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Isabel Dansereau becomes Executive Director of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation

Isabel Dansereau becomes Executive Director of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation Last week, the Old Port of Montreal Corporation announced the appointment of its new Executive Director; Isabel Dansereau. Isabel is a current participant in the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA program. In her new role, Isabel will manage a 2.5 km recreational and tourism site that welcomes more than 7 million visitors a year and is at the very beginning of a major revitalization process. One of her main challenges over the coming months will be to implement a common vision for the two business units of the Corporation - the Old Port site and the Montréal Science Center - in a rapidly changing organization. "This is an amazing opportunity. Thanks to the conceptual framework developed through the various modules of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program and the rich exchanges with my peers in the cohort, I feel perfectly ready to take up this challenge. More specifically, the notions I saw during the Collaborative Mindset module helped me acquire tools that will be very useful for me in unlocking the immense potential of the teams now under my responsibility. "

For Marie Pier Germain: it’s all about family and challenges

Marie Pier Germain promoted to Operations Director, Le Groupe Germain Hotels For over ten years, Marie Pier Germain has worked for the family business, Le Groupe Germain Hôtels. Although Le Groupe Germain was co-founded by her mother, Christiane Germain, and her uncle, Jean-Yves Germain, Marie Pier has had to prove herself as a manager and face many challenges before being promoted to Director of Operations. After studying engineering, Marie Pier held several positions within the organization, which is ranked among the 50 best-managed companies in Canada. She began her career in Calgary, contributing to the successful realization of the Hotel Le Germain complex. Next, she managed architects, designers and engineers in the construction and renovation of several Alt and Le Germain hotels. In 2015, a few months after joining the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, she took the helm as General Manager of the Montreal Alt Hotel. The same year she gave birth to her son. "The EMBA McGill HEC Montréal program was a very rewarding experience both professionally and personally, following the birth of my son. Despite all the challenges I've faced as a new mom, I always felt that I had the support required to successfully complete the program. I now have a better understanding of the current business issues and I feel that I am a better manager with all the assets to contribute to the growth of the family business. " Just over a year after graduating from the McGill - HEC Montréal Executive MBA program, Marie Pier accepted a new challenge as Operations Director for the Groupe Germain Hôtels. She will be responsible for managing the group’s various establishments in the Montreal area, as well as the design and architecture of [...]

François Rioux and FIDEL crossed the million dollar mark in funds raised for Matane’s entrepreneurs

In addition to being the president of a successful family business, The Bertrand Rioux Group[1], 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 [1] 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.