HEC Montréal is one of the most prominent business schools in the world. Based in Montréal, Canada, this university institution has been offering internationally renowned management education and research for over 100 years. Since it was founded in 1907, HEC Montréal has trained more than 78,000 students in all fields of management. HEC Montréal was the first school in North America to be awarded AMBA, AACSB International and EQUIS accreditations. In 2015, HEC Montréal was ranked 11th worldwide by Forbes in its non-USA business school listing, Top 30 International Business Schools by Bloomberg Businessweek, Top 100 Business Schools by The Economist, Top 20 International Business Schools by Poets & Quants, Top 25 Most Targeted Business School Worldwide by QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, 47th worldwide by International New York Times, and Top 10 Canadian Business Schools by Reputation by Canadian Business.


IDEOS is a management research and knowledge transfer hub for social enterprises at HEC Montréal. Since 2012, IDEOS’s mission is to raise awareness and support the community of HEC Montréal, organizations and entrepreneurs and disseminate knowledge by putting social impact at the heart of its actions. IDEOS favors a participative approach where professors, students and community stakeholders will be called upon to collaborate, share and contribute to the development of its mission.


The Yunus Centre is the one-stop resource center for all Grameen social business related activities in Bangladesh and globally. It keeps the spirit of the global social business movement very high through various events, social media, publications, and websites. The Yunus Centre also helps forge lasting, productive relationships among all social business institutions around the world. The Centre is chaired by Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and its Executive Director is Ms. Lamiya Morshed. The Yunus Centre’s activities include, but are not limited to, promoting Professor Yunus’ existing international network of individuals and institutions that work in the field of poverty eradication; incubating and creating social businesses and social business funds; acting as a resource centre for existing and potential social businesses by assisting each venture in adhering to social business principles and, by extension, achieving the targeted social goal; disseminating Professor Yunus’ ideas on poverty eradication by contributing articles and other media to renowned publications around the world is one of the Centre’s primary activities. The Yunus Centre assists in the development of academic programs focusing on social business within academic institutions.