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Alma Lepage Award

In 2015, the award went to Géraldine Dallaire, doctoral candidate, and Louis-Jacques Filion, professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and holder of the Rogers – J. A. Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship at HEC Montréal, for their case titled:

"Geneviève Salbaing et l’histoire des Ballets Jazz de Montréal : savoir danser au rythme du temps"

+  Description of the Alma Lepage Award

The Alma Lepage Award recognizes the outstanding quality of a case featuring a woman manager. The award is aimed at encouraging the production of case studies focusing on women in the management field.

This award was founded to meet the wishes of Alma Lepage, who made a $210,000 donation to HEC Montréal in 1990 for the purpose of establishing a foundation, the revenue of which would go toward “promoting the advancement of women in management.” Inaugurated at the same time as the Foundation that bears the same name, the Alma Lepage Award has played a valuable role over the years in filling a pedagogical void at HEC Montréal. Indeed, at the time of the award’s inception, the School’s case collection was largely dominated by cases written by men, reflecting a labour market that had barely begun to open its doors wider to women. Moreover, since this teaching method had been imported from Harvard Business School, where the concept was invented, most of the cases were either translated or adapted from the American context. While the collection did contain a few original cases by pioneers of the case method in Quebec, professors seeking to offer models of women managers to their students, particularly to the growing numbers of women students, had very few choices available to them. In order to rectify this situation, the Alma Lepage Foundation decided to award a prize for the best case featuring women managers. It was hoped that this would stimulate the production of original cases focusing on women. The results of this initiative were not long in coming, with several cases being submitted to the jury already in the first year. In the ensuing years, the HEC Montréal case collection has grown to include numerous cases highlighting the remarkable careers of women managers. Today, the Centre boasts over fifty original case studies featuring women, and there is no doubt that the Alma Lepage Award has played a valuable role in constituting this precious pedagogical material.

+  Eligibility Requirements

Only cases written or produced in French by a professor, a researcher or a full-time lecturer at HEC Montréal are eligible for the Alma Lepage Award. Each case submitted for consideration must meet the following criteria:

  • The case must present a situation in which a woman demonstrates pioneering, innovative or entrepreneurial qualities in one of the following contexts:
    • business start-up;
    • founding of an autonomous company;
    • implementation of an innovation in a traditional sector;
    • recognition of a breakthrough in a non-traditional sector;
    • any other sphere of activity in which a woman manager has distinguished herself.
  • The title of the case must contain the name of the woman featured in the case.
  • The case must be accompanied by teaching notes specifying its objectives, as well as by a letter indicating the courses in which the case will be used and explaining how the case meets the award’s eligibility requirements.

The case may be produced in paper format or using multimedia techniques.

Persons interested in submitting a case for consideration for the Alma Lepage Award must forward six hard copies of their case to the Centre for Case Studies for the second Monday of September of each year, in addition to an electronic version to

+  The Jury

The jury of the Alma Lepage Award is made up of Suzanne Tailleur, a businesswoman, the first cousin once removed of Alma Lepage and representative of the Foundation; Hélène Lévesque, a businesswoman; Francine Harel Giasson, retired professor of management; and the director of the HEC Montréal Case Centre.

+  Biographical Notes on Alma Lepage

Alma Lepage was the first woman to graduate from HEC Montréal, earning her degree in 1946. Throughout her life, she distinguished herself by her avant-gardism. Born in 1908, she was an entrepreneur, opening her first ready-to-wear boutique on Mont-Royal Avenue in Montreal in 1937, before beginning her university studies. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, she went on to study at New York University, where she received a master’s degree in retail management. She broke new ground by advocating university training for women managers.

At the close of her business career, Alma Lepage undertook to acknowledge her alma mater by donating a generous sum to HEC Montréal for the establishment of a foundation in her name. This donation was to serve to facilitate women’s access to the highest spheres of corporate decision-making and to promote career choices in the economic sector to women. The goal of this visionary was to help carve out a larger place for women managers in all sectors of the economy. Alma Lepage passed away on February 17, 1996, but the Foundation that is named after her helps to perpetuate the legacy of this generous and determined woman.

