Jean-Claude Tshipama (EMBA 2016) has recently been named CEO Broadband within Eutelsat SA in charge of Africa. Eutelsat S.A. provides satellite-based video, business, broadband networks, and mobile services to telecommunication operators and broadcasters, corporate network integrators, and companies primarily in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The company owns and operates satellites that provide capacity to international telecommunications operators and broadcasting companies. Jean-Claude Tshipama is a McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA alumnus. He started his career in Democratic Republic of Congo in the telecommunications, computer and Pay TV industries’.He successively worked as Commercial Manager at Celtel in Africa, Head of Sales and Distribution for nineteen countries in Africa at Microsoft Corporation and Head of Sales and Distribution at Digicel in the Caribbean and Pacifica regions, before taking the general direction of Canal + RDC. More recently, he had embarked on an entrepreneurial project in Quebec, with his wife: Zympala, a high-end, African-inspired clothing line for which he held the position of President and CEO. He had developed the plan for this company during the EMBA. Today, with Zympala in the capable hands of his wife, Jean-Claude returns to work in an environment he knows well. The learning and tools developed at the EMBA and his entrepreneurial experience will certainly give him a different perspective on the industry and its challenges.
Claire Hayek (EMBA 2015) joins Artisti’s Board Claire Hayek, a McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Artisti. Artisti is an organization created by Quebec’s Union des artistes in 1997 to collectively manage and distribute the royalties owed to performers under the Copyright Act. Artisti brings together nearly 4000 artists. "This is such an honor, I'm absolutely ecstatic, explained Claire. Artisti's board is made up of renowned Quebec music artists, including the well-known France d'Amour, Annie Villeneuve and Florence K, with whom I will have the chance to work on issues that are very important to me. What I will bring to the discussion is the representation of lesser-known, self-producing artists, as well as my business skills, developed through the EMBA. "
From student to administrator: Annick Bergeron (EMBA 2018) becomes Secretary-General of the University of Ottawa The day her last assignment was due for the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal, her last day as a student, was also Annick Bergeron’s first day on the job as Secretary-General of the University of Ottawa. "My EMBA helped me to develop my skills in management and strategy and provided me with the tools that help me propose innovative approaches," says Annick. In her new role, Annick will undoubtedly have many opportunities to put these skills into practice and to have a positive impact. Here is the description of her new role and a short biography describing her impressive career path as made available on the University of Ottawa website: Role: The Secretary-General is the University’s most senior advisor on governance issues, providing members of the University community with information, advice and interpretations related to the University’s governance framework. Pursuant to the University of Ottawa Act, 1965, the Secretary-General of the University is also the Secretary of the University’s Board of Governors and Senate and their respective committees. In this capacity, he or she coordinates and facilitates the activities of these bodies in order to ensure the effective functioning of the University’s bicameral system of governance. The Secretary-General also oversees the activities of the University Secretariat as well as its legal services, archives, and access to information and privacy offices. [Source: www.uottawa.ca/ ] Biographical Note: A lawyer by training, Ms. Bergeron possesses more than 25 years of experience in the academic sector, in private practice, as well as in the federal government and the Quebec government. In 2005, she was named Director of Legal Affairs at the University of Montreal. Prior to joining the [...]
Victor Duro joins Alice & Smith as investor and Vice President of Business Development Victor Duro, a McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, recently joined Alice & Smith Studio as an investor and as Vice President of Business Development. Located in Montreal, the Alice & Smith studio specializes in alternate reality games. In addition to managing the launch of many video games, it has conducted global campaigns in more than 80 countries. Recognized for its expertise in investigative games and alternate reality games, the Alice & Smith studio has, for example, attracted more than 350,000 players with its latest creation, Walking Titan. The studio has also been commissioned by NBC Universal to act as a consultant on the Mr. Robot TV series. With this background, Alice & Smith decided a year ago to launch an ambitious project NITE Team 4. NT4 is inspired by the latest military and civilian hacking platforms, it is a simulation that offers to relive the most famous cyber-attacks of the last decade. "As Vice President Business Development, my main duties are to work on the outreach of the studio as well as our games and in particular our latest title "NITE TEAM 4". I have wanted to create or invest in a company for a long time, but I felt that I did not have the tools to make the move. Thus, a few months after having completed my Executive MBA, when Nathalie and Andréa, the founders of Alice & Smith, whom I have known for almost 10 years, introduced me to their project, I was able to make a well-advised decision. The decision was all the easier because there are very few projects that seriously address hacking, which is a global [...]
