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.
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.
Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012), Atypic’s president and founder, announces the acquisition of Leftbank Pascal Lépine, Atypic’s president and founder, who graduated from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal in 2012, recently announced the company’s acquisition of Leftbank, a Toronto-based company that specializes in fundraising for charity and non-profit organizations (the plurial sector). “The acquisition of Leftbank consolidates our position as a leading Canadian full-service consulting agency for noplural sectorn-profit and charitable organizations in the plural sector. It marks one more important step in our continual desire to better serve the Quebec and Canadian plural sectors,” explains Pascal in the official press release. Pascal graduated from the EMBA program five years ago but the impact of the EMBA hasn’t diminished: “The EMBA has had an incredible impact on my professional life. Much more than what I had anticipated or even hoped. At the end of the EMBA, inspired by Henry Mintzberg, who supervised my final paper and with whom I maintain strong ties, I decided to change my business model to focus on the plural sector. In the first year following that decision, my business turnover doubled.” says Pascal. The Leftbank acquisition is directly linked to Atypic’s reorientation. In 2014, Pascal shared seven pieces of advice for entrepreneurs considering an EMBA which are still very relevant: read here.
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.”
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. ”
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 (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.
Indu Krishnamurthy (EMBA 2015) Named Executive Director of the Montreal Community Loan Fund (ACEM) — Microcrédit Montréal The Montreal Community Loan Fund’s Board of Directors and its senior management recently announced the appointment of Indu Krishnamurthy, a 2015 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, to the position of Executive Director of ACEM — Microcrédit Montréal. She started her new duties in early June when she took part in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Indu had already served as Deputy Executive Director for a year. She succeeds Anne Kettenbeil, who had served as ACEM Executive Director for 17 years. A graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA, Indu has extensive experience in banking, corporate relations, and strategic planning. Over the past ten years, she has worked with ACEM in different roles, including coordinating the Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Program. “I am excited and confident to take on this new challenge, with the knowledge that I have the EMBA family who will be there to support, to question and to reflect on how we can collaborate together to build a more inclusive and prosperous society,” said Indu. * Indu received the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA scholarship for non-profit organization manager:
Fabien Navet (EMBA 2014) announces the creation of Neolegal Fabien Navet, a 2014 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, recently announced the creation of Neolegal, a legal services company the objective of which is to facilitate access to justice in Quebec through an intelligent use of technology. “It was during the EMBA that I came up with the idea of using my engineering skills in a different field. I wanted to have a sustainable impact in an area that is very dear to me: access to justice. Neolegal is a break with the traditional law firms system. We have invested heavily in technologies and process creation to be able to serve customers in real time, directly from their smart phone or computer, and with prices set in advance and under the current market prices. The idea is not to replace lawyers with technology, as several start-ups in Legal Tech are trying to do at this time, but rather to optimize the lawyer’s work in order to concentrate the price structure on consulting. A machine can never replace a human to handle the psychological aspect of a legal problem! We have been up and running for a few weeks and the first results confirm our initial intuition: there is a very high demand for easy, fast and economical access to quality legal services! When I designed Neolegal’s business model, I made extensive use of what I learned in the ‘Value Creation’ and ‘Operational Excellence’ modules of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA. The exchange of ideas with my two partners, an IT expert and a lawyer, often reminds me of the passionate discussions I had with my classmates at the EMBA: It is from the interaction between people from different horizons that [...]