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.”
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, 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: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=17056&lan=eng 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.
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.”