Training Energy Sector Managers in Algeria: Agreement with NAFTOGAZ Renewed

October 6, 2009

HEC Montréal and Institut NAFTOGAZ, a publicly owned Algerian oil and gas company and a subsidiary of the SONATRACH group, have renewed an agreement on training for managers in the energy sector. The agreement calls for training for some thirty executives and managers from the SONATRACH group and its subsidiaries, under the Energy Management Development Program (EMDP) custom designed by the Research Development, Technology Transfer and Executive Education Department. Under the first agreement, signed in January 2007, 40 executives were trained in 2007-2008.

Hassan Taghvaï, Director, International Business Development with the Research Development, Technology Transfer and Executive Education Department, is pleased that the agreement has been renewed. “NAFTOGAZ is an important player in energy management training in Algeria and North Africa, and renewing this agreement will help strengthen our presence in that region,” he emphasized. He and his team are exploring new opportunities for working with companies in the energy sector in Algeria.

A customized program

The program of ten specialized modules has been custom designed for executives in the oil and natural gas sectors. They cover such varied subjects as energy and the environment, marketing of energy products and strategic management in the energy sector.

The training will begin on October 25 and will be given in French by a team of experts consisting of professors Michèle Breton , Alain Chanlat, Taïeb Hafsi , Paul Lanoie, Maurice Lemelin and Pierre-Olivier Pineau , doctoral student and lecturer Mouloud Khelif, lecturer Sylvain Matte, and Sylvain Audette, from Gaz Métro.

Internationally recognized expertise

Over the past 20 years, HEC Montréal has built a solid international reputation in the energy industry. In 2008-2009, new agreements were signed with two leading state corporations, the China Guodian Corporation and the China Datang Corporation. Since 2002, HEC Montréal has been training executives of the Sichuan Electric Power Corporation, in Chengdu (Sichuan), through its graduate diploma in energy program. Students in the fourth cohort will be receiving their diplomas from the School in 2010. In addition, in co-operation with the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, to date HEC Montréal has trained upwards of 400 executives and managers in the energy sector (oil and natural gas, and electricity) in Mexico, where it has been offering training since 2001 under the EMDP.

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