by Barbara Black
Four outstanding members of the business community were honoured by the
John Molson School of Business at the annual Awards of Distinction luncheon,
held Nov. 27 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
Kenneth Woods, president of Coolwoods Investments and director of
the CICA Accounting Standards Board, is a 1975 MBA graduate of Concordia.
I was looking for a practical business education, and I got it at
Concordia, Woods said. I liked money, and I liked numbers,
and the two added together meant finance.
Woods said that he has never forgotten the influence of the late Dr. Calvin
Potter, who was then chair of the Finance Department. He has responded
by giving $1 million to create the Ken Woods Portfolio Management Program
at Concordia. Selected students manage a simulated portfolio, and over
three years, do summer internships in the buying and selling aspects of
The program is actively supported by a large number of local business
executives. The 15 participating students, who are now in their first
and second years of the program, attended the luncheon, and stood up at
Woods invitation to be acknowledged. Now based in Vancouver, Woods
is a director of Arts Umbrella, Canadas leading institute for performing
and visual arts for children 2 to 19, and the Concordia University Foundation.
Christiane Germain has adapted the boutique hotel
concept to the Quebec tourism market through her Groupe Germain. These
include the Hôtel Germain-des-Prés, in Ste. Foy, the Dominion
1912, in the Old Port of Quebec City, and Le Germain, in downtown Montreal.
When she accepted her award, she made a strong pitch for women in business.
She said that when shes faced with two candidates, male and female,
with equal qualifications, she always picks the woman.
Paul Delage Roberge was raised in the retail clothing business,
and recalled helping his mother with her fashion designs. Since then,
with his wife Camille, he has developed San Francisco Boutiques into a
major business force in Quebec.
The company now has nine banners, including Bikini Village
and San Francisco Maillots, with a total of 181 outlets, and three department
stores under the name Les Ailes de la Mode.
Roberge is now entering the Ontario market, opening Les Ailes in Ottawas
Bayshore Shopping Centre and in three malls in Toronto. His fourth Les
Ailes de la Mode will open in Montreals former Eatons store,
and is expected to contribute to the revitalization of the downtown core.
Sherry Cooper, senior vice-president and chief economist of BMO
Nesbitt Burns, was given an Award of Distinction, but was not available
to accept it.
Dr. Cooper raised eyebrows in her column in the National Post recently,
when she advocated giving up on our separate Canadian currency because
she felt there was no solution to the sinking loony. The author of the
highly successful The Cooper Files, she has just published another
business book, Ride the Wave.
Her award was accepted by Ronald Monet, an executive of BMO Nesbitt Burns
and a member of the advisory board of Concordias School of Community
and Public Affairs. Monet will teach a course called Public Affairs Strategies
in the School of Business in January.