Faculty Profiles

Jan Ericsson

Professor of Finance - Derivatives and Risk Management

Professor Ericsson joined the Desautels Faculty of Management in the autumn of 1999 with a PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics (1997). A former Marie Curie Fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, he is now an associate professor , coordinator of the finance group, and a fellow at the Stockholm Institute for Financial Research (SIFR). Ericsson’s current research focuses on risk premia in corporate bond and credit derivative markets, and has been published in, among others, the Journal of Business and the Journal of Finance. Recently, his paper “Can Structural Models price Default? Evidence from Bond and Credit Derivative Markets, “ joint with Hao Wang and Joel Reneby, was recipient of the Best Fixed Income Paper prize at the 2006 FMA. His work has been presented more than 60 times at conferences and seminars across North America, Europe and Asia.

At McGill, Professor Ericsson has given derivatives, and fixed income courses at BCOM, MBA and PhD levels. Currently, he teaches introductory finance in the undergraduate and the MBA Japan programs. Additional pedagogic experiences are under the auspices of the Norwegian School of Management, the Stockholm School of Economics, and the Catholic University of Louvain.

Alain Pinsonneault

James McGill Professor of Information Systems - Winning with IT

Dr. Pinsonneault, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is the Imasco Chair of Information Systems and James McGill Professor in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. He is also the Co-Director of the McGill HEC EMBA since 2005.

He has published over 100 papers in journals, refereed proceedings, and as book chapters. Dr. Pinsonneault and given more than 95 conferences worldwide, many of which as a keynote or distinguished speaker. His work has been published in top journals such as Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of MIS, and Organization Science.

Professor Pinsonneault holds a PhD in Administration from the University of California, Irvine.

Adolfo de Motta

Associate Professor of Finance - Applied Corporate Finance

Professor de Motta’s research focuses on corporate finance, financial intermediation and organization theory. His current research topics include the optimal degree of corporate diversification, the role of institutional investors on corporate governance and the performance of venture capital markets. Professor de Motta has published his work in the Journal of Finance and in the Review of Economic Studies.

Professor de Motta holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has been teaching in the McGill MBA Japan program since 2003.

Michael Avedesian

Special Advisor to McGill Univesity - Managing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise

Dr. Avedesian joined McGill’s Faculty of Management in September 2003 as an Executive-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor after a long career in industry. He teaches courses in strategic management in the Faculty of Management and technological entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Engineering. Currently, he is also Business Development Group Manager, in the Office of Technology Transfer at McGill.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of several companies including HQ CapiTech, HQ IndusTech, Avestor Inc. and TM4 Inc. He most recently retired from the Boards of Ningxia Huayuan Metallurgical Industry Corp. based in Yinchuan China, Lab 7 Networks Inc. located in Ottawa and the International Magnesium Association in Washington D.C. He was also Chairman of the Board of Lab 7 Networks Inc., an early stage security software company with proprietary new technology. Previously, he was the CEO of Liponex Inc., a bio-pharmaceutical therapeutic drug research company originating at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Prior to that, Dr. Avedesian was President of Noranda Magnesium Inc., which culminated a 21-year career with Noranda in various operations and business management functions, among other important senior management roles.

Professor Avedesian lectures and speaks widely on the subject of Entrepreneurship, and is highly regarded by students and alumni of the McGill MBA Japan Program.

Professor Avedesian holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill, and a PhD from Cambridge University.

Steve Maguire

Professor, Founding Director, Desautels Centre for Integrative Management - Markets and Globlization/Topics in Strategy

Dr. Maguire is Professor of Strategy and Organization in the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. He teaches in the core of the MBA program (Markets and Globalization) as well as elective courses at both the BCom and MBA levels on topics related to his research (Strategies for Sustainable Development, Managing Organizational Politics). He also conducts seminars in the executive the education programs. Dr. Maguire was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management in August, 2011. He is responsible for formulating and implementing strategies that advance the Institute’s mandate; as well as overseeing the Institute’s operations.

Dr. Maguire’s research focuses on technological and institutional change driven by the emergence of new risks to human health and the environment. Specifically, he seeks to understand the fates of particular technologies (i.e. whether, how and why they are adopted and enter the economy; whether, how and why they are abandoned and exit the economy) and how this is influenced by the activities and strategic behaviours of non-market actors (e.g. non-government organizations, scientists, politicians, and government organizations) in addition to market ones (e.g. firms and their customers).

In 2008, he was a finalist for the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Maguire was awarded a 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to his peers, his community, and to Canada.

Professor Maguire holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Queen’s University, an MBA from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) Montreal.

