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 [...]
Geneviève Auclair (EMBA 2017) receives Meritorious Service Medal Geneviève Auclair, an EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal alumna, will receive, later today, the Meritorious Service Medal at the Citadelle of Québec presented by her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada. Geneviève will receive this medal alongside more than 25 Canadians who have shown and acted with excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service and will be recognized with honours. The Governor General presents honours on behalf of all Canadians in communities across the country to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. Geneviève Auclair, M.S.M. Montréal and Puvirnituq, Quebec Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) Physician Geneviève Auclair spearheaded a successful campaign to recruit health care professionals to the Inuulitsivik Health Centre in Nunavik, and to introduce local youth to potential careers as doctors, nurses and technicians. During her tenure as chief of medicine, the number of permanent staff has increased significantly as new physicians and support workers arrive and opt to stay longer, resulting in more stable health care for the region’s residents. Source: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=17056&lan=eng This cause is very important to Geneviève and she was able to raise her classmate's awareness of it during the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal program. Geneviève’s very different perspective on the world of management and on society in general greatly enriched the discussions within her class. The entire EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal family is very proud and is thrilled that Geneviève is being recognized for her outstanding work.
Josée Duplessis, a 2016 graduate of the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA, has been appointed to the position of Senior Director, Public Affairs - Canada, CN - the Canadian National Railway Company and its rail subsidiaries. Just 18 months after graduating, she has been able to achieve her objective: "I was drawn to the Executive MBA because I wanted to make a shift in my career; from politics to the business world. The program allowed me to recognize the skills learned in public administration, to transfer them and to land a great job and challenge within CN, a significant industry player," Josée told the EMBA team. With a background in sociology, Josée has also distinguished herself by her involvement in federal and municipal politics. Since her EMBA graduation, she had held the position of Chief of Staff for the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada and Minister Responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Josée had previously been at the head of Recyc-Québec's Board of Directors and worked on restructuring the governance of Aboriginal communities. On the municipal scene, she held various positions, including chair of the executive committee of the City of Montreal and responsible for urbanisms and natural areas files for the island of Montreal and a member of the commission of economic development and councilor of the Plateau Mont-Royal borough.[/fusion_text]
Cette année, l’Executive MBA McGill – HEC Montréal remet quatre bourses d’admissions à des candidats de son programme qui sont gestionnaires d’organisation à but non lucratif (OBNL) ou gestionnaires issu des peuples autochtones. Ces bourses s’adressent à des gestionnaires qui ont déjà un impact important dans leur milieu respectif et dans la société en général et nous espérons que le programme leur donne les outils, le réseau et la confiance pour décupler cette influence. « Le monde dans lequel nous vivons est continuellement en pleine mutation. Les défis sont de plus en plus complexes et, en tant que leaders, nous avons besoin, pour les relever, d’affiner nos compétences pour être à la hauteur de la tâche, de faire preuve de plus de créativité pour donner plus d’opportunités de réussite à chacun des 7 milliards d’individus qui peuplent la planète mais aussi de travailler en réseau pour être plus forts. Voilà ce qu’offrent McGill et HEC Montréal à travers l’Executive MBA depuis maintenant dix ans. Je suis très heureux d’appartenir à cette nouvelle génération de leaders ! » Roméo Essou, directeur général des programmes et subventions à l’African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) et récipiendaire 2017 d’une des bourses pour gestionnaires d’organisme à but non lucratif. «J’ai très à cœur l’organisation que je dirige depuis une vingtaine d’années et je souhaite contribuer davantage à son développement. Le programme EMBA McGill - HEC Montréal représente une opportunité exceptionnelle pour m’aider à atteindre ce but. J’ai choisi l’EMBA pour l’occasion unique de pouvoir rencontrer des professionnels de plusieurs milieux. » Hélène Meilleur, directrice de Défi Travail Argenteuil Voici les récipiendaires des bourses 2017-2019 : Kakwiranó:ron Cook, bourse EMBA pour gestionnaire d’origine autochtone Kakwiranó:ron est administrateur responsable des relations avec les [...]
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.
There are as many reasons to do a program like the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA as there are candidates to the program. We asked the participants who started the program recently, all experienced managers and entrepreneurs, what their own reasons were for doing the program. Here are some of their anonymous answers, grouped into «10 very good reasons to do an EMBA»! 1. Self Development “I feel humbled by what there is still to learn”. «Faire le point de mes connaissances et aptitudes, évaluer mon niveau de connaissances et de compétences dans le domaine de la gestion stratégique à une échelle plus grande que celle à laquelle mon expérience actuelle m'a exposé - ceci me permettra de déceler mes points d'amélioration et d’y travailler pour être capable de mieux servir mon entreprise et l'humanité en général.» «Pour moi, c’est le besoin de me ressourcer tant au niveau professionnel que personnel.» “I think that the EMBA will help me better understand myself and have a better perspective of how successful leaders face and overcome challenges.” 2. Have an impact within my organization ‘Further strengthen my contribution to the growth of the company while increasing my knowledge of business management theory to become the global leader that I strive to be.’ «Faire la différence dans la livraison de mes mandats.» «La compagnie que j’ai fondée il y a plusieurs années a besoin d’innover, d’une nouvelle vision, d’obtenir le nouveau pouls du monde des affaires.» ‘I want to adapt as many new concepts and procedures in our organization in order to keep it current.’ «Je suis persuadé que mon entreprise pourrait atteindre un autre niveau si mes compétences managériales et ma vision stratégique atteignaient un niveau supérieur.» 3. Prepare [...]
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. "