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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.

McGill X Nikkei Business School ~Experience McGill MBA~ Special Lecture Series

March 17, 2017

The Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan program is partnering with Nikkei Business School to offer a Special Series of Introductory Lectures and Networking Opportunities with our professors from our Home Campus in Montreal, while they are in Tokyo.
This will be an ideal chance to learn from some of the world’s top professors in their fields, and find out more about our innovative weekend McGill MBA Japan program in Tokyo.

The lectures take place on evenings at the Nikkei Business School Facility in Otemachi, Tokyo.

This will be an excellent opportunity to participate in short lectures from some of the world’s top professors, and have a take away that you can put to work for you and your organization.
Lectures will be given in English.

Dates, Professors and Topics are:
April 11th: Professor Corey Phelps: Strategic Agility
May 9th: Professor Desmond Tsang: Real Estate Investing: Ownership vs. REITS
June 8th: Philip O’Neill: MBA Programs: Curriculum and Outcomes, and Networking Opportunity
and July 6th: Professor Steve Fortin: Financial Statements: Form vs Substance

Sign up and registration is on the Nikkei Business School Website (in Japanese).

Click here for more info and to register:
Nikkei Business School Website.
I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity.

Special Evening Lecture by Professor Adolfo de Motta

February 24, 2017

McGill Japan Special Evening Lecture will be held on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 with

Professor Adolfo de Motta of the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University.

Professor de Motta will give a Special Evening Lecture on Contract Theory based on the work of his PhD advisor: Professor Bengt Holmstrom.

Professor Holmstrom, who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.
Professor de Motta is one of the world’s most widely respected and influential researchers and professors in Finance: His research has been published numerous times in the Journal of Finance, and other top academic journals.  He is also a long-serving Professor of Corporate Finance in the McGill MBA Japan program, and at the Desautels Faculty of Management’s home campus in Montreal, as well as being a beloved friend of our students and alumni.
This general talk on Contract Theory will be of great interest to everyone, considering its impact in corporate governance, managerial performance, and contract negotiations in general.  The talk is aimed at a general audience, and members of the public are welcome to attend.

McGill Japan Special Evening Lecture

Contract Theory

Speaker: Professor Adolfo de Motta

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

7PM to 8:30PM

Doors open at 6:30PM
Location: McGill MBA Japan Classrooms at the Learning Edge Facility in Nishi-Shinjuku.

〒160-0023 東京都新宿区西新宿8-4-2 野村不動産西新宿ビル4F

Nomura Fudosan Nishi-Shinjuku Building 4th Floor. Nishi-Shinjuku 8-chome, 4-2, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023

This is directly above Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Nishi-Shinjuku Station.
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available.

Cost is 2,000yen to off set the cost of the event.

Sign up and payment is through this Peatix link:
Please sign up as soon as possible.

***An optional get together will take place afterwards at a location nearby***

I hope that you can join us.

Looking forward to seeing you on March 14th.

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. 


Mr Susumu Kaminaga–Sumitomo Precision Products–Lunch time talk

January 15, 2017

Mr Susumu Kaminaga, Senior Advisor and former President of Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd. visited the McGill MBA Japan Classrooms on Sunday, January 15th, 2017 to give an amazing lunch time talk on his long and successful career in the Aviation and later in the Micro Electro Mechanical Systems: MEMS. The work by Mr Kaminaga with his many global partners in Canada, Germany, the UK and USA, is fundamental to the lives that we live today. The consumer and healthcare products that we take for granted today, such as smart phones, sensors in our automobiles, are made possible by the groundbreaking work that Mr Kaminaga did in engineering and business development with Sumitomo Precision Products. The lunch time speakers series in the McGill MBA Japan program brings leaders from a wide range of industries into direct contact with our students, which broadens their perspective and their network.

Please contact us to learn more about the McGill MBA Japan program.


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

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

Recruit x McGill – Interview on Career Carver (日本語)

January 10, 2017

An interview with Recruit x McGill is featured on Career Carver!
View the interview page (external site):






―― マギル大学のMBA日本プログラムについて教えてください。

マギルMBA日本プログラムは、Financial Times Global 100 Rankingsにも入っている世界レベルのMBAコースを、日本にいながらにして受けられるプログラムです。月平均二週の週末、マギル大学モントリオール本校の教授陣が来日して、本校とまったく同じカリキュラムを実施。2年生のカリキュラムには本校を訪問する学習も組み込まれています。卒業生は本校の生徒と同じ学位を取得するため、本校での卒業式に参加する事もできます。授業はすべて英語で行われており、生徒は日本人と外国人がだいたい半分ずつです。

―― 生徒の皆さんはなぜマギル大学のプログラムを選ぶのでしょうか?



―― そのような給与・ポジションアップの事例がいくつもあるのでしょうか。





―― なぜそのような給与・ポジションアップが可能なのでしょうか?





―― 転職しない方はどのような方なのでしょうか?






―― どのような方に入学していただきたいですか?




―― 最後に読者へメッセージをお願いします。






マギル大学ジャパン経営学修士課程(MBA)日本プログラム ディレクター。マギル大学MBA日本プログラムは、文部科学大臣指定外国大学日本校の一つ。マギル大学は4番目の指定校で、MBAプログラムを持つ海外大学としては2校目になる。マギル大学は、1821年ケベック州モントリオールに設立されたカナダ有数の高等教育機関。2つのキャンパス、11の学部、11のプロフェッショナルスクール、300以上の研究プログラムがあり、8,300人の大学院生を含む39,000人以上の学生が在籍。そのうち約24%は世界150カ国からの留学生。広範囲の分野で11人のノーベル賞受賞者を輩出。なかでも医学部が有名で、デソーテル経営学部MBAプログラムも国際的な評価が高い。




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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

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