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Jeanne Catteau

MSc International Business with CEMS-MIM 2019


MSc '19, Ivey Business School

Tell us about yourself. 

Born and raised in France, I left my beloved hometown at the age of 18 to study International Business abroad. I have lived on different continents for the last 6 years, with university semesters and work experiences in Marketing in Canada, Germany, France, Singapore, and India. After my last two semesters of class in Portugal and Chile, I hope to get a marketing position with an international scope in Canada or Europe. Product Management, that's my cup of tea!

What were you most nervous about when you began the program? Has that nervousness eased, and/or how have your expectations been met/exceeded?

As a French native speaker, entering Ivey's MSc was a bit intimidating. When I sat down in front of Ivey Faculty on the first day, during the introduction session and I heard about "participation grades," I must say I was scared that I would not be able to keep up with the high level of my class. My nervousness has been eased. Not only was I able to step outside of my comfort zone by speaking in English in front of a class of native English speakers, but I also became a lot more comfortable doing so and today, it is not a fear anymore!

How is your story different from that of your classmates? What perspective do you bring to the class? 

In my class, there were only a couple of Europeans. Two other people and me. Being the only French girl in a group of students was something really new to me and I realized how different my perspective was compared to my classmates. For example, the way European people see careers is very different. I grew up in an environment where "you work to live" and I was told that in Canada, people tended more to "live to work." It was interesting to exchange views about this topic. I think some people see it a bit differently now, and so do I: it's not black or white, we all have to find the right balance between our personal and professional life, based on our personalities, aspirations, and cultural environment.

Describe a moment you’ve experienced inside or outside the classroom at Ivey that you will never forget.

I experienced a lot of emotions during the Business Communication classes, taught by an excellent teacher, who is very involved in the classroom and who can make people laugh and cry almost simultaneously. I learned so much in only a few weeks with her! And I can definitely say I laughed a lot and cried a little as well. Outside the classroom, there are many fun stories that happened to me as the only French girl at Ivey (maybe there are other French people, but I didn't meet any). Very often, the cultural difference made me and my classmates laugh. Like when you arrive at a wine and cheese party as a French person, looking forward to eating super tasty cheese and the only cheese you see is cheddar cheese...!


  • Bachelor in Business Administration- Marketing, HEC Montreal