What is executive training?

The Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives of HEC Montréal offers tailor-made training seminars developed for senior managers, executives and boards directors members of cooperatives. Since 2006, the Institute has trained over 1,050 presidents and leaders of cooperatives from around the world.

Training structure

The training is organized in seminars on management practices, including those that made the success of the Desjardins Group, an institute that has inspired numerous cooperatives around the world. In collaboration with the Desjardins Group, the Institute expands the Montreal-based program with specialized presentations and visits. The training can be conducted in French and English, or in Spanish, Portuguese or other languages, through interpreters.

Example of a five-day seminar:

  • Day 1: Seminar on the Canadian financial system (at HEC Montréal)
  • Day 2: Seminar on the evolution of Desjardins Group’s structure and governance (at HEC Montréal)
  • Day 3: Seminar on innovation in cooperatives (at HEC Montréal) and/or seminar on human resources at Desjardins
  • Day 4: Visit of a Desjardins Business Centre and visit of a Caisse Desjardins
  • Day 5: Visit of the Alphonse Desjardins Historical Society and of the Desjardins Lab (in Lévis)

Are you interested in executive training?

The Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives would be delighted to welcome your delegation.

For more information: institutcoop@hec.ca

Past trainings

2018

 Testimonials [translation]:

“It was practical and very helpful in understanding the structure in practice.”
“Excellent reception and explanations by the Brazilian collaborator.”
“Very good interaction and visit.”
“Great connection to day-to-day practice, which is great.”

SICREDISicredi Uniao

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 Testimonials [translation]:

“(Satisfying) to know about the history from its inception, its evolution and knowing how things work now while thinking about the future.”
“Very well-organized program, highly relevant topics, material and suitable speakers.”
“I thought it was great, I wouldn’t change anything, I’m very happy with what I saw and learned.”
“Good programming, with transfer of techniques, practices, knowledge and new ways of producing results.”
“The study program is very good, it manages to blend theory with daily practice. It shows new/different things that we can implant.”

SICREDISicredi Estaçao

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“A unique experience, both professionally and personally.”
“I intend to use the knowledge to innovate within the community and with the members of my cooperative.”
“I am very interested in knowledge and learning, and I was thrilled by the innovative spirit of HEC, Desjardins, and Canadians in general.”
“I will implement many “cases” from here in my cooperative. The program really highlighted the importance of cooperativism.”

SICREDISicredi Ibiraiaras

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“Visiting such an organized country makes us reflect on our leadership role as a transformation agent in Brazil.”
“Many aspects related to credit unions can be implemented in our credit unions in Brazil (in the financial and social field).”
“Amplified perspective.”
“Very useful for general knowledge in my area…”

SESCOOP

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 Testimonials [translation]:

“All aspects (of the program) were very satisfactory.”
“Congratulations on the receptivity, the attention, the interaction, the work you are doing and the interest in welcoming us and learning and exchanging information on good practices.”
“Great logistics.”
“The HEC staff was very friendly and attentive with the group.”

SICREDISicredi Uniao

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 Testimonials [translation]:

“The four women who accompanied us this week are fantastic. Very attentive and understanding.”
“The lessons learned here will greatly contribute to the development of our cooperative.”
“Lots of learning, several initiatives that occurred in Desjardins will occur in our system.”
“For those of us who work in cooperativism every day, it is very good to know about a system … and look for inspiring ideas to guide our daily life.”
“I participated in similar trainings in another country and this one was the best.”
“A lesson for life where the knowledge gained from Canadian culture can be applied, and we can try to change the reality in Brazil.”

 

SICREDISicredi Estaçao

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2017

  Testimonials [translation]:

“It was an amazing program with lots of experiences!”
“I’m leaving with several ideas applicable to the growth of my coop and my federation.”
“A very good theory and a very good field program.”
“Thank you for the wonderful welcome.”
“I thought (the training) was very good and that it should be extended to more people in the field.”
“(The training) helps expand knowledge in the credit union field.”
“Everything is great!”

Unicred and RS

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SICREDI

Testimonials [translation]:

“Excellent welcome. The visit to the Caisse Desjardins des policiers et policières was very important because it allowed us to know its structure, its functioning and its prospects.”
“Had a good visit, very informative general discussions.”
“Simple, objective presentations contribute to effective understanding.”
“The program was very well developed, we felt the organizers’ concern to assist us in all our needs through the programming of the content, the messages and the various visits.”
“It has contributed a lot to my personal and professional growth.”
“Our goal has been fully achieved.”
“The program helps us better understand how the cooperative system works.”

Sicredi Serrana and Norte

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SICREDI

Testimonials [translation]:

“Very solid knowledge in all the presentations that the speakers shared with us.”
“A lot of knowledge, listening and availability. Very clear presentation.”
“Remarkable knowledge. “
“Very productive, we have acquired knowledge, and we can introduce several improvements in our company.”
“I feel a great satisfaction.”
“Relevant training, great commitment and dedication from all.”
“I congratulate the organization!”

Sicredi Norte

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SICREDI

Testimonials [translation]:

“Very stimulating method for learning the dynamics used. “
“Possible comparison between a powerful system and ours, which is still developing. Very good! “
“Very condensed and enriching. (The training) allowed us to exchange information on the day-to-day practices of the Caisse. “
“It’s very good to know the development of Desjardins. “
“Objectives fully achieved. “
“Excellent organization. Highly performing team. “
“The study program is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and share experiences with people who have a culture that’s totally different from ours. “

Sicredi Região Centro

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SICREDI

Testimonials [translation]:

“We were very well received, we had a glimpse of the Mouvement (Desjardins) and we were able to make a comparison with the reality of our cooperative. “
“It’s a good program that contains vital information about the system. “
“Very well structured, conducted and organized program. We noted the commitment of those involved in learning. “
“In my opinion, the program is very well structured from a chronological point of view, which promotes understanding. I suggest you focus on the day-to-day activities of cooperatives for delegations of executives.”

Sicredi Região Dos Vales

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2016

CONFEBRASTestimonials [translation]:

“The governance approach was valuable so that we can compare and eventually re-evaluate our models.”
“Great practical and theoretical knowledge.”
“Gives a wider knowledge of the Canadian financial system.”
“Similar to what we live in Brazil.”
“An excellent program.”

CONFEBRAS

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SICREDITestimonials [translation]:

“A unique experience.”
“Good welcome, pleasant and cozy ambiance.”
“Very useful.”
“Very interesting to know the history of Desjardins.”
“In the same line of thought of our cooperative.”

Sicredi Região dos Vales

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SICREDITestimonials [translation]:

“An inspiring and innovative training.”
“Very pleased with the experience.”
“Topics presented were totally relevant.”
“The training offers a wide vision of the cooperative.”
“I will return to Brazil with several ideas that can be applied immediately in practice.”

Sicredi Vale Do Taquari RS

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2015

CONFEBRASTestimonials [translation]:

“A global reference of cooperatives.”
“A high knowledge of the subject and also of our country.”
“Excellent experience.”
“I learned much more than I had imagined.”
“For sure, the concepts learned will be useful in our daily routine.”

CONFEBRAS