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Louis Jacques Filion, Professor Emeritus

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Louis Jacques FilionLouis Jacques Filion is emeritus professor, Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, HEC Montréal, the Montreal Business School. His specialty area is entrepreneurship.

His academic background includes a B.A. (Classics) from St-Laurent College (University of Montreal) (1966), a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Ottawa (1968), an MA in International Studies from the University of Ottawa (1974), an MBA from HEC Montreal (1976) and a Ph.D. in Systems and Entrepreneurship from the University of Lancaster, Great Britain (1988).

Dr. Filion's broad professional experience in entrepreneurship and management includes the fields of human resources, operations management and marketing. He created and managed small businesses. He was also a management consultant with the firm Ernst & Young at their Montreal office.

Dr. Filion was a professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) from 1981 to 1993 where he was Director of the Master's program in small business from 1986 to 1989. He moved to HEC Montreal in 1993 where he was professor in the Department of entrepreneurship and innovation and managed the Rogers-J.A. Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship (1995-2016).

In 2004, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE - CCPME) for his contribution to the field of entrepreneurship.

In 2005, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) awarded him its highest recognition, the Wilford White Fellowship, for his contribution to the advancement of entrepreneurship in the world.

In 2006, he received the Julien-Marchesnay Award from the Association internationale de recherche en entrepreneuriat et PME (AIREPME), which is the French-speaking world’s principal small business/entrepreneurship research association.

In 2008, he received the prestigious Entrepreneurship Promotion Emeritus Award in recognition of his career-long commitment to the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture among young people. The award was presented by the Premier of Québec at the 28th Mercuriades Gala, held on April 9 at the Montreal Convention Centre.

In January 2009, at the Paris Book Fair, Advancia Award for one of the best theoretical essay in entrepreneurship published in France in 2008: Filion, L. J. Les représentations entrepreneuriales, un champ d’étude en émergence. In: L. J. Filion, L.J. and C. Bourion (Eds.), Les représentations entrepreneuriales. Paris: Éd. ESKA (Collective).

In 2015, L. J. Filion received the Jean Guertin Award, the major career award attributed to a full professor by HEC Montreal in recognition for an outstanding pedagogical contribution: production of pedagogical material such as books and textbooks and outstanding teaching evaluations.

En 2015, the Alma Lepage award was received for the best woman entrepreneur case study of the year. This award is attributed every year by the Case Centre, HEC Montréal. Dallaire, G. et L. J. Filion (2016) Geneviève Salbaing et l’histoire des Ballets Jazz de Montréal : savoir danser au rythme du temps. Revue internationale de cas en gestion (RICG), 14 (2), (9- 40-2015-022) (revue électronique).

In 2019, Award for the fourth most quoted article in entrepreneurship published in RIPCO, France in the previous decade: Filion, L. J. (2019) Les représentations entrepreneuriales, un champ d’étude en émergence. RIPCO, Revue Internationale de psychosociologie et de gestion des comportements organisationnels, Vol XXV. Numéro hors série, 75-101. See :

In 2022, the Associação Nacional de Estudos em Empreendedorismo e Gestão de Pequenas Empresas / National Association for Studies in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management) (ANEGEPE) has chosen Professor Emeritus Louis Jacques Filion as the recipient of its 1st ANEGEPE award, for his outstanding contribution in the fields of entrepreneurship and SMBs to support the development of Brazil.

Dr. Filion has more than 100 publications and more than 20 books. He is also author or co-author of more than 200 case studies. He has presented speeches about entrepreneurship on all five continents. His research is concerned with the activity systems of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, the visionary process and new venture creation.

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