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Mathieu Riedl (EMBA 2014) Elected Chairman of the Board at BBA

Mathieu Riedl (EMBA 2014) Elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at BBA Mathieu Riedl, a 2014 McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA graduate, was recently elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at BBA, a leading Canadian consulting engineering firm in the fields of energy, mining and metals, and oil, gas, and biofuels. Part of the BBA team since 1996, made partner in 2002 and elected to the Board of Directors in 2014, Mathieu holds over 20 years of experience in consulting engineering. As an electrical engineer by trade, he specializes in asset management as well as power production, transmission and distribution projects. Throughout his career, Mathieu has stood out with his leadership and unequaled client service. In 2009, determined to take on new challenges, Mathieu spearheaded the firm's geographical expansion across Canada by opening the Vancouver office, the first one outside the firm’s home province of Québec. In his new role, Mathieu is looking forward to leading the firm’s long-term strategic orientations and inspiring the next generation in making its own mark. “I chose the EMBA to consolidate shared experiences with kindred spirits who were also looking to level up their skills in a dynamic environment. I can say with certainty that the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal has been a rite of passage to reach the next level as a leader!” said Mathieu.

Boris Jacouty (EMBA 2016) joins Cowater

Boris Jacouty (EMBA 2016) is now Senior Director Local Governance and Economic Development at Cowater Boris Jacouty, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA graduate, has taken on a new challenge since the beginning of May. He recently joined Cowater as Senior Director Local Governance and Economic Development. Cowater is an international development consulting firm. The fast-growing company is working on issues such as the modernization of states, economic growth, gender equality and sustainability. Boris’ new role will be to develop and manage economic development projects (growth hubs, support to SMEs, projects related to corporate social responsibility) and local governance (business environment improvement, public management systems, and public services). "My new role is a natural continuation of my McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA final paper. Thanks to the EMBA, I now have the opportunity to use a "business" approach while having a real positive social and economic impact, especially in emerging economies. In other (EMBA) words, this is shared value creation!" said Boris.

Appointment of Pierre Rajotte (EMBA 2016) at the National Bank

Pierre Rajotte (EMBA 2016) appointed Senior Manager, Strategy and Projects for National Bank Direct Brokerage Pierre Rajotte, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has recently been appointed to the role of Senior Manager, Strategy and Projects for National Bank Direct Brokerage (NBDB). Pierre, who has extensive experience in financial services, was already working within National Bank's Marketing department as a project management consultant. Pierre will be a member of the management committee of NBDB and will report directly to its president, Laurent Blanchard (EMBA 2016). After having spent fifteen months in the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program together, Pierre and Laurent already share a great deal of complicity which is certainly a valuable advantage. "Together, we will do great things!" said Pierre with confidence. As part of his new role, Pierre will focus on the challenges of transforming the financial community, as he will be in charge of projects belonging to NBDB and cross-section initiatives within the Wealth Management Group and at National Bank of Canada. "I bring a fresh look and a varied experience to the excellent team already in place," says Pierre.

EMBA Panel on Governance

June 13th, 2017 at 6 PM: EMBA Panel on Governance Good corporate governance is of great value to organizations.  There are many dimensions to good governance, including, among others, consideration of the different stakeholders of the organization, and contribution to its strategy, risk and performance management. Avec ce type de responsabilités viennent de nombreux défis et enjeux : la rémunération des principaux dirigeants de l’organisation, de même que la rémunération de ses administrateurs, la diversité, la répartition hommes-femmes, la priorisation des objectifs stratégiques, la création de valeur. Ce panel a pour but d’aborder ces différents enjeux et défis, sous l’angle de différents industries et types d’organisation afin de susciter une réflexion, un questionnement et une discussion sur le sujet grâce à des exemples concrets liés à l’expérience personnelle de gouvernance des différents panélistes. Ce panel est une collaboration entre le programme d’Executive MBA McGill-HEC Montréal et la Gouvernance au Féminin. Déroulement :          18 h : Cocktail          19 h : Mot de bienvenue et introduction du sujet par Louise St-Pierre          19 h 15 : Panel de discussion animé par Caroline Codsi          20 h : Période de questions Modérateur : Caroline Codsi, présidente et fondatrice de La Gouvernance au Féminin Panélistes : Louise St-Pierre, ex-présidente et chef de la direction de Cogeco Connexion (marraine de la cohorte actuelle de l'EMBA et membre du comité aviseur de l'EMBA) Josée Duplessis (EMBA 2016), chef de cabinet pour le ministre de la Famille, des Enfants et du Développement social du Canada Guillaume Lavoie (EMBA 2016), associé chez Lavery Avocats pratiquant dans le domaine du capital-investissement et des fusions et acquisitions et membre du conseil d’administration du cabinet Ginette Mailhot (EMBA 2014), fondatrice de Capital Humain Plus, présidente du CA de la Corporation de Développement Économique de la MRC de Joliette et administratrice pour Anges Québec, la turquoise [...]

