Caroline Dignard (EMBA 2010) and the Cogeco Connexion Legal Team Receive the Best Canadian Legal Department Award Under the leadership of experienced lawyer Caroline Dignard, Vice-President of Legal Affairs and Chief Privacy Officer, a 2010 graduate and a member of the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA Advisory Committee, the Cogeco Connexion legal team recently received the prestigious Best Canadian Legal Department Award. The award was presented at the annual International General Counsel Awards ceremony at the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards in New York, which recognizes the best legal, intellectual property and tax services in the world. “Collaboration and commitment to good customer service are the values that guide our team,” said Caroline Dignard in an official press release. “Every day, we strive to maintain close ties with our internal and external business partners, making them valuable allies, serving our clients, whether internal or external. Over time, and with the support of our management teams, we have adopted and implemented rigorous and enviable governance practices that have enabled us to protect Cogeco from major risks. ”
Danièle Bergeron (EMBA 2011) named President and CEO of Mayrand Ltd Danièle Bergeron, a 2011 McGill–HEC Montreal EMBA graduate and a certified corporate director (ASC), was recently named President and CEO of Mayrand Ltd. Her duties will include integrating a digital strategy, developing new markets and innovating in brand positioning. Mayrand has been a Montréal fixture since 1914. The food wholesaler now has a new 80,000 ft2 warehouse-store dedicated entirely to food. Developed for retailers, but also serving the general public, Mayrand has over 15,000 food products and supplies to meet its customers’ expectations. Danièle is a seasoned manager with extensive retail experience and is recognized for her ability to conceptualize, orchestrate and implement effective and innovative business strategies. Over the course of her career she has held high-level positions such as Executive Vice-President of Commercial Operations at Maison Ogilvy, Vice-President, Products at Jacob, President of Mobilia, a furniture company and, until recently, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at SAIL. She sat on the SAQ, CAA Quebec and IRCM boards. “What I learned during my EMBA has served me more than once in recent years. It let me make a smooth transition in the presidential succession at Mobilia. The Analytic Mindset Module still helps me today in strategic planning. And the network of contacts that I developed through the EMBA has proved an indispensable resource over the years.”
Francine Laurin (EMBA 2011) Appointed District Vice-President for the Quebec Region at TD Francine Laurin, a 2011 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, was recently appointed District Vice-President for the Quebec Region at TD. She had worked as Associate Vice-President for TD Direct Investments for the previous three years. Francine began her career with TD more than 35 years ago and has held various executive positions in Retail Banking, Telephone Channel, TD Insurance and, more recently, TD Direct Investments. She is a natural leader, passionate about her work and committed to the well-being, development and career progress of her employees. Over the years, she has demonstrated her skills and enthusiasm in discovering and developing new talents. Recently, at a conference organized by Les Affaires, Francine explained how the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA had influenced her leadership style and given her confidence to be the leader she is.
Indu Krishnamurthy (EMBA 2015) Named Executive Director of the Montreal Community Loan Fund (ACEM) — Microcrédit Montréal The Montreal Community Loan Fund’s Board of Directors and its senior management recently announced the appointment of Indu Krishnamurthy, a 2015 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, to the position of Executive Director of ACEM — Microcrédit Montréal. She started her new duties in early June when she took part in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Indu had already served as Deputy Executive Director for a year. She succeeds Anne Kettenbeil, who had served as ACEM Executive Director for 17 years. A graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA, Indu has extensive experience in banking, corporate relations, and strategic planning. Over the past ten years, she has worked with ACEM in different roles, including coordinating the Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Program. “I am excited and confident to take on this new challenge, with the knowledge that I have the EMBA family who will be there to support, to question and to reflect on how we can collaborate together to build a more inclusive and prosperous society,” said Indu. * Indu received the McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA scholarship for non-profit organization manager:
Fabien Navet (EMBA 2014) announces the creation of Neolegal Fabien Navet, a 2014 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, recently announced the creation of Neolegal, a legal services company the objective of which is to facilitate access to justice in Quebec through an intelligent use of technology. “It was during the EMBA that I came up with the idea of using my engineering skills in a different field. I wanted to have a sustainable impact in an area that is very dear to me: access to justice. Neolegal is a break with the traditional law firms system. We have invested heavily in technologies and process creation to be able to serve customers in real time, directly from their smart phone or computer, and with prices set in advance and under the current market prices. The idea is not to replace lawyers with technology, as several start-ups in Legal Tech are trying to do at this time, but rather to optimize the lawyer’s work in order to concentrate the price structure on consulting. A machine can never replace a human to handle the psychological aspect of a legal problem! We have been up and running for a few weeks and the first results confirm our initial intuition: there is a very high demand for easy, fast and economical access to quality legal services! When I designed Neolegal’s business model, I made extensive use of what I learned in the ‘Value Creation’ and ‘Operational Excellence’ modules of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA. The exchange of ideas with my two partners, an IT expert and a lawyer, often reminds me of the passionate discussions I had with my classmates at the EMBA: It is from the interaction between people from different horizons that [...]
