Claire Hayek (EMBA 2015) joins the board of Re:Sound

Claire Hayek, a 2015 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has recently been elected as a director on the board of Re:Sound. “Artisti’s board [on which Claire already sits] nominated me to join Re:Sound. They thought I would be a good fit due to my business and music background as well as my EMBA. They also thought it would be great to have an artist on the Re:Sound board as the latter is composed of music business leaders from collection rights societies, major labels and independent labels such as MROC, SOPROC, ACTRA RACS, CIMA (more details here). I will bring the artist’s input to big decisions made in music licensing in Canada,” says Claire. Re:Sound is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights. They advocate for music creators, educate music users, license businesses and distribute royalties to creators — all to help build a thriving and sustainable music industry in Canada. Claire Hayek, a 2015 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, is a Senior Metallurgist at Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd, and a singer-songwriter-producer.  She has also launched a number of businesses in recent years, such as MSP Teambuilding, a mobile recording studio for corporate events, special events and birthday parties.

Markus Reubi (EMBA 2016) has been promoted to Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo

Markus Reubi, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montréal Executive MBA graduate, has been promoted within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland to become the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to his responsibilities for the political work of the Embassy as head of the political section, he will also act as Chief Operating Officer within the Embassy and coordinate the diplomatic work in various bilateral cooperation areas such as economy, finance, commerce, culture, science & technology, education or tourism. Markus believes that his broad leadership and intercultural management skills, which he developed further during the EMBA program, helped him in the selection process.  He also feels that important learnings in communication from the EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal Toastmasters Club (for EMBA graduates and participants only) played a role, and he’s sure both of these elements will facilitate his start into this new role in August 2018. Markus studied Law in Switzerland and worked as a consultant for a few years before he started working as a Swiss diplomat 14 years ago. Over the years, he held different position around the globe. For the last four years, he was Head of the Swiss Business Hub (SBH) Canada for Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The SBH Canada is located within the Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal and is part of the network of Switzerland Global Enterprise.

Marie Senécal-Tremblay (EMBA 2013) appointed Citizenship judge

Marie Senécal-Tremblay (EMBA 2013) appointed Citizenship judge Marie Senécal-Tremblay, a 2013 McGill HEC Montreal EMBA program alumna, was recently appointed as a Citizenship judge by Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen. This will be Marie’s second 3-year term. More information from the Government of Canada’s Official Press release: All these citizenship judges and their profiles are listed in the backgrounder. Each judge was appointed to a 3-year term from an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. These 10 highly qualified individuals were selected for their embodiment of civic values and their inspirational contributions to their communities and to Canada. Supporting the Government of Canada’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, these individuals will play the important role of fostering a sense of belonging and attachment to Canada for aspiring and new Canadians. Among the appointments is Canada’s first Métis citizenship judge. Citizenship judges are responsible for making decisions on some citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new citizens. They also play an important role in promoting Canadian citizenship and civic values in their communities. Citizenship judges are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. New appointees are chosen from a list of qualified candidates who have gone through an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. Candidates for citizenship judge appointments are evaluated against the skills required by the position: judgment/analytical thinking; decision-making; effective communication; cross-cultural sensitivity; and community standing.

Stéphane Emond (EMBA 2018) joins Grimard as Director, Continuous Improvement and Special Projects

Stéphane Emond (EMBA 2018) joins Grimard as Director, Continuous Improvement and Special Projects Stephane Emond, a 2018 graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, has recently joined Grimard as Director of Continuous Improvement and Special Projects. In his new role, Stephane will be responsible for implementing continuous improvement projects in construction operations,  launching projects in new business sectors, and managing proposals for and execution of major projects. On a day-to-day basis, he will, act as an advisor and coach to the team and ensure the implementation of the best practices for major projects, thereby supporting the strategic vision for the group’s development. Stéphane now works with his EMBA classmate, Sébastien Grimard, Executive Vice President of this family business specialized in the fields of electricity, general construction, automation, instrumentation and power manufacturing and telecommunications.

Guy Gervais (EMBA 2013) is appointed director of 150: 00

Guy Gervais (EMBA 2013) is appointed director of 150: 00, Longueuil’s business accelerator Guy Gervais, a financial angel, serial entrepreneur, McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, and occasional guest expert on the program, has recently been appointed director of 150: 00. 150: 00 is the business accelerator powered by Longueuil agglomeration’s Economic Development. Its mission is to develop start-ups, reveal entrepreneurial talents and accelerate the success of companies that can meet the emerging challenges facing cities, companies and intelligent transportation. Guy will coordinate the deployment and management of this initiative. Guy has 25 years of business experience.  He was one of the first financial angels in Quebec and participated in the creation of Anges Québec. He is the founder of the venture capital firm HumanID and is the leader of Anges Québec’s impact cell, the goal of which is to attract investment from companies seeking a positive social and environmental impact. Read the official release on CNW.

