Paul Desmarais III

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Paul Desmarais III

Mr. Desmarais is the Chairman and CEO of Sagard Holdings Inc. since 2016, 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 Dialogue, a director of KOHO Financial and Grayhawk, and a board observer of Nesto. Mr. Desmarais is also a Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation of Canada since 2014. As a part of his responsibilities at the holdings, he sits on the boards of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and Imerys S.A. Prior to his current role, Mr. Desmarais worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division, Investment Strategy Group and Special Situations Group, Imerys S.A. from 2010 to 2012 in supply chain management and strategy and Great-West Lifeco Inc. in risk management from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Desmarais earned a B.A. in economics from Harvard College and holds an MBA from INSEAD.