MONTREAL, March 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Three special events - the unveiling of
a commemorative stamp, the launch of a commemorative book and the opening of
an exhibition on business writing in Quebec - were recently held as part of
HEC Montréal's 100th anniversary celebrations, which will include many special
events all year long.
The postage stamp commemorating the School's 100th anniversary was
officially unveiled by Canada Post at the HEC Montréal library, at a ceremony
attended by many distinguished guests. According to the Honourable
Michael M. Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and
Minister responsible for the Montreal Region, "Montreal, Quebec and Canada as
a whole have every reason to be proud of HEC Montréal's reputation on the
world stage. It is a pleasure to salute its accomplishments in different ways,
such as with the issue of this commemorative stamp. Montreal has been a
commercial metropolis for many years, and this is where Canada's first
business school was founded in the early 1900s. As Minister responsible for
the Montreal Region, I find it extraordinary to see not only how far the
School has come in 100 years, but also the remarkable international standing
it has earned. My best wishes for the next 100 years!"
The stamp shows the School's first home, a Beaux-Arts style building on
Viger Square (considered Montréal's loveliest garden at the time), where it
remained from the early 1900s until it moved for the first time, in 1970. HEC
Montréal Director Michel Patry said he was pleased that the stamp would be
added to a Canada Post series saluting great educational institutions in
Canada. "This stamp," he noted, "reminds people that HEC Montréal was the
first university-level business school in Canada. It is an eloquent tribute to
the School's tremendous influence throughout its history and up to the present
day, as its enviable international positioning shows."
The domestic (52cents) stamp is the work of designer Denis L'Allier and
photographer Guy Lavigueur. All in all, 2.5 million copies were printed, and
will be on sale for one year, until March 11, 2008.
100 years of innovation and 100 years of business writing in Quebec
The School took the opportunity to launch a commemorative book entitled
100 ans d'innovation. Its amply illustrated 200 pages tell the fascinating
story of a School that truly made its mark on its century. Written under the
direction of Marie-Eva de Villers, Director of the Quality of Communication
Centre at HEC Montréal, it salutes the vision of the School's founders and
directors, the innovative skills of its professors and researchers, and the
hard work and ambitions of its students and alumni.
Lastly, the evening's guests were also treated to the official opening of
a new exhibition on 100 years of business writing in Quebec, which will be
open to the public until June 29. The exhibition, presented by Coop HEC
Montréal and the Myriam and J.-Robert Ouimet library in conjunction with the
12th edition of the Business Book Awards, will be located in the library
itself, at 3000 Côte-Sainte-Catherine, in Montreal.
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,
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,