Summer School on Management of Creativity in an Innovation Society

  • Dates: June 27th to July 13th 2019
  • Cities: Montreal, Toronto and Barcelona
  • Credits: 7.5 ECTS
  • Language: English
  • Fee level:
  • Professionals: CA $8,500
  • Students: CA $5,000
  • Scholarships available!
  • Applications deadlines:
  • Professionals: April 30th, 2019
  • Students: April 15th, 2019

The Summer School programme is internationally renowned for its unique approach to managing creativity and innovation. A distinctive experience and a new brand of collective learning await you. Prepare to be inspired!

The Summer School offers a unique opportunity to explore and compare three ecosystems of creative and innovative cities, Montreal, Toronto and Barcelona, and to draw inspiration from them on how to create environments that stimulate innovation.

This intensive two-week program offers a unique opportunity to compare the practices of creativity in diverse environments ranging from the scientific and industrial to the artistic.

Participants visit innovative companies and creative organizations, learn creativity methods through interactive workshops, and learn by doing by collaborating on creative projects. Participants also have a rare opportunity to meet with influential leaders and thinkers, renowned designers, creators, innovators, academics, professionals and managers from diverse backgrounds (new technologies, architecture, design, gastronomy, arts and entertainment, video game…).

This experience is an opportunity for you or your organization to strengthen your creative potential and to discover the key to improving your creative ability in order to better innovate. It is also a great opportunity to build an international community of creative and innovative leaders.

Don’t hesitate, come and enjoy this unique learning experience!


The Summer School is the flagship program of Mosaic, HEC Montréal’s Innovation & Creativity Hub. The Summer School is co-directed by Patrick Cohendet and Laurent Simon both professors at HEC Montréal.  Since its launch in 2009, the Summer School has benefited from the enthusiastic support of HEC Montréal, the University of Barcelona and the Government of Quebec, as well as that of many partners and collaborators.

Launched in 2009, the Summer School has inspired the creation of other schools on management of creativity and innovation in Europe, South America and Asia, and is considered as the international reference in the field of management of creativity and innovation.

Patrick Cohendet

Laurent Simon

Lucy Stojak

Montserrat Pareja

Jaume Valls

HEC Montréal
Professor, Department of International Business, Co-director of Mosaic

HEC Montréal
Professor, Department of entrepreneurship and innovation, Co-director of Mosaic

HEC Montréal
Executive Director of Mosaic and Director, Summer School on Management of Creativity in an Innovation Society

University of Barcelona
Associate Professor, Department of Economics

University of Barcelona
Professor, Department of Business

The Summer School allows a mix of graduate students, decision-makers, university professors, consultants and professionals to immerse themselves in different ecosystems in order to analyze innovation processes in a comparative way.

Participants discover new ways of doing business in a fast paced, friendly and collaborative environment. At the end of the program, Summer School participants become part of an international community of creative and innovative leaders.


  • – An opportunity for 70 participants from a variety of backgrounds (industry, academic, institutional) to learn from and share one another’s experiences
  • – A 15-day immersive experience in three cities known for their verve and vitality (company tours, creative workshops, etc.)
  • -A one-of-a-kind coming together of professionals, researchers, creatives and managers from various backgrounds (new tech, design, architecture, culinary arts, entertainment, gaming, etc.)


  • – Professionals and decision-makers
  • – Management consultants
  • – Professors and researchers
  • – Graduate students


  • – Learn creative best practices and innovation skills
  • – Rethink business strategies and models
  • – Learn by doing: collaborate on interdisciplinary projects and industry challenges
  • – Reinvent yourself and your organisation
  • – Develop your creative capacity for innovation
  • – Make inroads into various global markets and build your international network

The programme includes company visits, seminars, and projects. The Summer School is structured in challenges that become real team projects on which participants work to provide concrete solutions. The programme also includes many workshops to foster collaboration, experimentation and creativity.

