Friday, June 22, 2012


This was such a long and amazing day that it's hard to know where to start when it comes to recounting the memories. I did want to say, though, that the coordinators did an excellent job of selecting the students for this Russia Campus Abroad journey. One of the criteria for the program was to be a giver, rather than a taker. I can safely say that that is absolutely true for each of the individuals on this trip, and that has been one of the major reasons why this has been an awesome experience. Not only have the activities been amazing, but the group dynamic has made every moment seem special.

With that being said, I can now dive into the details from the day. Our first stop today was at the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management. The combination of commerce, creativity, international minds, modern layout, and hefty price tag reminded me of C2-MTL. Below are a few photos from outside and inside the Skolkovo building.

While at Skolkovo, we learned that the name of the school is confusing because it is the same name as the school, the foundation, and the town. But while in this aspiring-to-be-Silicon Valley region, we had the opportunity to peek into a company called Vizerra. Vizerra is a 3D modelling technology organization and software that allows users to create and share three-dimensional images without having technological expertise. In fact, Vizerra was one of the winners of a "Business Project 2010" contest run by Google and Forbes Russia. What is additionally impressive is that Vizerra has already written about our visit on the company blog (see here.)

We managed to squeeze in a third company visit today at Thomson Reuters. Our visit was led by an HEC Montreal alumnus who answered our questions about the company and its challenges. Afterwards, we went to the Red October neighbourhood where we discovered a colourful and modern bar where we remained for the evening.

This entry was originally posted on the HEC Montreal Campus Abroad blog here.

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