+  Previous Recipients

Alma Lepage Award

+  2013

In 2013, the award went to Jacqueline Cardinal, researcher and writer for Gestion and biographer and associate researcher with the Pierre-Péladeau Leadership Chair at HEC Montréal, and Laurent Lapierre, associate professor with the Pierre-Péladeau Leadership Chair at HEC Montréal, for their case entitled:
"Ève-Lyne Biron et Biron Groupe Santé"

Alix Mandron, Ève-Lyne Biron, Jacqueline Cardinal and Michel Patry

+  2012

In 2012, the award went to Mai Thi Thanh Thai, assistant professor at HEC Montréal, and Huong Thanh Thai, sales executive at Ayo Furniture, for their two-part case entitled:
"An Phuoc (A) : Nguyen Thi Dien pourrait-elle sauver son entreprise de la crise financière asiatique?" and
"An Phuoc (B) : Nguyen Thi Dien saurait-elle naviguer dans la crise financière mondiale?"

Anne Mesny, Huong Thanh Thai, Nguyen Thi Dien, Mai Thi Thanh Thai and Michel Patry

+  2011

En 2011, les lauréates sont Veronika Kisfalvi, professeure titulaire, et Raymonde Lévesque, chargée de cours, toutes deux au Service de l'enseignement du management, pour le cas intitulé :
« Lili-Anna Peresa : "Pour faire une différence" »

Michel Patry, Veronika Kisfalvi, Lili-Anna Peresa, Raymonde Lévesque et Anne Mesny, directrice du Centre de cas 

+  2010

En 2010, les lauréats sont Jacqueline Cardinal et le professeur Laurent Lapierre pour le cas intitulé :
« Katharine Graham et le Washington Post »

Michel Patry et Jacqueline Cardinal. Absent : Laurent Lapierre

+  2009

En 2009, les lauréats sont les professeurs Veronika Kisfalvi et Cyrille Sardais pour le cas intitulé :
« Eleanor Roosevelt : l'éclosion tardive d'un leader d'exception » 

Michel Patry, Veronika Kisfalvi, Cyrille Sardais et Vital Roy

+  2008

En 2008, les lauréates sont Rowena Agouri et la professeure Christiane Demers pour le cas intitulé :
« Annie et ses hommes : l'aventure Souris Mini » 

Marie-Hélène Jobin, Rowena Agouri et Michel Patry. Absente : Christiane Demers

+  2007

En 2007, les lauréats sont le professeur Brahim Allali et Claude Ananou pour le cas intitulé :
« Johanne Dion et TRANS-HERBe ou la passion des tisanes » 

Brahim Allali, Michel Patry et Claude Ananou

+  2006

En 2006, les lauréats sont Sophie Daunais et le professeur Laurent Simon pour le cas intitulé :
« Joanna Berzowska & XS Labs : des robes... électrisantes! »

Michel Patry, Sophie Daunais et Laurent Simon

+  2005

En 2005, les lauréats sont Laurence Prud'homme et le professeur Laurent Lapierre pour le cas intitulé :
« Danièle Sauvageau : l'or »

+  2004

En 2004, deux cas primés ex æquo :

le professeur Laurent Lapierre et Andrée Bélisle pour le cas intitulé :
« Lise Bissonnette et la nouvelle Bibliothèque nationale du Québec »


la professeure Silvia Ponce, et Annie Viel et Vincent Renaud pour le cas intitulé :
« Diane Rousseau et les bienfaits de l'argent »

Vincent Renaud, Silvia Ponce, le directeur de l'École, Jean-Marie Toulouse, Diane Rousseau, présidente-directrice générale de D.R. Médical international inc., Annie Viel et Laurent Lapierre. Absente : Andrée Bélisle

+  2003

En 2003, les lauréats sont Bernard Chassé et le professeur Laurent Lapierre pour le cas intitulé :
« Francine Lelièvre et Pointe-à-Callières, Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal »

Francine Lelièvre, directrice générale de Pointe-à-Callière, Musée d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal, le lauréat Bernard Chassé, professionnel de recherche et Suzanne Tailleur, représentante de la Fondation Alma-Lepage et petite cousine d’Alma Lepage. Absent : Laurent Lapierre.

+  2002

En 2002, les lauréats sont Francine Richer et les professeurs Veronika Kisfalvi et Steve Maguire pour le cas intitulé :
« "Imaginez un printemps silencieux..." Rachel Carson, biologiste, pionnière du courant environnementaliste »

Steve Maguire, Suzanne Tailleur, représentante de la Fondation Alma-Lepage et petite cousine d’Alma Lepage, et Francine Richer. Absente : Veronika Kisfalvi.

+  1990-2001

  • 1990

    « Francine  Allaire, responsable des fêtes du 25e anniversaire de la Cinémathèque québécoise »
    Auteurs : Geneviève Sicotte sous la direction du professeur Laurent Lapierre
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