Welcome to the 47 new members of the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA family The 11th cohort of the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA program started their adventure on September 12th. They will complete their studies at the end of 2019 and receive their diploma (bearing the seals of McGill University, HEC Montréal, and the Université de Montréal) in the spring of 2020. These 47 new participants all leaders in their respective industries (more than 20 industries are represented in the class) are enthusiastic about this opportunity to acquire new tools and new perspectives on the business world, on their own organizations and on themselves. Throughout the program, they will rise to the challenge of juggling their busy professional lives, their personal and family lives, and the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA workload, which is approximately four days of classes per month and about twenty hours of readings, preparation and paper per week. Profile of the Class of 2020 There is no ideal profile in the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program. On the contrary, work, management and life experience, as well as diversity, are the main criteria when selecting candidates. Indeed, one of the main values of the McGill and HEC Montréal Executive MBA is peer learning, because learning from people who are different from you is a great way to expand your views and enlarge your horizons. Here is a statistical portrait of this cohort of leaders, entrepreneurs, women and men ready challenge themselves and to be challenged: Average years of experience 17 years Average years of experience, management 11 years Male / Female 51% / 49% Students born outside Canada 27% From outside Montreal 23% Speaking more than two languages 33% VP or higher 31% Entrepreneurs 25% From Left [...]
Robert Massé, a 2014 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, was recently promoted to Senior Director, Consumer Market Sales at Cogeco Connexion. He has worked at Cogeco for over 12 years, and notably, this is his third promotion since he graduated from the EMBA just under five years ago. Robert recognizes that the Executive MBA program has had a significant impact on him, and on his career: “The EMBA program not only improved my management, but also expended my management spectrum. The months spent with my cohort helped me to acquire state-of-the-art leadership tools that allow me today to get out of my comfort zone and face new challenges,” said Robert.
Rodrigo Carvajal S. (EMBA 2016) joins Mediterranean Shipping Company Canada as Director of Trade – Import
Rodrigo Carvajal S., a 2016 graduate of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal program, joins Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Canada as Director of Trade – Import. MSC is a worldwide leader in the Global Container Shipping industry with global headquarters in Geneva Switzerland that creates value around the globe. With over 480 offices across more than 155 countries worldwide and over 70’000 employees, MSC provides an integrated network of road, rail and sea transportation. Under the leadership of the Aponte family the organization has grown with passion and commitment to one of the largest and most dynamic shipping companies in the world, similarly, the Canadian organization has expanded its presence in the local market in the recent years. As the new Director at MSC Canada, Rodrigo will assist in the development of the various designated trade regions with the mandate to generate sustainable revenue growth for the business, as well as leading the departmental business area through various aspects of the commercial, operational and corporate landscape of the Canadian organization. While proposing and influencing as a senior manager change management initiatives to his Executive Management team, his group of collaborators and principles in Geneva, he will assume accountability for business performance as well as build a strong foundation of commercial operational excellence to achieve the highest standard of commercial expertise in the Canadian marketplace. Rodrigo will also design in collaboration with Commercial Sales effective shipping strategies to elevate the MSC brand to become the ocean carrier of choice for the Canadian importers and end users alike. Rodrigo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chile and is a graduate of the German technical professional school in Santiago with a major in International Trade and Logistics. He [...]
Indu Krishnamurthy (EMBA 2015) was part of “Des belles-soeurs polyphoniques ” – an adaptation of Michel Tremblay’s play
To conclude the Dramaturgie en Dialogue Festival, the Centre des auteurs dramatiques decided to present a very special version of a reading of Michel Tremblay's "Les belles-sœurs" by 15 Montrealers of diverse cultural backgrounds. This is an ambitious way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first public reading of Michel Tremblay's well-known play, as each of the women will read an adaptation of the play in their mother tongue. One of these "actresses" is Indu Krishnamurthy, a 2015 graduate of McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program and Executive Director of ACEM - Microcrédit Montréal. Native of India, Indu’s reading was in Tamil. “Des belles-soeurs polyphoniques” is a production of the Centre des auteurs dramatiques and Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, in partnership with Diversité artistique Montréal and was presented on August 30th.
