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Hélène Desmarais

Chairman Of The Board & Chief Executive Officer Centre D’Entreprises et D’Innovation De Montréal

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Hélène Desmarais is a graduate in finance of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Montréal). For the past twenty years, Mrs. Desmarais has committed herself in diverse ways to the economic, educational and cultural development of her province and country. She has brought vision and resolve to the commercialization of innovation, and uncompromising rigor to economic policy. Mrs. Desmarais has made significant contributions in supporting the development of new economy entrepreneurs. Her personal missions and public contributions have pursued a common goal – excellence. All of her abilities have been directed toward achieving the paramount aim: advancement for society in business, the academy and the arts.

Mrs. Desmarais conceived, founded, built and manages one of Canada’s most successful incubators for technology and “new economy” companies – the Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM). Since 1996, under her leadership the CEIM, a non-profit incubator has supported start-ups of more than 300 enterprises and it has become one of the most successful incubators of entrepreneurs in Canada.

Mrs. Desmarais’role has been no less significant in advancing the influence of Canadian institutions abroad. By applying the same energy and long term commitment to her activities in the international sphere, she has brought many benefits to Canada. Additionally, she is considered to be an outstanding philanthropist, visionary, activist and strategist with a strong desire to serve her community by participating in the study and formulation of public policy options with various organizations.

With foresight, spirit and sustained determination, Mrs. Desmarais is renowned as a key influencer in numerous fields including the high-tech economy, the support of entrepreneurship among youth, university education, healthcare, etc. and holds numerous distinctions of honors including the most recent Order of Quebec for her exceptional dedication and contribution to Quebec’s social, economic and cultural development.


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