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Launch of a new school for executive education at HEC Montréal

June 1, 2015

Today HEC Montréal is launching the École des dirigeants HEC Montréal, a one-stop centre for new executive education programs. To respond even more effectively to business needs, the School has joined forces with a number of public- and private-sector organizations recognized for their expertise and their deep roots in their respective fields.

The Conference Board of Canada, the Niagara Institute, the European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP), the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and some twenty other public- and private-sector organizations are joining HEC Montréal academics and its 125 partner universities to help executives and managers master new management trends and turn them into competitive advantages.

HEC Montréal Director Michel Patry emphasizes: “For many years now, HEC Montréal has been creating programs to help develop management talent. The new École des dirigeants HEC Montréal and the resulting partnerships with public- and private-sector organizations will allow us to continue innovating in terms of both program content and teaching approaches.”

“Executive development is an essential tool at a time when innovation in economic models, organizations and team skills is an absolute must,” adds Alain Gosselin, the Director of the new school. “This one-stop centre will give executives and managers access to top-notch training programs that will help them meet economic challenges.”

To keep the new school attuned to executive and business training needs, Robert Dutton will be joining its team as an Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Advisory Committee. “In my view,” he says, “the knowledge and skills that professionals will acquire at the École des dirigeants HEC Montréal will improve their abilities to make decisions and act in increasingly uncertain times and open many promising doors for them.”



In addition to consulting some thirty Quebec firms so as to more clearly identify executive education needs, the École des dirigeants HEC Montréal conducted a comparative analysis of the top 30 universities in Canada, the United States and Europe. The result was the creation of this one-stop centre for very high-level executive education.

Over 80 qualifying and degree programs will be offered to meet the needs of professionals throughout their careers and help them keep abreast of advances in the constantly evolving field of management.

The École des dirigeants HEC Montréal will offer five types of programs:

Many organizations are already planning to take advantage of this one-stop training centre, including the National Bank, the Coop fédérée and the SAQ.


Sylvain Lafrance, Director, Media Centre; Michel Patry, Director, HEC Montréal; Daniel F. Muzyka, President and CEO, Conference Board of Canada; Robert Dutton, Adjunct Professor and Chair of the Advisory Committee, École des dirigeants HEC Montréal; Alain Gosselin, Director, École des dirigeants HEC Montréal. Photo: Sylvie Trépanier.