Demetrios Vakratsas

Associate Dean, Masters Programs - Markets and Globalization

Dr. Demetrios Vakratsas joined McGill’s Faculty of Management in 2000. Prior to joining McGill, he taught and participated in research projects at The University of Texas at Dallas, London Business School, and University of Thessaloniki (Greece). His research focuses on issues of consumer response to firms’ promotional and advertising strategies, strategic market entry decisions made by firms, marketing of financial services and internet marketing. His research has appeared in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Marketing, and Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis.

Professor Vakratsas teaches in the Core and Electives portions of the McGill MBA Japan program currently serves as Associate Dean, Masters Programs at the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Professor Vaktratsas holds a BSc from the University of Thessaloniki and an MSc and PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Francesca Carrieri

Professor of Finance - Markets and Globalization

Professor Carrieri became a member of McGill’s Faculty of Management in 1998, and teaches International Finance at the undergraduate and MBA level. Her teaching interests also include Investments, European Economy and Financial Markets. Professor Carrieri has taught both the McGill MBA Japan Core and Electives.

Professor Carrieri’s doctoral dissertation examined the importance of currency risk in European financial markets and the consequences of liberalization and monetary unification. Her ongoing research is focused on the impact of changes within the institutions of capital markets and, in particular, on changes in their integration.

Professor Carrieri’s research interests include asset pricing, international finance and time-series econometrics.

Professor Carrieri holds a PhD from the University of Southern California (USC).

Sebastian Betermier

Associate Professor - Finance

Sebastien Betermier is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. His research seeks to understand the relationships between risk and return and how these drive investors in their investment decisions. His work appears in top finance journals and has received several distinctions, including lead article in the Journal of Finance in 2017. Professor Betermier teaches Investment Management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been recognized repeatedly through nominations for teaching excellence which includes receiving the Desautels Distinguished Teaching Award and coaching the winning team of the PRMIA international risk management challenge in 2016 and 2017. He was named one of the World's Best 40 under 40 Business School Professors by Poets and Quants in 2017. Professor Betermier holds a PhD in Finance from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He was born in France and grew up in Paris and San Francisco.

Mehmet Gumus

Associate Professor Operations Management - Value Creation

He joined McGill in 2007 from the University of California at Berkeley where he completed his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and M.A. in Economics. In his research, Dr. Mehmet Gumus explores the impact of customer behavior and information asymmetry on supply chain management, dynamic pricing, and risk management. His papers are accepted for publication in Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Marketing Science and Production and Operations Management.PhD University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Gumus teaches in the McGill MBA Japan Core.

Matthieu Bouvard

Associate Professor of Finance - Value Creation

Professor Bourvards research interests are in corporate finance, corporate governance, contract theory and strategic information transmission. My current research focuses on the impact of financial markets frictions on the development of innovative firms, and on the certification and rating industry. Professor Bouvard teaches in the McGill MBA Japan Core. He holds a Msc in Management HEC Paris (2004) and a PhD from Toulouse University (2009)

Pablo Restrepo

Adjunct Professor of Negotiations - Managerial Negotiations

Pablo Restrepo-Sáenz is a consultant and professor in negotiation, business strategy and innovation with a rich international track record both in the private and public sectors. He is the President of Tandem insourcing, an international consulting firm that specializes in Negotiation, Strategy & Business Model Innovation. Mr. Restrepo has worked as a consultant since 1991, and has advised and trained for hundreds of corporations and organizations around the world. He is also a professor for McGill University since 2001, and Universidad de los Andes since 1993. His area of expertise is complex negotiations (he was one of the main advisors on strategy to the Colombian Government during the negotiations of the FTA with the United States of America) and strategy with a focus on innovation and family business. At present he is a member of KIN (Kellogg Innovation Network), of KAC Latin America (Kellogg Alumni Council for Latin America) and KEAN (Kellogg Executive MBA Admissions Network).

He has lived in France, and in the United States while getting his B.S. and B.A. at Columbia University and Depauw University respectively, he has an MBA from Universidad de los Andes, and an EMBA from Kellogg University. His mother tongue is Spanish and is fluent in English and French.

Professor Restrepo has taught Managerial Negotiations to hundreds of McGill MBA Japan Students since 2007.

B.Eng., Columbia University, MBA Kellogg School-Northwestern University

Richard Donovan

Professor of Practice in Management - Case Competition

Prior to joining McGill in July 1997, Richard Donovan worked at a top Canadian life insurance company for 8 years, where he held positions such as Systems Consultant, Senior Training and Development Consultant, and as a Production Manager supervising a staff of eighteen. Since his arrival at McGill, he has won outstanding teaching awards and student life awards on thirteen (13) occasions including most recently being listed in MacLean’s Guide to Canadian Universities (2006 ed.) as one of two Popular Professors in McGill Management.

