About the Desautels Management Achievement Awards
The Management Achievement Awards were established in 1979 to hon Canadian business leaders who have made a significant and valuable contribution to the Canadian economy and way of life, through their success in business and their involvement in the community. The recipients have inspired young Canadians from all backgrounds to develop their own talents as leaders and entrepreneurs.
The Awards have evolved into a luncheon that is regularly attended by hundreds of members of the business community. The Awards are chaired by a volunteer committee of students, with assistance from the Chancellor Emeritus of McGill, the Dean and the Associate Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management, and the Desautels Development and Alumni Relations Office.
Each year the executive committee meets with the Chancellor Emeritus of McGill, the Dean and the Associate Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management, and the Desautels Development and Alumni Relations Office in order to select the winners. The recipients of the 2014 Desautels Management Achievement Awards are:
Imran Amed, BCom’97, Founder, The Business of Fashion Magazine
Bringing a unique understanding of the creative and commercial sides of fashion, Imran Amed has emerged as one of the fashion industry’s leading writers, thinkers and commentators.
In 2007, he started writing a blog called The Business of Fashion (BoF) from his sofa just as social media and smartphones were about to explode onto the scene, new markets were rapidly emerging in China, India and Brazil, and the financial crisis threw the industry into a tailspin. Five years on, with its award-winning editorial franchises and a global reputation for intelligent, analytical content, BoF has grown into the pre-eminent daily destination for the global fashion community.
Imran has been named to British GQ’s list of the 100 Most Influential Men in Britain, Indian GQ’s list of the 50 Most Influential Global Indians, British Vogue’s list of 25 New Fashion Faces to Watch, and Wired UK’s list of the 100 most influential figures in Britain’s digital economy.
Previously, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Com from McGill University. He holds Canadian and British citizenship.