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Alumni profiles

Find out from our alumni how the Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Business Administration gave them the business background they needed to take a step forward.


GDBA Alumni Videos: Why JMSB?

Graduates from the John Molson School of Business’s Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) share their experiences and discuss what brought them to JMSB to pursue their studies.

Featured Alumni:

  • Mariana Bitiato – GDBA ’16 – Project Coordinator - Localization at Hasbro
  • Daniel Powell – GDBA ‘16 – Therapy Coordinator at AmerisourceBergen
  • Tanvi Kadukar – GDBA ’16 – Account Manager at Nimonik

Why do a GDBA/GCBA?

Alumni from a wide range of industries explain their motivation to pursue the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at JMSB and discuss what the program offered to them throughout their studies.

Featured Alumni:

  • Mariana Bitiato – GDBA ’16 – Project Coordinator - Localization at Hasbro
  • Daniel Powell – GDBA ‘16 – Therapy Coordinator at AmerisourceBergen
  • Tanvi Kadukar – GDBA ’16 – Account Manager at Nimonik

Careers before and after the GDBA/GCBA

Taking on a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) is a big step in one’s professional development. It is a life-changing decision that impacts career and lifestyle. GDBA studies can change a student’s perspective, career goals and aspirations, and opens doors to new networks and new professional opportunities. Hear two GDBA graduates discuss their careers before and after completing the GDBA program.

Featured Alumni:

  • Mariana Bitiato – GDBA ’16 – Project Coordinator - Localization at Hasbro
  • Tanvi Kadukar – GDBA ’16 – Account Manager at Nimonik

Suparna Barai

Suparna Barai (GDBA 2016)

Customer Service Advocate at Future Electronics

Why JMSB: I chose JMSB because I liked the curriculum it offers graduate diploma students. JMSB’s international reputation played a major role in my choice as well. Moreover, the program doesn’t require any work experience or GMAT as admission requirements. Hence, being a fresh graduate, I thought the GDBA at JMSB would be the right choice for me to gain a better understanding of the Canadian business environment in one year only!

Your Experience at JMSB: From the moment I started in the program, I was engaged with campus activities that JMSB facilitates for students: this transformed my persona. One gets every opportunity to learn, to grow and to be their best at JMSB, both academically and professionally.  Experienced faculty, student-friendly administration, outstanding student activities and great networking opportunities with a variety of industries, altogether make a remarkable experience for students at JMSB. I am really proud to have been a part of this school.

Country of origin: Bangladesh
Studied: GDBA, full-time
Academic background: B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering (SVNIT, India)
Work experience: Volunteered at Career Management Services and worked as a project assistant for the graduate recruitment office at JMSB

Mohamed Refaat

Mohamed Refaat (GCBA 2016)

Co-founder & CEO at Gym Fuel

Having completed a bachelors in Political Science, I decided to pursue the GDBA to grow my understanding of business and to develop my business network. The program opened many career opportunities for me by expanding my knowledge and by connecting me with hardworking, passionate people. Everyone I encountered at JMSB was willing to help: my professors, my classmates, my tutors. That’s why JMSB is considered one of the top business schools in North America.

Country of origin: Egypt
Studied: GDBA, part-time
Academic background: Bachelor of Arts, major in Political Science, minor in Law & Society

Khanh Van

Khanh Van (GDBA 2017)

Sales Assistant at Sumitomo Canada Limited

Why JMSB: As a new immigrant in Montreal, I believe that JMSB’s GDBA was the perfect fit to help me enter the Canadian labour market. Coupled with my business management skills and industry expertise in Vietnam, the program provided me with advanced knowledge in finance and strategic management as well as a better understanding of the business environment in Canada.

Your Experience at JMSB: I greatly appreciated the administrative staff who were always ready to listen and give students strong support and valuable advice. I’m proud to have been a graduate student of one of the top business schools in North America and I enjoyed every day that I spent with my excellent professors and classmates.

Country of origin: Vietnam
Studied: Part-time
Academic background: Bachelor of Arts, Business English
Work experience: Sales executive in a multinational corporation

Heba Abou-Abed

Heba Abou-Abed graduated from the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business in 2014. Heba shares her experience at JMSB in the GDBA program and explains how it helped her develop new skills, strengthen others, and gave her the confidence to enter the Canadian labor market, as a new migrant to Montreal.


Corey McCormick

Corey McCormick completed the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (GCBA) in December 2014 before joining the MBA program in January. Corey shares his experience in the GCBA and explains how it has complemented his background in Science with hands-on business skills that he can use in his day-to-day work tasks.


Raafat Sultan

Raafat Sultan graduated from the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (2010) at Concordia University's John Molson School of Business. Raafat describes how completing the GDBA enhances career opportunities. 


Audrey Doyon

Audrey Doyon-Lessard graduated from the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (2011) at Concordia University's John Molson School of Business. Audrey talks about how the GCBA has prepared her to soon start her own business in Athletic Therapy.


Testimonials from GCBA graduates of the RI-MUHC

Floriana Berretta, PhD, GCBA 2012

Regulatory Affairs Scientist, Pharmascience Inc.

Dr Berretta talks about how the GCBA gave her the business skills she needed to complement her science and research background. She also tells how completing the GCBA helped her develop her professional network.


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Ian Swanson, BSCH, MSc, GCBA 2010

Business Development Associate, Synaptive Medical, Toronto, Canada

"When I realized academia was not where my future lay, I discovered that my experiences and skill set left blatant gaps that would require filling as I stepped off the academic path. Much like other science students, my university experience had been exclusively focused on building the knowledge and skills required to succeed in my field, but they were not easily transferable to other disciplines.

Enrolling in the GCBA program was an easy win; the courses were instrumental in helping me bridge the gap between science and business. Although they were definitely a different style of class from that I was used to in science, they were not nearly as daunting as I thought they would be. I now work at a company that straddles the line between business and science, and I feel the GCBA program not only helped me land the job, but also facilitated a smooth transition out of academia."

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