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.
Pierre Rajotte (EMBA 2016) appointed Senior Manager, Strategy and Projects for National Bank Direct Brokerage Pierre Rajotte, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has recently been appointed to the role of Senior Manager, Strategy and Projects for National Bank Direct Brokerage (NBDB). Pierre, who has extensive experience in financial services, was already working within National Bank's Marketing department as a project management consultant. Pierre will be a member of the management committee of NBDB and will report directly to its president, Laurent Blanchard (EMBA 2016). After having spent fifteen months in the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program together, Pierre and Laurent already share a great deal of complicity which is certainly a valuable advantage. "Together, we will do great things!" said Pierre with confidence. As part of his new role, Pierre will focus on the challenges of transforming the financial community, as he will be in charge of projects belonging to NBDB and cross-section initiatives within the Wealth Management Group and at National Bank of Canada. "I bring a fresh look and a varied experience to the excellent team already in place," says Pierre.
June 13th, 2017 at 6 PM: EMBA Panel on Governance Good corporate governance is of great value to organizations. There are many dimensions to good governance, including, among others, consideration of the different stakeholders of the organization, and contribution to its strategy, risk and performance management. Avec ce type de responsabilités viennent de nombreux défis et enjeux : la rémunération des principaux dirigeants de l’organisation, de même que la rémunération de ses administrateurs, la diversité, la répartition hommes-femmes, la priorisation des objectifs stratégiques, la création de valeur. Ce panel a pour but d’aborder ces différents enjeux et défis, sous l’angle de différents industries et types d’organisation afin de susciter une réflexion, un questionnement et une discussion sur le sujet grâce à des exemples concrets liés à l’expérience personnelle de gouvernance des différents panélistes. Ce panel est une collaboration entre le programme d’Executive MBA McGill-HEC Montréal et la Gouvernance au Féminin. Déroulement : 18 h : Cocktail 19 h : Mot de bienvenue et introduction du sujet par Louise St-Pierre 19 h 15 : Panel de discussion animé par Caroline Codsi 20 h : Période de questions Modérateur : Caroline Codsi, présidente et fondatrice de La Gouvernance au Féminin Panélistes : Louise St-Pierre, ex-présidente et chef de la direction de Cogeco Connexion (marraine de la cohorte actuelle de l'EMBA et membre du comité aviseur de l'EMBA) Josée Duplessis (EMBA 2016), chef de cabinet pour le ministre de la Famille, des Enfants et du Développement social du Canada Guillaume Lavoie (EMBA 2016), associé chez Lavery Avocats pratiquant dans le domaine du capital-investissement et des fusions et acquisitions et membre du conseil d’administration du cabinet Ginette Mailhot (EMBA 2014), fondatrice de Capital Humain Plus, présidente du CA de la Corporation de Développement Économique de la MRC de Joliette et administratrice pour Anges Québec, la turquoise [...]
Several EMBA graduates will be guest speakers at the Femmes Leaders 2017 event organized by Les Affaires For the fourth consecutive year, the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal is a proud partner of the annual conference Femmes Leaders organized by Les Affaires. The event will take place on May 16th. Four EMBA alumnae are among the leaders invited by Les Affaires to be guest speakers. The panel discussion on the evolution of the manager/leader’s role will feature three of our graduates: Guylaine Bergeron (EMBA 2013), General Manager, Communications, Marketing and Branding at Société Radio-Canada, Geneviève Comtois (EMBA 2012), Global Pricing Strategy Manager at Shell International and Francine Laurin (EMBA 2011), Associate Vice President, Direct Investments, TD. The panel will be moderated by Cyrille Sardais, Associate Professor in the Management Department at HEC Montréal. In addition, Nadège Lenormand-Dauvergne (EMBA 2014), Managing Director of CANUS, will participate in a panel on the growth of SMEs. In addition to the EMBA graduates, here are the six reasons to participate in this event, according to Les Affaires: Learn how to take organizational agility right through to operations Reflect on how you can effectively reconcile your managerial and leadership roles Discover the endless power of Big Data as a competitive advantage Optimize your team's performance in times of change Discover the DNA of tomorrow's leaders to fully play your role Be sure to use our promotional code 2EMBA whenyou register, for a discount of 35%.
Guillaume Lavoie, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate and partner at Lavery, has been selected as one of three finalists in the Quebec Young Professional category of ARISTA, a provincial contest. The Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal has been organizing this contest for the past 40 years. Its objective is to “reward and showcase young business leaders from Quebec who stand out and demonstrate leadership and innovation, whether by their professional success or by their contribution to the community.” The name of the winner will be revealed on May 29, 2017 at the ARISTA Gala. For more information about this contest, click here. For Lavery’s official press release, click here.