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Strategic Foresight: Navigating Times of Uncertainty

During periods of economic turmoil, classic approaches to strategic foresight are not enough — organizations need new ways to anticipate major long-term changes to their markets and environments.

In this course, you will learn important concepts and skills for better strategic foresight through case studies, hands-on activities, tactical tools and methodologies, group discussions and an individual project.


$1,895 + taxes


2 days - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course given in French

On-site, Downtown
Hélène-Desmarais Building

May 2, 3, 2024

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This program will enable you to:

  • Interpret strong and weak trends and signals.
  • Identify the critical uncertainties of the future.
  • Assess the potential impact of future events on your business strategy and activities.
  • Strengthen key elements of your strategic model.
  • Anticipate future risks and opportunities.
  • Broaden your organizational thinking.

Is this for you?

  • Professionals in innovation, strategy and other fields
  • Mid-level and C-suite executives

Special features

  • Learn concepts and practical skills that you can begin to apply immediately in your work.
  • Develop a strategic foresight process for your organization.


Deborah Hayek
Deborah Hayek
BA (Anthropology), DESS (Community Economic Development), McGill–HEC Montréal EMBA
Futurecasting Practice Lead, Manulife
Louis Hébert
Louis Hébert
PhD (Management)
Co-Director, McGill–HEC Montréal EMBA, Director, MBA Program, HEC Montréal, Professor, HEC Montréal

Day 1

  • Introduction to strategic foresight
  • Exploring and understanding trends and signals
  • Introduction to Horizon Scanning and initial analysis of trends and signals


  • Case study and group discussion using the Futures Wheel
  • Connecting innovation, strategy and strategic foresight
  • Information about individual projects

Day 2

  • Introduction to strategic foresight teams and the context they work in
  • Work on individual projects applying Axes of Uncertainty and Scenario Planning


  • Case study and group discussion on alternative futures using the Three Futures tool
  • Translating trends into strategic plans using backcasting and other methods
  • Applying backcasting to individual projects
  • Conclusion and information on how to promote a futures-thinking mindset and futures literacy within organizations
  • In-person learning
  • Small group discussions
  • Case studies
  • Individual project
  • Simulation using tools

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

For more information about this program

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Nadia Uria-Fernandez

Nadia Uria-Fernandez
Program Manager

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