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%.

Guillaume Lavoie (EMBA 2016) selected as finalist at the ARISTA 2017 Provincial Contest

Guillaume Lavoie, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate and partner at Lavery, has been selected as one of three finalists in the Quebec Young Professional category of ARISTA, a provincial contest. The Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal has been organizing this contest for the past 40 years. Its objective is to “reward and showcase young business leaders from Quebec who stand out and demonstrate leadership and innovation, whether by their professional success or by their contribution to the community.” The name of the winner will be revealed on May 29, 2017 at the ARISTA Gala. For more information about this contest, click here. For Lavery’s official press release, click here.

Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations: EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal Scholarship for Managers of Indigenous Origin Montreal - March 30, 2017 - The application period for the 2017 EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal Scholarship for Managers of Indigenous Origin is open. The EMBA is a 15-month bilingual Executive MBA program, in English and French, designed for managers and entrepreneurs to develop their management and leadership knowledge while remaining in their jobs. This $ 50,000 scholarship, offered annually, supports managers of indigenous origin in Canada as they pursue their academic and professional journey. "Diversity of experience and perspective is one of the core values of our program. Facilitating the presence of these scholarship recipients in the classroom is therefore very important because they bring different perspectives and experiences. However, since the launch of this scholarship program, in December 2013, we have received very few applications. We really hope to receive more in the coming years, "explains Professor Alain Pinsonneault, co-director of the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA. Past scholarship recipients believe that the program had an important impact on their lives, on their organizations and on their communities: « L’EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal m’a aidé à comprendre le milieu des affaires. Il m’a permis de cerner des problématiques que je ne voyais pas nécessairement avant. Le programme a eu un impact majeur sur moi. Aujourd’hui, à titre de chef élue, j’espère que ce que j’ai appris pourra aider ma communauté et les autres communautés autochtones du Canada, dans les nombreux défis auxquels nous devons faire face. Je crois que notre survie passera, entre autres, par le développement des affaires et une meilleure compréhension du monde des affaires en général. » Manon Jeannotte (Scholarship recipient 2014) Manon Jeannotte graduated from the EMBA program in 2016 and [...]

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 [...]

The McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA Advisory Board in action

The McGill – HEC Montréal EMBA program aims to reduce the distance between the classroom and the organization, and between the classroom and the business community. The advisory board, launched in 2015, fits with this philosophy and helps to ensure that the program continues to stay connected to the realities faced by today’s business leaders. Recently, as part of its increased focus on communication skills the EMBA has enlisted the help of its Board members.   Board members will provide feedback on executive summaries that participants include with their impact papers – the capstone work submitted at the end of modules.  . This “real world” feedback will help participants synthesize their ideas and write impactful executive summaries. This ability to communicate effectively is crucial ingredient to being able to turn ideas into action. Recently, Robert Dutton, adjunct professor at HEC Montréal and former CEO of Rona, took over as Chair of the board, and over the past two meetings, the EMBA Advisory Board has welcomed four new members: Scott Henderson, CEO, Traxxall Technologies; Louise St-Pierre Administratrice de sociétés; Jim Athanasiou, EMBA 2015, Vice President, Engineering &Technology/Vice-président, ingénierie et techonologie, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation; Martin Carrier, EMBA 2016, Président du conseil d’administration / Chair of the board, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)