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 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.
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 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.
Eric Boucher (EMBA 2018) is now Vice President & General Manager, Greater Edmonton Market & Western Canada Ready Mix for LafargeHolcim Eric Boucher, a recent graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA program, accepted the position of Vice President & General Manager, Greater Edmonton Market & Western Canada Ready Mix for LafargeHolcim. This is Eric’s second promotion at LafargeHolcim since he completed his EMBA classes last fall. LafargeHolcim is a leading global building materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. Eric will now be based out of Edmonton and will be responsible for the Concrete Ready Mix product line for all of Western Canada (Manitoba to BC).
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. "