André Roger Desmarais

Deputy Chairman, President & Co-Chief Executive Officer at Power Corp. of Canada (Sagard China Investment Management)

André Roger Desmarais

André Roger Desmarais

Deputy Chairman, President & Co-Chief Executive Officer at Power Corp. of Canada (Sagard China Investment Management)

Overview
Career Highlights

Power Corp. of Canada
Power Corp. of Canada (Sagard China Investment Management)
DalCor Pharmaceuticals Canada, Inc.

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736

Number of Boards

33

Birthday

1956 - Ottawa, Canada

Age

64

Number of Awards

1

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Non-Independent Director at Power Financial Corp.

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Executive Director at Pargesa Holding SA

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at The Great-West Life Assurance Co.

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Former Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President & Head-Investor Relations at IGM Financial, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Power Corp. of Canada

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Founding President at Shape Up Foundation

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Director, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Great-West, London Life & Canada Life at Great-West Lifeco Inc.

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Chairman at Diagram Ventures GP, Inc.

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President at Domtar Industries LLC

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Director at Putnam Investments LLC

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Deputy Chairman, President & Co-Chief Executive Officer at Power Corp. of Canada (Sagard China Investment Management)
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Vice Chair, Board of Directors at One Drop Foundation

One Drop™ is an international non-profit organization created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté in 2007. At the core of our mission is water as a transformative force to improve living conditions, as well as give communities the ability to care for themselves and their families sustainably.

Parent, Deceased

Société d'Investissement Jeunesse provides financial assistance to the entrepreneurs. It offers programs for business start-ups, partner with the shareholders, and to acquire an existing company. The company was founded by Paul G. Desmarais and Robert Bourassa in 2001 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

Parent-In-Law
Education
Bachelor of Commerce

Concordia University (commonly referred to as Concordia) is a public comprehensive university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1974 following the merger of Loyola College and Sir George Williams University, Concordia is one of the three universities in Quebec where English is the primary language of instruction.

Attendee

Lakefield College School (sometimes called LCS, The Grove or simply Lakefield) is a private boarding school located north of the village of Lakefield, Ontario. It was the first Canadian member of Round Square, an international affiliation of schools. Lakefield College School has the volunteer support of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, a member of the British Royal Family and the Canadian Royal Family, who graduated from Lakefield in 1978. He serves as patron of the Friends of Lakefield College School.LCS was founded in 1879 by Sam Stickland and Col. Sparham Sheldrake (in Strickland's home, called Grove House). It was originall named Sparham Sheldrake's Preparatory School for Boys or The Grove and was located on 25 acres (100,000 m2) land consisting of a large farmhouse with several rooms, a shed, and a kitchen; with enough room to accommodate about 15 boys.

Career History
Deputy Chairman, President & Co-Chief Executive Officer
1983 - Current
Director
Current

Neurochem (International) Ltd. provides licensing and partnering activities. Its services include supply chain management and sales, clinical, and regulatory & marketing functions required to develop products. Neurochem is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Deputy Chairman
1983 - 2019

Power Corp. of Canada is a management and holding company, which engages in the provision of financial services; asset management; and sustainable and renewable energy. It operates through the following segments: Lifeco, IGM Financial, and Pargesa. The Lifeco segment offers life and health insurance, retirement, and investment management services, and involves in the asset management and reinsurance businesses. The IGM Financial segment provides investment advisory and management services. The Pargesa segment comprises minerals-based specialty solutions for industry; testing, inspection, and certification; cement, aggregates, and concrete; wines and spirits; design and distribution of sportswear; materials technology and recycling of precious metals; oil, gas, and chemical industries; global luxury brand; disposable hygiene products; supply of equipment and project management for the food and beverage sectors; and operation of regional leisure parks. The company was founded by Arthur J. Nesbitt and Peter A. Thomson on April 18, 1925 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

Boards & Committees
Director
1997 - Current

Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Co. engages in the provision of life insurance services. The firm offers annuities, life insurance, investment, and executive benefits. The company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, CO.

Director
1992 - Current

The Great-West Life Assurance Co. provides insurance and financial services. The firm offers a portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families and business owners. The company was founded on August 28, 1891 and is headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada.

Director
Current

GWL&A Financial, Inc. provides insurance brokerage services. It offers term life, major medical, annuities, disability, long term care, health, and consultancy services to trades unions, individuals and business marketplace. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, CO.

Member, Board of Directors
Current
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$15K - $20K
2018

Council of the Americas, Inc. operates as a professional membership organization. It aims to promote economic and social development, open markets, rule of law, and democracy. The firm is composed of companies representing the sectors of banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation. The company was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$15K - $20K
2016

Council of the Americas, Inc. operates as a professional membership organization. It aims to promote economic and social development, open markets, rule of law, and democracy. The firm is composed of companies representing the sectors of banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation. The company was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$15K - $25K
2015

Council of the Americas, Inc. operates as a professional membership organization. It aims to promote economic and social development, open markets, rule of law, and democracy. The firm is composed of companies representing the sectors of banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation. The company was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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DalCor Pharmaceuticals Canada, Inc. develops precision treatments for cardiovascular diseases. It offers dalcetrapib, a cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitor, as a potential targeted treatment to address the residual cardiovascular risk in patients carrying a specific ADCY9 genetic profile. The company was founded by André Roger Desmarais and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

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Coalision, Inc. manufactures and distributes apparels and sportswear. The firm offers tops, bottoms, pants, dresses, outerwear, long underwear, base layers, rain suits and accessories. It has additional offices in Toronto and Edmonton, Canada, New York, New York, Santa-Barbara, California, Biarritz, France, Hong Kong and China. The company was founded by Evelyn Trempe and Eric danjou in 1989 and is headquartered in Montreal, CA.

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Awards & Honors
Rank #70
2014
Harvard Business Review - 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World
Events
Attendee
2013 Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference

The Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is an annual conference hosted and wholly independently funded by private investment firm Allen & Company. The conference has taken place in Sun Valley, Idaho for one week each July since 1983. The conference typically features business leaders, political figures, and major figures in the philanthropic and cultural spheres.

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Sun Valley, ID, United States
2012 Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference

The Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is an annual conference hosted and wholly independently funded by private investment firm Allen & Company. The conference has taken place in Sun Valley, Idaho for one week each July since 1983. The conference typically features business leaders, political figures, and major figures in the philanthropic and cultural spheres.

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