Professor Donovan has trained and coached countless winning case competition teams, and has taught the Case Competition component of the McGill MBA Japan Program since 2010.

Corey Phelps

Professor - Technology Entrepreneurial Studies

Corey Phelps is Associate Professor of Strategy and Desautels Faculty Fellow at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. He also serves as the Associate Dean of Executive Education for the Faculty. In this role, Professor Phelps oversees three executive masters programs (the McGill-HEC EMBA, IMPM and IMHL) and the McGill Executive Institute, which is responsible for public and customized executive programs. He is also a member of the Faculty executive and academic committees. Prior to arriving at McGill, he was a faculty member at HEC Paris (2009-2014) and the Foster School of Business, University of Washington (2001-2009). He completed his Ph.D. at the Stern School of Business, New York University.

Genevieve Bassellier

Professor - Information Systems

Professor Bassellier's teaching interests include Information Systems Management, Knowledge Management, and Strategic Management of IT. She teaches these courses in the BCom, MBA, and PhD program.

Her research examines the management of Information Technologies. She explores the dynamics between IT professionals and their business clients, and the role of top management in IT strategic initiatives. She also looks at how organizations can best leverage their intellectual capital through knowledge adoption from online knowledge communities, knowledge integration in geographically dispersed teams, and knowledge requirements in the context of outsourcing.

Desmond Tsang

Associate Professor - Accounting

His research interests in accounting include Earnings Management, IFRS & Financial Reporting Fraud. Professor Tsang has published in real estate and accounting journals, including top journals such as Review of Accounting Studies, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research and Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. He has presented his research findings at conferences and has received several best paper awards. In 2015, he received the Aareal Award of Excellence in Real Estate Research.

Benjamin Croitoru

Associate Professor, Finance; Academic Director, MBA Japan - Finance

Dr. Croitoru's research has been concerned primarily with the equilibrium pricing of financial assets in the presence of imperfections (such as taxation, transaction costs for the international shipment of goods, or portfolio constraints such as restrictions on short sales). In his doctoral dissertation, he has examined how apparent inconsistencies in asset prices can arise within the framework of a rational equilibrium model. A useful economic role for the type of arbitrage activity that exploits these pricing discrepancies (and is often blamed for increasing market volatility) was demonstrated. Another chapter incorporated complex features of the tax system into the analysis of individual investment decisions and equilibrium security prices.

Dr. Croitoru's other research interests include international finance, the role of incomplete information and heterogeneous beliefs, and strategic behavior in financial markets. He has presented his research at the American Finance Association and the Western Finance Association meetings, as well as other conferences and universities in Europe and North America.

Dr. Croitoru's research has been published in several journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science and the Review of Financial Studies.

Ashesh Mukherjee

Associate Professor - Marketing

Dr. Ashesh Mukherjee joined McGill University after completing his PhD in marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Mukherjee teaches consumer behavior, marketing management, and marketing research at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels at McGill. He has also taught at universities in Brazil, Spain, Denmark, and India. Dr. Mukherjee has been nominated for the Principal & Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, a university-wide teaching award at McGill University and has received the Best PhD Advisor Award from the Desautels Doctoral Student Society.

Jui Ramaprasad

Associate Professor - Information Systems

Professor Ramaprasad’s research examines the impact of IT-enabled social interactions on behavior and outcomes in two main domains: music and dating, two industries that have been transformed significantly by information technology.

In the domain of music, Professor Ramaprasad examines the relationship between social media-enabled interactions and music consumption. She also examines motivations for contributing to and drivers of engagement in online music communities. Much of this research is conducted using individual-level behavioral data obtained through partnering with online music communities. More recently, Professor Ramaprasad has started to look at the role of emotions in motivating individuals to pay for music; a critical challenge in the music industry today.

Robert Mackalski

Assistant Professor (Teaching) - Marketing

Professor Mackalski co-teaches the Study Tour to Montreal for MBA Japan Students.

Paola Perez-Aleman

Associate Professor - Organizational Behaviour and Strategy

Paola Perez-Aleman is Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization at McGill University. Her research focuses on enterprise development and its links to wider socio-economic processes in emerging and developing economies. Her current projects investigate how clusters and networks of firms emerge and grow; how enterprises in developing countries build technological capabilities; and how firms implement sustainable production practices. Her recent article “Collective Learning in Global Diffusion: Spreading Quality Standards in a Developing Country Cluster,” published in Organization Science, was selected by the Industries Studies Association and INFORMS as one of the five best articles published in all the 11 INFORMS journals (800 articles) in 2011.