Helmut Herold, a McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA graduate, has accepted a new challenge: to start up a new renewable energy unit in a new market: South America. Suzlon Group, an international leader in wind power technology with operations in 18 countries, has named Helmut CEO South America – Latam. He will be based in Buenos Aires and will be responsible for other key Spanish speaking markets like Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico. With over ten years of experience in a leading global manufacturer of onshore and offshore wind turbines, his ability to speak 6 languages (German, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish) and his engineering and EMBA diplomas, Helmut is ideally suited for the role. “The EMBA was indeed very helpful”, explained Helmut when we reached him to congratulate him. “In particular, the Worldly Mindset module in Argentina. The great interactions I had with several local and Canadian companies working in Argentina helped me to build up the confidence that I am ready for this step. In fact, the module in Argentina made me more curious about how it would be to manage a new team through the ups and downs of this country’s particular economic and political environment. Combined with the acquired understanding and the experience of my last 8 years of work in Canada, Argentina becomes the ultimate test field to convert market challenges into opportunities. The network developed in Canada will also be very useful as there are more connections and interest towards South America than one might think.”
Guillaume Lavoie (EMBA 2016) recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers Guillaume Lavoie, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has been recognized by Canadian Lawyer as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada in 2018 (Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers, 2018) in the Young Influencer category. While studying for his Executive MBA, Guillaume had been promoted to partner at one of the largest law firms in Quebec, Lavery, before being appointed to the firm's board of directors in 2016. He heads the private equity and venture capital group and coordinates the mergers & acquisitions team.
Looking for an evening out at one of Montreal’s best restaurants? A list published in Forbes outlines which local spots should not be missed, including Dominic Bujold’s (EMBA 2013) popular eatery LOV. Read more in Forbes. ELLE Quebec also published an article on LOV's new location in Laval: If many have already enjoyed frequenting the two Montreal downtown locations of LOV restaurant to feast on vegan dishes, Dominic Bujold is sure to please many more with the opening of a third location in Laval. Like the other two establishments, the décor does not disappoint either. Read more in ELLE Québec. 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.
Learn more about microcredit, ACEM and Indu Krishnamurthy (EMBA 2015) "In Quebec, thousands of small businesses owe their creation, or their salvation, to microcredit. About 15 organizations across the province occupy the space neglected by the big banks and lend to more risky or vulnerable entrepreneurs. " ACEM - Microcredit Montréal plays this role in the Montreal metropolitan area. Its Managing Director is McGill - HEC Montreal EMBA graduate Indu Krishnamurthy. Learn more about microcredit, ACEM and Indu in this Radio-Canada interview (in French).
Captain André P. Jean (EMBA 2019*) and the D+ Team of the 2nd Canadian Division of the Canadian Armed Forces receive the Deputy Minister's Award Not long before starting the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, Captain André P. Jean of the 2nd Canadian Division Support Group, Canadian Armed Forces founded the D+ Team initiative. He now acts as its Co-Chair. The objective of the D+ Team is to improve employment equity and diversity in the Canadian Armed Forces. In the past year, the team has set up a structure for the creation of advisory groups on diversity, created marketing tools and prepared awareness-raising activities for all members of the Department of National Defense (DND). For example, they organized an event to discover Aboriginal cuisine, and they managed the DNDe’s participation in the Gay Pride Parade. Captain André P. Jean believes that "The EMBA allowed me to reflect on the future of Team D+ to find the key factors that would ensure its continuity." His reflection is already paying off as Team D+ recently received an award from Deputy Minister Jody Thomas, as part of the Celebrate Excellence Awards Program. These awards are the highest level recognition for achievement in delivering on Ministry policy. This important tradition generates employee pride and commitment by recognizing the outstanding work done by the Defense team throughout the year.