Claire Hayek, a 2015 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has recently been elected as a director on the board of Re:Sound. “Artisti’s board [on which Claire already sits] nominated me to join Re:Sound. They thought I would be a good fit due to my business and music background as well as my EMBA. They also thought it would be great to have an artist on the Re:Sound board as the latter is composed of music business leaders from collection rights societies, major labels and independent labels such as MROC, SOPROC, ACTRA RACS, CIMA (more details here). I will bring the artist’s input to big decisions made in music licensing in Canada,” says Claire. Re:Sound is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights. They advocate for music creators, educate music users, license businesses and distribute royalties to creators — all to help build a thriving and sustainable music industry in Canada. Claire Hayek, a 2015 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, is a Senior Metallurgist at Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd, and a singer-songwriter-producer. She has also launched a number of businesses in recent years, such as MSP Teambuilding, a mobile recording studio for corporate events, special events and birthday parties.
Stéphane Emond (EMBA 2018) joins Grimard as Director, Continuous Improvement and Special Projects Stephane Emond, a 2018 graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, has recently joined Grimard as Director of Continuous Improvement and Special Projects. In his new role, Stephane will be responsible for implementing continuous improvement projects in construction operations, launching projects in new business sectors, and managing proposals for and execution of major projects. On a day-to-day basis, he will, act as an advisor and coach to the team and ensure the implementation of the best practices for major projects, thereby supporting the strategic vision for the group’s development. Stéphane now works with his EMBA classmate, Sébastien Grimard, Executive Vice President of this family business specialized in the fields of electricity, general construction, automation, instrumentation and power manufacturing and telecommunications.
Roger-Ketcha Ngassam (EMBA 2016) has been appointed Global Head Strategic Operations, Group & NTO Quality at Novartis
Roger-Ketcha Ngassam, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA graduate, joined Novartis in 2013 and has recently been appointed Global Head Strategic Operations, Group & Novartis Technical Operations Quality at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. The purpose of Roger’s role will be to integrate all strategic initiatives related to the management and long-term direction of the global Quality organization, providing high-level oversight and ensuring consistency in approach and standards. As well as planning, coordinating and executing strategic initiatives and programs within the framework of the Quality strategy, he will also oversee the running of the governance system and identify and share best practices, with the aim of building a high performing organization with world-class, efficient processes that will sustain competitiveness in an increasingly challenging environment. Roger holds a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal and has previously worked with Abbott Laboratories, Wyeth and Pfizer. At the end of his EMBA program, in 2015, he had been appointed as Vice President, Technical Operations at Boucherville. This recent promotion in Switzerland is therefore his second since joining the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA family.
Alexandre Jeong, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA program graduate, is an enthusiastic leader with the vision to align business and IT by determining and delivering key strategic solutions, developing new business and establishing trusted relationships with clients and peers. With his vast experience within different large organizations, he was the ideal candidate for his new role as Senior Lead, Technology Strategy & Architecture at Deloitte. Alexandre’s personal mission at the consulting firm is to “help leading companies defining their technology strategy to create business value”.
Alain Dadoun, a 2013 graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, has recently been appointed Vice President, Small Business Care and Sales at Bell. Alain is an electrical engineer, a Polytechnique Montréal graduate, and has been working for over 14 years. He has held several management positions at Bell over the last several years and has been involved in, among other things, transformation projects, multichannel programs, strategy and digital experience. He has a broad perspective of Bell's operations, which will certainly prove to be useful in his new role as Vice President.
Bruno Meunier completed the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program last February and has already received a promotion at Kevric Real Estate Corp., where he has been working for the past 5 years. Kevric is a leader in the Canadian real estate industry specializing in the redevelopment and repositioning of properties, and the development of new properties primarily in Montreal, Toronto and the National Capital District of Ottawa. Over the last five years, Bruno has been acting as Director, Energy and Technical Services, but has recently been promoted to Senior Director, Operations.
A promotion for Marco De Tavira Ayala, a current EMBA participant, at Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services
Marco De Tavira Ayala, a current McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA participant, has recently been appointed as Section Chief Project Engineering Global 7000 Green A/C at Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Marco will now coordinate the EWIS Green A/C engineering activities across all business sites, being; Montreal, Toronto, and Global Completions Center. “This new role is an opportunity I created for myself by applying my learnings from the program in my role. I am already taking advantage of the Collaborative IP to establish the strategy to take on my new responsibilities and to empower my team” explained Marco to the EMBA team.
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.
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. "