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An EMBA alumnus’ bold move for the good of society

Pascal Lépine’s (EMBA’12) career aims have certainly evolved over time. As a young graduate, he aspired to become a poet, later switching focus to build and lead a highly successful business-consulting firm, Atypic.

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Published: 20 Oct 2017

The end of retail as we know it? Not so fast

Charles de Brabant (BCom'83), Executive Director of the Bensadoun Retail Initiative, says that popular perceptions of a declining retail industry are misleading; the reality is actually far more complex.

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Published: 20 Oct 2017

Bombardier-Airbus agreement means a shift in focus

Desautels professor Karl Moore shares insight into what Bombardier’s new product priorities will be, as they cede control of their CSeries planes to long-time competitor Airbus. 

Bombardier is likely to move away from commercial aviation, according to Prof. Moore, favoring instead opportunities in executive jets and trains.

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Published: 20 Oct 2017

Desautels alumna on her journey to hockey stardom

Ann-Sophie Bettez (BCom'11) sat down to talk about her inspirations and the moments that defined her path toward becoming a professional hockey player for the women’s league of the Montreal Canadiens.

Above all else, she cites her family as a motivational source and credits her success to a lot of hard work.

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Published: 20 Oct 2017

Despite union worries, the Bombardier-Airbus deal brings great possibilities

Amid uncertainty among Bombardier’s workforce and its representative union regarding the recent deal between Bombardier and Airbus, Professor Karl Moore weighs in on the great benefits that this agreement will yield, from greater credibility and a thriving economy, to a way to circumvent the heavy duties placed on Bombardier products by the U.S. Government. 

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Published: 19 Oct 2017

MBA alumnus appointed to Board of Vitalhub

Vitalhub Corp. has announced the appointment of Mohan Plakkot (MBA'09), Partner and Chief Strategist at Valsef Capital, to its Board of Directors.

In this role, Plakkot will use his “extensive experience and analytical skills” to further the strategic plans of the Toronto-based organization.

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Published: 19 Oct 2017

Desautels MBA alumna takes the helm at CCA

Mary Van Buren (MBA'88) has been appointed president of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), bringing years of experience to the role.

Van Buren has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and has held executive roles at leading organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association's subsidiary, MD Financial Management, and Export Development Canada.

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Published: 19 Oct 2017

Insights into premium app subscriptions

By popular demand, storytelling app Wattpad has introduced an ad-free option, but it comes with a cost of $5.99/month for users.

Desautels professor Jui Ramaprasad shares her expertise on paid premium versions of online platforms and in what contexts they work.

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Published: 19 Oct 2017

Desautels alumna to teach the ins and outs of wine business

Plumpton College in East Sussex, UK has strengthened its wine business and production teaching team with the appointment of Lindsay Holas (BCom'12) as wine business lecturer.

To this new role, Holas will bring extensive international marketing experience from her time working for Jascots Wine Merchant (UK), Domaine Select Wine Estates (USA), and Wine Intelligence (UK). 

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Published: 19 Oct 2017

Diversity of thought is an asset for companies

Research by Desautels professor Patricia Hewlin finds that employees often feel pressured to conform to company values to succeed at work, which, ultimately, compromises company performance and employee well-being.

This is especially the case when managers act with a strong sense of integrity. Prof. Hewlin’s research suggests that companies must instead encourage employees to voice their opinions without fear of repercussion.

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Published: 19 Oct 2017

How management can function amid unpredictability

In an article that explores how managers can adapt under circumstances that defy predictability or norms, the author cites Professor Henry Mintzberg’s discussion of Honda’s entrance into the North American market as an example of unpredictability in business.

Indeed, Honda’s success in North America was a phenomenon that resulted from forces that could not be ascertained or mastered a priori.

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Published: 18 Oct 2017

The world is consciousness according to IMHL alumnus

According to a piece co-authored by Anoop Kumar (IMHL’15), the matter that comprises the world around us can be boiled down to our consciousness manifest.

More than an amalgamation of atoms or particles, the authors maintain that our experience of the world is actually an experience of consciousness, and that our education system has the responsibility to address these concepts in the classroom.

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Published: 18 Oct 2017

Airbus and Bombardier’s CSeries: a perfect pairing

With the recent announcement of Airbus as a major partner behind Bombardier’s CSeries planes, experts, such as Desautels professor Karl Moore, agree unanimously that this is a step in the right direction for Bombardier.

According to Prof. Moore, through the backing of Airbus, the world’s second largest airplane producer, the CSeries project takes on greater viability and holds even more promise for economic success.

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Published: 18 Oct 2017

Crickets: a healthy food choice that’s tasty too

Mohammed Ashour (MBA'14) and the Aspire Group have come a long way since winning the Hult Prize in 2013 for their vision of creating a high-tech cricket farm to produce foods for human consumption.

The Aspire Group has since erected a 25,000-square-foot building in Austin, Texas, which produces roughly 22 million crickets every month.

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Published: 16 Oct 2017

Desautels MBA program ranks among Top 10 for sustainability

Corporate Knights has released its 2017 Top 40 Better World MBA ranking, and the Desautels Faculty of Management has placed 9th among top business schools who put issues of sustainability at the core of business education.

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Published: 16 Oct 2017

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