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EMBA alumni in Canadian Business’ Profit 500

Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012), Stéphane Rouleau (EMBA 2013) and Vincenzo Giorgio (EMBA 2011) in Canadian Business’ Profit 500 Canadian Business’ Profit 500 ranking is out, and two companies led by McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA alumni are on it. The ranking lists companies that are beating the times by experiencing big growth over the past five years. Atypic is a Montreal-based professional-services firm that works with organizations in the plural sector, and is headed by President Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012). Spiria, with CEO Stephane Rouleau (EMBA 2013) at the helm, develops Web- PC- and mobile-based software solutions to help companies grow and streamline their operations. This is the sixth year in a row that Spiria has made it onto this prestigious list of most successful companies. Special mention also to Groupe Premier Médical, 221st, where Vincenzo Giorgio (EMBA 2011) is Chief Financial Officer. Source - McGill/Desautels : https://www.mcgill.ca/desautels/channels/news/two-companies-headed-mcgill-hec-montreal-alumni-are-canadian-business-profit-500-list-270364

EVE LAURIER (EMBA 2011) IS SELECTED AS A FINALIST FOR THE PRIX FEMMES D’AFFAIRES DU QUÉBEC

The 30 finalists for the Prix Femmes d’affaires du Québec 2017 (2017 Quebec Business Women’s Award) were unveiled recently. One of the finalists is Ève Laurier, who is a 2011 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumna. Ms. Laurier is the Ge at Edelman, a family-owned, independent communications marketing agency that helps companies evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. The finalists will be honored on November 8th at a gala during which the winner of each of the nine contest categories will be announced. In past editions of the contest, Danièle Bergeron and Louise Richer, both McGill – HEC Montréal EMBA alumnae, were selected as a finalist for this award. For more information about the Award and the Gala: http://rfaq.ca/prix/

Danièle Bergeron named CEO of Mayrand Ltd

Danièle Bergeron (EMBA 2011) named President and CEO of Mayrand Ltd Danièle Bergeron, a 2011 McGill–HEC Montreal EMBA graduate and a certified corporate director (ASC), was recently named President and CEO of Mayrand Ltd. Her duties will include integrating a digital strategy, developing new markets and innovating in brand positioning. Mayrand has been a Montréal fixture since 1914. The food wholesaler now has a new 80,000 ft2 warehouse-store dedicated entirely to food. Developed for retailers, but also serving the general public, Mayrand has over 15,000 food products and supplies to meet its customers’ expectations. Danièle is a seasoned manager with extensive retail experience and is recognized for her ability to conceptualize, orchestrate and implement effective and innovative business strategies. Over the course of her career she has held high-level positions such as Executive Vice-President of Commercial Operations at Maison Ogilvy, Vice-President, Products at Jacob, President of Mobilia, a furniture company and, until recently, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at SAIL. She sat on the SAQ, CAA Quebec and IRCM boards. “What I learned during my EMBA has served me more than once in recent years. It let me make a smooth transition in the presidential succession at Mobilia. The Analytic Mindset Module still helps me today in strategic planning. And the network of contacts that I developed through the EMBA has proved an indispensable resource over the years.”

Francine Laurin Named District VP – Quebec Region at TD

Francine Laurin (EMBA 2011) Appointed District Vice-President for the Quebec Region at TD Francine Laurin, a 2011 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, was recently appointed District Vice-President for the Quebec Region at TD. She had worked as Associate Vice-President for TD Direct Investments for the previous three years. Francine began her career with TD more than 35 years ago and has held various executive positions in Retail Banking, Telephone Channel, TD Insurance and, more recently, TD Direct Investments. She is a natural leader, passionate about her work and committed to the well-being, development and career progress of her employees. Over the years, she has demonstrated her skills and enthusiasm in discovering and developing new talents. Recently, at a conference organized by Les Affaires, Francine explained how the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA had influenced her leadership style and given her confidence to be the leader she is.

