Message from the Dean

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou
Dean and Professor of Finance of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University

Message from the Dean

As Dean of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, I feel honoured and humbled to be part of this wonderful, diverse and international community.

Since 2005, our Faculty has undergone a great transformation thanks to the fantastic support of friends and alumni, and very generous gifts from Dr. Marcel Desautels and donors.

Over the last decade, we focused our teaching, research and practice around Integrated Management. Using this approach, we redesigned our curricula and developed many innovative new programs.

We doubled the number of faculty members from around the globe and we look forward to adding more world-class experts to our Faculty this year. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, our professors are continually creating better solutions to our society’s challenges.

Our Career Services continue to be enhanced with dedicated advisers for each discipline. From the moment students enter our programs, they are assisted with career development, internships, job-searching strategies and employment opportunities. Our goal is to have every graduate leave Desautels prepared to make a game-changing impact on the world.

Our Bronfman Building has been fully renovated, and we expanded our footprint in Montreal this year by opening the new Donald E. Armstrong Building, which houses our MBA and specialized Masters programs.

Thanks to a donation of $25 million from the Bensadoun Family Foundation, announced in May 2017, McGill will work on developing the Bensadoun School of Retail Management: an inter-disciplinary, state-of-the-art school dedicated to all facets of the retail industry.

Each day, I feel privileged to work and interact with our outstanding professors, students, staff and alumni—it is our #DesautelsFamily and we look forward to making it yours as well.

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou
Dean and Professor of Finance
Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University

Recent Press

What Female Deans Want MBA Women In The Class of 2017 To Know, Poets & Quants (June 7, 2017)

Opinion: McGill can help retail sector thrive amid change, Montreal Gazette (June 4, 2017)

Dean’s Q&A: Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou Of McGill’s Desautels School, Poets & Quants (May 23, 2017)

Le cadeau de 25 millions d’Aldo, La Presse (May 13, 2017)

Aldo shoe empire founder donates $25-million to McGill, The Globe and Mail (May 12, 2017)

Le fondateur d'Aldo donne 25 millions à McGill, La Presse (May 12, 2017)

Le bon plan de la Desautels Faculty of Management, au Québec, Le Monde (November 21, 2016)

New Desautels Dean: Gender Is Irrelevant, Poets & Quants (October 4, 2016)

School diversity is an asset, Financial Times (January 22, 2016)

Une Française devient la première doyenne de la faculté de gestion de l’Université McGill, Le Figaro (July 16, 2015)

First female dean appointed at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, EducationDIVE (July 17, 2015)

McGill Desautels Appoints New Permanent Dean: MBA News, QS TopMBA (May 5, 2015)