McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montréal launch Québec's first joint EMBA

    MONTREAL, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - McGill University's Desautels Faculty
of Management and HEC Montréal are combining their strengths in leadership
development, international experience and award-winning research to create a
new joint executive MBA (EMBA) program designed for business managers: the
McGill - HEC Montréal Executive MBA. It is the first joint program of its kind
in Québec.
    The program uses an innovative and pragmatic format and is taught by
leading professors familiar with the latest management practices. The new
McGill - HEC Montréal EMBA will be offered by the two institutions, which have
outstanding reputations in the field of management education, both locally and
internationally. Reflecting the reality of Canadian business, the program is
offered in a bilingual format. It also includes two residential modules, one
of which will take place in Asia or Latin America.
    The McGill - HEC Montréal EMBA focuses on key issues and challenges
facing managers and their organizations. It is organized into eight modules.
Three modules are devoted to managerial tools, value creation and operational
excellence. The other five are structured around Managerial Mindsets, or basic
perspectives or aptitudes that relate to the manager's role, and draw on the
research of McGill University Professor Henry Mintzberg. According to him,
managing effectively relies on employing:

    - The Reflective Mindset
    - The Analytical Mindset
    - The Worldly Mindset
    - The Collaborative Mindset
    - The Catalytic Mindset.

    The program's academic directors are:

    - Louis Hébert, PhD, Professor, Department of Management, HEC Montréal
    - Alain Pinsonneault, PhD, Professor, Imasco Chair of Information Systems
      and James McGill Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill

    Innovative professors with international reputations teach the program.
    Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill
University, who was an early and enthusiastic proponent of the program, said:
"The synergies that will result from the collaboration between our Desautels
Faculty of Management and HEC Montréal will greatly benefit both of our
institutions and those we serve. This creative new programme, to enhance the
skills of individuals with substantial business experience, will also
contribute to the broader community in Quebec, Canada and beyond".
    Michel Patry, Director of HEC Montréal, shares this vision. "The McGill -
HEC Montréal EMBA is a very forward-looking model when it comes to offering a
high-calibre educational program. Every aspect of the program was designed to
help business managers excel in their field. Its concrete content and
challenging format strive to meet the current expectations of business people
by enabling them to learn based on their personal experience. The program will
give them a strategic edge in their careers-and it takes only 15 months."
    For his part, Dr. Peter Todd, Dean of the Desautels Faculty of
Management, said: "The McGill - HEC Montréal EMBA takes a practical approach
to management education. It builds on the work and theories of Henry Mintzberg
which we currently use to great success in our leadership programs. This EMBA
should become an international benchmark for managers who want to re-examine
their attitudes and behaviours to reach their full potential."
    Applications are now being accepted to the program which begins
September 25, 2008. Information sessions for interested candidates will take
place this fall in Montréal, Québec City and Ottawa.

    About McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management

    McGill's Desautels Faculty of Management is known for its global outlook
and the diversity of its faculty and student body. It is featured in surveys
conducted by the Financial Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek and Canadian Business.
The Desautels Faculty has 80 professors teaching more than 3,200 students
enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. The Faculty
also offers programs with other professional schools at McGill as well as
seminars and courses for working professionals. The EMBA program with HEC
Montréal is the first joint degree offering in the history of McGill

    About HEC Montréal

    HEC Montréal was the first management school in North America to hold the
three most prestigious certifications in the world in management teaching:
AACSB International (US), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK). The School has close
to 12,000 students in its 35 management study programs leading to
certificates, bachelor degrees and doctorates, and it employs approximately
240 professors. HEC Montréal plays a leadership role in research thanks to
some 50 research units (including 23 chairs), carries out projects throughout
the world and is dedicated to training executives and senior managers. Over
57,000 graduates have received their training at HEC Montréal.

For further information:

For further information: Valérie Gonzalo, HEC Montréal, (514) 626-6976,; Geoffrey King, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill
University, (514) 398-3933,

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