Roger-Ketcha Ngassam (EMBA 2016) has been appointed Global Head Strategic Operations, Group & NTO Quality at Novartis

Roger-Ketcha Ngassam, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA graduate, joined Novartis in 2013 and has recently been appointed Global Head Strategic Operations, Group & Novartis Technical Operations Quality at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. The purpose of Roger’s role will be to integrate all strategic initiatives related to the management and long-term direction of the global Quality organization, providing high-level oversight and ensuring consistency in approach and standards. As well as planning, coordinating and executing strategic initiatives and programs within the framework of the Quality strategy, he will also oversee the running of the governance system and identify and share best practices, with the aim of building a high performing organization with world-class, efficient processes that will sustain competitiveness in an increasingly challenging environment. Roger holds a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal and has previously worked with Abbott Laboratories, Wyeth and Pfizer. At the end of his EMBA program, in 2015, he had been appointed as Vice President, Technical Operations at Boucherville. This recent promotion in Switzerland is therefore his second since joining the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA family.

Catherine Dagenais (EMBA 2018) will be the SAQ’s new President and COO

Catherine Dagenais (EMBA 2018) will be the SAQ’s new president and chief operating officer Catherine Dagenais, a 2018 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA alumna, has been appointed as the next president and chief executive officer of The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ). She will succeed Alain Brunet, who was also a program alumnus. Here is the Official Press Release: Catherine Dagenais will be the SAQ’s new president and chief operating officer effective June 26, 2018 Montréal june 21 2018 - The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) is pleased with the appointment of Catherine Dagenais as its next president and chief executive officer. Under the Act Respecting the Société des alcools du Québec, the Quebec government appointed Catherine on the recommendation of the Board of Directors. Holding an executive MBA (McGill-HEC Montréal) and a bachelor’s in business administration, Catherine has solid experience in retailing and sales network management. A member of the SAQ team since 2000, she has acquired a 360° knowledge of the company, rising through the ranks and holding the positions of Vice-President, Sales Network, then Vice-President, Retail Strategy and Customer Experience, and, in 2017, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. In the last, she led more than 6,000 persons, namely all the employees dedicated to sales, merchandising, the supply chain, real estate development and sustainable development. In recent years, Catherine oversaw a major organizational transformation that resulted in the introduction of an omni-channel customer experience, including the Click, Purchase, Pick Up service and SAQ Inspire experience. The appointment is all the more gratifying for the SAQ in that Catherine will be the first woman to occupy the top position of the government corporation. Catherine will officially assume her new duties on June 26, 2018. [...]

Julie Normand (EMBA 2017) joins Delegatus as head of administrative services

Julie Normand (EMBA 2017) joins Delegatus as head of administrative services Julie Normand, lawyer and a 2017 McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA graduate, has recently taken on the role of head of administrative services at Delegatus, an innovative law firm launched in 2005 by  Pascale Pageau. Over the last few years, Julie Normand has worked at JTI Macdonald as General Counsel, and has been the Executive Director of Dress for Success Montreal, an organization whose mission is to foster women’s financial independence. Julie was pleased to take on a new professional challenge that will leverage her legal and management skills: "I am delighted with this new role! I will be responsible for optimizing every aspect of the firm’s operations and executing business plans to achieve its growth objectives. I will report directly to the President and serve on the Executive Committee. It is a management position in a legal environment which is a perfect combination!" Read the official press release on Droit-inc (in French only).

Alain Dadoun (EMBA 2013) is appointed Vice President, Small Business Care and Sales at Bell

Alain Dadoun, a 2013 graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, has recently been appointed Vice President, Small Business Care and Sales at Bell. Alain is an electrical engineer, a Polytechnique Montréal graduate, and has been working for over 14 years. He has held several management positions at Bell over the last several years and has been involved in, among other things, transformation projects, multichannel programs, strategy and digital experience. He has a broad perspective of Bell's operations, which will certainly prove to be useful in his new role as Vice President.

Marc J. Ménard (EMBA 2017) joins Christie Innomed as Executive Director, Business Development

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.