Louis-Jacques Filion

Louis Jacques Filion is the Rogers-J.A. Bombardier Professor of Entrepreneurship at HEC MONTREAL, the Montreal Business School. His specialty area is entrepreneurship.
His academic background includes a B.A. (Classics) from St-Laurent College (University of Montreal) (1966), a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Ottawa (1968), an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Ottawa (1974), an M.B.A. from H.E.C. Montreal (1976) and a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Systems from the University of Lancaster, Great Britain (1988).
Dr. Filion's broad professional experience in entrepreneurship and management includes the fields of human resources, operations management and marketing. He created and managed small businesses. He was also a management consultant with the firm Ernst & Young at their Montreal office.
Dr. Filion was a professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières from 1981 to 1993, and Director of the Master's program in small business from 1986 to 1989. He moved to HEC Montreal in 1993, and has held the Chair of Entrepreneurship since 1995.
In 2004, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE - CCPME) for his contribution 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), which is the French-speaking world’s principal small business/entrepreneurship research association. In 2008 he received the prestigious Entrepreneurship Promotion Emeritus Award in recognition of his career-long commitment to the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture among young people. The award was presented by the Premier of Québec at the 28th Mercuriades Gala, held on April 9 at the Montreal Convention Centre.
Dr. Filion has more than a hundred publications to his name as sole author, and a similar number of co-authored publications. He has written several books and has held speeches on the subject of entrepreneurship on all five continents. His research is concerned with the activity systems of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, the visionary process, new venture creation and technological entrepreneurship.




Visionary and Entrepreneurial Thinking


louisjacques [dot] filion [at] hec [dot] ca


Last Education

Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Systems from the University of Lancaster, Great Britain


French, English




Entrepreneurship / Innovation and International Entrepreneurship
Innovation Management & Organizational Behaviour
Strategy and Management
Venture Financing, Entrepreneurship, Business Model Innovation
Entrepreneurship Marketing
Technology Entrepreneurship
Human resources: Learning, Cooperation, Creativity
Intellectual Property
Ventures in Action
Entrepreneurial Finance
Innovation Factory & Innovation Process
Growth Management
Strategic Management
Organizational Behavior, Human Resources & Entrepreneurship
Marketing and Sales and Business Development
Growth Management
Idea Generation & Business Design
FINTECH Circle Innovate - Digital Ecosystem Director
Entrepreneurship, Ventures in Action, Prerequisite Course