December 2, 2008
From November 17 to 26, HEC Montréal welcomed 43 middle managers from the China Guodian Corporation, who had come here to complete their Energy Management Development Program (EMDP). Drawn from different subsidiaries of the company and from many different parts of China, they came to take the final session of the program at the School. The courses were taught in English and translated into Chinese by three interpreters, including doctoral student Li Yan. The visit concluded with an official ceremony on November 25, at which the graduates received their attestations from Director Michel Patry.
As noted by Hassan Taghvaï, Regional Director, International Projects, “the School has acquired solid expertise in training in the energy sector, particularly in China.” The School gave the first EMDP program to managers of a provincial firm, the Sichuan Electric Power Corporation, and then to those of a regional company, the Central China Grid Company, and is now training middle managers from several national concerns, including the China Guodian Corporation. “It goes to show the credibility that the School has earned in training in this field and the recognition it enjoys in China,” he added. The China Guodian Corporation, an HEC Montréal partner for 10 years now, is one of China’s five largest electricity producers and is involved in a number of renewable energy projects.
Energy management has been at the heart of International Projects activities for close to twenty years now, and the School has signed agreements with many countries. Through the EMDP alone, since 1998 the School has trained over 680 managers in Algeria, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore and Tunisia, not to mention the 470 graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Management and the MBA, Energy option.
In addition, HEC Montréal recently signed a long-term partnership agreement with the COGE Foundation (FUNCOGE), an umbrella group whose 63 member companies represent over 90% of all electricity generated, transmitted and distributed in Brazil. The agreement covers training activities to be offered by the School for executives and managers over a five-year period.