The Student Council, along with the McGill MBA Japan program, host a lunchtime speakers. These speakers from the worlds of business and government offer valuable insights into their own organizations, and offer a broader perspective for our students.
Recent Speakers have included:
Mr Dan Slater, Economist Intelligence Unit, Japan.
Mr Slater offered his insights into the strengths of the Japanese Economic Model and outlined risks and opportunities for people in Japan, the ‘brittle’ situation in China, and the differences in national spending across major countries world-wide.
・Mr. Jonathan Fried, Ambassador of Canada to Japan
Ambassador Fried offered important perspectives on the wide variety of international organizations, their purpose, function, and the inherent difficulties of working with very large organizations.
・Mr Deli Matsuo, HR Chief, Google Inc.
Mr. Matsuo gave an insightful explanation of Google’s People Management Philosophy. Mr Matuo introduced Google’s Corporate culture, the hiring process, as well as the challenges that Google faces as it grows.
・Mr. Ryuta Suzuki, Deputy Division Chief Asia and Oceania Finance Department, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Mr Suzuki gave a very thorough and detailed explanation of the nature and role of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. In particular, he explained its funding structure, and role in promoting Japanese business.
・Mr Glen Fukushima, Chairman and Director of Airbus Japan, K.K.
Mr Glen Fukushima gave an off the record talk to our students focusing on Globalization, Competition, and Japan.
・Mr Naohiro Kaji, Director of the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan
Mr Kaji introduced this new organization that is dedicated to nurturing and commercializing new innovations in Japan, as the country faces a number of challenges in terms of competitiveness, productivity, and commercial sustainability.
・Mr Claude Bourbonniere, Representative Director of Cirque du Soleil in Japan
Mr Bourbonniere gave a fascinating talk on one of the world’s most successful Entertainment organizations. How it was formed 25 years ago in Montreal and grew into a multi billion dollar enterprise with permanant and travelling shows the world over.