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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.

McGill Japan Forum and Shinnenkai January 14th, 2016

December 18, 2015

The McGill Alumni Association of Japan (MAAJ) and the McGill Japan office are pleased to announce the 2016 McGill Japan Forum and MAAJ Shinnenkai.The topic of this year’s McGill Japan Forum is “New Wave of Globalization of Japanese Companies” and will be a panel discussion (in English) on the globalization of Japanese corporations and current challenges for Japanese corporations in the global economy. How is it different from past rounds of internationalization? What effects will it have on companies and employees?

Panelists include:

  • Ryo Hirooka, CFO, Hoya Corporation
  • Francois-Xavier Leinhart, Senior Managing Corporate Officer, LIXIL Corporation, CEO LIXIL Kitchen Technologies
  • Quentin O’Mahony, General Manager, JAL CAE Flight Training

This will be followed by the MAAJ Shinnenkai where you network and share your thoughts on globalization.
Guests and members of the general public are welcome. You may attend either the Forum or the Reception or both.

Financial Times- Teaching the Impact of Climate Change-Professor Steve Maguire

December 1, 2015

Professor Steve Maguire, of the Desautels Faculty of Management is quoted in the recent Financial Times article, Teaching the Impact of Climate Change to the Leaders of Tomorrow, on November 29th, 2015.

To read the article, visit the Financial Times website here.

You can also read a PDF version of the article

Japan MBA Case Competition–Big Success

November 27, 2015

The Third Annual Japan MBA Case Competition–JMBACC took place on Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at Waseda University in Tokyo. This competition brings together teams from across Japan, Asia and North America to compete for the JMBACC cup.

This student-driven event was particularly challenging this year as it involved a Live Case, which means that an ongoing business problem posed by an operating company was the basis of the case. This year, LIXIL, which is a leading supplier of home improvement products and services was the company in question. McGill MBA Japan students Miyuki Ueda and Yo Sato wrote the case.

Overseas teams included the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto, Henry W. Block School of Management of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Chulanlongkorn University, Thailand.

The finalists teams were Doshisha Business School, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Waseda Business School of Waseda University, Tokyo and Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy of Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

All teams put on an excellent performance, and the cup went to the Hitotsubashi Team.

Congratulations to all participants.

Learn more at the JMBACC website:

Class of 2017 Case Competition

The Desautels Faculty of Management’s, MBA Japan Class of 2017 participated in their Case Competition on Saturday and Sunday, November 21st and 22nd. The Case Competition is the culmination of the first year of the McGill MBA Japan program’s Integrated CORE curriculum.

Professor Richard Donovan, from the Desautels Faculty in Montreal, gave a lecture on how to understand and make an analysis of a complex business case, but together a set of recommendations, then present these to a client company. The McGill MBA Japan program calls on our many alumni to play the role of executives, and make a judgement on the strongest team.

This year, we were fortunate to have 16 judges join us from among our hundreds of alumni in Japan.

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