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 [...]
Suzanne Gagnon (EMBA 2018) appointed National Director, Offer Evolution at Sobeys Inc. Suzanne Gagnon is in the last phase of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program: writing her final paper. A few months before her graduation, which is scheduled for February 2018, she has been appointed National Director, Offer Evolution at Sobeys Inc. Suzanne was chosen by Sobeys to do our program, and it is clear that they had plans for her. Suzanne has been working for Sobeys for over 20 years. She started as category manager, and has developed an expertise in product development and merchandizing for the Canadian supermarket chain. In her new role, she will be responsible for innovation and development for all Sobeys’ markets and in all product categories found in supermarkets “and maybe some that are not there yet!” added Suzanne, obviously very excited by this new nationwide challenge.
Stephane Dodier (EMBA 2010) is appointed Vice President Information Technology for Promutuel Assurance Stephane Dodier, a 2010 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has recently been appointed Vice President Information Technology for Promutuel Assurance, the 4th largest property and casualty insurer in Quebec. Stephane is in charge of over 100 employees and a well-stocked project portfolio. Previously, Stephane held the position of General Manager, IT Governance, Security and Risk, Americas Region for AIMIA, a firm specialized in loyalty programs. He was also Vice President, Information Technology for Optimum Financial Group and La Capitale General Insurance. Early in his career, he worked for Oracle and subsequently founded his own consulting firm. The latter was acquired in June 2000 by Covansys. Despite his impressive journey, Stephane was humble enough to admit that he still had a lot to learn. He started the EMBA program ten years ago. He appreciates that the program had a considerable impact on the subsequent stages of his career: "The learning received during my EMBA is still relevant today. It has served me in recent years and will be useful to me once again in this new role. I have particularly maximized the value of the modules dealing with innovation and business strategy. "
Caroline Morin (EMBA 2016) is appointed Senior Director, Communications and Corporate Marketing at Ivanhoé Cambridge After five years as Director of Internal and Corporate Communications at Ivanhoé Cambridge, Caroline Morin, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has recently taken on a new role within the organization: Senior Director, Communications and Corporate Marketing. In her new role, Caroline is responsible, together with her team, for leading the development and execution of communications and marketing strategies and campaigns related to the organization’s business plan, while ensuring brand positioning, promotion, and protection for all Ivanhoé Cambridge's activities. “One of the most important things that I learned during the EMBA and which I use every day in my professional life is to remain open, to think differently and to always nurture the desire to do things differently. By being open-minded, I not only become a better manager but I am also better able to offer new ideas and be more innovative in my role and approach. This is an essential element for achieving success in communications!”
Antoine Attara (EMBA 2016) joins classmate, Mike Allen, as Regional Manager at Applied Industrial Technologies Antoine Attara, an engineer with extensive purchasing, procurement and management experience and a 2016 EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal graduate, was recently appointed Regional Director of Applied Industrial Technologies, a distributor of industrial products/parts. Antoine will be responsible for directing all operations in the province of Quebec. It is a multidisciplinary role including the development of industrial customers, sales force management and all operational management of the 9 business offices with more than 160 employees. His new boss, Mike Allen, also a graduate of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal class of 2016, and Vice-President of Applied Industrial Technologies, was very pleased to announce this appointment to his graduate colleagues: "I'm excited about the idea of working with Antoine. Together, we will take a rather conservative business model in a rather conservative field, and bring it to new heights. I am confident that Antoine will put into practice all the modules we have seen together during the EMBA. "