Les Affaires Event – Femmes Leaders 2017

Several EMBA graduates will be guest speakers at the Femmes Leaders 2017 event organized by Les Affaires For the fourth consecutive year, the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal is a proud partner of the annual conference Femmes Leaders organized by Les Affaires. The event will take place on May 16th. Four EMBA alumnae are among the leaders invited by Les Affaires to be guest speakers. The panel discussion on the evolution of the manager/leader’s role will feature three of our graduates: Guylaine Bergeron (EMBA 2013), General Manager, Communications, Marketing and Branding at Société Radio-Canada, Geneviève Comtois (EMBA 2012), Global Pricing Strategy Manager at Shell International and Francine Laurin (EMBA 2011), Associate Vice President, Direct Investments, TD.  The panel will be moderated by Cyrille Sardais, Associate Professor in the Management Department at HEC Montréal. In addition, Nadège Lenormand-Dauvergne (EMBA 2014), Managing Director of CANUS, will participate in a panel on the growth of SMEs. In addition to the EMBA graduates, here are the six reasons to participate in this event, according to Les Affaires: Learn how to take organizational agility right through to operations Reflect on how you can effectively reconcile your managerial and leadership roles Discover the endless power of Big Data as a competitive advantage Optimize your team's performance in times of change Discover the DNA of tomorrow's leaders to fully play your role Be sure to use our promotional code 2EMBA whenyou register, for a discount of 35%.

The EMBA will be well-represented at the Mercuriades 2017

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.

4 reasons why the EMBA decided to launch a Toastmasters club

"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 [...]

Isabelle Gratton (EMBA 2011) announces the creation of Quartier Général

Isabelle Gratton, president of PMT Postproduction and a 2011 EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal graduate, recently announced the creation of Quartier Général, a new production company for commercials and branded content. "This project is born out of a desire to do things differently, to work with a smaller, more agile and more available team and, which is above all, ready to work closely with agencies and clients. In a changing market, offering a personalized service with more direct relations between creation and realization makes it possible to produce better content and to create synergy needed in advertising messages conception" explains the official press release.  

New challenges for Giulia Cirillo (EMBA 2011)

Giulia Cirillo took on a new role recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at PSP Investments, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. After almost twenty years at Rio Tinto and five years as Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources and Health, Safety & Security at BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products), Giulia told us: “I am quite excited as I will be learning a new industry, new dynamics and work with great people.” Giulia has also been invited to join the Boards of Centraide for Greater Montreal and of WCM (Women in Capital Markets). She serves on the HR committee for both boards. “My experience with the EMBA has impacted me greatly. Reflection, experience, "seeing and experiencing", and of course networking have been key in my career and transitions.” It has been over five years since Giulia completed the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program and even now, she is thankful to the program directors and professors for their support and the knowledge she learned from them.

October 21st, 2016|Alumni, EMBA 2011, News, Promotion|0 Comments

What impact does an EMBA have for women?

What impact does an EMBA have for women? Over the last nine years, the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal has heard from many of its graduates and participants about the program’s impact on them.  We’ve heard that the EMBA contributes to the personal development of its participants, it helps them sharpen some of their instincts, enhance their workplace credibility, expand their network, and gain new perspectives on their organization and learn to delegate. The impacts are many and differ from one person to another. This fall, for the first time, our class is 50% women, so we asked some of our graduates and participants to share their thoughts about the program’s impact on them as women, and whether they believe this impact is different than that experienced by men.   “This EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal experience made me a better person by creating an awareness of the different hats I wear as a mother, spouse and career-oriented women. It helped me become more balanced individual and consequently more efficient in stressful situations by teaching me to focus on what matters most. I don't feel as guilty for having high aspirations with young children as I am more mindful with my time and make it count by removing waste and managing my energy instead of my time.” Zahida Intwala (EMBA – promotion 2017), Credit & Customer Service Manager at Genetec «Je ne crois pas que l’impact est différent chez les femmes, je crois que tout participant en trouve sa crédibilité améliorée. Le fait d’avoir intégré les études aux autres sphères de la vie (professionnelle, familiale, etc.) démontre sa capacité à gérer plusieurs dossiers à la fois. Cela démontre également une grande curiosité, une ouverture et un désir d’apprendre.» Nathalie Simard [...]