Paul will bring his unique perspective to everything impacting the mutual fund channel which is pretty much everything. Paul will bring in aspects not discussed by others, for e.g., fintech and blockchain and their ongoing impact on advisors, dealers, and the planning process of fintech.
Paul Desmarais III is 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 Dialogue, a director of KOHO Financial and Grayhawk, and a board observer of Nesto.
Paul is also a Senior Vice President of Power Corporation of Canada. As a part of his responsibilities at the holdings, he sits on the boards of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and Imerys.
Prior to his current role, Paul worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division, Investment Strategy Group, and Special Situations Group; Imerys in supply chain management and strategy; and Great West Lifeco in risk management. Paul is a recipient of a B.A. in economics from Harvard College and holds an MBA from INSEAD