Antonio Joyanes (EMBA 2014) promoted to Senior Vice President, Refining at CEPSA After studying engineering in Spain, Antonio Joyanes started his career in the oil and gas industry. In 2011, he became the General Manager of CEPSA Chimie Montréal S.E.C. and moved to Canada with his family. Antonio decided to take advantage of his presence in Montreal to fully challenge himself and embark on the bilingual Executive MBA program offered by two world-renowned universities: McGill University and HEC Montréal. He graduated from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal in 2014 and was quickly called back to Spain to take up the position of Front Office Manager at CEPSA Group headquarters in Madrid. Most recently, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Refinement at CEPSA Group. For Antonio, the EMBA has changed his perspective, broadened his business-world vision; a key element in a new role at the executive level.
France St-Louis (EMBA 2018) is now Chief Claims Officer for OneBeacon Insurance Group France St-Louis, a 2018 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumna, recently accepted the position of Chief Claims Officer for OneBeacon Insurance Group and is now based in Minneapolis, United States. France has been working in the insurance industry for over 20 years. Until recently, she was Deputy Senior Vice-President, Claims at Intact Insurance, the largest provider of property and casualty (P&C) insurance in Canada and a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America. Intact recently bought OneBeacon, now a wholly-owned subsidiary, which provides specialty insurance products in the United States through independent agencies, brokers, wholesalers and managing general agencies. One of France’s roles will be to act as the bridge between OneBeacon and Intact. “I am very excited by this new challenge. I know that the EMBA has definitely helped me reach this new stage in my career.” shared France.
A renewed global perspective, a change project with impact and a promotion to deputy Vice-President Richad Jiva Lila is confident that "the financial services of tomorrow will be a mix of technology and talent" and that the key to succeed in this environment is "to go faster through digital and to differentiate through the relationships we build". Richad Jiva Lila has worked at National Bank for over twenty years, yet he feels that the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program has led him to see some aspects of the organization differently: "The EMBA has really been a source of value creation for me and for my organization. The program allowed me to have an overall organizational perspective, to pivot our business model by analyzing our blind spots in order to create a unique value proposition for our customers. " During the EMBA, participants are asked to implement a change project in their organization. In his own change project, Richad developed "The Institutional Boutique", an element which is today at the heart of the change in strategy at the Bank. "It's very interesting at this point to see how the theory conveyed in the EMBA actually has an impact on the corporate strategy, but above all, creates value for the customer," Richad explains. During the EMBA, in addition to the impact of his change project for the organization, Richad was also promoted to Deputy Vice President for National Bank. "My role as Deputy VP has two components: the business development side, for institutional clients, but also the strategic initiatives component (technological projects and corporate strategies) for a subsidiary of National Bank, National Bank Trust, serving clients such as: pension plans, foundations, religious communities or private holdings. "What I [...]
Alexandre Miasnikof joins Lune Rouge Productions Alexandre Miasnikof has a most impressive background. As a producer, and entertainment industry expert, he has been, among other roles, the Production Director for the Cirque du Soleil’s shows Quartz, Crystal and Runaway Dubai and Technical Director for a Celine Dion tour. With this background, Alexandre Miasnikof decided to join the team of Lune Rouge Productions as Producer, in January 2018, just after completing the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program. Lune Rouge Productions combines the initiative of Québec visionary Guy Laliberté, with the know-how of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds working together around the same idea: creativity as raw material in Quebec. The company invests in different projects to stimulate entrepreneurial innovation. Lune Rouge aims to be a forerunner in the creation of modern creative content by developing a vast network of people with diverse and complementary talents working in the technology, entertainment, arts and real estate industries. " This appointment fits in perfectly with my background as it combines my solid expertise in the entertainment industry, acquired over the last 24 years, with the business and leadership learnings I developed and improved during the EMBA. The business component is key: as a producer, I have to manage the commercial and financial parameters as well as the creation of innovative projects, while contributing to the development of the company. "
Jean-Claude Tshipama (EMBA 2016) has recently been named CEO Broadband within Eutelsat SA in charge of Africa. Eutelsat S.A. provides satellite-based video, business, broadband networks, and mobile services to telecommunication operators and broadcasters, corporate network integrators, and companies primarily in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The company owns and operates satellites that provide capacity to international telecommunications operators and broadcasting companies. Jean-Claude Tshipama is a McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA alumnus. He started his career in Democratic Republic of Congo in the telecommunications, computer and Pay TV industries’.He successively worked as Commercial Manager at Celtel in Africa, Head of Sales and Distribution for nineteen countries in Africa at Microsoft Corporation and Head of Sales and Distribution at Digicel in the Caribbean and Pacifica regions, before taking the general direction of Canal + RDC. More recently, he had embarked on an entrepreneurial project in Quebec, with his wife: Zympala, a high-end, African-inspired clothing line for which he held the position of President and CEO. He had developed the plan for this company during the EMBA. Today, with Zympala in the capable hands of his wife, Jean-Claude returns to work in an environment he knows well. The learning and tools developed at the EMBA and his entrepreneurial experience will certainly give him a different perspective on the industry and its challenges.
