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Applications for April 2019 are open!

November 19, 2018

Applications for the McGill MBA Japan program entrance in April 2019 are open.

Candidates should visit the GMAT website, and prepare for the TOEFL or IELTS test if necessary.

Open House Sessions are going on now.  To register for an Open House, please visit

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New Class Year Starts April 7th, 2018

November 18, 2017

The next class year will start on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. The Core Schedule for 2018 is here: McGill MBA Japan–Core Courses in 2018–as of November 2017

Asia Study Tour 2017 – Vietnam, a country of rapid economic growth

August 16, 2017

Professor Desmond Tsang, Associate Professor, Accounting, lead a group of students for a Study Tour in Vietnam, which focused on Ho Chi Minh City–Saigon in mid-July, 2017.   For the first time, the tour took place combining 2nd year students of the Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan program and Professional MBA (PMBA) students from Montreal.

The students visited important international companies such as JETRO, Mitsubishi corporation, Mitsui & Co,  Pharmascience, Sapporo, and more. The students also had cultural experiences through the city tour and the cooking class.

Through these visits and activities, students learnt about the Vietnamese history, how the country achieved the rapid growth in a decade, and the ideas about the future of Vietnam.

Professor Tsang who lead the tour commented, “It was a valuable learning experience for all of us during our stay in Vietnam meeting with company executives and government officials. Nonetheless, the interactions between students from Japan and from Montreal have been great. Overall, the trip to Vietnam has been successful in bringing students of different culture and background to explore the opportunities and possibilities offered by a fast growing emerging market. I hope more students would take advantage of this unique learning adventure and join us for future trips.”

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. Since 2015, students have selected Vietnam as a study tour destination.This year, the participants also enjoyed developing friendships between the students from Japan MBA and Canadian PMBA.



Featured in Forbes: How To Better Engage Your Introverts (日英)

July 25, 2017

‘How To Better Engage Your Introverts’ contributed by Professor Karl Moore is featured in Forbes. Please click to read the English Article.

Karl Moore教授の投函された「内向的な社員のやる気を引き出す方法」がフォーブスジャパンで掲載されました。 日本語記事はこちらから。

*Karl Moore, Ph.D. is associate professor at Desautels Faculty of Management and associate fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford University.

Featured in Forbes: Two Days With Warren Buffett (日英)

May 19, 2017

“Learning Wisdom From the Wise”

In 2006, Professor Karl Moore led 40 Desautels Faculty of Management students to Omaha, Nebraska to learn from legendary investment guru, Warren Buffett.

Given the tremendous success of the first visit and the recognized value of experiential learning, the Desautels Faculty of Management arranged another opportunity for McGill students to meet the iconic Warren Buffett on January 20, 2017.

‘Two Days With Warren Buffett: Three Lessons From An Introverted Leader In Action” contributed by Professor Karl Moore* was featured on Forbes.’ Please click to read the English Article.

Karl Moore 教授の投函された「ウォーレン・バフェットと過ごした2日間 内向的指導者に学んだ3つの教訓」記事がフォーブスジャパンで掲載されました。 日本語記事はこちらから。

*Karl Moore, Ph.D. is associate professor at Desautels Faculty of Management and associate fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford University.

Event Report: McGill Japan Forum & MAAJ Shinnenkai

February 7, 2017

The McGill Community in Japan kicked off 2017 in great style again with the annual McGill Japan Forum and Shinnenkai which was attended by over one-hundred and forty students, alumni, friends and guests. The Forum was a very in-depth and informative look at the preparations surrounding the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Our Speakers: Tristan Lavier -a manager at the International Communications Department of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Mr. Kazufumi Watanabe – Group Manager at Coca-Cola Japan Company, and Philip Rubel – Managing &  Representative Director of Designit Tokyo, helped us understand the impact that an Olympics can have on a community, as well as the opportunity and challenges faced by the cities and organizations involved.  

Mr David Hackett (MBA 2002) also gave insight into McGill’s Olympic connection through McGill Alumni and former Chancellor Richard (Dick) Pound, First President of the World Anti-Doping Committee. Chancellor Pound headed up the drive to make the Olympics financially viable in the 1980s, and we can thank him for the continued success of the Olympics today. 
Special thanks to Former Ambassador of Japan to Canada, and Chairman of the CCCJ Honorary Advisory Board–Sadaaki Numata, who gave the Kampai toast. We were also joined by Professor Robert David of the Desautels Faculty of Management–in Tokyo to teach his course in Competitive Strategy–and who conveyed greetings from the Faculty and the University. Congratulations also to our moderator, Christopher Rizanow (MBA 2018 Candidate) for his Tokyo debut.  
The McGill Alumni Association in Japan, and the staff at McGill Japan look forward to inviting you to another of their events later in 2017. 


McGill’s Desautels Faculty Ranked in the 2017 QS GLOBAL ELITE

January 15, 2017

McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, home to the innovative McGill MBA Japan program has been ranked among the QS Global Elite business schools in terms of student employability and research quality by the prestigious QS organization in the UK. Read more about the rankings and the methodology that places McGill among the top business schools in the world. Click on this link to download the report : qs_global_250_report_2017

Event Report: Workshop with Professor Restrepo -Systemic Negotiations-

September 30, 2016

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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:

To learn more about the McGill MBA Japan program, visit

Asia Study Tour 2016 – observing the fastest developing country in Asia

September 8, 2016


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.


Event Report: McGill Japan Entrepreneurship Roundtable

April 22, 2016

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.

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