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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.


Meet with the McGill MBA Japan program

September 1, 2016

We will be at the QS MBA Fair at the Westin Tokyo, on Saturday, September 3rd between 3:30PM -5:30PM.
More information:

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:

It will be a great opportunity to find out more about our unique program.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Applications Open May 15th

May 11, 2016

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.

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.

McGill MBA Japan Entrepreneurs Roundtable on April 13th 2016

April 8, 2016

Our Annual McGill MBA Japan Entrepreneurs Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 as we welcome one of our most successful and interesting Entrepreneurial Professors–Michael Avedesian.

The theme of this year’s event is Real Experience, where we will hear the experiences of not only Professor Avedesian, but other successful and budding Entrepreneurs from the McGill Community in Japan, and the wider community.

This event will help everyone understand the challenges and rewards of becoming an entrepreneur.

Panelists Include:

  • Professor Michael Avedesian, Experienced Entrepreneur, and Professor at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management and Faculty of Engineering.
  • Jeffry Char, Founder and CEO, J-Seed Ventures.
  • Tsutsumi Takashi, CEO and Founder, Learning Entrepreneurs Lab, Co., Ltd.
  • Clinton Gass, Founder and CEO, Gass Teas.
  • This event will be held in English and is Open to McGill MBA Japan Students, Alumni, Friends, and the General Public.

The event takes place at the Rose Garden Hotel, which is directly on top of Tokyo Metro, Marunouchi Line, Nishi-Shinjuku Station.

Start time is 7PM and the cost is 5,000 yen which includes a buffet and drinks.

Sign up through Peatix:

100% Student Satisfaction Rate

February 16, 2016

A survey of the most recent graduating class, the class of 2016, indicated that 100% of students were very satisfied or satisfied with the McGill MBA Japan program. An outstanding result for our great weekend MBA program in Tokyo.

Professor’s Tuesday–February 9, 2016–everyone invited

February 1, 2016

The Desautels Faculty of Management’s McGill MBA Japan program invites everyone to Professor’s Tuesday, our Networking and Educational event.

Professor’s Tuesday runs from 7PM to 9PM on Tuesday, February 9th at the Rose Garden Hotel in Nishi-Shinjuku. Our featured speaker is Professor Alain Pinsonneault of the Desautels Faculty of Management, who will bring us insights from his latest research on the impacts of IT on organisations and business.

Professor’s Tuesday includes an opportunity to network with McGill Students and Alumni, Friends of McGill, and guests.

Pricing and sign up for Professors Tuesday is through Peatix at the link below:

Looking forward to seeing you at Professor’s Tuesday.


Meet our Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou of Desautels

January 29, 2016

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou of the Desautels Faculty of Management was recently interviewed in the Financial Times.

Professor Bajeux-Besnainou is the first female Dean of the Desautels Faculty. In this interview she gives her views on diversity, and the benefits of Canadian Business Schools.

Read a PDF of the interview is available through this link:

McGill–Desautels–MBA Rankings–Global Top 100

January 25, 2016

The most important consideration for any MBA student is the fit between the student’s desire, career stage, and life situation.  The Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University has made a substantial rise in the 2016, Financial Times Global Top 100 Business Schools. This means that the McGill MBA Japan program is able to deliver the quality and recognition of the Desautels Faculty of Management’s MBA program in a weekend format, in Nishi-Shinjuku, the heart of business in Tokyo.  No other program in Japan is as internationally recognised and respected as McGill.

Learn more about the Financial Times Global 100 rankings by visiting the FT website.

McGill Japan Forum and Shinnenkai–Big Success

January 21, 2016

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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