The Young Canadians in Finance network is a unique meeting place for young professionals who want to cultivate a network of privileged contacts and develop their skills through knowledge sharing and networking.

Within the Young Canadians in Finance network, you will meet young men and women, professionals working in the fields of finance, economics, accounting, law and business. Young people with diverse ambitions, but whose common goal is to become leaders in their respective fields through the many networking and professional development opportunities offered by Young Canadians in Finance.


To enable our members to take leading roles in their respective professional fields through service offerings that promote network building, a multidisciplinary education, an active collaboration and career opportunities.


Young Canadians in Finance was founded by Paul Desmarais III and Michael Blickstead in 2006. The organization is present in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.


Past Speakers

The Right Honourable Paul Martin (former Canadian Prime Minister)

Guy Savard (Chairman of Merrill Lynch Canada)

L. Jacques Ménard, O.C. (Chairman, BMO Nesbitt Burns and President, BMO Financial Group, Québec)

Stéphane Boisvert (former President, Bell Canada)

Jean-René Halde (President & CEO, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Monique Gravel (CEO of CIBC Wood Gundy)

Helen Beck (Senior Vice-President, Canadian Equities & Indexed Management from la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec)

Raymond Chrétien, O.C. (former Canadian ambassador to France, the United States, Belgium, Mexico and the Congo and counsel at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP)

Charles Sirois (former President and CEO, Telesystem Inc. and Chairman, CIBC)

Daniel Johnson, G.O.Q. (former Premier of the Province of Québec)

Raymond Bachand (former Minister of Finance (Quebec), Minister of Revenue and Minister responsible for the Montréal region)

Nicolas Marceau (former Minister of Finance and the Economy (Quebec)

Carlos Leitão (Minister of Finance (Quebec)

Charles Sousa (Minister of Finance (Ontario)

Roger Plamondon (former President and CEO of BIXI)

Réjean Robitaille (former CEO of Laurentian Bank)

Louis Vachon (CEO of National Bank of Canada)

Alexandre Taillefer (Managing Partner, XPND Capital)

François-Xavier Souvay (President and CEO, Lumenpulse Inc.)

Lucien Bouchard, G.O.Q. (Partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and former Premier of the Province of Québec)

Jean Charest (Partner at McCarthy Tétrault and former Premier of the Province of Québec)

François Desjardins (CEO of Laurentian Bank)

Francisco J. Barrio-Terrazas (Mexican ambassador in Canada)

François Desjardins (President and CEO, Laurentian Bank)

Manon Brouillette (President and Chief Executive Officer, Videotron)

The Honorable Pierre Pettigrew (former Minister and Executive Advisor for Deloitte)

Dominique Anglade (former President and Chief Executive Officer of Montréal International)

Jacques Nolin (Senior Partner, Jarislowsky Fraser)

Andrew Hanff (Principal, Oliver Wyman)

Sylvain Toutant (President & CEO, DAVIDsTEA)

Éric Fournier (Partner at Moment Factory)