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 [...]
Atypic, founded by Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012), named Agency of the Year Atypic, a communications and marketing agency specializing in the plural sector (NPO) founded by Pascal Lépine, a McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has been named Agency of the Year at the Flèches d’or, the annual Gala of the Association of Relational Marketing (AMR) organized in collaboration with Le Grenier aux nouvelles. Pascal is on the cover of Le Grenier aux nouvelles:
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.
Marc J. Ménard, a 2017 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, recently joined Christie Innomed, an organization that develops, distributes, integrates and supports solutions and products in the fields of medical imaging and information management solutions. Marc now holds the position of Executive Director, Business Development. With his vast experience in implementing business strategies, supporting entrepreneurs and managing diversified financial projects simultaneously, Marc has mainly specialized in financial re-engineering, business valuation and mergers and acquisitions since 2004. This new role on Christie Innomed's executive committee will be a significant career change and his first step into the pharmaceutical / medical imaging industry. Thanks to his experience, and with the confidence and knowledge developed during the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA, he will certainly become an important asset in the development of Christie Innomed.
Ginette Mailhot appointed President of the Board of Directors of Anges Québec Ginette Mailhot is a real believer in supporting the development of the business community, and it shows in the moves she’s made since graduating from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal in 2014. She sold the insurance firm, la turquoise, of which she was CEO; she founded Capital Humain Plus, a consulting firm; she’s been appointed president of the board of the Economic Development Coporation of the Regional Municipality of Joliette (CDÉJ) and she joined Anges Québec. The success she’s having on this new path was underlined recently: she was named Chair of the Board of Directors of Anges Québec. As president of the board of directors of Anges Québec, she will contribute to the growth and the evolution of this network of 200 investor-members who invest in the diverse projects built by Québec’s entrepreneurs. The ‘angels’, Anges Québec’s members, are experienced entrepreneurs and professionals. They contribute to the start-up and growth of new businesses in many ways: as coaches, board members, promoters or through collaboration on business strategies. Ginette reflects on how the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal has contributed to her development: "This program brought me a lot, even though I was already CEO of my company. The EMBA increased my self-confidence and gave me a different perception of myself as a manager and leader, which in turn enabled me to improve myself. I am a person who ‘goes for it’. I follow my instincts. The EMBA has given me the tools to develop my vision and my ideas more formally, in order to make them understand and accepted, which is very important on a board of directors. The EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program and the [...]
Sébastien Grimard, current EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal participant is appointed Executive Vice President at Grimard After completing his bachelors and masters degrees in engineering and spending a few years in consulting, in 2007 Sébastien Grimard joined the family business. Grimard is a firm specialized in the fields of electricity, general construction, automation, instrumentation and power manufacturing and telecommunications. Nearly ten years later, as he is completing the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, Sébastien has been appointed Executive Vice-President. Sébastien will now be responsible for helping the company achieve its financial goals and improve its operational performance. He will work on the organization’s strategy (strategic thinking, partnerships, development and special projects), on corporate leadership (health and safety mobilization, communication, tactical plans and improvement projects) as well as on talent development (learning communities, business processes). "What I have learned up to now in the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program has directly enabled me to take this Executive VP role and thus help the company in its growth plan. The strategic thinking method learned in the program gives me a more global perspective of our company, our markets, and the economy in which we operate."
Laurent Pieraut (EMBA 2010) announces CS North America’s selection for UbiMobility program CS Communications and Systems Canada (now also known as CS North America) was recently selected as one of 2017 startups for the UbiMobility program. Laurent Pieraut, CS North America CEO, graduated from the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA in 2010, while Program & Business Development Manager Amine Smires will be starting the Executive MBA program this September. UbiMobility is a nine-month acceleration program run by Bpifrance and Business France to give companies in the connected and autonomous car field a leg up in the United States. The program has already proved its worth. The 16 startups selected for the second edition of the program in 2016 raised nearly € 50 million in financing and 11 of them have launched operations in the United States. CS Communications and Systems Canada is developing a software validation method called NADIA which helps to generate test scripts of hundreds of lines of code in seconds, drastically reducing test costs.
Pascal Lépine (EMBA 2012), Atypic’s president and founder, announces the acquisition of Leftbank Pascal Lépine, Atypic’s president and founder, who graduated from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal in 2012, recently announced the company’s acquisition of Leftbank, a Toronto-based company that specializes in fundraising for charity and non-profit organizations (the plurial sector). “The acquisition of Leftbank consolidates our position as a leading Canadian full-service consulting agency for noplural sectorn-profit and charitable organizations in the plural sector. It marks one more important step in our continual desire to better serve the Quebec and Canadian plural sectors,” explains Pascal in the official press release. Pascal graduated from the EMBA program five years ago but the impact of the EMBA hasn’t diminished: “The EMBA has had an incredible impact on my professional life. Much more than what I had anticipated or even hoped. At the end of the EMBA, inspired by Henry Mintzberg, who supervised my final paper and with whom I maintain strong ties, I decided to change my business model to focus on the plural sector. In the first year following that decision, my business turnover doubled.” says Pascal. The Leftbank acquisition is directly linked to Atypic’s reorientation. In 2014, Pascal shared seven pieces of advice for entrepreneurs considering an EMBA which are still very relevant: read here.
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.”
In addition to being the president of a successful family business, The Bertrand Rioux Group, 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  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.