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Message from the Director

Tradition and innovation, making our mark at home and around the world

HEC Montréal was Canada's first business school, founded in 1907. It has been active and committed to the academic and business communities right from the very beginning, continuing a tradition of excellence in management teaching and research, with a constant focus on innovation.

The School has many firsts to its credit, in Quebec, in Canada and sometimes even in North America. It introduced distance-learning courses right from the start, executive education in the 1950s, and a trading room and laptops in classrooms in the late 1990s. Even today, HEC Montréal is a leader, boasting a bilingual – even trilingual – BBA program, proud to hold the most prestigious rankings and certifications in its field, offering free and widely accessible courses through its EDUlib platform, holding summer schools in Montréal and Barcelona, and more. Innovation is truly part of the School's DNA. HEC Montréal's reputation is built on the opportunities it offers its students to expand their horizons, thanks in part to the work of its some fifty research centres and chairs and its impressive student exchange program, with over 100 possible destinations.

Today HEC Montréal has over 13,000 students, 260 professors and several hundred lecturers, a staff of more than 850 and close to 78,000 alumni. All in all, it forms a dynamic family, deeply rooted in the local and international communities it serves, and with its gaze fixed firmly on the future.

HEC Montréal is proud to honour the values that have made it a success in all areas of academia – rigour, relevance, daring, commitment and respect – and intends to continue making a valuable contribution to the development of our society.

I invite you to learn more about this unique business school that is such a source of pride for Quebeckers and whose vitality, I can assure you, makes it the envy of many international universities. Explore this website and you're sure to find a program of studies, a research program or a service that will enhance your career, help your business, or contribute to your community's growth. For that is how we see HEC Montréal's role: a key partner that makes a difference in the life of an individual, an organization and, in the long term, society as a whole.

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