Part I: Online training (May – August)

Module 1: Social Business

Mai Thi Thanh Thai
Mai Thi Thanh Thai
Associate Professor
HEC Montreal

Mai Thi Thanh Thai, MBA. Ph.D. is Associate Professor at HEC Montreal where she teaches entrepreneurship, strategies in emerging markets and qualitative methods. She is also the Editor-in-chief of Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, an international journal that publishes both in English and French. Her research focuses on the link between entrepreneurship and its socioeconomic, cultural and political contexts. She published two books and several articles in peer-reviewed journals, contributed several book chapters, and presented at numerous academic conferences. For her excellence in research and teaching, she has received several local and international awards. LinkedIn

Joey El-Khoury
Joey El-Khoury
Lecturer at HEC Montreal and Founder of Jardins Sans Frontières

Joey El-Khoury is a lecturer at HEC Montreal, teaching “Corporate Social Responsibility” and “Sustainability management”, and founder of Jardins Sans Frontières. His nine-year career in business development in Mali, West Africa ignited in him a passion for ecological agriculture, community development and social and organizational innovation. It was after this experience with the community Kamaka in the Sahel region that he undertook his big green. Through a partnership with CREDIL and Québec Without Borders, he undertook Winter 2013 Action Research in Senegal on permaculture with Baback Serere community. Today, he is working with GRIDD-HEC (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Sustainable Development) as part of his doctoral studies in Applied Human Sciences at the University of Montreal. His thesis is on permaculture and social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for social and organizational innovation. LinkedIn

Luciano Barin Cruz
Luciano Barin Cruz
Associate Professor of Management and Sustainability
HEC Montréal

Luciano Barin Cruz is an Associate Professor of Management and Sustainability at HEC Montréal, Canada. He leads several research projects and teaches in the field of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and social innovation, in different regions of the world, with a particular focus on Latin America. He has been a visiting scholar in several Universities in Latin America. His research, which investigates the role of organizations for social and environmental inclusion, has been published in Journal of Management Studies, World Development, Organization, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Decision and the Journal of Cleaner Production.
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Marie-Ange Masson
Marie-Ange Masson
HEC Montréal

At HEC Montreal, Marie-Ange Masson develops action-based entrepreneurship education and tools to support entrepreneurs wishing to create or take over a company. She is interested in the relationship between the entrepreneur and the opportunity to develop business models, innovation and intrapreneurship. She has co-written books on the creation of business opportunities and coordinated the entrepreneurial course Rémi Marcoux to help young entrepreneurs develop their soft skills. LinkedIn

Manaf Bouchentouf
Manaf Bouchentouf
Director Entreprism

Mai Thi Thanh Thai
Mai Thi Thanh Thai
Associate Professor
HEC Montreal

Mai Thi Thanh Thai, MBA. Ph.D. is Associate Professor at HEC Montreal where she teaches entrepreneurship, strategies in emerging markets and qualitative methods. She is also the Editor-in-chief of Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, an international journal that publishes both in English and French. Her research focuses on the link between entrepreneurship and its socioeconomic, cultural and political contexts. She published two books and several articles in peer-reviewed journals, contributed several book chapters, and presented at numerous academic conferences. For her excellence in research and teaching, she has received several local and international awards. LinkedIn

Fannie Couture
Fannie Couture M.Sc.
HEC Montréal

Jonathan Deschenes
Jonathan Deschenes
Associate professor
HEC Montréal

Part II: Training at HEC Montreal (9-10 September)

Storytelling and presentation skills provided on September 5 and 10 by Sacha Ghadiri, Brian King and Mai Thai (HEC Montréal)

Djahanchah Philip (Sacha) Ghadiri
Djahanchah Philip (Sacha) Ghadiri
Associate Professor
HEC Montreal

Sacha (Djahanchah Philip) GHADIRI is an associate professor at HEC Montréal. His current research focuses mainly on identity construction and change in the management consulting, social innovation and healthcare sectors. In the last few years, he has been investigating, on the one hand, the identity tensions and identity work of management consultants and social entrepreneurs, and on the other hand, the social and inclusive innovations taking place in Quebec’s healthcare system and their consequences for the way patients and healthcare professionals interact and construct their identities. About Djahanchah Philip (Sacha) Ghadiri

