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MBA NEXT 50: Weekend Line-up

Check out this line-up for an incredible weekend:

Friday, May 25, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Donald E. Armstrong Building Ribbon Cutting and Reception
    Donald E. Armstrong Building (right next door to the Bronfman Building)
    3420 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC H3A 3L1

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Breakfast, Symposium, Lunch and Alumni Panels

  • 9:30 a.m. Grab-and-Go breakfast in the Donald E. Armstrong Building
  • 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Symposium (Donald E. Armstrong Building)
    If We All Hate Business Jargon, Why Do We Keep Using It?” with Professor André Spicer, Cass Business School
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch entertainment with Nour Hadidi, BCom’10 (Donald E. Armstrong Building)

One of the hottest comedians on the international circuit, Nour is a Toronto-based comedian who has been featured locally on the CBC News, FLARE Magazine and was picked as one of four comedians to watch in 2016 by the Toronto Star. She is a writing contributor to CBC Comedy, and is a writer for the political satire shows The Beaverton on the Comedy Network and This Hour has 22 Minutes on the CBC. She was invited to perform at the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal in 2017, and you can catch her hosting The So Fresh’ n’ So Clean Comedy Show at Comedy Bar on the first Friday of the month.

Nour made her national television debut at the CBC’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival in July of 2017, and her jokes have been played on CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud and Sirius XM Canada Laughs. She has appeared on the CBC hit radio show the Debaters multiple times.

She has opened for Josh Gondelman, Jackie Kashian, Wendy Liebman, Jermaine Fowler, Eliza Skinner, Steve Patterson, David Pryde, and K. Trevor Wilson.

  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Alumni Panel Discussions (Donald E. Armstrong Building, Room 260)

Transforming Business Through Inclusive Diversity
The discussion will center on the evolution of how organizations and individuals define, experience and leverage diversity in the workplace over the past decade. A particular emphasis will be placed on success factors, as well as identifying open opportunities for transforming the way is business done through inclusive diversity.
Moderated by Professor Patricia Hewlin


  • Timothy Thompson (MBA’90), Senior Vice President of Transformation, TD Canada Trust
  • Phil Jenkins (BEng’87, MBA’95), Director-Relationship Management at Moody's Analytics Canada
  • Joy Bennett (MBA’06), Development Officer, McGill-Desautels Faculty of Management
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Alumni Panel Discussions (Donald E. Armstrong Building, Room 265)

Managing Growth as an Entrepreneur
From the perspective of three very different experiences, each panel member will share the origins of how they began and what were the catalysts to spark their entrepreneurial venture. From determining the right business model, the importance of capital and how to secure it through to lifelong experiences that have paved the future, the session will explore some valuable learnings and what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur.
Moderated by Professor Corey Phelps


  • Craig Buntin (MBA’13), CEO, Sportlogic
  • Sam Scalia (MBA’13), President, Samcon Inc.
  • JoAnne Gaudreau (EMBA’10), Founder and VP marketing of Cirka Distilleries

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

  • MBA Next 50 Gala Celebration
    Sofitel Hotel
    Join your fellow Desautels alumni to toast our accomplishments and embark on the next era of our alma mater. The evening of dinner and dancing will also include a special tribute to Professor Donald E. Armstrong.
    Rate (includes reception, grab-and-go breakfast, symposium, lunch, and gala dinner)*: $150

    *Seating at the dinner will be assigned by class year at tables of 10. Please indicate your seating requests on the Seated Events Reply Form, along with your choice of beef, fish, or vegetarian meal and any serious food allergy.

For questions, please contact Susanne Major (+1-514-398-3196).

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