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McGill Japan Forum and Shinnenkai–Big Success

The McGill Alumni Association in Japan–MAAJ–and the McGill Japan Office of the Desautels Faculty of Management welcomed over one hundred and forty alumni, students, guests and friends of McGill to their annual McGill Japan Forum and Shinnenkai.

The McGill Japan Forum (Number 6) centered on a discussion of the new wave of globalisation of Japanese companies. We were treated to the inside story from  Ryo Hirooka, Representative Executive Officer and CFO, Hoya Corporation, Francois-Xavier Lienhart, Senior Managing Corporate Officer, LIXIL Corporation, CEO LIXIL Kitchen Technologie and Quentin O’Mahony, MBA 2010, General Manager, JAL CAE Flight Training. Our Moderator was Professor Dror Etzion of the Desautels Faculty of Mangement of McGill University.

The McGill Japan Forum and Shinnenkai is one of the largest McGill-alumni related events held annually anywhere in the world and is a tribute to the tight-knit and growing McGill community in Japan.

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Applications for the McGill MBA Japan Program for entry in April 2017 open on May 15th, 2016. Everything you need to apply is available through our website on our application page.

McGill Japan Entrepreneurship Roundtable: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016.

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The McGill MBA Japan program was very pleased to welcome 45 guests to the McGill Japan Entrepreneurship Roundtable event on Wednesday, April 13th in Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Our panel was made up of Professor Michael Avedesian, a seasoned business man and entrepreneur, Mr Jeffry Char, of J-Seed Ventures, one of the leaders in Entrepreneurial Start Ups in Japan, Mr Tsutsumi Takashi, MBA 2003 of Learning Entrepreneur’s Lab, Tokyo based Process-based Seed Accelerator and Mr Clinton Gass, MBA 2000, Founder and CEO of Gass Teas, the distributor of Rooibos Tea in Japan.

We were treated to a lively discussion on entrepreneurship in general, and the real experiences of the panelists. Jeff Char was keen to point out that a start up venture can take up to 10 years to bear fruit, so the team must have real long term commitment to the project in order to get it off the ground.

All panelists pointed out that in some areas, in particular the IT space, costs of computing power have dropped so dramatically, that anyone with a good idea can try to put something together in their spare time. The key is the keep Intellectual Property pure. That is to say, the entrepreneur needs to be using their own equipment, own computer, and own software and not their present employer’s!

Takashi Tsutsumi was keen to point out that there are well understood processes that will make a start up company successful. By learning from the mistakes and successes of others, an entrepreneur can get closer to their goal without wasting too much time or resource.

Clinton Gass pointed out that in the consumer space, the best way to test a new product is simply to put it out there and see what happens. No amount of focus group or analytical study can tell you if a product will succeed or not.

Michael Avedesian reiterated that the key to success is the people on the team. People are the key to every entrepreneurial success, and that putting together the right people with the right idea, and giving them space to fail, will be the key to future success. Michael also pointed out that some types of ventures need millions of dollars to succeed, so that lean start up model won’t always be appropriate.

If you would like to find out more about the McGill MBA Japan program, be sure to contact us through the website or give us a call at our office.

Our Annual McGill MBA Japan Entrepreneurs Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 as we welcome one of our most successful and interesting Entrepreneurial Professors–Michael Avedesian.

The theme of this year’s event is Real Experience, where we will hear the experiences of not only Professor Avedesian, but other successful and budding Entrepreneurs from the McGill Community in Japan, and the wider community.

This event will help everyone understand the challenges and rewards of becoming an entrepreneur.

Panelists Include:

  • Professor Michael Avedesian, Experienced Entrepreneur, and Professor at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management and Faculty of Engineering.
  • Jeffry Char, Founder and CEO, J-Seed Ventures.
  • Tsutsumi Takashi, CEO and Founder, Learning Entrepreneurs Lab, Co., Ltd.
  • Clinton Gass, Founder and CEO, Gass Teas.
  • This event will be held in English and is Open to McGill MBA Japan Students, Alumni, Friends, and the General Public.

The event takes place at the Rose Garden Hotel, which is directly on top of Tokyo Metro, Marunouchi Line, Nishi-Shinjuku Station.

Start time is 7PM and the cost is 5,000 yen which includes a buffet and drinks.

Sign up through Peatix: http://peatix.com/event/159556

100% Student Satisfaction Rate

February 16, 2016

A survey of the most recent graduating class, the class of 2016, indicated that 100% of students were very satisfied or satisfied with the McGill MBA Japan program. An outstanding result for our great weekend MBA program in Tokyo.

The Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan program invites everyone to Professor’s Tuesday, our Networking and Educational event.

Professor’s Tuesday runs from 7PM to 9PM on Tuesday, February 9th at the Rose Garden Hotel in Nishi-Shinjuku. Our featured speaker is Professor Alain Pinsonneault of the Desautels Faculty of Management, who will bring us insights from his latest research on the impacts of IT on organisations and business.

Professor’s Tuesday includes an opportunity to network with McGill Students and Alumni, Friends of McGill, and guests.

Pricing and sign up for Professors Tuesday is through Peatix at the link below:

Looking forward to seeing you at Professor’s Tuesday.



2017 application is now open.


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Message from the President of the McGill Alumni Association in Japan (MAAJ)

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