The Summer School also facilitates exchanges between participants and enables participants to meet renowned creators, professors and creative managers in a privileged way, during events or conferences.  As an example, for the 10th edition of the Summer School in 2018, the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Nathalie Bondil, was the keynote speaker at the Opening ceremony in Montreal while Ferran Adrià, the famous chef and founder of the Spanish molecular cuisine restaurant elBulli, spoke at the Closing ceremony in Barcelona.

Download the programme HERE.

  • Week 1: Montreal (June 27th to July 3rd)

    • Thursday, June 27th
      Registration – Introduction / Team projects / Workshops
      HEC Montréal

    • Friday, June 28th
      Circus arts: a tool for cultural and social inclusion
      Cirque du Soleil / National Circus School / La TOHU / Montreal Soccer Stadium / Parc Frédéric-Back

    • Saturday, June 29th
      The creative society & the economics of innovation
      HEC Montréal

    • Sunday, June 30th
      Team projects / Discovering Montreal
      Espace La Fontaine

    • Monday, July 1st
      Artificial intelligence, healthcare & beyond / inclusive innovation
      CHUM / Montreal’s A Space for Life

    • Tuesday, July 2nd
      Art, culture & creativity
      Société des arts technologiques (SAT) / Montreal Jazz Festival

    • Wednesday, July 3rd
      Retail / video games & innovation ecosystems
      HEC Montréal – Tech3lab / Ubisoft

  • Week 1: Toronto (July 4th to 7th)

    • Thursday, July 4th
      Arrival in Toronto
      Sportsnet / City Hall

    • Friday, July 5th
      User experience & toys
      The catalyst @ Ryerson University / Spin Master

    • Saturday, July 6th
      Storytelling & sports
      Maple Leaf Gardens / Sony Centre

    • Sunday, July 7th
      Storytelling & user experiences in new media
      The innovation studio

  • Week 2: Barcelona (July 8th-13th)

    • Monday, July 8th
      Arrival in Barcelona

    • Tuesday, July 9th
      Collaborative & sharing economy / collaborative spaces / education & creativity
      University of Barcelona / Citilab

    • Wednesday, July 10th
      Media & arts business / innovation in culture / cultural districts
      Recinte Modernista Sant Pau / Jamboree Jazz

    • Thursday, July 11th
      Gastronomy, nutrition & health
      Fundació Alicia / 7 Portes

    • Friday, July 12th
      Urban innovation & sustainability
      Ca l’Alier

    • Saturday, July 13th
      Team presentations / closing ceremony
      University of Barcelona

The Summer School faculty members are innovative and have in-depth understanding of current management practices. Leaders from creative companies and prestigious speakers from a wide array of sectors supplement the faculty. The programme also builds on the experience of its participants, drawing out the experience of those in the class to illustrate learnings and facilitating the link between theory and practice.

You can check the complete list of lecturers HERE.

“The Summer School is not just a course on creativity, it is a complete experience that integrates learning at various levels, with a powerful level of academic/ theoretical thought and a development that intensively encourages exchange with the rest of the group.

Through the different activities, you learn how to connect and experience new skills and techniques that push you to limits you would not otherwise reach. You discover and question yourself on a very personal level, and this makes you get to know yourself better little by little.

One of the most remarkable riches is also the diversity of the group members that make up the Summer School. The multiple nationalities and origins, the ages and the professional and personal backgrounds of each one are connected and exchanged with such a harmony and depth that it multiplies the experience and the value of the course”

Araceli Antón, Master’s degree in Cultural Management student at the University of Barcelona

“The Summer School allowed me to experience creative and innovative environments far from my daily life. In addition, I got to know the intimacies of leading projects in the world. The familiar atmosphere with the classmates and the proximity of the participating experts complete the programme even more, because future professional networks arise from those friendships. May I repeat?”

