Meet The HEC Montréal MBA Class Of 2019

Jean-Francois Lefort         

HEC Montréal

A French Canadian with a Maritime twist, I’m a sport enthusiast with a passion for politics, food and wine.”

Hometown: Ormstown, Québec, Canada

Fun Fact About Yourself: I was nearly lost at sea in Antarctica.

Undergraduate School and Major: Dalhousie University, Mechanical Engineering

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Policy Advisor to the President of the Treasury Board of Canada

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Transitioning from an engineering to a political advisor role.

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Unique perspective. The HEC Montréal admissions team does a fantastic job attracting students from around the world with very diverse backgrounds which makes for rich class discussions and a stimulating learning environment.

Aside from your classmates, what was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? What attracted me to HEC Montréal, aside from the fact that it is the premier business school in Montréal, was the fact that it offers a bilingual program. This is one of a kind. Professors teach in both French and English and students have the option to choose their language of choice. I chose HEC Montréal because of the unique experience it offers.

What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? One that would foster a collaborative learning environment. For me, the MBA is not just about getting to know your colleagues, it is about learning from them. I chose to be involved in the Student Association so that I could have a chance to work with and meet all of my colleagues in one form another. By working together, we can take advantage of the unique program at HEC Montréal.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? I was searching for a new challenge that would contribute to my personal development.

How did you decide if an MBA was worth the investment? I knew that I wanted to challenge myself. The MBA offers you the opportunity to learn and grow as a student, but it also offers you the opportunity to reflect and to figure out what you want to do in life. How do you plan on maximizing your potential? How do you plan on making a lasting impact? The MBA provides you the opportunities and the resources to spring you forward in your career.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? London Business School

How did you determine your fit at various schools? I considered many factors, among them were class size and school culture. HEC Montréal offered an excellent student to professor ratio, and a unique bilingual culture.

What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are? Working at the epicenter of Canadian Politics allowed me to appreciate how important and effective sound public policy is. While there I had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented individuals in our world class public service and I realized that I could export what I learned to other developing countries.

What do you plan to do after you graduate? I am in search of a new challenge. One that will allow me to continue to develop my skills and hopefully create meaningful and lasting change.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself working for an international consulting company that specializes in public sector consulting.