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YCIF TOR - Nurturing the Next Generation of Leaders in Canada: The Journey of the First Young Canadian in Finance

September 04, 2019
From 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Join us for that evening with Paul Desmarais III, Chairman & CEO of Sagard Holdings and Chairman & Co-founder of Portag3 Ventures.

Young Canadians in Finance (Toronto) is pleased to cordially invite you to an interactive fireside chat with Mr. Paul Desmarais III, Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation and Power Financial and the Founder and Honorary Chairman of Young Canadians in Finance.

 Mr. Desmarais’ vantage point is unparalleled in the Canadian financial sector as he sits at the intersection of Canada’s most established financial companies and its most exciting and innovative disruptors. He has experience as an operator, a hedge fund professional, risk management for traditional insurance and as a venture capital investor. Mr. Desmarais is a passionate Canadian and is bullish on Canada’s role in the world of finance and innovation. During the session, attendees will wear a ‘leader’s hat’ and learn how top leaders evaluate growth, teams and opportunities. Mr. Desmarais will also talk about the current global financial ecosystem and share his insights on future outlook and the role that Canada, and specifically young Canadians in finance, can play.

Once the fireside chat session wraps up, attendees are encouraged to ask questions as the diversity of questions will lead to a fun and interactive discussion. The event will then wrap up with a networking session where refreshments and drinks are served.

About Paul Desmarais III:

Mr. Desmarais has been Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation and Power Financial since 2017. He acts as the Chairman and CEO of Sagard Holdings, the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Portag3 Ventures, and the Chairman and co-founder of Diagram. Within the investment portfolios of Portag3 Ventures and Sagard Holdings, he is the Chairman of Wealthsimple and Peak Achievement Athletics, and a director of Koho, Integrate AI, and IntegraMed. He also sits on the boards of Pargesa, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and Imerys. He served on the boards of Great-West Lifeco and IGM Financial until 2019.

Before joining Power as Vice-President in May 2014, he was Assistant Vice-President in the Risk Management Group of Great-West Lifeco beginning in 2012. Previously, he worked in supply chain management and corporate strategy at Imerys in France. He began his career in 2004, working for five years with Goldman Sachs in the United States, in the Investment Banking and Investment Strategy Groups, as well as in the Special Situations Group.

Mr. Desmarais is the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard College (graduating cum laude) and he holds a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD in France. In 2017, Mr. Desmarais was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.

 

When: Wednesday September 4th, 2019 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: Power Corporation of Canada, 161 Bay Street, Suite 5000, 50th Floor 

Price : Free, registration required

 

About YCIF


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

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

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