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Louis Jacques Filion, Honorary Professor

Louis Jacques Filion is an Honorary Professor at HEC MONTREAL, the Montreal Business School.  His specialty area is entrepreneurship.

His academic background includes a B.A. (Classics) from St-Laurent College (University of Montreal) (1966), a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Ottawa (1968), an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Ottawa (1974), an M.B.A. from H.E.C. Montreal (1976) and a Ph.D. in Systems and Entrepreneurship from the University of Lancaster, Great Britain (1988).

Dr. Filion's broad professional experience in entrepreneurship and management includes the fields of human resources, operations management and marketing.  He created and managed small businesses.  He was also a management consultant with the firm Ernst & Young at their Montreal office.

Dr. Filion was a professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) from 1981 to 1993, and Director of the Master's program in small business from 1986 to 1989.  He moved to HEC Montreal in 1993.

In 2004, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE - CCPME) for his contribution to the field of entrepreneurship.  In 2005, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) awarded him its highest recognition, the Wilford White Fellowship, for his contribution to the advancement of entrepreneurship in the world.

In 2006, he received the Julien-Marchesnay Award from the Association internationale de recherche en entrepreneuriat et PME (AIREPME), which is the French-speaking world’s principal small business/entrepreneurship research association. In 2008, he received the prestigious Entrepreneurship Promotion Emeritus Award in recognition of his career-long commitment to the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture among young people.  The award was presented by the Premier of Québec at the 28th Mercuriades Gala, held on April 9 at the Montreal Convention Centre.

Dr. Filion has more than 100 publications including more than 20 articles in refereed journals and 15 books. He is also author or co-author of more than 150 case studies.  He has presented speeches on the subject of entrepreneurship on all five continents.  His research is concerned with the activity systems of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, the visionary process and new venture creation. 

E-mail: louisjacques.filion@hec.ca

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