McGill Japan Magazine

October 2014

Hello to readers of McGill Japan Magazine.

We are happy to send you the October 2014 Edition, which contains updates on events over the past few months in Japan, information from McGill University, as well as information about the Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan Program.

Please enjoy this edition of McGill Japan Magazine.

Philip O’Neill.

 In this Edition:

QS World University Rankings

Applications for McGill MBA Japan Program

Open House Sessions

Lunchtime Speaker Events

Notes from McGill University

McGill MBA Japan Program Notes

McGill Ranked #21 in the World in QS Rankings:

McGill University has once again been ranked within the Top 25 Universities in the world by QS World University Rankings.

For 2014, McGill has been ranked #21. McGill continues to attract top students and professors from around the world, making it one of world’s leading academic institutions. 

Read the article in the Montreal Gazette: and visit the QS World University Rankings here:

Applications for the McGill MBA Japan Program are OPEN:

Applications for the Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan program are Open until January 15th, 2015. We are looking forward to welcoming another outstanding class of students in April 2015 to our innovative weekend MBA program in Tokyo.

Everything needed to apply, including instructions and links to McGill University’s on-line application system are available at our website at

Open House Sessions in October:

We are continuing our series of Open House Sessions on Saturday, October 18th, Tuesday, October 21st and Sunday, October 26th 2014, in Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo. The Open House Session is the best way to find out more about how the Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan can help develop your career and your organization.

Sign up is through our website at

Lunchtime Speaker Series, Roundup:

We were fortunate over the past few months to host a number of very interesting Lunchtime Speaker events with the McGill MBA Japan Program.  Here is a brief roundup:

Dr Makoto Sugita, MBA Japan Class of 2009, Vice-President, Medical Affairs Division, Janssen Pharma, K.K. Saturday, August 2nd, 2014.

 Dr. Makoto Sugitaand his colleagues offered a number of important insights into the situation within the pharmaceutical industry, and in particular the role of Janssen Pharma within the Johnson and Johnson family of companies. Their presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session. A large number of McGill MBA Japan students are involved in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, which made this a particularly interesting topic. 

After a career as a thoracic surgeon, Makoto Sugita, MD, PhD, moved to into the pharmaceutical industry, where he has taken a leadership role at Janssen Pharma. Thank you to one of McGill University’s most outstanding alumni for speaking with us. Makoto is a member of the McGill MBA Japan Advisory Board.

Read an interview with Makoto here

Dr Greg Story, President, Dale Carnegie Training Japan.

Saturday, August 30th, 2014.

We were pleased and honoured to welcome back Dr Greg Story, a long-time friend of the McGill MBA Japan program, who offered Dale Carnegie’s timeless advice Igniting Workplace Enthusiasm. One of the main lessons being: start with heartfelt praise. Greg has been a guest speaker with the McGill MBA Japan students starting in 2007, and gave the Graduation Speech to the Class of 2009. 

For more than a century, Dale Carnegie’s books have continued to be best sellers in the field of human relations and people management, and we were very fortunate to receive this introduction directly from the source.

Mr Mikihiro Yasuda, (MBA Japan Class of 2010), Partner, DeNA Strategic Investments, San Francisco, CA.

Miki Yasuda, one of the McGill MBA Japan program’s many successful entrepreneurs, gave our students and guests a revealing presentation on the investment cycle of the venture capital industry in Silicon Valley. Miki has been at the head of a number of investments by DeNA, one of Japan’s largest web-based firms. Miki Yasuda was previously CIO of and a board member at Digital Garage. Miki is a member of the McGill MBA Japan Advisory Board.

See a picture of Miki’s talk here

Upcoming Events: Save the Date:

We are planning major events for the McGill Japan Community on November 20 and 21, 2014. More details will be released shortly. Please keep an eye out for details.

Research Notes from McGill University:

World-renowned Green Chemist coming to McGill:

Professor Robin Rogers, from the University of Alabama, is joining McGill as part of a Canada Excellence Research Chair appointment in green chemistry. To read more about this important news of the Crimson Tide on the St Laurence, visit the McGill Reporter site:

DNA signature found in ice storm babies:

A study carried out by researchers at McGill has detected a genetic signature among babies whose mothers had been stressed by the ice storms in Quebec thirteen years ago. Read more here:

McGill MBA Japan Program Notes:

Alumni Notes:

Congratulations to Paul Speed, McGill MBA Japan Class of 2014 has recently become Co-Founder and CEO of the Kyoto Brewery Company. Wishing Paul great success and looking forward to trying your beer.

Professors in Town:

We are very happy to have had with us over the past several weeks Professor Saurabh Mishra who taught Marketing Intelligence with the Class of 2016, and Professor Benjamin Croitoru, who taught Finance with the Class of 2016.

Adjunct Professor Jimmy Niblock, taught Organizational Behavior and Cross Cultural Management with the Classes of 2016 and 2015.

Professor Steve Maguire is in Tokyo leading the Class of 2016 in their Markets and Globalization—Strategy course.

We look forward to welcoming back to Japan Professors Francesca Carrieri and Omar Toulan in October.

Find out more about our Professors by visiting Faculty Profiles.

Note of Condolence:

On behalf of the McGill MBA Japan program, the Desautels Faculty of Management, and everyone at McGill, we extend our condolences to the families and friends of those lost in the sudden and unexpected eruption of Mount Ontake.

 McGill Japan Magazine

October 2014

Produced by McGill MBA Japan

Japan’s Leading MBA

Celebrating 16 Years in Japan


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

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