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Financial literacy for non-financial managers


By shoring up your financial literacy, you will become more confident and comfortable talking about topics of a financial nature.

This is turn will improve your credibility, as many of your financial decisions will involve the ability to process accounting information. Using practical examples, you will develop your ability to read and interpret financial reports for the purpose of zeroing on your business’s strengths and weakness and evaluating your overall performance.

You will also have an opportunity to become more familiar with the financial repercussions of management decisions. The end result will be a decisive increase in self-assuredness and integrity.


$2,095 + taxes


Three days – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course given in French

On-site, Downtown
Hélène-Desmarais Building

September 25, 26, 27, 2023
April 23, 24, 25, 2024

December 11, 12, 13, 2023

This program is also offered in two days version.

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  • Become more familiar with accounting and financial terms.
  • Learn to read and interpret financial reports.
  • Be aware of the financial repercussions of management decisions.

Is this for you?

  • Mid-level and senior executives
  • Managers
  • Analysts

This program is for you if:

  • You are not an accounting or financial professional.
  • There is a financial aspect to your duties.

Special features

  • Practical approach that yields immediately applicable improvements in financial and accounting literacy.
  • Instructors with a particular talent for expressing complex financial concepts in simple, easy-to-understand terms.

"What I’ve learned during this seminar will be a great help to me in terms of the relevance and impact of my writing. Now I feel well versed in an area I used to do everything I could to avoid. I’ve definitely upped my financial literacy!"

Danièle Routhier, Public Affairs Manager, Desjardins Venture Capital

"I got a lot out of this seminar. It was a great crash course on the ins and outs of finance that I’ll be able to put to good use right away in my job."

Luc Lanoue, Director, Customer Support, Bombardier Aerospace

"This seminar will help me run my company more effectively and be more in sync with my partner, who comes from an accounting background. I’ll undoubtedly be surer of myself when discussing my operating results."

Pierre Longval, President, SCI Montréal Inc.


Julien Le Maux
Julien Le Maux
PhD, MSc (Finance), CFE, C.Adm.
Professor, HEC Montréal
Hugo Lesley
Hugo Lesley
MBA, CPA Auditor
Full-Time Lecturer, HEC Montréal

Accounting and financial vocabulary

  • Definition of a financial statement
  • Value of financial statements
  • Structure of financial statements
  • Reading and comparing financial statements
  • Overview of main types of assets/liabilities and income statements
  • Common notes to financial statements
  • Management report
  • Various types of independent auditors’ reports

Business diagnostics

  • Financial ratio analysis
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Breakeven point
  • Short-term viability
  • Lectures
  • Group discussions
  • Application of lessons learned using concrete examples and business cases

Participants in all of our seminars will receive a certificate of completion from Executive Education HEC Montréal.

For more information about this program

 Make an appointment with:

Nadia Uria-Fernandez

Nadia Uria-Fernandez
Program Manager

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