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CHU Sainte-Justine
Friday, April 6 2018
Press release

Partnership for developing training programs in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship

Montréal, Friday, April 6, 2018 – The CHU Sainte-Justine hospital and HEC Montréal, longstanding partners, are proud to announce a partnership to develop new training programs in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship.

Managing innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare requires accurate and specific knowledge and expertise. Current teams of managers, professionals and entrepreneurs have called for better ongoing training for future leaders in these fields, so as to create, develop, implement and apply innovations and measure their impact, all in more targeted and effective ways, and in the end to improve people’s health.

The programs will take a global approach to healthcare, with target clienteles to come from a variety of sectors: health care and services, digital technology and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, arts, design, transportation and logistics, environmental design, etc. The partnership is intended for students seeking academic or professional careers in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship, and for current managers, professionals and entrepreneurs.

“This network of expertise between academics, entrepreneurs, managers and health professionals is most promising to form a highly qualified workforce who will imagine, create and implement innovations and management processes that will ultimately improve the health of the entire population », said Ms. Hélène David, Minister of Higher Education, and Minister responsible for the Status of Women.

“Open innovation in healthcare is a driver for improving care, creating and sharing knowledge, growth and development. While we all possess innate creativity, innovation requires the appropriate conditions to implement new ideas, adapt them to the situation and illustrate their benefits,” explains Dr. Fabrice Brunet, CHU Sainte-Justine President and CEO. “That’s the role of innovators and entrepreneurs in healthcare, and we are very happy to announce this partnership that will support all innovators in our society looking to improve people’s health.”

One of the innovative aspects of this partnership is that it includes all players in the healthcare innovation ecosystem, i.e. university hospitals and other institutions in the healthcare system, research centres, industry leaders and entrepreneurs in various sectors, key players in social innovation, and the international network. With all these partners, an in-depth analysis of needs and practical, integrated, multidisciplinary and multi-sector teaching approaches will be the first step, so as to adjust the nature of the teaching approach to specific needs. The first programs for practising managers, professionals and entrepreneurs should be ready by fall 2018.

“Collaborative innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity are key aspects of research, teaching and knowledge transfer at HEC Montréal, and we have professors and researchers with internationally recognized expertise in this field,” notes HEC Montréal Director Mr. Michel Patry. “This collaboration with our partners at the CHU Sainte-Justine gives us the opportunity to put this knowledge to work for the good of the community, including through training for the entire healthcare ecosystem in Quebec, and potentially throughout the international French-speaking community.”

The complete program for quality and innovation week (Semaine de la Qualité et de l’Innovation) at the CHU Sainte-Justine is now available (in French) on the hospital’s website: https://www.chusj.org/programme (French only).


The Semaine de la Qualité et de l’Innovation at the CHU Sainte-Justine is being presented by the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation with the support of various dedicated partners, including Kinova, Servier, Siemens Healthineers, Air Liquide Healthcare, Hospitalis, the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation du Québec, MEDTEQ, ProContact, Prompt, Réseau Technoscience, Hacking Health and HEC Montréal.

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About the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation

The Foundation’s mission is to engage the community and support the CHU Sainte-Justine in its pursuit of excellence and its commitment to providing the children and mothers of today and tomorrow with one of the highest levels of healthcare in the world.  http://www.fondation-sainte-justine.org/en/the-foundation 

About the CHU Sainte-Justine

The Sainte-Justine university hospital centre (CHU Sainte-Justine) is the largest mother-child centre in Canada and the second-largest pediatric hospital in North America. A member of the Université de Montréal extended network of excellence in health (RUIS), Sainte-Justine has 5,457 employees, including 1,532 nurses and nursing assistants, 1,000 other healthcare professionals, 520 physicians, dentists and pharmacists, 822 residents and over 204 researchers, 411 volunteers, and 4,416 interns and students in a wide range of disciplines. It has 484 beds, including 67 at the Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant (CRME), the only exclusively pediatric rehabilitation centre in Quebec. The World Health Organization has recognized the CHU Sainte-Justine as a “health promoting hospital.”  www.chusj.org

About HEC Montréal

HEC Montréal is an internationally renowned business school, with over 13,000 students, and trains more than 7,000 executives and managers every year.  The School holds many prestigious accreditations, and offers over 100 programs of study from the bachelor’s to doctoral levels. It is one of the most active business schools in Canada in terms of research, thanks to 28 research and knowledge transfer units, including 27 chairs and 6 Canada Research Chairs. With a faculty of 272, HEC Montréal offers programs in several languages and attracts students from nearly 140 countries. Since its founding in 1907, the School has trained more than 86,000 students in all fields of management.

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CHU Sainte-Justine
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HEC Montréal
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