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The beginnings of a proud history (1907-1969)

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The beginnings of a proud history (1907-1969)


The licence ès sciences commerciales is replaced by the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). With its distinctive approach, the HEC Montréal MBA is recognized by 3 accreditations and has 8 000 MBA alumni.


The baccalauréat ès sciences commerciales is replaced by the Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA). Currently taught in three languages (French, English and Spanish), the BBA offers fifteen different specializations to students.


The all-new IBM 1620, an "electronic brain" to be used as a tool for teaching operational research, is acquired. A first in the Canadian university community.


The Office now known as the Career Management Service (CMS) is founded. It is available to all HEC Montréal alumni, for free, all life long.


An executive education centre is created for business executives wishing to update their skills and knowledge. Today it is just called Executive Education.


The School's Commercial and Industrial Museum closes, replaced by the library.


A student co-op is created, at the initiative of some fifteen students. It will later be renamed the Coop HEC Montréal.


The first woman, Alma Lepage, enrols in the licence ès sciences commerciales program. She held a Bachelor of Arts degree and was an entrepreneur in her own right. In 1946 she becomes the School's first woman graduate.


An agreement is signed with Harvard University on the use of an innovative teaching tool, the case method. A first in Canada.


Correspondence courses are introduced, and are offered for 25 years.


The Association des licenciés is launched, the forerunner of Réseau HEC Montréal.


Courses begin in the School's first building, at the corner of Viger and Saint-Hubert streets. Today the building houses the Centre d'archives de Montréal.


On March 14, 1907, the Act incorporating the École des hautes études commerciales (HEC) of Montreal receives Royal assent. The School is the first university-level business school in Canada and one of the first in North America.


Belgian academic Auguste-Joseph de Bray is appointed to head the new School. He has been followed by ten other directors.

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