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 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 [...]
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
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.
Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012), Atypic’s president and founder, announces the acquisition of Leftbank Pascal Lépine, Atypic’s president and founder, who graduated from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal in 2012, recently announced the company’s acquisition of Leftbank, a Toronto-based company that specializes in fundraising for charity and non-profit organizations (the plurial sector). “The acquisition of Leftbank consolidates our position as a leading Canadian full-service consulting agency for noplural sectorn-profit and charitable organizations in the plural sector. It marks one more important step in our continual desire to better serve the Quebec and Canadian plural sectors,” explains Pascal in the official press release. Pascal graduated from the EMBA program five years ago but the impact of the EMBA hasn’t diminished: “The EMBA has had an incredible impact on my professional life. Much more than what I had anticipated or even hoped. At the end of the EMBA, inspired by Henry Mintzberg, who supervised my final paper and with whom I maintain strong ties, I decided to change my business model to focus on the plural sector. In the first year following that decision, my business turnover doubled.” says Pascal. The Leftbank acquisition is directly linked to Atypic’s reorientation. In 2014, Pascal shared seven pieces of advice for entrepreneurs considering an EMBA which are still very relevant: read here.
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 [...]
June 13th, 2017 at 6 PM: EMBA Panel on Governance Good corporate governance is of great value to organizations. There are many dimensions to good governance, including, among others, consideration of the different stakeholders of the organization, and contribution to its strategy, risk and performance management. Avec ce type de responsabilités viennent de nombreux défis et enjeux : la rémunération des principaux dirigeants de l’organisation, de même que la rémunération de ses administrateurs, la diversité, la répartition hommes-femmes, la priorisation des objectifs stratégiques, la création de valeur. Ce panel a pour but d’aborder ces différents enjeux et défis, sous l’angle de différents industries et types d’organisation afin de susciter une réflexion, un questionnement et une discussion sur le sujet grâce à des exemples concrets liés à l’expérience personnelle de gouvernance des différents panélistes. Ce panel est une collaboration entre le programme d’Executive MBA McGill-HEC Montréal et la Gouvernance au Féminin. Déroulement : 18 h : Cocktail 19 h : Mot de bienvenue et introduction du sujet par Louise St-Pierre 19 h 15 : Panel de discussion animé par Caroline Codsi 20 h : Période de questions Modérateur : Caroline Codsi, présidente et fondatrice de La Gouvernance au Féminin Panélistes : Louise St-Pierre, ex-présidente et chef de la direction de Cogeco Connexion (marraine de la cohorte actuelle de l'EMBA et membre du comité aviseur de l'EMBA) Josée Duplessis (EMBA 2016), chef de cabinet pour le ministre de la Famille, des Enfants et du Développement social du Canada Guillaume Lavoie (EMBA 2016), associé chez Lavery Avocats pratiquant dans le domaine du capital-investissement et des fusions et acquisitions et membre du conseil d’administration du cabinet Ginette Mailhot (EMBA 2014), fondatrice de Capital Humain Plus, présidente du CA de la Corporation de Développement Économique de la MRC de Joliette et administratrice pour Anges Québec, la turquoise [...]
Recently, Dominic Bujold (EMBA 2013) launched a new vegetarian restaurant, LOV, in Old Montreal. According to restaurant critique Lesley Chesterman from The Montreal Gazette: this new restaurant impresses by it décor and it’s local, organic and vegetarian cuisine: “Before even entering, the first thing that impressed about LOV is the decor. Even from the outside, with its tall windows and twinkling lights, the restaurant is supremely enticing.” “As for the menu at LOV, that has been placed into the hands of Stéphanie Audet (formerly of the raw food restaurant Crudessence), who has quite the knack for creating not only fine vegetarian dishes but even more challenging vegan dishes as well. The cuisine here is described as “botanical” with a marked emphasis on natural, vegetarian, organic and healthy.” Dominic Bujold is a serial entrepreneur specialized in franchises. He founded Sushi Shop before selling it to MTY group. He graduated from the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA program in 2013. The same year, he founded Groupe Evoluco, which specializes in the conception and development of fast casual dining concepts. With Evoluco, Dominic wants to help new generations of franchisees to prosper, such as the concepts of Crudessence, M4 Burritos and No 900 Pizzéria Napolitaine.
In addition to being the president of a successful family business, The Bertrand Rioux Group, François Rioux, a 2010 EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal graduate, is a man of action who wants to ensure economic prosperity for his region – Matane. It is a region that has suffered economic decline, so François set out to do something about it. In 2015, François created the « Fonds d'innovation et de développement économique local de La Matanie (FIDEL)» to create employment and diversify the regional economy. Recently, in February 2017, FIDEL crossed the million dollar mark in funds raised, thanks to a $255 000 investment from the federal government. In an interview following the announcement, François explained: « On atteint un jalon important dans l'histoire de FIDEL, nous avons amassé près de 1,2 M$ en un an et nous avons mobilisé 117 entrepreneurs. J'apprécie beaucoup ce geste de Développement économique Canada. On veut investir 2 M$ dans l'économie régionale au cours des cinq prochaines années, cette contribution vient appuyer notre démarche. » To learn more on FIDEL and this Federal investment: http://www.lavantagegaspesien.com/actualites/economie/2017/2/10/le-federal-verse-255-000---au-fidel-matanie.html  The Bertrand Rioux Group is a family business founded in 1958 and active in hotels, construction, seniors' residences and real estate. The company has grown steadily, and now employs 225 people in Eastern Quebec and Florida. François has been acting as president for 12 years.
Isabelle Gratton, president of PMT Postproduction and a 2011 EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal graduate, recently announced the creation of Quartier Général, a new production company for commercials and branded content. "This project is born out of a desire to do things differently, to work with a smaller, more agile and more available team and, which is above all, ready to work closely with agencies and clients. In a changing market, offering a personalized service with more direct relations between creation and realization makes it possible to produce better content and to create synergy needed in advertising messages conception" explains the official press release.