June 4, 2015
The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and HEC Montréal are joining up to launch a new intensive training program for the heads of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) looking to expand internationally.
The CDPQ-HEC Montréal – International Growth of SMEs Program is intended to develop the management skills of heads of fast-growing SMEs already solidly established on the Quebec market. The goal is to give them the tools to plan, measure and improve their business development abroad.
“In addition to providing capital, the Caisse assists Quebec firms as they expand into new markets,” says Christian Dubé, Senior Vice-President, Quebec, with the Caisse. “This unique training program will let us support entrepreneurs in carrying out their international growth strategies, with benefits for economic development here in Quebec.”
“We are delighted at this partnership with the Caisse,” says HEC Montréal Director Michel Patry. “Our professors will be working with veteran practitioners on developing entrepreneurs’ skills so that they can capitalize on new business opportunities and boost Quebec’s global visibility.”
The program, starting in October 2015, will comprise six modules over a six-month period addressing a variety of specific themes, from understanding the international business environment to growth strategies and globalization, operational excellence, business risks, financing and financial strategy, international marketing and merchandising, and leadership, executive team and talent management.” There will also be networking opportunities and coaching provided.
In addition to a number of business leaders, professors Nicolas Vincent (Applied Economics), Louis Hébert (Management), Jacques Roy (Logistics and Operations Management), Jacques Lemay (Finance), Jean-François Ouellet (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) and Alain Gosselin (Human Resources Management) will be giving the training.