Business

Stéphane Fortin (EMBA 2018) launches Divicor inc.

Stéphane Fortin, a 2018 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, had a new company project in mind well before his admission to the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA: Divicor Inc. The firm’s unique approach is in providing foreign companies in a highly technical field - graphic communications and printability - representation in Canada by qualified representatives.  Having graduated in May, Stéphane finally launched Divicor this month. "I had been working on this project for over 8 years. I was supposed to launch it in January 2017, but following my acceptance to the EMBA program, I decided to delay the launch. I thought that I would benefit from the tools I would learn about at McGill and HEC Montreal.  I wanted to start my next business with new ways of doing things, with an MBA mindset. " Divicor is Stéphane’s sixth enterprise and the fourth he started from scratch.  Stéphane will be the President of Divicor and will lead all operations and sales, and ensure that manufacturers and manufacturers’ customers’ needs are well served. "My EMBA final paper, entitled « Best practices and strategies in sales as adopted by successful companies in the declining field of printing.» has helped me a lot in the final stages of pre-startup. I gained a better understanding of the real needs of successful printers. Moreover, I've improved my business model, mission, vision, and strategy, as a direct result of the new skills and knowledge developed at the EMBA and thanks to my classmates’ input. " Divicor inc. is a firm that offers a sales force at the service of manufacturers, the opportunity to be part of an independent manufacturing group, a single contact link in Canada and much more. Stéphane's team will be complete [...]

Catherine Dagenais (EMBA 2018) will be the SAQ’s new President and COO

Catherine Dagenais (EMBA 2018) will be the SAQ’s new president and chief operating officer Catherine Dagenais, a 2018 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumna, has been appointed as the next president and chief executive officer of The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ). She will succeed Alain Brunet, who was also a program alumnus. Here is the Official Press Release: Catherine Dagenais will be the SAQ’s new president and chief operating officer effective June 26, 2018 Montréal june 21 2018 - The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) is pleased with the appointment of Catherine Dagenais as its next president and chief executive officer. Under the Act Respecting the Société des alcools du Québec, the Quebec government appointed Catherine on the recommendation of the Board of Directors. Holding an executive MBA (McGill-HEC Montréal) and a bachelor’s in business administration, Catherine has solid experience in retailing and sales network management. A member of the SAQ team since 2000, she has acquired a 360° knowledge of the company, rising through the ranks and holding the positions of Vice-President, Sales Network, then Vice-President, Retail Strategy and Customer Experience, and, in 2017, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. In the last, she led more than 6,000 persons, namely all the employees dedicated to sales, merchandising, the supply chain, real estate development and sustainable development. In recent years, Catherine oversaw a major organizational transformation that resulted in the introduction of an omni-channel customer experience, including the Click, Purchase, Pick Up service and SAQ Inspire experience. The appointment is all the more gratifying for the SAQ in that Catherine will be the first woman to occupy the top position of the government corporation. Catherine will officially assume her new duties on June 26, 2018. [...]

Laurent Letzter, a current EMBA participant, becomes Managing Director at LEMKEN Canada

LEMKEN Canada, the Canadian division of the family business LEMKEN, a world-renowned professional agricultural equipment manufacturer, has experienced strong growth since 2010, when Laurent Letzter was the first and only employee of the division. The LEMKEN Canada team has grown quickly and changes were required, according to Laurent Letzter, current McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA participant and new Managing director of LEMKEN Canada. "We have recently made a significant change. We opened an import office in St-Hyacinthe with a complete parts warehouse for all of Canada. It was only natural that I become the managing director of this new structure and it seemed indispensable to me to participate in the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program to have the right tools to take on these responsibilities, but also to obtain good results with my colleagues and partners."

François Senez is appointed Assistant Vice President, CWA at National Bank

François Senez (left) & Michel Filion, Recruitment Director, EMBA (right)Photo credit: Jim Mneymneh creatingwithlight.com François Senez is appointed Assistant Vice President, CWA at National Bank François Senez, midway through his EMBA at McGill-HEC Montreal, has just taken on a new challenge.  His 12 years of experience in the financial services sector, and his evolving leadership skills, developed in part through the EMBA, have led to his appointment as Assistant Vice President, CWA (Central, Western & Atlantic Canada) at National Bank.  Changing jobs, changing cities, and completing the Executive MBA. It’s a tall order, but François has the energy and focus to succeed. As Assistant Vice President, he will have to mobilize a team of Financial Planning Managers, a role he held himself until his appointment, in their day-to-day management of Financial Planners. François will also be in charge of developing and implementing strategies to increase the National Bank's market share in the investment sector. As the leader of a team of seasoned financial planning managers, François will be putting into practice several aspects of management that he has developed further during the EMBA, including, among others, coaching, collaboration and strategy development.

Isabel Dansereau becomes Executive Director of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation

Isabel Dansereau becomes Executive Director of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation Last week, the Old Port of Montreal Corporation announced the appointment of its new Executive Director; Isabel Dansereau. Isabel is a current participant in the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA program. In her new role, Isabel will manage a 2.5 km recreational and tourism site that welcomes more than 7 million visitors a year and is at the very beginning of a major revitalization process. One of her main challenges over the coming months will be to implement a common vision for the two business units of the Corporation - the Old Port site and the Montréal Science Center - in a rapidly changing organization. "This is an amazing opportunity. Thanks to the conceptual framework developed through the various modules of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program and the rich exchanges with my peers in the cohort, I feel perfectly ready to take up this challenge. More specifically, the notions I saw during the Collaborative Mindset module helped me acquire tools that will be very useful for me in unlocking the immense potential of the teams now under my responsibility. "

Victor Duro joins Alice & Smith as investor and VP

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 [...]

Catherine Dagenais appointed COO, SAQ

Catherine Dagenais, current EMBA participant, is promoted Vice-President and COO of SAQ The Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) is like a second home to Catherine Dagenais. She’s worked there in various capacities for the last fifteen years, and her experience will be put to very good use going forward.  The Board of Directors of the SAQ recently confirmed Catherine’s appointment to Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.  In this new role, she will provide leadership and direction for all of the organization’s operations related to marketing, sales channels, and supply chain, including the important evolution to omni-channel operations.  At the same time, since last September, Catherine has been a member of the McGill-HEC Executive MBA Program, which has been a good fit for her evolution: "Throughout the year, the McGill - HEC Montreal EMBA has prepared me to take on this new role. My final paper will allow me to help our supply chain evolve,"says Catherine.

Nadim Ladha Promoted Community Manager, RBC

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.

Danièle Bergeron named CEO of Mayrand Ltd

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.”

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.