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Alma Lepage Award

In 2017, the award went to Franck Barès, associate professor and director of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, for the case titled:

"La passion d'Anne-Sophie Riopel : l'aventure d'une jeune pilote d'avion devenue entrepreneure"

+  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 centredecas@hec.ca.

+  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

+  2015

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

+  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

In 2011, the award went to Veronika Kisfalvi, Full Professor, and Raymonde Lévesque, Part-time Lecturer, in the HEC Montréal Management Department, for their case entitled:
"Lili-Anna Peresa : 'Pour faire une différence'"

Michel Patry, Veronika Kisfalvi, Lili-Anna Peresa, Raymonde Lévesque and Anne Mesny 

+  2010

In 2010, the award went to Jacqueline Cardinal and Professor Laurent Lapierre for their case entitled:
"Katharine Graham et le Washington Post"

Michel Patry and Jacqueline Cardinal. Absent: Laurent Lapierre

+  2009

In 2009, the award went to Professors Veronika Kisfalvi and Cyrille Sardais for their case entitled:
"Eleanor Roosevelt : l'éclosion tardive d'un leader d'exception"

Michel Patry, Veronika Kisfalvi, Cyrille Sardais and Vital Roy

+  2008

In 2008, the award went to Rowena Agouri and Professor Christiane Demers for their case entitled:
"Annie et ses hommes : l'aventure Souris Mini"

Marie-Hélène Jobin, Rowena Agouri and Michel Patry. Absent: Christiane Demers

+  2007

In 2007, the award went to Professor Brahim Allali and Claude Ananou for their case entitled:
"Johanne Dion et TRANS-HERBe ou la passion des tisanes"

Brahim Allali, Michel Patry and Claude Ananou

+  2006

In 2006, the award went to Sophie Daunais and Professor Laurent Simon for their case entitled:
"Joanna Berzowska & XS Labs : des robes... électrisantes!"

Michel Patry, Sophie Daunais and Laurent Simon

+  2005

In 2005, the award went to Laurence Prud'homme and Professor Laurent Lapierre for their case entitled:
"Danièle Sauvageau : l'or"

+  2004

In 2004, there were two recipients:

Professor Laurent Lapierre and Andrée Bélisle for their case entitled:
"Lise Bissonnette et la nouvelle Bibliothèque nationale du Québec"

and

Professor Silvia Ponce, and Annie Viel and Vincent Renaud for their case entitled:
"Diane Rousseau et les bienfaits de l'argent"

Vincent Renaud, Silvia Ponce, Jean-Marie Toulouse, Diane Rousseau, Annie Viel and Laurent Lapierre. Absent: Andrée Bélisle

+  2003

In 2003, the award went to Bernard Chassé and Professor Laurent Lapierre for the case entitled:
"Francine Lelièvre et Pointe-à-Callières, Musée d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal"

Francine Lelièvre, Bernard Chassé and Suzanne Tailleur. Absent: Laurent Lapierre.

+  2002

In 2002,  the award went to Francine Richer and Professors Veronika Kisfalvi and Steve Maguire for the case entitled:
"Imaginez un printemps silencieux...' Rachel Carson, biologiste, pionnière du courant environnementaliste"

Steve Maguire, Suzanne Tailleur, Representative of the Alma-Lepage Foundation and second cousin to Alma Lepage, and Francine Richer. Absent: Veronika Kisfalvi.

+  1990-2001

  • 1990

    "Francine  Allaire, responsable des fêtes du 25e anniversaire de la Cinémathèque québécoise"
    Authors : Geneviève Sicotte under the supervision of Professor Laurent Lapierre
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