Francesc Benlliure, Project Manager in Knowledge Transfer at Fundació Bosch i Gimpera

“My experience at the Summer School was more than satisfactory! It is not only about what you can learn or live there, which is also important, but also the human value added that last longer”

Merce Bernardo, Associate Professor at the Department of Business of the University of Barcelona

“I cannot imagine a better experience than the Summer School on Management of Creativity 2018! I had great excitement about the opportunity to be a part of it, but participation in the summer school exceeded every expectation. It allowed me to meet extraordinarily talented and very kind people, visit exceptional companies and unique places. It was entirely hands-on learning by applying new approaches and diverse perspectives”

Alina Fesenko, PhD in Business student at the University of Barcelona

“A learning and life experience I will never forget. You have contact with lecturers, professionals and students from all over the world who are tackling problems through innovation”

Cristian Granados, Professor and Consultant in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Tecnológico de Monterrey

“Cooking omelettes, making acrobatics, designing premium toilettes, checking out motorbikes, having awesome paella and how innovation and creativity plays a part in all of these, it was just a wonderful experience. Two of the most liveable and innovative cities I have ever been. Learning together with people from diverse personal and professional background was very enriching”

Julio Quintana, Distributed Energy Consultant at ENGIE

“The best way to learn how to manage creativity is mixing a multicultural group of professionals in two of the most creative and innovative cities in the world. A unique experience on how to manage real projects in a creative industry and learning how to transform organizations with new perspectives. Totally recommended!

It’s an opportunity to learn how creativity and innovation can transform an organization. The variety of professional backgrounds, ideas exchange and diverse activities gave us the tools to better address processes in our working environment”

Catalina Vargas, Professor at the Innovation Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente

“I participated in the 2012 edition with a scholarship from the University of Barcelona. The academic team of Mosaic-HEC Montreal and the University of Barcelona put forward an incredible program where the interactions of participants, presentations, visits and activities served to gain a unique perspective on the management of creativity in a dialogue between creative disciplines (Music, theater, video games, gastronomy, communication, etc.) and its urban setting (Montreal and Barcelona)”

Juan Vidaechea, Cultural Manager

Application deadline: April 30th, 2019
CA 8500$ (taxes included)
10% discount early-bird registration before February 28th, 2019

Graduate students
Registration deadline: April 15th, 2019
CA 5000$ (taxes included)


  • – All course materials
  • – Professional visits
  • – Breakfast and lunch

Not included

  • – Cost of lodging
  • – Cost of airfare to Montreal or Barcelona


Master and PhD students from the University of Barcelona seeking financial aid may apply for one of the scholarships available. Each scholarship covers the course tuition fees. Applicants should send (i) CV, (ii) letter of interest and (iii) a support letter from their supervisor or a professor to before April 1st 2019. Please note that candidates already graduated will not be elegible to apply for scholarships.

Resolutions will be sent by April 15th 2019. Priority will be given to those working on a clearly related topic. Awarded students will be required to apply to the Summer School following the instructions published on the “Apply now” section.

List of awarded candidates and waiting list

Applications are open. In order to submit your application you need to fill out the following online form:

Application documents

  1. Letter of interest (PDF – maximum 500 words). Briefly stat why you wish to participate in the program and the benefits for you and your organization/institution
  2. Curriculum vitae (PDF)
  3. Digital photograph HD (JPG). This picture will be used in the biography document.

Additional documents for graduate students

  1. Reference letter. One (1) letter of reference from a professor to be sent directly by the referee to:
  2. Official transcripts from all universities attended should be enclosed and sent to:
    HEC Montréal
    Lucy Stojak,
    3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
    Montréal (Québec), H3T 2A7

Certificate of participation

  • – A certificate of participation, jointly given by HEC Montréal, Ryerson University and the University of Barcelona, will be awarded to participants who complete the programme.
  • – The Summer School will be accredited in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System by the University of Barcelona with 7.5 ECTS credits.
  • – ECTS – a common language for academic recognition: ECTS, the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements and transferring them from one institution to another. This is achieved through the use of common ECTS credit units and a common ECTS grading scale.

Important notes

  • – There are a limited number of places for this programme.
  • – It is incumbent upon each applicant to ensure that his/her file is complete.
  • – Applications which are inc- omplete or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • – Applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee. The Selection Committee decisions are final.