Steven Vetrone (EMBA 2017) has been promoted to District Operations Manager at The Home Depot Canada In his new role as District Operations Manager, Steven Vetrone (EMBA 2017) will be supporting Home Depot stores in Quebec in meeting their Customer Service, Inventory, and Operational goals. Steven’s ten years of experience as a Store Manager for the home improvement retailer will certainly be very useful since he will be managing operations for the 20+ Home Depot stores in Quebec each covering in average 100,000 square feet and stocking as many as 40,000 home improvement products. It’s a big job, but with his extended knowledge of the organization and having just completed the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program Steven feels ready to take up the challenge! “The Executive MBA was a great experience, giving me a broad perspective to better understand our business. There are a lot of changes in the retail industry, and being at The Home Depot has made me understand that having the right tools is especially important. I apply many of the learnings from the EMBA program in my relationships with the stores, working in collaboration to ensure that we are all aligned in meeting our customers' needs. The EMBA has made me a better partner and a better manager.”
New Community Manager for Outaouais, at RBC: Nadim Ladha (EMBA 2017) With barely enough time to catch his breath after graduating from EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal, and only 10 months after his last promotion, Nadim Ladha has been promoted to Community Manager for the Outaouais Region at RBC Royal Bank. The official announcement of his appointment described Nadim as "an outstanding leader," a person who "stands out at all levels, from employee surveys to his team’s financial results and client surveys" and whose motto is "Be the customers’ first choice". Nadim believes that he is a better manager today, thanks to all he learned from his Executive MBA classmates. Many of them had more experience than Nadim, and were very open about sharing their insights and experiences.
John-Sebastien Bignell (EMBA 2017) appointed Senior Director of Operations for the Jean Coutu Group John-Sebastien Bignell, a 2017 McGill–HEC Montréal Executive MBA graduate, has been appointed Senior Director of Operations for the Jean Coutu Group. He will be responsible for distribution centre operations, inventory, and transportation operations. The company’s recently opened distribution centre in Varennes is partly automated, and one of John’s challenges will be to increase its overall performance to the level expected by the company while making sure to generate and document knowledge linked to the operation of the centre. “The EMBA greatly contributed to my understanding of the company as a whole and of its environment. This will be a great asset in my new mandate and will give me food for thought and help me structure my strategic analysis. The tools and concepts acquired during the operational excellence module will certainly be central to my new duties. In addition, what I took away from the ‘Catalytic Mindset’ module, especially concerning change management, will be very useful. The McGill–HEC Montreal EMBA helped make me a complete manager and minimize my blind spots. Now I’ll have the opportunity to apply everything I learned and realize my full potential.”
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 [...]
Marie-Lucie Paradis has been appointed to Regional Vice-President, Montreal Region at Intact. After 15 years in the claims department where she held several management positions and having recently completed the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, she felt ready for a new challenge within the organization. In her new role, she will be responsible for underwriting, as well as relationships and business development with broker network. “The other side of what I used to do!” says Marie-Lucie. She believes that, thanks to the EMBA program, she now has a broader vision of the organization, but also of the different issues at play, which will certainly help her as she adapts to her new role. In addition, she feels more confident at the prospect of managing multiple challenges simultaneously: “We do not realize it, but one of the things the EMBA teaches us, as we study, have a full-time job and a family with young children, is to manage many projects at once. As a manager, and particularly in a new role, this is invaluable.”
Five years ago, Stéphane De Meurville came to Canada to take on the role of Managing Director for Moët Hennessy Group Canada. Now the time has come for his next challenge. He is in the process of installing his family in Mumbai, having recently been named Managing Director of the Moët Hennessy Group for India. Challenge is definitely the right word. He’s juggling a complicated and time consuming move, the need to adapt to a totally different environment and the fact that until the end of 2016, he will lead both the Indian and Canadian markets. And on top of all that, he’s worked very hard to complete his McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA Final Paper. Stéphane knows the Moët Hennessy Group very well, having worked with the group since1999. He is a marketing specialist who moved into management positions early in his career. Rising through the corporate ladder, he has been in charge of promoting the Group around the world for many years, leaving his native France to set up and run the prestigious company in Asia, East Africa, Canada and now India.
By 2017, Jean-Christophe Coppenrath will have completed his EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal journey and will have started his new job with Doctors Without Borders as Coordinator of Human Resources. In this role, he will face the challenge of working in emergency situations caused by armed conflict, epidemics and disasters. He thinks the EMBA will certainly be useful in this new environment: “The EMBA helped me better appreciate the importance of empathy in the workplace, which will be especially significant in some of the volatile environments I will be working in. Moreover, the reflection sessions helped me deliberate on and analyze my past actions and decisions, and reflect on how I can improve my decision making in the future and avoid reacting impulsively - even when I'm under pressure to take quick decisions.” This is an important career move for Jean-Christophe, who originally graduated with a BA in political science and who has mainly worked in the financial and consultation sector. He will, however, be able to draw on his extensive experience in different cultural environments including the Middle East and North Africa as he has been based in Egypt for the past 6 years. “I was also able to switch careers, something I had been anticipating for a while, through the program's network, as one of my colleagues introduced me to the recruiting team at Doctors Without Borders.”
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 [...]