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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.