Mai Thi Thanh Thai
Mai Thi Thanh Thai
Associate Professor
HEC Montreal

Mai Thi Thanh Thai, MBA. Ph.D. is Associate Professor at HEC Montreal where she teaches entrepreneurship, strategies in emerging markets and qualitative methods. She is also the Editor-in-chief of Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, an international journal that publishes both in English and French. Her research focuses on the link between entrepreneurship and its socioeconomic, cultural and political contexts. She published two books and several articles in peer-reviewed journals, contributed several book chapters, and presented at numerous academic conferences. For her excellence in research and teaching, she has received several local and international awards. LinkedIn

Brian King
Brian King
Associate Professor
HEC Montreal

Brian King is a professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of HEC Montreal. He holds a Ph.D. in administration from McGill, an MBA from Stanford University and an Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo. His fields of expertise are venture capital firms and strategy in a turbulent context. About Brian King

Creativity and innovation, well-being provided on September 6 afternoon

Geoffroi Garon-Épaule
Geoffroi Garon-Épaule
Board member
Communautique

Geoffroi Garon-Épaule is a member of the Board at Communautique. He has more than 10years of experience in regard of digital usages and collaborative technologies as a consultant. Geoffroi has a passion for open innovation strategies (Communities of Practice, LivingLab, Fab Lab, etc.) and for the techno-pedagogy and digital literacy. As a strategy expert, Geoffroi accompanies decision makers and practitioners to develop customized digital solutions. LinkedIn

Lucy Stojak
Lucy Stojak
Director, Summer School on Management of Creativity in an Innovation Society

Lucy Stojak has over 15 years of experience in the development and management of international, interdisciplinary and intercultural educational programs. She served as Director of the Space Studies Program, a 9-weekprofessional development program in the aerospace field, offered by the International Space University (ISU). She is a lawyer specialized in space law. Her fields of interest include security and space, the commercialization of space, and intercultural negotiation and team building. She has been a member of the Canadian delegation to international organizations such as the United Nations, the EU, the OECD, the Conference on Disarmament and the European Space Agency (ESA). She is a Faculty member of the ISU. LinkedIn

Fostering social impact provided on September 7

 Alain-Olivier Desbois
Alain-Olivier Desbois
Directeur principal
SVX Québec

Alain-Olivier Desbois is Directeur principal of Social Venture Connexion (SVX) Québec, a full service online platform that connects social enterprises and funds with accredited investors looking to make investments with demonstrable social and/or environmental impact and the potential for financial return, from non-profit education projects to health ventures focused on early cancer detection. He is a result-oriented entrepreneur with more than 20 years of finance, venture capital, operational, business creation and strategic development experience in start-up companies and private equity investment funds. Alain-Olivier has a passion for impact investment and development of new business models that integrate sustainability and life cycle analysis. He brings an extensive network of collaborators and broad experience as an investor, board member and hands-on value creation advisor to make start-up companies financing ready and to connect them with the right investors. LinkedIn

Natalie Voland
Natalie Voland
President
Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis inc.

By blending the worlds of social work and real estate development over the last twenty years, Natalie Voland has built a portfolio consisting of 1.5 million square feet and 500 SME’s, namely located in the Southwest of Montreal. As a leader of the B Corp movement, Natalie’s portfolio demonstrates that economic performance can include social and environmental stewardship. She leads Gestion Immobilière Quo Vadis as an interdisciplinary real estate solutions company as an innovator, designer, and branding expert. Natalie is an active public speaker and is a board member of the Quartier de l’Innovation with McGill University, ÉTS, and Concordia University, to redesign impact into real estate development. LinkedIn

Fernando Ruiz
Fernando Ruiz López
Founder
Social Business à Montréal

Fernando Ruiz is the founder of Social Business à Montréal at which he launched 3MINMAX campaign to raise awareness about global and stop idling cars as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Montreal. More than 800 drivers have been informed and 350 engines are turned off. He is working on EPARK, a solar station to generate electricity for mobile phones and other devices in developing countries. This project aims at providing clean energy at affordable price to create sustainable communities. LinkedIn

Joey El-Khoury
Joey El-Khoury
Lecturer at HEC Montreal and Founder of Jardins Sans Frontières

