president of a successful family business, The Bertrand Rioux Group, François Rioux, a 2010 EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal graduate, is a man of action who wants to ensure economic prosperity for his region – Matane. It is a region that has suffered economic decline, so François set out to do something about it. In 2015, François created the « Fonds d'innovation et de développement économique local de La Matanie (FIDEL)» to create employment and diversify the regional economy. Recently, in February 2017, FIDEL crossed the million dollar mark in funds raised, thanks to a $255 000 investment from the federal government. In an interview following the announcement, François explained: « On atteint un jalon important dans l'histoire de FIDEL, nous avons amassé près de 1,2 M$ en un an et nous avons mobilisé 117 entrepreneurs. J'apprécie beaucoup ce geste de Développement économique Canada. On veut investir 2 M$ dans l'économie régionale au cours des cinq prochaines années, cette contribution vient appuyer notre démarche. » To learn more on FIDEL and this Federal investment: http://www.lavantagegaspesien.com/actualites/economie/2017/2/10/le-federal-verse-255-000---au-fidel-matanie.html  The Bertrand Rioux Group is a family business founded in 1958 and active in hotels, construction, seniors' residences and real estate. The company has grown steadily, and now employs 225 people in Eastern Quebec and Florida. François has been acting as president for 12 years.
Nathalie Bourdon, a 2010 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has recently been appointed Vice President, Distribution, for Beauty World Search in North American. She is overseeing sales of The Fashion Hero, a reality fashion competition that focuses on real people and looks beyond typical fashion industry ideas of beauty and body image. In this show presented by Brooke Hogan, would-be models of all shapes and sizes from around the world compete against each other to be the face of a major marketing campaign. Nathalie was formerly CEO of Novovision Canada, an international provider of video clips, and also headed up sales, development, and acquisitions at Just for Laughs.