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André Léger (EMBA 2012) is appointed Vice President, Finance and Administration at One Drop

André Léger (EMBA 2012) is appointed Vice President, Finance and Administration at One Drop André Léger graduated from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal in 2012. He has put his finance and accounting background to work in a diversified range of businesses.  He has held, among others, the positions of CFO, for the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, Director, Finance and IT for the Canadian Cancer Society - Quebec Division and CEO & CFO of the Canadian division of Degremont Suez, which specializes in the sale and design of water treatment equipment. Recently, he joined the One Drop Foundation as Vice President, Finance and Administration. One Drop is a foundation created in 2007 by the Cirque du Soleil’s founder, Guy Laliberté. One Drop's mission is to protect drinking water and make it accessible, which can be a real transformational force to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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. "

New role for Eric Boucher (EMBA 2018) at LafargeHolcim

Eric Boucher (EMBA 2018) is now Vice President & General Manager, Greater Edmonton Market & Western Canada Ready Mix for LafargeHolcim Eric Boucher, a recent graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA program,  accepted the position of  Vice President & General Manager, Greater Edmonton Market & Western Canada Ready Mix for LafargeHolcim. This is Eric’s second promotion at LafargeHolcim since he completed his EMBA classes last fall. LafargeHolcim is a leading global building materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. Eric will now be based out of Edmonton and will be responsible for the Concrete Ready Mix product line for all of Western Canada (Manitoba to BC).

Hugo Delorme (EMBA 2016) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Société des loteries du Québec

Hugo Delorme (EMBA 2016) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Société des loteries du Québec In the last few weeks, Hugo Delorme has added a new and important role to his portfolio, as he has been appointed an independent member of the Board of Directors of the Société des loteries du Québec. This board of directors is made up of 10 members, all appointed by the Quebec government. They are all independent members, with the exception of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Loto-Québec. Hugo’s background in public relations, communications and politics, together with his graduation from the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA Program in 2016, prepares him well for this new and important role.

Antonio Joyanes (EMBA 2014) promoted to Senior Vice President, Refining at CEPSA

Antonio Joyanes (EMBA 2014) promoted to Senior Vice President, Refining at CEPSA After studying engineering in Spain, Antonio Joyanes started his career in the oil and gas industry. In 2011, he became the General Manager of CEPSA Chimie Montréal S.E.C. and moved to Canada with his family. Antonio decided to take advantage of his presence in Montreal to fully challenge himself and embark on the bilingual Executive MBA program offered by two world-renowned universities: McGill University and HEC Montréal. He graduated from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal in 2014 and was quickly called back to Spain to take up the position of Front Office Manager at CEPSA Group headquarters in Madrid. Most recently, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Refinement at CEPSA Group. For Antonio, the EMBA has changed his perspective, broadened his business-world vision; a key element in a new role at the executive level.  

France St-Louis (EMBA 2018) is now Chief Claims Officer for OneBeacon Insurance Group

France St-Louis (EMBA 2018) is now Chief Claims Officer for OneBeacon Insurance Group France St-Louis, a 2018 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumna, recently accepted the position of Chief Claims Officer for OneBeacon Insurance Group and is now based in Minneapolis, United States. France has been working in the insurance industry for over 20 years. Until recently, she was Deputy Senior Vice-President, Claims at Intact Insurance, the largest provider of property and casualty (P&C) insurance in Canada and a leading provider of specialty insurance in North America. Intact recently bought OneBeacon,  now a wholly-owned subsidiary, which provides specialty insurance products in the United States through independent agencies, brokers, wholesalers and managing general agencies. One of France’s roles will be to act as the bridge between OneBeacon and Intact. “I am very excited by this new challenge. I know that the EMBA has definitely helped me reach this new stage in my career.” shared France.

Richad Jiva Lila (EMBA 2018) and his success story at National Bank

A renewed global perspective, a change project with impact and a promotion to deputy Vice-President Richad Jiva Lila is confident that "the financial services of tomorrow will be a mix of technology and talent" and that the key to succeed in this environment is "to go faster through digital and to differentiate through the relationships we build". Richad Jiva Lila has worked at National Bank for over twenty years, yet he feels that the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program has led him to see some aspects of the organization differently: "The EMBA has really been a source of value creation for me and for my organization. The program allowed me to have an overall organizational perspective, to pivot our business model by analyzing our blind spots in order to create a unique value proposition for our customers. " During the EMBA, participants are asked to implement a change project in their organization. In his own change project, Richad developed "The Institutional Boutique", an element which is today at the heart of the change in strategy at the Bank. "It's very interesting at this point to see how the theory conveyed in the EMBA actually has an impact on the corporate strategy, but above all, creates value for the customer," Richad explains. During the EMBA, in addition to the impact of his change project for the organization, Richad was also promoted to Deputy Vice President for National Bank. "My role as Deputy VP has two components: the business development side, for institutional clients, but also the strategic initiatives component (technological projects and corporate strategies) for a subsidiary of National Bank, National Bank Trust, serving clients such as: pension plans, foundations, religious communities or private holdings. "What I [...]

