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2009 Commerce Games: HEC Montréal Takes Second Place

January 6, 2009

The HEC Montréal team of 84 BBA students brought home second place overall in the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Commerce games, held from January 2 to 4 at the UQAM École des sciences de la gestion. The theme of the 2009 Games was “challenges of the future,” with the academic events focusing on such topics as the environment and sustainable development. This year’s Games brought together over 1,200 participants, accompanying staff and volunteers from 13 universities, all of them members of the Students' Association of Management Faculties of Eastern Canada.*

René Gendreau, Guest Professor (Marketing) and head of the Commerce Games project-course, was very pleased with the performance of all the students who earned the School first, second or third place in 12 of the 17 events, in all categories.

HEC Montréal students have now stood on the podium 18 times in the 21 years of the Commerce Games. Since this inter-university competition was founded in 1989, they have brought home first place ten times, second place four times and third place four times.

HEC Montréal team rankings

First place

  • Taxation case
  • Stock market simulation
  • Participation (tied with UQAM)
  • Social component

Second place

  • International trade case
  • Ethics case
  • Finance case
  • Debating

Third place

  • Accounting case
  • Human resources management case
  • Volleyball
  • Tube water polo

Valuable support and advice

In preparing for the academic competitions, the School’s students benefited from the support and sage advice of:

  • Accounting case: Claude Laurin (Director of the Department of Accounting Studies);
  • Entrepreneurship case: Claude Ananou (Full-time Lecturer);
  • Ethics case: Catherine Stephens (BBA 2008) and Josyane Fortin (BBA 2008 and MSc student);
  • Finance case: Philippe Bouchard (Full-time Faculty Lecturer);
  • Taxation case: Audrey Barbeau (BBA 2003, Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy 2004 and Master of Laws, Taxation option 2008);
  • Human resources management case: Anne Bourhis (Director, Department of Human Resources Management);
  • International management case: Jahan Ara Peerally (Assistant Professor);
  • Marketing case: René Gendreau (Guest Professor and head of the Commerce Games project-course);
  • Strategy case: Daniel Côté (Associate Professor);
  • Information technology case: Ann-Frances Cameron (Assistant Professor) and Vital Roy (Associate Professor);
  • Debating: Nathalie Elgrably (Full-time Lecturer) and Marie De Léséleuc De Kerouara (BBA 2008).

* HEC Montréal students pitted their skills against their counterparts from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa (1st place), the École des sciences de la gestion at the Université du Québec à Montréal, the Université de Moncton, the Université de Sherbrooke, the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, the Université du Québec à Rimouski, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the Université du Québec en Outaouais, Université Laval (3rd place) and McGill University.

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