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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On Friday, September 30th, 2016, Professor Pablo Restrepo, Founder and CEO of Aluna Catalyst, and adjunct professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan program led a group of CCCJ members through a thought provoking and practical workshop on systemic negotiations. This group included officials from the Government of Canada, Quebec, Alberta, the Colombian Embassy to Japan, as well as the CEO of the Kyoto Brewery Company. Pablo led these and other McGill alumni and other friends from the community through his systemic approach to negotiations using his Negotiation Canvas. This is a powerful tool for preparing, organizing, planning, and undertaking both simple and complex negotiations with in a wide variety of fields.
Pablo is one of the world’s most sought-after and experienced negotiators and negotiation instructors. Based in Bogota Colombia, Professor Restrepo has been deeply involved in all types of negotiations including the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Colombia, Cross Boarder M&A, Family Business Succession planning, as well as the Peace Process Negotiations with the FARC rebels in Colombia, which recently led to the Nobel Prize for the President of Colombia.
Pablo Restrepo, works with a very wide variety of companies and organizations in North and South America, Europe and recently in Japan. He is working on a new Negotiations by Design program, which will be of great interest to anyone who faces negotiation challenges. This includes everyone, in business, government, and within families.
To learn more about Pablo Restrepo visit: http://alunacatalyst.com
To learn more about the McGill MBA Japan program, visit www.mcgillmbajapan.com
A group of 2nd year students of the Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan program participated in a Study Tour to Vietnam, which focused on Ho Chi Minh City–Saigon from August 25th to the 30th, 2016.
The students visited important international companies, Mitsui & Co, Manulife, Kiddo Group, Pharmascience, Sapporo, HSC Investment. The visits to companies of various industries to learn about the market of Vietnam. They also paid visits to the International Business School for interaction with local EMBA students and Canadian International School to know about the country’s fast growing English-speaking market.
Visiting Japanese and Canadian Consuls General have provided the students with the opportunities to see how foreign counties are helping the Vietnamese market and what maybe the future of the fastest developing Asian country.
The Study Tour to Vietnam is part of our unique series of Study Tours in Asia which help to broaden our students’ horizons, develop their understanding of other countries and cultures, and to solidify McGill’s network throughout Asia and the world. Previous study tours have included Chong Ching and Kunmin China, Shanghai and Bejing, as well as Myanmar. In 2015 and 2016 consecutively, students selected Vietnam as a study tour destination. Once again, the Vietnam tour 2016 has proven that the Vietnam is the fastest developing Asian economy.
We will be at the QS MBA Fair at the Westin Tokyo, on Saturday, September 3rd between 3:30PM -5:30PM.
More information: http://www.topmba.com/events/qs-world-mba-tour/asia-premium/tokyo
We also welcome you at our Open House Session on Sunday, September 4th at the Rose Garden Hotel in Nishi-Shinjuku from 1PM.
Sign up for Open House at: http://mcgillmbajapan.com/open-house/
It will be a great opportunity to find out more about our unique program.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
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.
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.