Giant celebration at HEC Montréal - Time to blow out 100 candles!



    MONTREAL, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Hundreds of people joined in the
festivities today to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of HEC
Montréal. The legislation incorporating the School was adopted exactly one
hundred years ago, on March 14, 1907.
    "We have the privilege," said Director Michel Patry, "of coming together
today for a rare event - a 100th birthday - and not just any birthday, but the
100th anniversary of Canada's first business school. We have every reason to
be happy and proud, for HEC Montréal has a huge number of achievements to its
credit. Now we are set to embark on our second century, remaining in the
forefront as always."
    Members of the HEC Montréal community - students, alumni, staff, faculty
and friends - shared an enormous birthday cake. Everyone had an opportunity to
admire the commemorative stamp issued by Canada Post to mark the School's
first century, the latest addition to a series of stamps saluting Canada's
leading educational institutions.
    And since a 100th birthday is the ideal time to look back over the past
century, celebrate the present and plan for the future, it was also the
perfect time to launch a commemorative book entitled HEC Montréal : 100 ans
d'innovation. The book, covering the events of an entire century and bringing
together the contributions and memories of dozens of individuals, was produced
under the direction of Marie-Eva de Villers, Director of the Quality of
Communication Centre at HEC Montréal.
    Lastly, everyone who attended took home a copy of the special 100th
anniversary issue of HEC Montréal Mag, which is also available at
www.hec.ca/hecmontrealmag.
    An exhibition on the theme of 100 years of business writing in Quebec
opened at the start of the week and will be running until June 29 at the
Myriam and J.-Robert Ouimet library at HEC Montréal.
    The celebrations have just begun! There will be lots of other events
between now and the end of 2007, to mark HEC Montréal's centenary. For
information, see www.hec100.ca.

    HEC Montréal

    Canada's first business school, founded in 1907, HEC Montréal is
celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007. Today the School offers more than
30 management programs, from the undergraduate to postgraduate level, and
welcomes some 3,300 international or permanent resident students, representing
28% of the student body, from roughly 100 countries. It employs nearly 250
career professors and is a leader in research, with some fifty research
chairs, centres and groups. HEC Montréal was the first school in North America
to be granted the three most prestigious international accreditations in its
field: AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA.
    For more details on the 100th anniversary celebrations at HEC Montréal
and video of Prime Minister Jean Charest, see www.hec100.ca.

    Photos of the event available at www.hec100.ca/presse


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For further information:

For further information: Lisane Blanchard, Communications and Student
Recruitment Office, HEC Montréal, (514) 340-6973, cell: (514) 299-1105, or
lblanchard@national.ca


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