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Proposed new building in the downtown business district



HEC Montréal will be a presence in the heart of the business district, opening a new building in the Ville-Marie borough in 2021.

Michel Patry

"The School is delighted to be planning this expansion, with a new gateway in the heart Montréal’s business district. Our downtown building will not only offer new possibilities for developing continuing education and strategic partnerships, but is also being designed to foster collaboration and dialogue by combining local entrepreneurs’ energy with the knowledge derived from academic research. By coupling our strengths, we will be better positioned to play a leading role in the far-reaching economic and social transformations currently underway."

Michel Patry, HEC Montréal Director
Loretta Cianci

"The construction of the new HEC Montréal building has been planned with great care, and we will be taking the same degree of care to produce a green and timeless building that will fit seamlessly into its surroundings. We intend to incorporate cutting-edge practices, standards and technologies, to create a work, study and social environment that is stimulating, welcoming and open to the entire community. Our commitment to respecting the environment also means a building that will enhance the community and the neighbourhood that we will soon be sharing."

Loretta Cianci, Director, Campus Development

New building in the downtown business district

The new building is to be erected on part of a property next to St. Patrick’s Basilica, between côte du Beaver Hall and rue Saint-Alexandre.

This will enable HEC Montréal to:

  • expand its range of distinctive specialized management programs, in French;
  • get closer to the business community;
  • simplify access for downtown workers to HEC Montréal classes; and
  • foster exchanges with institutional partners and create a forum for knowledge transfer and co-innovation to help companies thrive (bringing together activities devoted to entrepreneurship and innovation, along with research centres).

Programs of study and activities in the downtown business district

To better serve the large number of its students who work in downtown Montréal, HEC Montréal plans to offer a number of distinctive specialized programs in the new building:

  • portfolio of MBA programs
  • certain certificates, specialized graduate diplomas and short graduate programs
  • training for professionals, executives and managers
  • research and knowledge transfer activities
  • community services (e.g., access to meeting rooms)
  • HEC Montréal Foundation
  • Alumni HEC Montréal (alumni network)
  • HEC Montréal – Business Alliances

All activities relating to the bachelor’s, Master of Science in Administration and doctoral programs will remain at the School’s Côte-Ste-Catherine and Decelles buildings, in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough.


Project justification

HEC Montréal has seen exceptional growth over the past 20 years. Since it opened its building on chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine in 1996, the School has gained:

+ 64% students
+ 68% employees
+ 242% research chairs and centres
+ 108% training activities for executives and professionals

This growth has resulted in a lack of space, with important repercussions for HEC Montréal.

Short-term consequences:

  • Quotas have to be imposed for some courses or programs
  • Impossible to hold some educational or extracurricular activities
  • Need to lease outside facilities

Longer-term consequences:

  • Hinders program development
  • Limits the creation of research and knowledge transfer units

Planned project timeline

Business plan*  
Preparation Fall 2016 to fall 2017
Submission and final approval Fall 2017 to winter 2018
Analysis and preparatory work Summer 2017 to fall 2018
Call for tenders Winter 2019
Work Spring 2019 to spring 2021
Opening Summer 2021
* Calls for tenders for architects, engineers, consultants, architectural concept and preliminary sketches, plans and specifications.

Reactions by the business community

« HEC Montréal’s return to downtown is excellent news for both the business community and the university community. Although the School has always been attuned to the needs of local businesspeople, I am convinced that this new location will create opportunities giving it even more tools to serve the business community and people working downtown. It will be able to work more closely with companies on developing financial skills, especially in risk management and mathematical finance. This heightened collaboration will open up some very promising new avenues. »

Claude Séguin, HEC 1972, Chair of the Board – Finance Montréal

« To innovate and advance, every society needs visionary, creative, curious, enterprising and committed leaders who can look at the world differently. HEC Montréal trains and encourages such people. In future, downtown executives and professionals will have easier access to the tools that the School provides for them to make their dreams reality. It’s a great asset for the future. »

Nathalie Bondil, Executive Director and Chief Curator – Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
All reactions

Fundraising campaign to “Power the heart of business”

From November 1 to 30, HEC Montréal invites you to be among the first to contribute to its fundraising campaign for the new downtown building, an innovative space for learning and collaboration. Members of the worldwide HEC Montréal family and leaders of the business community, this is your chance to show your pride and support this project, by giving today.

October 5, 2018
Information session on October 22, 2018 

HEC Montréal wishes to invite its future neighbours and the surrounding community to a meeting on Monday, October 22, for an update of the most recent developments in the construction of its new building, which is set to open in fall 2021 next door to St. Patrick's Basilica, in the heart of the city’s business district.

The architectural concept, the archaeological inventory conducted in summer 2018, means of commemorating the site’s heritage, and its landscaping will be discussed.

Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

Room 17.304, 17th floor
500 René-Lévesque Ouest
Montréal, Quebec
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend, please confirm by October 18 by email or telephone (514 340-6644).


Questions about the project?


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