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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).

Laurent Morisset (EMBA 2018) launches OBNL360

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.

Alexandre Jeong (EMBA 2016) becomes Senior Lead, Technology Strategy & Architecture at Deloitte

Alexandre Jeong, a 2016 McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA program graduate, is an enthusiastic leader with the vision to align business and IT by determining and delivering key strategic solutions, developing new business and establishing trusted relationships with clients and peers. With his vast experience within different large organizations, he was the ideal candidate for his new role as Senior Lead, Technology Strategy & Architecture at Deloitte. Alexandre’s personal mission at the consulting firm is to “help leading companies defining their technology strategy to create business value”.

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.

Bruno Meunier (EMBA 2018) is promoted to Senior Director, Operations at Kevric

Bruno Meunier completed the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program last February and has already received a promotion at Kevric Real Estate Corp., where he has been working for the past 5 years. Kevric is a leader in the Canadian real estate industry specializing in the redevelopment and repositioning of properties, and the development of new properties primarily in Montreal, Toronto and the National Capital District of Ottawa. Over the last five years, Bruno has been acting as Director, Energy and Technical Services, but has recently been promoted to Senior Director, Operations.

Laurent Letzter, a current EMBA participant, becomes Managing Director at LEMKEN Canada

LEMKEN Canada, the Canadian division of the family business LEMKEN, a world-renowned professional agricultural equipment manufacturer, has experienced strong growth since 2010, when Laurent Letzter was the first and only employee of the division. The LEMKEN Canada team has grown quickly and changes were required, according to Laurent Letzter, current McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA participant and new Managing director of LEMKEN Canada. "We have recently made a significant change. We opened an import office in St-Hyacinthe with a complete parts warehouse for all of Canada. It was only natural that I become the managing director of this new structure and it seemed indispensable to me to participate in the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program to have the right tools to take on these responsibilities, but also to obtain good results with my colleagues and partners."

A promotion for Marco De Tavira Ayala, a current EMBA participant, at Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services

Marco De Tavira Ayala, a current McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA participant, has recently been appointed as Section Chief Project Engineering Global 7000 Green A/C at Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Marco will now coordinate the EWIS Green A/C engineering activities across all business sites, being; Montreal, Toronto, and Global Completions Center. “This new role is an opportunity I created for myself by applying my learnings from the program in my role. I am already taking advantage of the Collaborative IP to establish the strategy to take on my new responsibilities and to empower my team” explained Marco to the EMBA team.

Captain André-Pierre Jean receives the CRHA* – Diversity and Inclusion Award

Captain André-Pierre Jean receives the Certified Human Resources Advisors - Diversity and Inclusion Award At this year’s Gala in support of the CRHA* Foundation, Captain André-Pierre Jean, 2nd Canadian Division of the Canadian Armed Forces, a current McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA participant, received the HR Recognition Award for Diversity and Inclusion. This award is given to an organization that has implemented a program promoting the ethno-cultural diversity of its workforce, be it through recruitment, business strategy, or adherence to values of inclusion. André-Pierre Jean worked on establishing and growing a major project: the implementation an advisory committee focused on differences and support for various minorities within the Ministry of National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces in Quebec. The project, now called Équipe D + (Diversity +), was André’s idea. In less than two years, Équipe D + has brought together more than 55 volunteer members who are working on ways to promote the inclusion of minorities. The team consists of six sub-committees: Women, LGBTQ2 +, Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities and Religions / Spirituality. They have organized several activities and participated in a number of events such as Pride Canada, in order to help minorities feel accepted within the Canadian Armed Forces. * Order of Certified Human Resources Advisors