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Come and join us for the 2017 edition of the INSEAD Americas Alumni Forum!

28 - 29 April 2017


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Innovation & "entrepreneurship: shaping the future of the Americas

28-29 April 2017, Sofitel Golden Mile, Montreal, Canada

In today's fast paced world, you have to innovate just to stay in place and not be left behind. To leap ahead of your competition takes disruptive and radical innovations.

What drives innovative ideas? How can you translate these ideas into real value? What are the keys to actually capturing that value?

These are just some of the key questions that were addressed in the 2017 INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas. Renowned INSEAD faculty and leading entrepreneurs and business executives helped us dive into and walk away with new insights on driving innovation.



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IAF Fundraising Dinner

Special guests:

Bill Morneau, MBA'90J, Minister of Finance of Canada

Andreas Jacobs, MBA'90D, Chairman of INSEAD                                                                                                                                             

Dress code: Business / cocktail attire.

Power Corporation of Canada
751 Victoria Square
Montréal, Québec, Canada H2Y 2J3

Friday 28 April 2017


The Innovation Quotient

Sold out.

Egon Zehnder Montreal
1 Place Ville Marie, 32nd floor


Champagne Brunch for INSEAD volunteers

By invitation only.

Salon Founders and Browne
University Club of Montreal
2047 Mansfield St, Montreal, QC H3A 1Y7, Canada


Lunch meeting at Notman House

Hosted by Alan MacIntosh, MBA'87D, General Partner, Real Ventures, and Angelique Mannella, MBA'08D, Associate Vice-Principal of Innovation and Partnerships, McGill

Limited places. Register today!

Notman House
51 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC H2X 1X2

Art and Innovation: Learning to Look

Workshop hosted by:

Neely H. McNulty, Acting Head of Education / Images and ArtStart Instructor, Hood Museum of Art

Vivian Ladd, Museum Educator, Hood Museum of Art

Sold out.

Musée des beaux‐arts de Montréal
2200 Rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B8, Canada
18:00Americas Forum official launch and reception at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts                                                                                                                  

Musée des beaux‐arts de Montréal
1380 Sherbrooke West

19:00Private visit of the exhibition "Chagall: Colour and Music" 

Cocktail dinner party

We invite you to an exclusive buffet dinner celebrating Montreal, Canada and the Americas.

Dress code: Cocktail chic (dark suits and ties for men and cocktail dresses for women).


Saturday 29 April 2017


INSEAD Young Alumni Initiative Breakfast

By invitation only.

Novotel Centre Montreal
1180 rue de la Montagne
H3G 1Z1 Montréal
7:30Breakfast for forum participants and registration

Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile
1155 Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal - Quebec
H3A 2N3 Montreal Canada

Monet-Chagall Room


Opening and welcome

Kamal Hassan, MBA'93D, President, IAA Canada

Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD, The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation

Picasso room

Overview of morning session

Magali Depras, IEP'07, IDP-C'14, President, IAA Montreal Chapter (master of ceremony)


Montreal: Intelligent Community of the Year

Hubert Bolduc, President & CEO, Montreal International


Blue Oceans, Creativity and Future Performance

Renee Mauborgne, The INSEAD Distinguished Fellow of Strategy and International Management; Co-Director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute


The Marvel Way: Restoring a Blue Ocean

F. Peter Cuneo, Executive Chairman, Iconix Brand Group

Moderator: Stewart Black, Professor of Management Practice in Global Leadership and Strategy




Kickstarting Innovation: Where Startups Shine

Panel discussion with:

Eric Fournier, Partner & Executive Producer, Moment Factory

Caterina Rizzi, Co-Founder, Breather

Ethan Song, Co-Founder & CEO, Frank & Oak

Julian Giacomelli, MBA'96D, President & Co-founder, RISE Kombucha

Moderator: Alan MacIntosh, MBA'87D, General Partner, Real Ventures

Picasso room
12:20Networking lunchMonet-Chagall room

Overview of afternoon session

Stewart Black, Professor of Management Practice in Global Leadership and Strategy

