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.”
Antoine Attara (EMBA 2016) joins classmate, Mike Allen, as Regional Manager at Applied Industrial Technologies Antoine Attara, an engineer with extensive purchasing, procurement and management experience and a 2016 EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal graduate, was recently appointed Regional Director of Applied Industrial Technologies, a distributor of industrial products/parts. Antoine will be responsible for directing all operations in the province of Quebec. It is a multidisciplinary role including the development of industrial customers, sales force management and all operational management of the 9 business offices with more than 160 employees. His new boss, Mike Allen, also a graduate of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal class of 2016, and Vice-President of Applied Industrial Technologies, was very pleased to announce this appointment to his graduate colleagues: "I'm excited about the idea of working with Antoine. Together, we will take a rather conservative business model in a rather conservative field, and bring it to new heights. I am confident that Antoine will put into practice all the modules we have seen together during the EMBA. "
Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012), Stéphane Rouleau (EMBA 2013) and Vincenzo Giorgio (EMBA 2011) in Canadian Business’ Profit 500 Canadian Business’ Profit 500 ranking is out, and two companies led by McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA alumni are on it. The ranking lists companies that are beating the times by experiencing big growth over the past five years. Atypic is a Montreal-based professional-services firm that works with organizations in the plural sector, and is headed by President Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012). Spiria, with CEO Stephane Rouleau (EMBA 2013) at the helm, develops Web- PC- and mobile-based software solutions to help companies grow and streamline their operations. This is the sixth year in a row that Spiria has made it onto this prestigious list of most successful companies. Special mention also to Groupe Premier Médical, 221st, where Vincenzo Giorgio (EMBA 2011) is Chief Financial Officer. Source - McGill/Desautels : https://www.mcgill.ca/desautels/channels/news/two-companies-headed-mcgill-hec-montreal-alumni-are-canadian-business-profit-500-list-270364
Marie Pier Germain promoted to Operations Director, Le Groupe Germain Hotels For over ten years, Marie Pier Germain has worked for the family business, Le Groupe Germain Hôtels. Although Le Groupe Germain was co-founded by her mother, Christiane Germain, and her uncle, Jean-Yves Germain, Marie Pier has had to prove herself as a manager and face many challenges before being promoted to Director of Operations. After studying engineering, Marie Pier held several positions within the organization, which is ranked among the 50 best-managed companies in Canada. She began her career in Calgary, contributing to the successful realization of the Hotel Le Germain complex. Next, she managed architects, designers and engineers in the construction and renovation of several Alt and Le Germain hotels. In 2015, a few months after joining the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, she took the helm as General Manager of the Montreal Alt Hotel. The same year she gave birth to her son. "The EMBA McGill HEC Montréal program was a very rewarding experience both professionally and personally, following the birth of my son. Despite all the challenges I've faced as a new mom, I always felt that I had the support required to successfully complete the program. I now have a better understanding of the current business issues and I feel that I am a better manager with all the assets to contribute to the growth of the family business. " Just over a year after graduating from the McGill - HEC Montréal Executive MBA program, Marie Pier accepted a new challenge as Operations Director for the Groupe Germain Hôtels. She will be responsible for managing the group’s various establishments in the Montreal area, as well as the design and architecture of [...]
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 [...]
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.
Industrial Alliance recently welcomed Joe Argento, EMBA 2016, as Director of Construction and Technical Services, Real Estate Investments. One of his first tasks in his new role will be to assist and ensure standardization of project management and procurement procedures. "I think many aspects of my EMBA will be useful to me in this challenge and in my new position, in general," said Joe. In the early days, he believes that the Reflective Mindset and Operational Excellence modules will be the most useful. Subsequently, as he works on the implementation of growth strategies, several of the elements covered in the program will be valuable, "particularly in the areas of change management and collaborative management". "In fact, the EMBA has provided me with tools to deal with almost any challenges faced by a business in a changing stage, and that is exactly the situation in which I now work at Industrial Alliance."