How AlphaGo (and two McGillians) made AI history

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 3:31 pm

The computer program AlphaGo‘s recent win over top Go player Lee Sedol made international headlines. Meet the two McGill grads who helped AlphaGo make history.

This hockey agent gets his elbows up

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Allan Walsh, BA’87, is the co-managing director of Octagon, an agency that represents some of the top players in the NHL. He doesn’t mind putting a few noses out of joint if it’s in the interests of his clients.

Portrait of the PM-designate as a young man

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Justin Trudeau, BA’94, will be the third McGill graduate to serve as Canada’s prime minister. What role did McGill play in preparing him for his political career?

The finance minister’s right-hand man

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm

After the collapse of oil prices, Canadians were anxious to see the contents of the most recent federal budget. Deputy Finance Minister Paul Rochon, BA’83, played a key role in putting it together.

Taking stock of homelessness

Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm

McGill researchers recently coordinated the “I Count MTL” project, an ambitious survey of Montreal’s homeless population that involved 800 volunteers and 60 organizations.

How Samir became Sugar Sammy

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Today, he is a provocative poster boy for a post-Bill 101 Quebec. Before that, he was a McGill cultural studies student who picked up a new nickname that stuck – Sugar Sammy.

McGill grad is Canada’s youngest premier

Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Brian Gallant, LLM’11, the new premier of New Brunswick, has a long to-do list to attend to. At the top of the list: repairing his province’s economy and bringing civility to politics.

Rebuilding hope in Lac Mégantic

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm

A year after the town’s core was reduced to ashes, three McGill students have come up with a bold business plan to help Lac Mégantic get back on its feet.

Quebec’s new finance minister faces tough challenges

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

Quebec finance minister Carlos Leitao, BA’79, once ranked as the world’s second best economist, is grateful to McGill for helping him adapt to his new country.

The view from above

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Wade Larson, MBA’00, is the driving force behind UrtheCast Corp., a Vancouver-based company that plans to “democratize” the view from space, offering anyone with an Internet connection the chance to see Earth the way astronauts do.