Joey El-Khoury is a lecturer at HEC Montreal, teaching “Corporate Social Responsibility” and “Sustainability management”, and founder of Jardins Sans Frontières. His nine-year career in business development in Mali, West Africa ignited in him a passion for ecological agriculture, community development and social and organizational innovation. It was after this experience with the community Kamaka in the Sahel region that he undertook his big green. Through a partnership with CREDIL and Québec Without Borders, he undertook Winter 2013 Action Research in Senegal on permaculture with Baback Serere community. Today, he is working with GRIDD-HEC (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Sustainable Development) as part of his doctoral studies in Applied Human Sciences at the University of Montreal. His thesis is on permaculture and social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for social and organizational innovation. LinkedIn

System thinking and green environment provided on September 8 morning

Olivier Demers-Dubé
Olivier Demers-Dubé
Founder
ÉAU

Olivier Demers-Dubé is one of the co-founders of ÉAU. He is completing a Master’s degree in environmental and sustainable development at Université de Montréal, during which time he has specialized in aquaponics through his research and four month of hands-on field work. Throughout his studies, he has completed several courses in residential and commercial aquaponics. He has also attended research symposia in Quebec, Ontario and Europe. ​Thanks to his studies as well as his professional and journalistic background, Olivier is well versed in the challenges encountered by urban agriculture. By co-founding ÉAU, he wishes to establish a place to share environmental education centered on urban agriculture. He also wants to contribute to creating a more effective and ecological food system in order to make our cities more resilient and nourishing for its citizens. LinkedIn

Ronald Jean-Gilles
Ronald Jean-Gilles
Founder Projets Ecosociaux (Eco-Social Projects)

Ronald Jean-Gilles is a social entrepreneur. He has over 15 years of experience in the sustainable development sector. In spring 2015,he founded Projets Ecosociaux (Eco-SocialProjects), an initiative through which he is dedicated to connecting social enterprises with private and public organizations through the implementation of creative, innovative and socially responsible projects.
He is at the origin of the collaboration between the borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Groupe Information Travail that lead to the transformation of infested ash with the emerald in street furniture. LinkedIn

Public relations and marketing provided on September 8 afternoon

Ronald Jean-Gilles
Ronald Jean-Gilles
Founder Projets Ecosociaux (Eco-Social Projects)

Ronald Jean-Gilles is a social entrepreneur. He has over 15 years of experience in the sustainable development sector. In spring 2015,he founded Projets Ecosociaux (Eco-SocialProjects), an initiative through which he is dedicated to connecting social enterprises with private and public organizations through the implementation of creative, innovative and socially responsible projects.
He is at the origin of the collaboration between the borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Groupe Information Travail that lead to the transformation of infested ash with the emerald in street furniture. LinkedIn

jean-francois-archambault
Jean-François Archambault
CEO and Founder of La Tablée des Chefs and Executive Director, Ashoka Quebec

Soon after his studies in Hotel Management at the ITHQ, Jean-François became a manager in the hospitality industry. After working as a sales representative at Château Vaudreuil and Fairmont Tremblant, Jean-François worked as a sales manager at several major hotels in the metropolitan area. In 2002, he presented his concept of food recovery from hotels and caterers to leaders of the culinary and hospitality industry; his project then took shape and became La Tablée des Chefs. With this organization, Jean-François hopes to socially mobilize chefs and cooks because he believes in their incredible ability to intervene on the issue of hunger and to address its many challenges.

Halina
Halina Torresan
Sustainability & Quality Project Manager
Baléco

When she’s not spending time in the greatoutdoors and on her road bike, Halina works as a Sustainability & Quality Project Manager forBaleco Inc., a local Quebec company thatcreates and manufactures eco-friendly cleaningproducts. Having obtained her Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Sociology fromConcordia University in 2013, Halina isparticularly interested in the social aspect ofsustainability. What inspires Halina? Purposedriven companies that are collectivelyredefining success in business. Her philosophycan be resumed by a quote from Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, “How youclimb a mountain is more important thanreaching the top”. LinkedIn

Christopher Baenninger
Christopher Baenninger
President & Creative Director
NewBase Media

CHRISTOPHER BAENNINGER has hadextensive experience leading teams indelivering excellence in the field of advertising& communication for over 12 years. He hasfounded several successful Creative shops,including Blast Media, where he & his partnersdelivered world class creative content tocompanies like Tetra Pack, Adidas & Bombardier for the worldwide launch of theirGlobal 7000. In late 2011, Christopher foundedNewBase Media, an advertising agencyspecialized in the promotion of Sustainableproducts and services For A Better World. He and his super talented team have been goingfrom success to success and are rapidly settingthemselves to become the premiere SustainableAdvertising Agency in Canada. Christopher isalso an international Art consultant with a keeninterest in Art across the ages and he is apractising multimedia artist himself, when hefinds the time. LinkedIn

