Denis A. Grégoire is an Associate Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at HEC Montréal. His research centers on the cognitive processes influencing the identification of innovative ideas for new entrepreneurial ventures, entrepreneurs’ decision to expand their firm’s activities to foreign markets, and the contribution of angel investors to the growth of high-potential ventures.

Denis has a Bachelor of Science from McGill (1992), a Master of Science from HEC Montréal (1997) and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder (2005). Before returning to HEC Montréal (2014), he worked at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) and at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY). He is regularly asked to teach doctorate-level courses abroad as a guest professor.

Denis has received many awards for his work, including the Heizer Doctoral Dissertation Award in New Enterprise Development (2006) given by the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division, an IDEA Thought Leader Prize (2011) from the same organization, as well as numerous mentions for his manuscript reviews – namely from Academy of Management Discoveries, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, the Journal of Management Studies, and a few divisions of the Academy of Management.

In addition to pursuing his own research, Denis currently serves a three-year mandate as Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, one of the most prestigious journals in the field of management science. He is also a member of the editorial boards for Academy of Management Discoveries, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and is on the Scientific Committee for the French Revue de l’entrepreneuriat. He was elected to serve a second term as Representative-at-large for the Academy of Management’s Entrepreneurship Division (2020-2022).

In addition to these activities, Denis has contributed to two programs led by HEC Montréal’s Executive Education to support the growth of high-potential science- and technology-based ventures. He has held various responsibilities for the CDL-Montréal Program since 2017, and served as Academic Director for NEXT AI – Montréal‘s business curriculum (from 2018 to 2023).


Honorary Members

Jean-Marie Toulouse was appointed Professor Emeritus at HEC Montréal in May 2010.

This emeritus status comes as clear recognition by Professor Toulouse’s peers of his exceptional contribution to the institution where he spent his career from 1973 to the time of his retirement in 2008, after serving as Director, in particular, from 1995 to 2006.

In all his functions, Professor Toulouse exhibited unflagging devotion and a broad vision of what the School should be. He strongly influenced its development and shaped its current identity. To learn more about Professor Toulouse’s exceptional career and many contributions to HEC Montreal, we invite you to consult the monography written by Pierre-B. Lesage (who served as HEC’s General Secretary between 1995 and 2007). Kindly note that the text is in French.

A few highlights of his career at HEC Montréal:

Director of Research (1975-1979).
The first to hold this position, he developed the School’s research activities and established various research support and dissemination activities and tools.

Director of the joint PhD program (1977-1979).
The first Director of this joint program offered with Concordia University, McGill University and UQAM, considered a bold initiative at the time and still one of the leading PhD in Administration programs in Canada.

Director of the Department of Administration and Human Resources Organization (1979-1984).
He promoted the importance of “soft skills” and management skills for future managers, throughout the School. This approach helped to distinguish the training offered at HEC Montréal from that offered by other North American business schools.

Holder of the Maclean Hunter Chair of Entrepreneurship (today the Rogers–J.-A.-Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship) (1988-1994).
Thanks to Professor Toulouse’s influence and hard work, one of the six Maclean Hunter chairs created in Canada in 1988, and the only one in Quebec, was devoted to entrepreneurship. It was the first chair established in the country in this field, and one of the first in the world.

Director of the School (1995-2006).
Jean-Marie Toulouse set out to position HEC as a leading business school of international calibre.

His first step was to increase and internationalize the recruitment of faculty and students. Some programs were reworked to take account of the global dimension of business. In 2005 the School launched a trilingual BBA, a first in North American business schools. HEC was also the first in North America to be granted three prestigious international accreditations: AACSB International, AMBA and EQUIS. It also featured in a number of rankings, including the BusinessWeek Top 10, for its MBA. The School modernized its signature and became “HEC Montréal” in 2002.

Professor Toulouse was also very much aware of the importance of new technologies in teaching and in the business world, and was committed to integrating them and using them widely at the School. The Côte-Sainte-Catherine building had a fibre-optic network right from the beginning, in 1996, and the use of laptops became mandatory in some programs.

The third noteworthy aspect of his time as Director was his focus on developing research and pedagogical development. Many chairs, research centres and professorships were created and research benefited from new commercialization systems.

Professor Toulouse’s name is also associated with entrepreneurship, a field that he helped to win recognition for as a subject of university study. He was responsible for creating Quebec’s first MBA course in entrepreneurship, in 1976, along with many other courses and programs in this field. He also actively participated in various initiatives to encourage entrepreneurship. All these achievements earned him the award of excellence for a professor-entrepreneur from the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship, in 1991.

