McGill Japan Magazine

December 2013

McGill MBA Japan Program: Celebrating 15 Years in Japan.

Welcome to McGill Japan Magazine for December 2013.

 As we come to the end of the calendar year, we offer a wrap up of McGill and Japan related events, and important announcements. 2013 saw the installation of Suzanne Fortier as McGill’s 17th Principal and Vice-Chancellor. McGill University was again recognised as the top academic institution in Canada and one of the world’s leading universities.

The Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan Program also made a ground-breaking study tour to Myanmar in July 2013, and our alumni continue to build their reputation for leadership in major global organisations, and entrepreneurial ventures in Japan and around the world. We also witnessed the success of the Japan MBA Case Competition this past November.

Wishing everyone who reads McGill Japan Magazine a Happy Holiday Season, and a Safe and Prosperous New Year.  2014 is the Year of the Horse, when we can expect to move forward, faster.

In this Edition:

Invitation to McGill Japan Forum and Shinnenkai: January 17th, 2014
Home Campus News and Notes
Alumni Notes/New Interviews
MAAJ Notes
Local Program Notes

Please enjoy McGill Japan Magazine.
Philip O’Neill, BA, ’87, B.Ed., MBA ’03,

Director, McGill MBA Japan Program,

Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University.

INVITATION: McGill Japan Forum and MAAJ Shinnenkai

Friday, January 17th, 2014 at the beautiful Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.
Hosted by McGill Japan and the McGill Alumni Association in Japan, this event is open to all McGill Students and Alumni, Friends of McGill, and members of the general public.

McGill Japan Forum: Topic: Career Development, Taking the Next Step.  6PM to 7PM, Oscar Peterson Theatre, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo.

Shinnenkai (New Year’s Party) 4th Floor, Canadian Embassy. 7:15PM to 9PM.
Registration and payment details will follow soon.
Looking forward to ringing in the New Year with you.


McGill salutes the memory of Nelson Mandela

On behalf of the McGill University community, H. Arnold Steinberg, Chancellor, and Prof. Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, extend condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and to the people of South Africa, including McGill’s South African staff and students. Read more here 

Major Tsunami Research

Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunami

A team of scientists including McGill University geologist Christie Rowe, has published a set of studies in the journal Science that shed light on what caused the dramatic displacement of the seafloor off the northeastern coast of Japan. Read more here.


Medical Breakthrough

Groundbreaking discovery in deadly childhood cancer

A new study by Canadian researchers may pave the way for more effective treatment of an aggressive and deadly type of brain tumour, known as ETMR/ETANTR. Read about it here

More Holiday Reading

McGill Holiday story suggestions, including several interesting articles by Desautels Faculty of Management Professors. Enjoy the stories here.


McGill Alumni Association in Japan—MAAJ—Notes
The McGill Alumni Association in Japan is the group for all McGill Alumni from all faculties, programs and graduating years who are in Japan.  This past Tuesday, December 17th, the results for the inaugural executive were announced:

President: David Hackett, MBA, 2002.
Vice President: Jean-Pierre Biard, B.Com, 2002, MBA, 2010.
Treasurer: Marshall Wong, BA, 2000.
Congratulations to this new team.

 McGill Alumni who are reading this but who haven’t registered with the Alumni Online Community should do so right away to receive information and participate in the benefits of being a McGill Alum.

Local Program Notes

New Staff Join McGill MBA Japan Team
We are pleased to welcome Ms Mika Shirota, MBA 2005, to the our team in the new role of Business Manager. Mika brings with her many years of experience in Marketing with Microsoft, Lenovo, Symantec, and Sonic Wall and previous experience in Operations in Intel and Nortel.

Alumni Updates
We interviewed Mr. Shotaro Uehara, MBA 2009 about his role as Senior Evangelist and Product Manager Japan and APAC markets, Adobe Marketing Cloud.  Find out more about the rapid changes to on-line marketing in this recent interview.

We are also proud to tell you about Mr Steve Van Maanan, MBA Japan Class of 2008 who is now running a successful entrepreneurial company, Starsphere Japan, which offers innovative local private cloud infrastructure. Keep an eye out for an in-depth interview in January 2014.

Applications Open for Entry to the McGill MBA Japan Program in April 2014

We are accepting applications for the McGill MBA Japan program for entry in April 2014. Applications are made through McGill University’s on-line application system. More information can be found here:

Open House Sessions
We are holding a series of weekend and weekday evening Open House Sessions for the MBA Japan program in Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo. Upcoming dates are Saturday, January 11th Sunday, January 19th and Wednesday evening, January 22nd, 2014. This is the best way to find out more about our program and what we have to offer.

If you would like to attend an Open House Session, send an E-mail to or visit our new website at

Applications will remain open until February 14th, so there is plenty of time to apply and be admitted to the top MBA program inJapan and one of the best weekend programs anywhere in the world.

Holiday Hours
The last business day this year for the McGill Japan Office is Friday, December 20th; 2013. Our office will re-open in the New Year on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014. Wishing you a pleasant Holiday Season.

 McGill Japan Magazine

December 2013
Produced by McGill MBA Japan
Celebrating 15 Years in Japan


Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University

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6-2, Nishi-Shinjuku, 6-chome,

Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023


Tel: 81-3-3342-3430

Edited by Philip O’Neill, BA, ’87, B.Ed., MBA ’03.

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