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Knowledge sharing

For those passionate about research on scientific and innovative entrepreneurship, IE-knowledge hub documents the journeys of entrepreneurs who explore international markets, engage in digital innovation to remain competitive, and the innovation ecosystems that support them.

Showcating the journeys of researchers, entrepreneurs and support organizations that accompany them, IE-knowledge hub aims to be a hub for sharing research on various sectors and their impact on the market and society.

Our hypothesis is that by learning from the successes and failures of those who embody the entrepreneurial spirit, we can share this expertise with the next generation who want to explore scientific, social, and innovative entrepreneurship.

Our programming, produced in collaboration with researchers from the academic world, innovative companies, and support actors from innovation ecosystems, allows us to highlight the entrepreneurship journey with a simple formula: what problem do you want to solve and what solution do you want to provide?

Our vision

Becoming a hub for international entrepreneurship and digital innovation, serving as a crossroads for knowledge exchange and collaboration.

Our mission

Promote international entrepreneurship and digital innovation by showcasing Canadian international entrepreneurs and facilitating cross-border collaboration.

Our story

In order to address the lack of educational resources demonstrating examples of Canadian entrepreneurs and SMEs operating in international markets, the International Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub was created with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

From 2013 to 2021, 16 video case studies were filmed and 12 written case studies were produced to accompany the videos. In 2019, the website ie-knowledgehub.ca was created to host the video content so that teachers could use it in their courses.

The methodology for producing the studies was developed by Professors Hamid Etemad from McGill University and Hamed Motaghi from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. In collaboration with the production team Cartouche Média, represented by co-founders Thierry Harris and Mélissa Gendron, they developed case studies on international entrepreneurship from an academic perspective. In collaboration with entrepreneurs and support actors, a design process inspired workflow was created for producing video studies ranging from 9 to 20 minutes, accompanied by written studies by doctoral students or second-cycle students studying international entrepreneurship.

In 2020, the Market Hunt podcast was created to offer another form of media covering market pursuits.

In 2023, six more studies were produced in collaboration with a new academic partner, the Université du Québec en Outaouais, with funding from the Ministry of Higher Education. The team was expanded with the addition of Reda Bensouda a strategic advisor in digital innovation and cybersecurity at the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

Our services

Development of training and innovation partnerships

  • Establishment of academic and industrial collaborations.
  • Access to training, incubation, and acceleration programs.

Production and distribution of educational resources

  • Production of case studies on the internationalization and digital transformation of businesses and innovation ecosystems.
  • Highlighting entrepreneurial successes.

Organization of training, transfer, and outreach activities.

  • Seminars, conferences, and workshops.
  • International networking events.

Founding partners

Dr. Hamid Etemad


Hamid Etemad, Executive Director

Dr. Hamid Etemad is a Professor of International Business and Marketing in the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University. His current and recent research interests, and publications, are focused on international entrepreneurship and support ecosystem for innovative start-ups. Read more.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Entrepreneurship (JIEN), and the Series-Editor of two series of book volumes — the McGill International Entrepreneurship (MIE) Series of books and the New Horizons in International Entrepreneurship Series (Edward Elgar Publishing). He is also the founding father and co-convener of the McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference (MIEC) Series, in its 25th annual edition now.  The MIE’s book series has published seven volumes already and the 8th volume is in press; while JIEN’s is currently publishing its 18th annual volume with quarterly issues.
He has edited 10 book volumes and guest-edited more than 15 scholarly journal issues, including Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, International Marketing Review, International Management Review, Small Business Economics, Journal of international Entrepreneurship, Management International Review, among others. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings and book volumes.

He is a member of editorial boards of six peer-reviewed scholarly journals and the scientific committee member of a few scholarly conferences.

He has held many administrative, elected and public offices, including the Past President, President and Vice-President of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), Academic Senate of McGill University (four three-year terms), Director of Business and Management Research Center, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the McGill Faculty of Management, Vice President Finance of McGill Association of  University Teachers (MAUT) and many terms as International Business and General Management Area Coordinators.

His current research interests include International Entrepreneurship, High-growth and Rapidly Internationalizing Firms (founded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the support Ecosystems for innovative start-ups. He is the principal investigator of a large strategic grant ($1.953 Millions) funded by SSHRC, entitled as International Entrepreneurship Strategic Knowledge Cluster, which launched the “ie-scholar.net” networks and its corresponding ie-scholar website.

He is currently serving as Executive Director of the Ie-Knowledge Hub initiative.  He leads the building and expansion of the International Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (https://ie-knowledgehub.ca/) containing many video and traditional case studies of internationalizing innovative Canadian SMEs, progressive entrepreneurs and advancing sectors (e.g., Artificial intelligence, Photonics, Pharmaceuticals, Space Science, Sustainable Building Architecture and Designs,  among others). A series of podcasts are updating and addressing current issues, including Fintech, Artificial intelligence, Advanced Technologies, Internationalization of Location-bound Resources, among many others.

He acknowledges the invaluable assistance of Professor Hamed Motaghi of the University of Quebec at Outaouais in Gatineau, Québec, as the Managing Director of Ie-KnowledgeHub and Cartouche Media as the main Agency Producing the ie-knowledgehub.ca  academic content.

He holds a Ph.D and MBA (both from Haas School of Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley) a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Design (from the School of Engineering at UC, Berkeley) and M.Eng. (from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tehran). He was inducted to the Beta, Gamma Sigma National Honour Society.

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Dr. Hamed Motaghi

Dr. Hamed Motaghi is Associate Professor of Business Technology Management at the University of Quebec (Outaouais- UQO). He is an active member of Chair of Strategy and Society, HEC Montreal, Cognitive Science Institute, UQAM, and Managing Director of the International Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, a collaborative research project in partnership with McGill University. Prior to his position at UQO, he was a post-doctorate fellow in the marketing department at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. He holds a Ph.D. with distinction where his dissertation focused on the relationship between creativity and information technology achieved through a joint Ph.D. program administered at University of Quebec of Montreal (UQAM). He also holds a master’s degree from University of Paris Dauphine, France and an engineering degree from University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France. In addition, he was adjunct professor at UQAM, Royal Military College of Canada, HEC Montreal, and Lawrence Technological University, MI, USA.

His main research interests are innovation/creativity, creative and cultural industries and the role of technology, ethnic entrepreneurship, and internationalization process of firms.

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Thierry Harris

Producer, host, and communication specialist with over 15 years of experience, specializing in business, technology, government policies, and education. Thierry also provides consulting for business development in the higher education sector and the Canadian innovation ecosystem.

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Reda Bensouda

Reda Bensouda is a strategic advisor in digital innovation and cybersecurity at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Holder of a bachelor's degree in international business from the University of Ottawa and a master's degree in project management from the Université du Québec en Outaouais, Reda has held the positions of General Manager of In-Sec-M, the Canadian cybersecurity industry cluster, and Director of Export Outaouais, the export promotion organization for the Outaouais region. Passionate about the sustainable economic development of communities and territories, Reda has conducted more than thirty studies and marketing plans and organized several innovation and market development events at both national and international levels.

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