Jean-Marie Toulouse has won many other awards and distinctions. The most important:

  • Lien d’Or, Université EM Lyon (2006);
  • Honorary PhD, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (2005);
  • Officer of the Ordre national du Québec (2004);
  • Member of the Royal Society of Canada (1997);
  • Medal from the Fondation Édouard-Montpetit (1995);
  • Award of Merit from theAssociation des diplômés de l’Université de Montréal (1993);
  • Co-winner of the Award of Excellence from the Administrative Science Association of Canada (1990);
  • Best Competitive Paper Award from the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) (1990);
  • HEC Research Award (1980).

Professor Toulouse has also penned a great many books, scientific articles and case analyses that have shaped research in the field of entrepreneurship, and sat on many boards of directors, juries, committees and organizations. His work as a consultant kept him in contact with the business community. He has also been recognized for his work teaching and directing the research of graduate and post-graduate students.

Since retiring, he has continued to serve the School well. In particular, he took part in organizing the Forum national sur le management held at HEC Montréal in fall 2009.

Jean-Marie Toulouse holds a BPh in Psychology and a LPs and a PhD in Social Psychology from the Université de Montréal. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Business Administration at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Louis Jacques Filion was appointed Professor Emeritus at HEC Montréal in November 2018. He has taught in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and has held the Rogers-J.-A.-Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship at HEC Montréal.

In addition to having a BA (classics), a BSS and a BA in Political Science, Louis Jacques Filion received a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Ottawa in 1974, an MBA from HEC Montréal in 1976 and a PhD in Systems and Entrepreneurship from Lancaster University in Great Britain in 1988.

Dr. Filion has broad professional experience in entrepreneurship and management, including the fields of human resources, operations management and marketing. He has created and managed SMEs. He was also a management advisor with the firm Ernst & Young at their Montréal office. During his time as a professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) from 1981 to 1993, he was Director of the Master’s program in SMEs from 1986 to 1989. He was a professor from 1993 to 2016 at HEC Montréal, where he held the Rogers-J.-A.-Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship from 1995 to 2016.

In 2004, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE – CCPME) for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship. In 2005, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) awarded him its highest recognition, the Wilford White Fellowship, for his contribution to the advancement of entrepreneurship in the world.

In 2006, he received the Julien-Marchesnay Award from the Association internationale de recherche en entrepreneuriat et PME (AIREPME) for his extensive work in entrepreneurship and spread of entrepreneurial culture abroad. In 2007, he was given the title of Ancien émérite (distinguished emeritus) by Séminaire St-Joseph de Trois-Rivières. In 2008, he received the prestigious Entrepreneurship Promotion Emeritus Award in recognition of his career-long commitment to the promotion of entrepreneurial culture among young people. This prestigious award was presented by the Premier of Québec at the 28th Mercuriades Gala, held on April 9 at the Montreal Palais des Congrès.

Dr. Filion has more than 100 publications including some twenty books. He has also authored or co-authored more than 150 case studies. He has given lectures on the subject of entrepreneurship on five continents. His research is on the activity systems of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, visionary processes and new venture creation

Associate Researchers

Associate Professor at HEC Montréal, Marine studies the management of innovation and the cognitive processes that support ideation and creativity.

Deputy to the Vice-presidency for innovation and Head of Tech4Impact at l’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Julia investigates the cognitive and social dynamics that support the launch and growth of sustainable entrepreneurship projects.

Joëlle studies the dynamics of artistic and cultural entrepreneurship among marginalized populations.

A research professor of entrepreneurship at Bern’s University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, Susan studies entrepreneurs’ behaviors, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship education.

Christophe is VicePresident for Entrepreneurship at the University of Lorraine and Professor at the IAE Metz. His works focus on entrepreneurial action. He also heads a sutdent incubator at IAE Metz.

With multiples duties shared between the University of Western Australia and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Thierry studies the impact of enrepreneurial behavior in organizations.

An associate professor at the University of Tennessee and Associate Editor with the Journal of Business Venturing, David is an expert in new venture internationalization and entrepreneurs’ cognition and decision making. His Ph.D. students greatly appreciate his mentoring abilities.

Students – Ph.D.

Working under the tutelage of Professor Marine Agogué, Élie studies economic policies fostering innovation. Exceptionally for a student in his first semester of studies, Élie earned the Louis-Jacques Filion Award (2020) for the quality of his work in the Contemporary entrepreneurship research doctoral seminar.

Working under the tutelage of Professor Marine Agogué, Élie studies the management of innovation. Élie received a grant from the Chair to investigate the efforts of technology entrepreneurs to face the challenges imposed by the COVID crisis.

Students – M.Sc. (HEC Montréal)

The drivers of competitive advantage among AI start-ups, master thesis under development.

The career choices of young pilots from Quebec, master thesis under development.

Managing the growth of an entrepreneurial venture while facing a pandemic, master thesis under development.