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Captain André P. Jean (EMBA 2019*) and the D+ Team receive the Deputy Minister’s Award

Captain André P. Jean (EMBA 2019*) and the D+ Team of the 2nd Canadian Division of the Canadian Armed Forces receive the Deputy Minister's Award Not long before starting the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, Captain André P. Jean of the 2nd Canadian Division Support Group, Canadian Armed Forces founded the D+ Team initiative. He now acts as its Co-Chair. The objective of the D+ Team is to improve employment equity and diversity in the Canadian Armed Forces. In the past year, the team has set up a structure for the creation of advisory groups on diversity, created marketing tools and prepared awareness-raising activities for all members of the Department of National Defense (DND). For example, they organized an event to discover Aboriginal cuisine, and they managed the DNDe’s participation in the Gay Pride Parade. Captain André P. Jean believes that "The EMBA allowed me to reflect on the future of Team D+ to find the key factors that would ensure its continuity." His reflection is already paying off as Team D+ recently received an award from  Deputy Minister Jody Thomas, as part of the Celebrate Excellence Awards Program. These awards are the highest level recognition for achievement in delivering on  Ministry policy. This important tradition generates employee pride and commitment by recognizing the outstanding work done by the Defense team throughout the year.

Alexis Bourson (EMBA 2019*) is promoted to Managing Director, Sales & Marketing at Fibrenoire

Alexis Bourson (EMBA 2019*) is promoted to Managing Director, Sales & Marketing at Fibrenoire Alexis Bourson joined Fibrenoire, a firm specializing in fiber optic connectivity services for businesses, in 2012 as Director of Sales and Strategic Alliances. Today, as he begins the final stretch of his journey at the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, he was promoted to Managing Director, Sales & Marketing at Fibrenoire. "The EMBA program gave me the tools and knowledge to analyze and reflect according to different mindsets, helping my actions to be more impactful," says Alexis.

Jennifer Vaillancourt (EMBA 2018) becomes Director, Global Media at Aldo

Jennifer Vaillancourt, Director of Global Media, Aldo Jennifer Vaillancourt joined the Aldo Group just before receiving her McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA diploma in the Spring of 2018. She now holds the position of Director, Global Media for the Aldo Group. With a degree in marketing from Florida State University, several years of experience at E. & J. Gallo Winery as well as her work as a consultant, she will certainly be a great asset to the Aldo Group. Jennifer explains that the Executive MBA will also help her become a more impactful manager: "My EMBA has given me the confidence, tools, and peer experiences that better enable me to contribute to the needs of my organization."

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 [...]

Claudia Désilets and Pascal Larose (EMBA 2018) among Poets & Quants’ Best & Brightest EMBAs for 2018

Claudia Désilets and Pascal Larose (EMBA 2018) among Poets & Quants’ Best & Brightest EMBAs for 2018 Poets & Quants for Executives released their list of the Best & Brightest EMBAs for 2018. Among some of the most impressive Executive MBA students of the year, from 45 schools around the globe, were two McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA 2018 graduates: Claudia Désilets, President, Acti-Sol inc., a fertilizer business Pascal Larose, Chief of Staff of 35th Canadian Brigade Group, Canada, National Defense Read the full features on Claudia Désilets and Pascal Larose and see the complete list of Poets & Quants 2018 Best & Brightest EMBAs. This year, P&Q reached out to 45 schools with leading EMBA programs to participate in the Best & Brightest, with programs chosen from existing MBA rankings at U.S. News, The Financial Times and The Economist. Each school was asked to choose two nominees for inclusion. Although programs were given latitude to select 2018 EMBA graduates based on their criteria, P&Q encouraged them to factor in such variables as “class contributions, academic performance, extracurricular involvement, professional achievement, personal intangibles and unique personal stories.”

Stéphane Emond (EMBA 2018) joins Grimard as Director, Continuous Improvement and Special Projects

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.

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 Morisset (EMBA 2018) launches OBNL360

Laurent Morisset’s final EMBA paper helps him create and launch OBNL 360 C4 Communications, founded in 2002 by Laurent Morisset, a recent McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, launches OBNL360. In an article published in Infopresse, Laurent Morisset explains that "OBNL360 is the culmination of 15 years of work" with non-profit organizations (NPOs) and Quebec associations. Laurent had chosen NPOs as topic of his final EMBA paper. For four months, supervised by Professor Real Jacob, he was able to broaden his market research and knowledge as well as to deepen his awareness of the different needs, expectations and challenges of this specific clientele. Based on this research, combined with his own experience in the field, he decided to launch OBNL 360, a business unit within C4 Communications, which aims to be a one-stop shop for "complete and integrated" services in strategy, management and communication to support NPOs and associations.

Bruno Meunier (EMBA 2018) is promoted to Senior Director, Operations at Kevric

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.