Magali Depras, IEP'07, IDP-C'14, President, IAA Montreal Chapter (master of ceremony)

Picasso room

Innovating Governance

Ludo van Der Heyden, The INSEAD Chaired Professor of Corporate Governance; Academic Director, INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative

Dan Pontefract, Chief Envisioner, TELUS Transformation Office

Moderator: Stewart Black, Professor of Management Practice in Global Leadership and Strategy


Sustaining a culture of innovation

Panel discussion with:

Charles-Edouard Bouée, CEO, Roland Berger

Paul Desmarais III, MBA'10J, Vice-President, Power Financial Corporation

Robert Dewar, Vice President & General Manager CSeries at Bombardier Aerospace

Alex Hutchinson, Creative Director, Ubisoft Montreal

San Rahi, Head of Development, Sid Lee Studio

Moderator: Guthrie Stewart, MBA'85J, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Private Investments, PSP Investments


Artificial Intelligence: A Key Technology to Think About in Business

Jeremy Barnes, Chief Architect, Element AI

Moderator: Warren Levitan, MBA'99J, Co-founder and Director, Smooch


How the #1 business school in the world is shaping the future of business

Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD, The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation

Peter Zemsky, Dean of Executive Education/Dean of Innovation


Final remarks

Kamal Hassan, MBA'93D, President, IAA Canada

Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD, The Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation

17:30End of the forum 
17:45Dean's leadership reception (by invitation only)Monet room

Putting on the Glitz

Step back into 1930s eveningwear for a night of glitz, glamour and sparkles!

Crew Collective
360 St-Jacques


What do forum tickets include?

Ticket types (below):IAF Gala Dinner (Thursday April 27)Workshop: The Innovation Quotient (Friday April 28)Lunch meeting @ Notman House (Friday April 28)Workshop: Art & Innovation (Friday April 28)Cocktail reception (Friday April 28)Forum (Saturday April 29) "Putting on the Glitz" party (Saturday April 29)
Alumni Forum Americas Ticket: Flash Sale (Summer 2016 - sold out) OptionalOptionalOptional
IAF dinner & alumni forum bundle package (sold out)OptionalOptionalOptional
IAF Canada annual fundraising gala dinner      
Forum-only package: members of the INSEAD Alumni Association or National Associations globally OptionalOptionalOptional
Forum-only package: non-members OptionalOptionalOptional
Saturday conference only OptionalOptionalOptional  
Saturday party only      
Friday reception and Saturday party only     

Access to the forum on Saturday includes networking lunch and coffee breaks.

Members of any National Alumni Association (NAA) or the International Alumni Association (IAA) qualify for discounted tickets. To join the Alumni Association Canada or any other NAA please visit MyINSEAD.

To book a member ticket your membership must be current at the time of booking. Non-members who book members tickets will automatically be refunded.

All dietary requirements must be up to date for you and your guests by 2 April 2017.

Dear INSEAD Alumni and Friends,

The Canadian Alumni Association is thrilled to invite you to join the 2017 INSEAD Americas Alumni Forum on April 28th and 29th in Montreal.

2017 will mark the 375th anniversary of Montreal and will be a full year of celebrations with many events and highlights.

We will be happy to share with you Montreal's uniqueness and vivacity: its history and heritage, its creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, its cultural and artistic scene, its gastronomy and quality of life and the hospitality of its people!

2017 will also mark Canada's 150th anniversary and the foundation by the Fathers of Confederation who first envisioned and paved the way to a united and prosperous Canada.

So be here for Canada's big year and to celebrate this once in a lifetime anniversary with us in Montreal!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Warm greetings,

Your Alumni Forum Organising Committee


See who attended the INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas 2017! Should you find that any of the details in the participant list is not accurate, please contact us.

Participant list

To stay in touch with your fellow alumni ahead of the event, we also invite you to update your personal details on MyINSEAD.

