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First Nations Executive Education marks second graduating class

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The certifications awarded recognize participants who have successfully completed the 'Becoming a Transformational Leader' development program.

Graduating class: Becoming a Transformational Leader (CNW Group/First Nations Executive Education (FNEE))

MONTREAL — On Sep. 19, First Nations Executive Education (FNEE) handed out certifications to the members of its second-ever cohort, formally recognizing that they had fulfilled all the requirements of the Becoming a Transformational Leader program. The certifications awarded recognize participants who have successfully completed the ‘Becoming a Transformational Leader’ development program.

The 17 participants, two-thirds of whom are women, are officials from First Nations governments or administrators from First Nations organizations. Together, they represent seven Nations and 10 communities. The graduates have completed all of the modules that make up the university-level certification program in strategic leadership. The FNEE curricula have been developed to enable First Nations leaders to strengthen their skills through a combination of traditional knowledge and contemporary management practices.

“With the second cohort coming to the end of their journey, it is clear to us that FNEE is meeting a real need for executive education among First Nations clients,” said FNEE Director Manon Jeannotte. “We are already seeing the impact these programs are having on participants and their communities. My warmest congratulations go out to everyone in this second graduating class, along with my thanks for their commitment to their community and their Nation.” said Manon Jeannotte, FNEE director.

“On behalf of AFNQL, I want to congratulate the success of the second cohort of the First Nation Executive Education programs. Their personal commitment is an inspiration and will contribute to strengthen the governance of our communities. Nation building is no longer a goal, it is happening. As we prepare for the next cohorts of leaders, I want to pay tribute to the continued support of Executive Education HEC MontrĂ©al. Their contribution is also an important part of the achievements we celebrate today.” said Ghislain Picard, Chief pf the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador.


The FNEE is developed jointly by HEC Montréal professors and First Nations trainers with recognized experience in their field. The short programs try to be both future-focused and outward-looking, while still remaining rooted in First Nations experiences. They have reportedly been designed specifically around the needs, values and image of First Nations.

October 30 will be the start date for the third FNEE cohort, which will be made up of women from Quebec First Nations active in the political, entrepreneurial, administrative arenas as well as aspiring leaders.


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