The Scientific Committee of the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives aims to guide the research support activities of the Institute. It is currently composed of professors from HEC Montréal from different disciplines, recognized for their high level of expertise and who have a significant influence in research.

Luciano Barin Cruz, PhD
Professor, Department of Management, HEC Montréal

Luciano Barin Cruz is Professor in Management and Sustainable Development at HEC Montréal. He is co-director of the IDEOS Cluster, director of the Yunus – Social Business Center (HEC Montréal), director of the “Sustainability Challenge” module of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal, the certificate coordinator in management and sustainable development (HEC Montréal) and the BAA (HEC Montréal) specialization coordinator in sustainable development. Professor Barin Cruz has been engaged as an expert on projects supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Quebec. He is currently working on a major project to strengthen the management capabilities of social enterprises in Quebec (House of Social Innovation – MIS). His research projects focus on sustainability, social responsibility and social innovation, and they have been published in Journal of Management Studies, Organization, World Development, Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Decision, among others.

François Bellavance, PhD
Professor, Department of Decision Sciences, HEC Montréal

François Bellavance is a Professor at the Department of Decision Sciences at HEC Montréal. He is also Director of the Office of the Academic Programs at HEC Montréal, as well as a member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT). He obtained his PhD in Statistics in 1994 from the University of Montreal. Before joining HEC Montréal in 1998, he was Director of the Statistical Consulting Service at Simon Fraser University (1990-1993), biostatistician at St. Mary Hospital and Assistant Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University (1994-1998). His research interests and recent activities focus on data mining and methodology and various issues relating to road safety. He was a founding member and Director of Réseau de recherche en sécurité routière of Quebec (RRSR) from 2010 to 2015. He was also a member of Quebec Table Road Safety (2005-2015) and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Road Safety (2008-2015). He was President of the SSC Biostatistics in 2000-2001 and a Board member of the SSC representing the Quebec region from 1998 to 2000 and from 2005 to 2009. He was on the selection committee of statistical research grants of CRSNG from 2006 to 2008. He currently sits on the Executive Committee of the SSC’s Business and Industrial Statistics Section (elected President 2015-2016, President 2016-2017 and Past President 2017-2018).

Claude Francoeur, PhD
Director, Department of Accounting Studies, HEC Montréal

Claude Francoeur is the Head of the Department of Accounting Studies and a Professor at HEC Montréal. He holds the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Governance. His main research interests are in corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, business ethics and financial reporting quality. His publications can be found in major journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, British Journal of Management, European Financial Management and Gender, Work and Organization. In 2012, he won, together with co-authors Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné and Réal Labelle, the Emerald’s Citation of Excellence Award for the article “Gender Diversity in Corporate Governance and Top Management” published in the Journal of Business Ethics. Claude Francoeur is also CEO of iugum Software, the developer of iugum Data Software which facilitates the extensive data cleansing, matching and merging needed for academic research and effective database management.

Ann Langley, PhD
Professor, Department of Management, HEC Montréal

Ann Langley is Chair in Strategic Management in Pluralistic Settings, Professor of Management at HEC Montréal and Co-director of the Strategy as Practice Study Group at HEC Montréal. She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in the United Kingdom and obtained her PhD in Management at HEC Montréal in 1987 after several years working in both private and public sectors as an analyst and consultant. She is the author or editor of six books and over 50 articles. Her research deals with strategic management processes and practices, with special emphasis on organizational change, decision making, leadership and innovation in pluralistic settings. She has a particular interest in qualitative research methods. Ann is co-editor of the journal Strategic Organization. She is also co-editor with Haridimos Tsoukas of the book series Perspectives on Process Organization Studies published by Oxford University Press. She is adjunct Professor at NHH, the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, the University of Montreal, and the University of Gothenburg.

Mai Thi Thanh Thai, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, HEC Montréal

Mai Thi Thanh Thai’s expertise is in entrepreneurship, qualitative methods and emerging economies. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Hanoi University of Foreign Studies, Vietnam (1998), a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Hawaii, United States (2003), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Management from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (2008). Throughout her career, she has won several awards for her performance and commitment: as an entrepreneur (First Prize and Social Enterprise Award for her birding business), as a teacher (Alma Lepage Award for the best case on business women and Pedagogical Innovation for the design of International Graduate Competition, a coopetition aimed at better teaching masters’ student and knowledge transfer to business communities) and as a researcher (Distinguished Scholar, Best Paper, Best Presenter, Matson Prize for the quality of her research). Besides her work at HEC Montréal, she is an associate researcher at the Asia Research Centre of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. She is also an editorial board member of Reflective Practice and Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development as well as a guest editor of Journal of Enterprising Communities, International Journal of Business Globalization, and Journal of Innovation Economics.