Tayfun Akin
Tayfun Akin
Manager
Amaris

Amaris is an independent, international Technologies and Management Consulting Group. Created in 2007, Amaris is alreadyestablished in over 45 countries and supports 500 clients worldwide throughout theirprojects’ lifecycle. Our expertise covers 5 areas of innovation: Business and Management, IT/IS, Telecom, Engineering and High Technologies, Biotech and Pharma. With 60 offices across the World, the Group offersproximity support to its clients in all theirlocations and many opportunities of international careers for employees. With anaverage age of 26 years old for staff membersand 34 years old for consultants, Amarisbenefits from an agile structure and a start-upinnovative spirit.
Thus Amaris innovates both Managementpolicies, by hiring, trusting and givingresponsibilities to young talents, and in technologies by internally developing its ownERP system made of more than 200 applications. In 2016, Amaris will reach a turnover of 140 million euros, 2650 employeesand the ability recruit 1 new employee every 5hours. We expect to triple our workforce withinthe next years and reach an international leader position in independent consulting. LinkedIn

anna
Anna Kim
Assistant Professor
HEC Montreal

Anna Kim is Assistant Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Department of Management, HEC Montréal. Anna’s research explores sustainable development through the lens of time, space, and scale, primarily using qualitative methods. Her fieldwork sites include tea and coffee producer organizations in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) and Nepal, as well as fair trade organizations in Canada, South Korea, and the UK. Prior to the academic life, Anna worked for Oxfam International and provided research and consultancy services for NGOs and international organizations. About Anna Kim

Entrepreneurial financing provided on September 9 afternoon

Geneviève Rousseau
Geneviève Rousseau
Founder
BonApp

BonApp is an organization that aims to reduce food waste, to promote the sharing and promote community spirit. Its founder, Geneviève Rousseau, has a BBA majoring in marketing and sustainable development. The courses at HEC made her aware of the extent of food waste, its causes and consequences. Therefore, she decided to do its part to address overconsumption and food waste on the basis of a German initiative on sharing food (food sharing). Geneviève Rousseau decides to act with consumers since they are the biggest makers of food waste (47%) in Canada among all stakeholders from farm to plate, according to the Value Chain Management International Inc. (2014 ). For her, the message is clear: we must practice abundance by doing more with what we have! LinkedIn

Bruner Nozière
Bruner Nozière
Founder
BRUNER CANADA

Bruner Nozière currently heads BRUNER CANADA a Business and IT consulting firm hefounded 10 years ago. He previously worked as a consultant for an Internet company Mediacomand a Scotiabank as a senior accountant in hishome country, Haiti. After his immigration to Canada in 2005, he decided to start his ownbusiness and get noticed at the Entreprendre show in may 2006 as speaker and entrepreneur. By combining its passion in computer science and his studies as accountant while studying e-business in Université of Quebec in Montreal,with the firm he started offering IT tools such ascustomer relationship management (CRM) solutions using Open Source technologies.Twotimes nominated for entrepreneur of the year in2008 and 2010, M. Nozière received the RéseauQuébecois Credit Communautaire (RQCC) public choice award from the Labor Minister2006. He continues to work with startup entrepreneurs via his business. And he’s also nowmanaging partner of the startup program ofincubator Groupe3737. LinkedIn

Louis Cleroux
Louis Cleroux
President
LeadWeb

LeadWEb is a Montreal based company specialized in solving digital challenges to help bring ideas to market by harnessing web and mobile technologies to build robust and ingenious products. Its flexibility, transparency and willingness to ask the hard questions allows the organisation to forge long-lasting relationships with major corporations across North America. Its core management team has decades of experience in the industry and knows how to deliver on time and on budget. LinkedIn

Bernard D'Arche
Bernard D’Arche
Centre Magnétique

The Centre Magnétique, a non for-profitorganisation, was founded in may 2014 by CécileBranco and Bernard d’Arche in Lac Mégantic, Québec just 8 months after the tragic train explosion that destroyed the downtown area. The Centre Magnétique is a collaborative working space, including a coworking, an incubator and accelerator program. Our mission is to help both the reconstruction and economic revival process through entrepreneurship. We therefore accompany new and established companies through their development. LinkedIn