How can I access MyINSEAD?

  • Your username is: [email protected]
  • Your password is: the one currently used for /MyINSEAD/iConnect

How can I change MyINSEAD password (with my current credentials)?

How can I recover MyINSEAD password (with my username)?

If you do not know your credentials please contact the 24/7 service desk at [email protected]

We look forward to welcoming you in Montreal!


This event is possible thanks to the support of our sponsors:


Power Corporation of Canada
Incorporated in 1925, Power Corporation of Canada is a diversified international management and holding company with interests in companies in the financial services, communications and other business sectors.


Dow Jones
Dow Jones has grown over the past 130 years to become an information powerhouse. Every day, they deliver trusted and focused information to the biggest businesses in the world. From the morning paper to late night alerts, their information moves markets, protects companies and powers critical decisions.


For nearly six decades, AGF has been providing asset management services to institutions and individuals around the globe.

JLL is a financial and professional services firm specializing in commercial real estate services and investment management.

The Royal Bank of Canada
The Royal Bank of Canada is a Canadian multinational financial services company and the largest bank in Canada.


Kevric is a leader in the Canadian real estate industry. It specializes in the redevelopment and repositioning of existing properties and the development of new properties primarily in Montreal, Toronto, and the Ottawa / Gatineau national capital district.

TD Securities
TD Securities provides a wide range of capital market products and services to corporate, government and institutional clients who choose us for our knowledge, innovation and experience in the following key areas of finance:

  • Investment and Corporate Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Interest Rate, Currency and Derivative Products
  • Commodities.


PSP Investments is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, with $116.8 billion of assets under management as at March 31, 2016.

Cumberland Private Wealth Management 
Cumberland Private Wealth Management was founded in 1997 to help individuals and families achieve their financial and lifestyle goals.

Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo offers businesses a broad range of financial products and services to help you make the most of opportunities in Canada.

BCG brings great value to clients by forging partnerships in transformation.

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non governmental organizations, and not-for-profits.


DNA Capital 
DNA Capital is a leading boutique investment bank that delivers optimal results to its clients by providing tailored advisory services and best-in-class execution.



The Venue

The INSEAD Alumni Forum Americas will be held at the Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile. At this icon of glamour and style you will experience the authentic charm of sophisticated French elegance infused with the bold and brilliant creativity of this vibrant cosmopolitan city.

1155 Sherbrooke Ouest
Phone: (+1)514/285-9000
Fax: (+1)514/289-1155
Mail: [email protected] 

Click here to view on map. For directions, please click here.


The room contingent at preferred rates is sold out. Please contact the Sofitel directly for room availability:


Alternate Accommodation

Novotel Montreal Centre

The Novotel is located only steps from the Bell Centre in the heart of downtown Montreal. To book a room online, please visit the hotel's website.

Alternatively, you can call the Hotel at (514) 871-2138, or toll free +1 866 861 6112 (Canada/US). You can also contact the hotel by fax (514) 861-6470 or by e-mail at [email protected].

Alt Hotel

At the crossroads of Young, Peel, Wellington and Smith Streets, the Alt Hotel Montreal is nested in the trendy Griffintown neighbourhood, at the entrance of the city’s centre and steps away from the Lachine Canal and Old Montreal area.

Rooms at the Alt Hotel can be reserved at the best available rate by calling +1 855 823-8120 (toll free), or by e-mail at rese[email protected].

Dress code

The dress code for the Alumni Forum is business attire.

Media, filming and photography

INSEAD may engage professional photographers for this event. All sessions will be filmed. We reserve the right to use any film and/or photography from the event in our print and digital marketing collateral. Delegates who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should contact the INSEAD Events team prior to the event.

What to do in Montreal

Montreal celebrates its 375th anniversary this year, so there are plenty of events and activities to do in the city. If you are looking for suggestions, please visit this webpage.

For any queries, please contact us at:

[email protected] or Events hotline: +33 (0)1 60 72 48 48  (office hours).


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