Alexandre Miasnikof joins Lune Rouge Productions

Alexandre Miasnikof joins Lune Rouge Productions Alexandre Miasnikof has a most impressive background. As a producer, and entertainment industry expert, he has been, among other roles, the Production Director for the Cirque du Soleil’s shows Quartz, Crystal and Runaway Dubai and Technical Director for a Celine Dion tour. With this background, Alexandre Miasnikof decided to join the team of Lune Rouge Productions as Producer, in January 2018, just after completing the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program. Lune Rouge Productions combines the initiative of Québec visionary Guy Laliberté, with the know-how of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds working together around the same idea: creativity as raw material in Quebec. The company invests in different projects to stimulate entrepreneurial innovation. Lune Rouge aims to be a forerunner in the creation of modern creative content by developing a vast network of people with diverse and complementary talents working in the technology, entertainment, arts and real estate industries. " This appointment fits in perfectly with my background as it combines my solid expertise in the entertainment industry, acquired over the last 24 years, with the business and leadership learnings I developed and improved during the EMBA. The business component is key:   as a producer, I have to manage the commercial and financial parameters as well as the creation of innovative projects, while contributing to the development of the company. "

A New Role at CAE for Zahida Intwala (EMBA 2017)

A long-awaited first step in the aviation industry: Zahida Intwala becomes Instructor Experience Specialist for CAE “I am very excited for this new adventure as from a young age, I have always been fascinated by the aviation industry”, said Zahida Intwala (EMBA 2017), who has recently started her new role as Instructor Experience Specialist for CAE. As an Instructor Experience Specialist for this global leader in aviation training, Zahida’s mandate will be to maintain and improve the central instructor initiatives, increase instructor attraction and retention, as well as to assure customer and client positive perception of instructor quality. Zahida will contribute to CAE’s vision of becoming the “Training Partner of Choice”. She will work with global HR and Business Unit Leaders to develop, manage and improve the programs, processes and standards relating to instruction and instructors. Zahida graduated from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal last year, and she sees the link between the program and her new role: “The EMBA was a transformational experience both on a personal and professional level as it prepared me to take the leap into my new role. It’s like they say, ‘Knowledge is power’! Your education is your passport to a whole new world. I thank the EMBA staff, professors and guest speakers for providing an enriching experience with countless opportunities of knowledge sharing thereby helping leaders becoming even better.”

March 19th, 2018|Alumni, Aviation, EMBA 2017, Engineering, New Role, News|0 Comments

2018 McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA Graduates

The McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA, a partnership between McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montreal, is a program for seasoned managers who continue working while they participate in the 15 month program. Classes typically meet Thursday through Sunday, once a month. Reflecting the reality of Canadian business, the program is delivered in a bilingual format. The program is practice-focused and builds on Henry Mintzberg’s managerial mindsets. Congratulations to the 46 New McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA Alumni! Jason Annahatak Director, Post-Secondary Student Services Kativik Ilisarniliriniq Vidéo Watch Jason's video-testimonial. Scholarship Jason received the EMBA Scholarship for Managers of Indigenous Origins Articles Helping to train Aboriginal leaders of today and tomorrow - The McGill Reporter Apprendre de l’expérience d’autres leaders Leanne Bayer Executive Director Community Shares Video Watch Leanne's video-testimonial. Scholarship Leanne Bayer received the EMBA Scholarship for Managers of Non-Profit Organizations. Article: 4 choses à apprendre de leaders aux perspectives différentes PodCast Listen to Leanne in this podcast co-produced with radio station The Beat 92.5 Annick Bergeron Secretary-General University of Ottawa Promotion Annick Bergeron (EMBA 2018) becomes Secretary-General of the University of Ottawa. Read. Mélanie Bernard Senior Operations Manager Holt Renfrew Vidéo Watch Melanie’s video-testimonial.  Maxime Blais District Manager SAQ Promotion Maxime Blais a commencé l’EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal comme l’un des plus jeunes participant de sa classe. Lire l’histoire de sa rentrée. Éric Boucher General Manager, Quebec & Eastern Ontario Aggregates LafargeHolcim Jean-Sébastien Boutet Director, Commercial & Market Development Alcoa Corporation Catherine Dagenais Vice President, Chief Operating Officer SAQ Promotion [...]

March 6th, 2018|Alumni, EMBA 2018, News|0 Comments