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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 [...]

Claire Hayek (EMBA 2015) joins the board of Re:Sound

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.

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.”

Atypic, founded by Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012), named Agency of the Year

Atypic, founded by Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012), named Agency of the Year Atypic, a communications and marketing agency specializing in the plural sector (NPO) founded by Pascal Lépine, a McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has been named Agency of the Year at the Flèches d’or, the annual Gala of the Association of Relational Marketing (AMR) organized in collaboration with Le Grenier aux nouvelles. Pascal is on the cover of Le Grenier aux nouvelles:

Guy Gervais (EMBA 2013) is appointed director of 150: 00

Guy Gervais (EMBA 2013) is appointed director of 150: 00, Longueuil’s business accelerator Guy Gervais, a financial angel, serial entrepreneur, McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, and occasional guest expert on the program, has recently been appointed director of 150: 00. 150: 00 is the business accelerator powered by Longueuil agglomeration’s Economic Development. Its mission is to develop start-ups, reveal entrepreneurial talents and accelerate the success of companies that can meet the emerging challenges facing cities, companies and intelligent transportation. Guy will coordinate the deployment and management of this initiative. Guy has 25 years of business experience.  He was one of the first financial angels in Quebec and participated in the creation of Anges Québec. He is the founder of the venture capital firm HumanID and is the leader of Anges Québec’s impact cell, the goal of which is to attract investment from companies seeking a positive social and environmental impact. Read the official release on CNW.

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.

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 [...]

Ginette Mailhot appointed President of the Board of Directors of Anges Québec

Ginette Mailhot appointed President of the Board of Directors of Anges Québec Ginette Mailhot is a real believer in supporting the development of the business community, and it shows in the moves she’s made since graduating from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal in 2014.  She sold the insurance firm, la turquoise, of which she was CEO; she founded Capital Humain Plus, a consulting firm; she’s been appointed president of the board of the Economic Development Coporation of the Regional Municipality of Joliette (CDÉJ) and she joined Anges Québec. The success she’s having on this new path was underlined recently: she was named Chair of the Board of Directors of Anges Québec. As president of the board of directors of Anges Québec, she will contribute to the growth and the evolution of this network of 200 investor-members who invest in the diverse projects built by Québec’s entrepreneurs. The ‘angels’, Anges Québec’s members, are experienced entrepreneurs and professionals.  They contribute to the start-up and growth of new businesses in many ways: as coaches, board members, promoters or through collaboration on business strategies. Ginette reflects on how the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal has contributed to her development: "This program brought me a lot, even though I was already CEO of my company. The EMBA increased my self-confidence and gave me a different perception of myself as a manager and leader, which in turn enabled me to improve myself. I am a person who ‘goes for it’.  I follow my instincts.  The EMBA has given me the tools to develop my vision and my ideas more formally, in order to make them understand and accepted, which is very important on a board of directors. The EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program and the [...]

EMBA alumni in Canadian Business’ Profit 500

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

CS North America selected for UbiMobility

Laurent Pieraut (EMBA 2010) announces CS North America’s selection for UbiMobility program CS Communications and Systems Canada (now also known as CS North America) was recently selected as one of 2017 startups for the UbiMobility program. Laurent Pieraut, CS North America CEO, graduated from the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA in 2010, while Program & Business Development Manager Amine Smires will be starting the Executive MBA program this September. UbiMobility is a nine-month acceleration program run by Bpifrance and Business France to give companies in the connected and autonomous car field a leg up in the United States. The program has already proved its worth. The 16 startups selected for the second edition of the program in 2016 raised nearly € 50 million in financing and 11 of them have launched operations in the United States. CS Communications and Systems Canada is developing a software validation method called NADIA which helps to generate test scripts of hundreds of lines of code in seconds, drastically reducing test costs.