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Proposed new building in the downtown business district


The construction of the new building will be carried out according to the principles and requirements of the Directive sur la gestion des projets majeurs d’infrastructure publique, adapted as appropriate to take account of the role of HEC Montréal.

HEC Montréal is the project manager for the planned addition of premises (Order in Council #281-2014, February 2014).

The Société québécoise des infrastructures will support the School in carrying out this project.

The School is currently preparing the business plan for the project. 

Project organization

Provincial authorities

  • Cabinet
  • Treasury Board
  • Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
  • Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation
  • Ministère des Finances
  • Société québécoise des infrastructures
  • Ministère de la Culture et des Communications

The provincial authorities will:

  • attest to or approve the feasibility study and business plan;
  • authorize the execution of the project; or
  • issue the appropriate recommendations.

Municipal authorities

  • Ville de Montréal (Ville-Marie borough)
    • Urban planning advisory committee
    • Borough Council

The municipal authorities will authorize the construction.

Committees involved in carrying out the project

Joint governance committees

The authorities involved are:

  • Société québécoise des infrastructures
  • Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation
  • Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
  • HEC Montréal

Steering Committee (CODR)

  • Oversees the proper project management, with a view to ensuring the delivery of quality infrastructure that attains the performance expectations while respecting the established needs, authorized costs and agreed timeline.
  • Monitors all project management phases, makes the appropriate recommendations as necessary and deals with any major problems.


Management Committee (COGES)

  • Ensures compliance with the project management plan (scope, costs, timeline and other aspects relating to the planning and determination of deliverables), so as to make recommendations to the Steering Committee.

Strategic Committees at HEC Montréal


Board of Directors

  • Ensures the strategic relevance of projects.
  • Approves projects, their budgets and associated contracts, according to the School’s rules.
  • Ensures proper governance of projects and signs off on the feasibility studies and business plans submitted to government authorities.


Audit Committee (COAUD)

  • Reviews the Schools’ financial capability to carry out the project and monitors financial commitments and project costs.
  • Recommends project changes for the approval of the Board of Directors.
  • Ensures that projects are adequately managed and that the associated risks are reasonable.


Space Development Committee (CODEV)

  • Examines construction and renovation projects proposed by HEC Montréal, as well as major changes.
  • Makes recommendations on them to the Board of Directors, for its approval.


Executive Committee (CODIR)

  • Examines all of the School’s operations, i.e. matters and decisions relating to the strategy, development and organization of HEC Montréal.

Tactical committees at HEC Montréal


Planning Committee (COPLAN)

  • Identifies needs for premises and the functional requirements of the different stakeholders and the parameters for carrying out the project.
  • Recommends project parameters to the different internal authorities.
  • Co-ordinates internal and external resources with the different stakeholders.


Project Monitoring Committee

  • Periodically monitors project parameters, for every phase.
  • Reports to the School’s audit and executive committees, in timely fashion, on all critical factors affecting the project schedule, budget and program.
  • Ensures that the management structure is adapted to the scope and complexity of the project, and sees to the strict application of standards and directives, along with respect for governance principles and for delegation of authority.
  • Documents and follows up on committee requests and decisions.


Project Management Team

  • Is responsible for reaching the project objectives and goals.
  • Represents the project manager in dealings with professionals, suppliers and contractors.
  • Plans project phases and issues recommendations to the project monitoring committee and the planning committee (on the different alternatives proposed: technical, budgetary, deadlines, programs, etc.).
  • Ensures, throughout the process, that the project is feasible, that the resources are available to execute it, that deadlines are respected and that the plan is consistent with objectives.
  • Is responsible for co-ordinating the work of the different HEC Montréal departments and external stakeholders.
  • Monitors the project and ensures that it is delivered.

August 6, 2018
Pre-construction work

Archaeological inventory
An archaeological inventory will be carried out between August 6 and late September on the site next to St. Patrick's Basilica, to prepare for the construction of the future HEC Montréal building.
A total of 11 trenches will be dug and probed manually. The work will be carried out in a secure perimeter, closed to the public. Once each trench has been investigated, it will be filled in again and the area will be reopened.

Geothermal test well
During the week of August 13, a section of the space giving onto rue De La Gauchetière, between rue Saint-Alexandre and côte du Beaver Hall, will be closed for 5 to 10 days to carry out a geothermal conductivity test. Once the test has been completed, the area will be reopened to the public.


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