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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 2022.

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
  • HEC Montréal alumni network

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

Steps completed

Business plan*  
Preparation Fall 2016 to fall 2017
Approval by Cabinet Spring 2018
Analysis and preparatory work Summer 2017 to fall 2018
Preparation of final plans and specifications Winter 2018 to summer 2018
Call for tenders Fall 2018
Next steps
Work Summer 2019 to winter 2022
Opening  Spring 2022
*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

The following are the main activities scheduled for the new HEC Montréal building ‘s worksite in the coming weeks.

Côte du Beaver Hall

During the week of October 7, the building situated at 1095 is to be torn down, followed by the demolition of the 1071 within the next few weeks. During the demolition work, the sidewalk in front of the buildings will be closed and pedestrian traffic will be diverted. Barriers will be installed to repurpose the parking lane in the street for pedestrian use.

Once most of the demolition debris has been removed from the two lots, drilling work for support piles will begin along the sidewalk on Côte du Beaver Hall and the public laneway.

Site between boul. René-Lévesque O. and rue De La Gauchetière O.

Excavation work and the erection of wooden framing for the supporting wall will continue on the north section of the site for several more weeks. In the south section closer to rue De La Gauchetière O., the drilling work for piles will be completed within the next ten days or so.

Tour the inside of the new building

HEC Montréal is pleased to offer a 3D tour of the interior of its new building, designed by Provencher Roy Associés, the firm responsible for the architecture, urban planning and interior design of this ambitious project.

The School plans to create accessible, welcoming spaces equipped with the latest technology, guaranteeing all users an exceptional collaborative experience.

Enjoy the tour!


Questions about the project?


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