What are EMBA participants learning from Managers of Indigenous Origin?

//What are EMBA participants learning from Managers of Indigenous Origin?

What are EMBA participants learning from Managers of Indigenous Origin?

For the past two years, the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA has been awarded a $ 50,000 scholarship to a manager of indigenous origin, to cover part of the program’s tuition fees. This year, the program would very much like to award two scholarships, but we are still looking for applicants.

The purpose of this scholarship is to support managers of indigenous origin in Canada in their professional development, but also to bring different perspectives and experiences to other participants in the class. The program’s directors have seen a real impact on the class, thanks to the contributions of the managers of indigenous origin who have participated in the EMBA. Graduates are also appreciative of their significant learning their classmates of indigenous origin:

 “Thanks to meeting Ken Rock [now Managing Director of the Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam Economic Development Corporation], who shared with me his knowledge of the Aboriginal reality, I better understand the importance of reconciliation after the injustices of the past in order to define a better future for all.” Guy Gervais, CEO, HumanID Technologies, Angel Investor

“From Manon Jeannotte [first recipient of the EMBA scholarship for managers of indigenous origin and Gespeg Mi’gmaq Chief], I learned the importance of strategically planning the development of organizations to make a real contribution to the community in the long run. Manon inspired us to always step back and analyze the impact of our daily decisions in the long term. ” Josée Duplessis, Senior Director, Public Affairs – Canada, CN

“One of the things I remember is that it is essential to understand the culture and relationships of a group, a people, a culture not only to influence them, but also to be influenced. No one holds the ultimate truth, the group is smarter than the individual. ” Anouk Trudel, Strategic Advisor, Sarti Management

“Personally, I find it very important and enriching to have Aboriginal scholars in the class. Canadians today have a lot to learn from our First Nations leaders. I have learned how to make a positive impact on the future. ” Indu Krishnamurthy, Executive Director, ACEM – Microcredit Montreal


The first step is to send a Curriculum Vitae for pre-assessment. It is important, when sending the document, to indicate your interest for the scholarship.
This step must be done before May 1, 2018.

The selection committee will review each application taking into account several factors, including:

  • Leadership, intellectual curiosity and thinking skills;
  • Obtaining an undergraduate degree, although extensive management experience may allow some applicants without a completed undergraduate degree to be part of the program;
  • Work experience of at least 10 years, including 5 years in a management position;
  • An understanding (reading and speaking) of French and English

Candidates will then be contacted to schedule the submission of an application and an interview.



The McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA Program, a partnership between McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management and HEC Montreal, is a program for seasoned managers and entrepreneurs who continue working while they participate in the 15-month program. The program welcomes approximately forty participants annually.  Classes typically meet Thursday through Sunday, once a month. Reflecting the reality of Canadian business, the program is delivered in a bilingual format. The program is practice-focused and builds on Henry Mintzberg’s managerial mindsets.