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International Entrepreneurship

Knowledge Hub

The International Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (Ie-KnowledgeHub) is a collaborative educational project driven by one mission: To showcase Canadian International Entrepreneurs and to provide a Learning Hub in order to allow academics to study these entrepreneurs.

The Knowledge Hub provides academics key insights into entrepreneurial organizations and access to the entrepreneurs themselves.

Our team consists of academic researchers, journalists, business people, and solution oriented individuals. All share a passion for studying and sharing stories on entrepreneurship. Partner with us to help further research in different fields of study.

Browse our full lineup of Case Studies here.

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IEKH Founding Partners

Hamid Etemad, Executive Director

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 “” 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 ( 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  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.

Hamed Motaghi, Managing Director

Hamed Motaghi is an 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.

Thierry Harris, Executive Producer

Thierry Harris is a producer, reporter and analyst with over 15 years of experience, specializing in business, technology, government policy and education. He is currently host of Market Hunt, a show tackling business problems faced by global entrepreneurs. Harris co-founded Cartouche Media. Cartouche Media works with businesses, government agencies, startups, non-profits and educational institutions to produce compelling, targeted content and outreach that achieve specific communication goals.

Harris has a bachelors in commerce from McGill University with specializations entrepreneurship, marketing and minors in Italian and philosophy. He also completed two diploma degrees in communications and journalism from Concordia University.

IE-Knowledgehub quick notes

International Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (IEKH) is an educational resource tool designed by researchers at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, Université du Québec en Outaouais and Cartouche Media.

The educational content produced on the website is the result of intensive collaboration by entrepreneurial CEOs, Industry associations, Economic Development corporations, academic researchers, and para-government organizations at local, provincial and federal levels.

IEKH is produced with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The website is produced & managed by Cartouche Media. Contact our webmaster for questions or troubleshooting.

All content on the website is owned by Copyright holder Professor Hamid Etemad, Desautels Faculty of Management.

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