Pascal Larose, diplômé de l’EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal en 2018, a été promu au poste de vice-président exploitation de la Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ).

Ayant quitté la force régulière de l’armée canadienne au début de 2019,  Pascal a joint la STQ à titre de directeur de la transformation organisationnelle pour ensuite être nommé directeur principal.  Dans ses nouvelles responsabilités de vice-président, Pascal sera responsable des opérations et de l’exploitation de toutes les traverses et dessertes opérées par cette société d’État, traverses et dessertes situées le long du fleuve St-Laurent, de Montréal jusque dans le Golf du St-Laurent.

Pascal est d’avis que le programme EMBA lui a donné les outils, les compétences, le réseau, la confiance et les connaissances pour une transition optimale à une seconde carrière suivant ses 22 ans au sein de la force régulière des Forces armées canadiennes. Il retourne maintenant à son expertise principale: la gestion des opérations et de l’exploitation. Comme tous les employés de la STQ, Pascal est d’avis que la STQ peut et doit devenir le modèle d’une entreprise performante, innovante et pouvant jouer un rôle important au sein du transport collectif et maritime du Québec de demain.

Pascal a été sélectionné EMBA BEST & BRIGHTEST 2018 par POETS & QUANTS

Voici une partie de son profil complet publié ici.

Who was your favorite MBA professor? They are all great, and represent the elite of two great universities, but I will state two who stand out from a highly skilled group of individuals. Professor Marie-Hélène Jobin was my favorite because she brought me to a higher level in my daily bread and butter challenge: operational excellence. Professor Alain Gosselin is the one that had the biggest impact on me as a leader and even as a human being. He pushed me, and all the students, to open our eyes to our strengths, weaknesses, ambitions and non-negotiables.

What was your favorite MBA course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it? Together, the Value Creation course, taught by Professor Louis Gialloreto, and the Strategy course taught by Professor Louis Hébert, were real eye-openers for me. For the first time, I was able to understand my organization’s “value creation” by using tools such as CANVAS. Uniquely, I realized that my organization was creating one of the most important and fundamental values for our society: Security. It really helped me to make sense of my organization. I am now able to explain to all employees why and how they are making the world a better and a safer place in which to live.

Why did you choose this executive MBA program? I chose this program for three reasons. First, the program is an outstanding blend of the two best universities in Montreal. Second, this was taught in two languages and required us to be fluent in French and English. For me, this represented the diversity and the spirit of Canada. Finally, the recruiting director, Michel Filion, did a good job of convincing me that my background in Philosophy combined with my role as Combat Arms Officer was unique and should be fully exploited and shared.

What did you enjoy most about business school in general? The quality and commitment of my peers. All of them were amazing, full of ideas, and deeply knowledgeable. I felt like I was part of a worldly think-tank for 15 months. Even after graduation, we are still in contact. Hopefully, I will put in practice all the ideas we had during the program.

Give us a story during your time as an executive MBA on how you were able to juggle work, family and education? In the middle of the EMBA program, devastating flooding emerged in Eastern Canada, creating a national crisis. The government decided to provide military resources to civilian authorities to manage the situation. At the time, I was the Director of Operations of the 2nd Division and Joint Task Force East, which was tasked to conduct this operation. I have never experienced such tempo. At night, while trying to write numerous papers in the EMBA, journalists were calling me for interviews, and the Minister required information. I did manage to maintain all deliverables, both for the EMBA and the operation, and see my kids once in a while. All this was possible because I had put together a team that had my trust and to whom I delegated responsibilities. Luckily for me, the operation was stood down two days before my scheduled departure to South America for the EMBA’s Worldly Mindset module.

What advice would you give to a student looking to enter an executive MBA program? You don’t need to prepare yourself by going back to your theoretical academic manuals. You need to prepare yourself by opening your mind, listening to others, and sharing your expertise and experience. An EMBA program is not just a series of courses that will give you a diploma. This is a journey that will require your full attention, commitment and will need to be placed as your main effort for a while.

What is the biggest myth about going back to school? For me, my family and my friends, the biggest myth was that this EMBA was perhaps not worth the money, time, and effort. For sure, it required a sizeable investment, a lot a time, and tremendous effort. But what I have experienced is a program that has changed me forever. I would do it again tomorrow. By seeing how I have changed and what the program was, my family and friends told me their perception was wrong and they are now even a little bit jealous.