Final Paper

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 [...]

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.

Catherine Dagenais appointed COO, SAQ

Catherine Dagenais, current EMBA participant, is promoted Vice-President and COO of SAQ The Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) is like a second home to Catherine Dagenais. She’s worked there in various capacities for the last fifteen years, and her experience will be put to very good use going forward.  The Board of Directors of the SAQ recently confirmed Catherine’s appointment to Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.  In this new role, she will provide leadership and direction for all of the organization’s operations related to marketing, sales channels, and supply chain, including the important evolution to omni-channel operations.  At the same time, since last September, Catherine has been a member of the McGill-HEC Executive MBA Program, which has been a good fit for her evolution: "Throughout the year, the McGill - HEC Montreal EMBA has prepared me to take on this new role. My final paper will allow me to help our supply chain evolve,"says Catherine.

Boris Jacouty (EMBA 2016) joins Cowater

Boris Jacouty (EMBA 2016) is now Senior Director Local Governance and Economic Development at Cowater Boris Jacouty, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA graduate, has taken on a new challenge since the beginning of May. He recently joined Cowater as Senior Director Local Governance and Economic Development. Cowater is an international development consulting firm. The fast-growing company is working on issues such as the modernization of states, economic growth, gender equality and sustainability. Boris’ new role will be to develop and manage economic development projects (growth hubs, support to SMEs, projects related to corporate social responsibility) and local governance (business environment improvement, public management systems, and public services). "My new role is a natural continuation of my McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA final paper. Thanks to the EMBA, I now have the opportunity to use a "business" approach while having a real positive social and economic impact, especially in emerging economies. In other (EMBA) words, this is shared value creation!" said Boris.