En l’honneur du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs, l’EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal met en lumière quelques-uns de ses diplômés noirs les plus brillants. Ils partagent leurs réflexions, leurs parcours inspirants et ce que signifie pour eux le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs.

Voici le portrait de:

Matthew Thornhill

Director, Financial Planning & Analysis at Merck

Diplômé 2021 de l’EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal

Matthew has recently been appointed Director, Financial Planning & Analysis at Merck. 

Quelle est votre mission personnelle?

For quite some time now, my personal mission statement has been to: Maximize my time doing what I love to do, while building relationships with great people, constantly learning, and evolving into a person who positively contributes to society.

Pourquoi cette mission est-elle importante à vos yeux? 

I believe that for us to progress as a society, we all have a part to play. To challenge the status quo, we need to evolve outside our comfort zone. Above all, I want to do my part to ensure my kids have more opportunities than me and are better off than I am.


Quels ont été les obstacles auxquels vous avez fait face jusqu’ici?

Like many minorities I have faced my fair share of micro aggressions and bias over the years. The greater challenge I have faced is often being the only person of colour in the room – in school and at work. To that point I have felt a certain level pressure to do well and not reinforce any negative biases.


Que représente le Mois de l’Histoire des Noirs pour vous?

Black history month is an important time to reflect on the past and how we got here. It is also a time to learn and continue to break down barriers when it comes to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Finally, I think Black history month serves as a platform (especially with social media), to show the younger Black generation the fantastic success stories and great contributions we have made to society.