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World Energy Congress: HEC Montréal Welcomes Participants for High-Level Sessions

September 12, 2010

Some of the participants at the World Energy Congress, held in Montreal from September 12 to 16, will be extending their stays in the city to take part in high-level sessions organized by HEC Montréal. The School, which has been offering specialized energy industry management programs since 1987, both in Montreal and abroad, possesses unique expertise in this field and is an institutional partner of Hydro-Québec, itself one of the hosts of the Congress.

On September 17, about ten Francophone CEOs in the energy industry in Tunisia, Cameroon, Niger and Senegal, most of them trained at HEC Montréal, will gather at the School to discuss issues in their sector. In the morning, a roundtable will bring together four members representing the oil and gas and electricity industries, the Régie de l'énergie and academia, to share their experiences and talk with the audience. In the afternoon, Professors David Oliver and Pierre-Olivier Pineau will host a seminar on what the future holds for the industry.

On September 17 and 18, some forty graduates and former participants in the energy management programs offered by the School since 1987, along with a number of guests, will attend professional development seminars funded by Hydro-Québec, given by experts and professors specializing in this field. The four seminars, offered alternately in French and English, will examine a number of subjects:

  • corporate social responsibility — with Luciano Barin Cruz, of HEC Montréal, and France Levert, of Hydro-Québec;
  • marketing and energy efficiency — with Sylvain Audette, of Gaz Métro, and Mark Saucier, of Hydro-Québec;
  • smart grids — with David Beauvais, of CanmetENERGY, and Ka-Ming Law, of Hydro-Québec;
  • energy security — with Pierre-Olivier Pineau, of HEC Montréal.

Professor Pierre-Olivier Pineau, whom the School recently granted a Professorship in Energy, spoke at Expo Energy Montréal 2010, an event for the general public as part of the Congress, on September 16 at Complexe Desjardins.

In October, the School will be holding the annual meeting of its Chinese energy advisory panel, bringing together some twenty managers and executives representing a dozen national, regional and provincial firms in the Chinese energy industry. The members of the advisory panel, an organization formed about ten years ago, keep the School abreast of needs for training programs in the energy sector in China and advise it on its strategies for offering its services there. The meeting will be preceded by a human resources seminar led by Professor Alain Gosselin.

Since 1987, HEC Montréal has trained nearly 2,000 energy managers, both in Asia and the Americas (North and South), Africa and the Middle East. Over one-quarter of them earned MBAs (Energy Management track) or specialized graduate diplomas, while the others took executive training programs or seminars in French, English or Spanish, including the Energy Management Development Program.

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