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.”
The McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA, a partnership between McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montreal, is a program for seasoned managers who continue working while they participate in the 15 month program. Classes typically meet Thursday through Sunday, once a month. Reflecting the reality of Canadian business, the program is delivered in a bilingual format. The program is practice-focused and builds on Henry Mintzberg’s managerial mindsets. Congratulations to the 46 New McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA Alumni! Jason Annahatak Director, Post-Secondary Student Services Kativik Ilisarniliriniq Vidéo Watch Jason's video-testimonial. Scholarship Jason received the EMBA Scholarship for Managers of Indigenous Origins Articles Helping to train Aboriginal leaders of today and tomorrow - The McGill Reporter Apprendre de l’expérience d’autres leaders Leanne Bayer Executive Director Community Shares Video Watch Leanne's video-testimonial. Scholarship Leanne Bayer received the EMBA Scholarship for Managers of Non-Profit Organizations. Article: 4 choses à apprendre de leaders aux perspectives différentes PodCast Listen to Leanne in this podcast co-produced with radio station The Beat 92.5 Annick Bergeron Secretary-General University of Ottawa Promotion Annick Bergeron (EMBA 2018) becomes Secretary-General of the University of Ottawa. Read. Mélanie Bernard Senior Operations Manager Holt Renfrew Vidéo Watch Melanie’s video-testimonial. Maxime Blais District Manager SAQ Promotion Maxime Blais a commencé l’EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal comme l’un des plus jeunes participant de sa classe. Lire l’histoire de sa rentrée. Éric Boucher General Manager, Quebec & Eastern Ontario Aggregates LafargeHolcim Jean-Sébastien Boutet Director, Commercial & Market Development Alcoa Corporation Catherine Dagenais Vice President, Chief Operating Officer SAQ Promotion [...]
Claire Hayek (EMBA 2015) joins Artisti’s Board Claire Hayek, a McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Artisti. Artisti is an organization created by Quebec’s Union des artistes in 1997 to collectively manage and distribute the royalties owed to performers under the Copyright Act. Artisti brings together nearly 4000 artists. "This is such an honor, I'm absolutely ecstatic, explained Claire. Artisti's board is made up of renowned Quebec music artists, including the well-known France d'Amour, Annie Villeneuve and Florence K, with whom I will have the chance to work on issues that are very important to me. What I will bring to the discussion is the representation of lesser-known, self-producing artists, as well as my business skills, developed through the EMBA. "
From student to administrator: Annick Bergeron (EMBA 2018) becomes Secretary-General of the University of Ottawa The day her last assignment was due for the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal, her last day as a student, was also Annick Bergeron’s first day on the job as Secretary-General of the University of Ottawa. "My EMBA helped me to develop my skills in management and strategy and provided me with the tools that help me propose innovative approaches," says Annick. In her new role, Annick will undoubtedly have many opportunities to put these skills into practice and to have a positive impact. Here is the description of her new role and a short biography describing her impressive career path as made available on the University of Ottawa website: Role: The Secretary-General is the University’s most senior advisor on governance issues, providing members of the University community with information, advice and interpretations related to the University’s governance framework. Pursuant to the University of Ottawa Act, 1965, the Secretary-General of the University is also the Secretary of the University’s Board of Governors and Senate and their respective committees. In this capacity, he or she coordinates and facilitates the activities of these bodies in order to ensure the effective functioning of the University’s bicameral system of governance. The Secretary-General also oversees the activities of the University Secretariat as well as its legal services, archives, and access to information and privacy offices. [Source: www.uottawa.ca/ ] Biographical Note: A lawyer by training, Ms. Bergeron possesses more than 25 years of experience in the academic sector, in private practice, as well as in the federal government and the Quebec government. In 2005, she was named Director of Legal Affairs at the University of Montreal. Prior to joining the [...]
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 [...]