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Proposed new building in the downtown business district



HEC Montréal is planning a new building in the Ville-Marie borough, in the heart of the city’s business district.

Michel Patry

"The School is excited about the prospect of a new downtown building, as it will bring us closer to the 300,000 professionals and executives working in Montréal’s business district. It is a return to the School’s origins, in fact, for its first students attended classes in Viger Square, not far from the site of the new building. This will allow us to strengthen our connections with our partners, our alumni and the local business community."

Michel Patry, HEC Montréal Director
Loretta Cianci

"The construction of this new building is inspiring for HEC Montréal. We are committed to designing a green and timeless building incorporating cutting-edge practices, standards and technologies. We want to create a pleasant, open and welcoming place where people can work, study and come together. Our commitment to respecting the environment also means a building that will enhance the community and the neighbourhood that we will soon be sharing."

Loretta Cianci, Director, Campus Development

New building in the downtown business district

The new building is to be erected on part of a property next to St. Patrick’s Basilica, between côte du Beaver Hall and rue Saint-Alexandre.

This will enable HEC Montréal to:

  • expand its range of distinctive specialized management programs, in French;
  • get closer to the business community;
  • simplify access for downtown workers to HEC Montréal classes; and
  • foster exchanges with institutional partners and create a forum for knowledge transfer and co-innovation to help companies thrive (bringing together activities devoted to entrepreneurship and innovation, along with research centres).

Programs of study and activities in the downtown business district

To better serve the large number of its students who work in downtown Montréal, HEC Montréal plans to offer a number of distinctive specialized programs in the new building:

  • portfolio of MBA programs
  • certain certificates, specialized graduate diplomas and short graduate programs
  • training for professionals, executives and managers
  • research and knowledge transfer activities
  • community services (e.g., access to meeting rooms)
  • HEC Montréal Foundation
  • Alumni HEC Montréal (alumni network)
  • HEC Montréal – Business Alliances

All activities relating to the bachelor’s, Master of Science in Administration and doctoral programs will remain at the School’s Côte-Ste-Catherine and Decelles buildings, in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough.


Project justification

HEC Montréal has seen exceptional growth over the past 20 years. Since it opened its building on chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine in 1996, the School has gained:

+ 64% students
+ 68% employees
+ 242% research chairs and centres
+ 108% training activities for executives and professionals

This growth has resulted in a lack of space, with important repercussions for HEC Montréal.

Short-term consequences:

  • Quotas have to be imposed for some courses or programs
  • Impossible to hold some educational or extracurricular activities
  • Need to lease outside facilities

Longer-term consequences:

  • Hinders program development
  • Limits the creation of research and knowledge transfer units

Planned project timeline

Business plan*  
Preparation and submission Fall 2016 to fall 2017
Approval by Cabinet Spring 2018
Studies and preparatory work Summer 2017 to fall 2018
Preparation of final plans and specifications Winter 2018 to summer 2018
Call for tenders Fall 2018
Construction work Winter 2019 to summer 2021
Opening - Classes start August 2021
* Calls for tenders for architects, engineers, consultants, architectural concept and preliminary sketches, plans and specifications.

Reactions by the business community

« HEC Montréal’s return to downtown is excellent news for both the business community and the university community. Although the School has always been attuned to the needs of local businesspeople, I am convinced that this new location will create opportunities giving it even more tools to serve the business community and people working downtown. It will be able to work more closely with companies on developing financial skills, especially in risk management and mathematical finance. This heightened collaboration will open up some very promising new avenues. »

Claude Séguin, HEC 1972, Chair of the Board – Finance Montréal

« To innovate and advance, every society needs visionary, creative, curious, enterprising and committed leaders who can look at the world differently. HEC Montréal trains and encourages such people. In future, downtown executives and professionals will have easier access to the tools that the School provides for them to make their dreams reality. It’s a great asset for the future. »

Nathalie Bondil, Executive Director and Chief Curator – Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
All reactions
December 21, 2017
The architectural concept is taking shape!

HEC Montréal is very proud to present the architectural concept for the building we are planning to erect in Montréal’s downtown business district. The visuals of the concept, prepared by Provencher Roy Associés Architectes inc., are now posted on the School's website, in the New Downtown Building section.


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