Louis Vachon is named Finance et Investissement's "2012 Financial Personality
of the Year"
MONTREAL, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Finance et Investissement has named
Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of
Canada, as "2012 Financial Personality of the Year". He ranked first in the
2012 list of the Top25 personalities in the financial industry in Québec.
The awards jury acknowledges Louis Vachon's contribution to the economic
development of Québec. In 2012, Vachon played a key role in the acquisition,
by Maple Group, of TMX Group, which operates the Montreal and Toronto stock
exchanges. National Bank is part of the acquiring entity that comprises a
total of 12 Canadian financial institutions and pension funds.
In addition, National Bank doubled its net profits between the 2008 and 2012
fiscal years. In fact, the institution's sales reached a record level last
The son of an entrepreneur from the Beauce region, Vachon intends to bring the
issue of entrepreneurial succession to the forefront. In the February issue of
Finance et Investissement, Vachon states: "We have estimated that 40% of our
commercial clients will transfer ownership of their company within the next
Second and third places are occupied by Monique F. Leroux, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Desjardins Group, and by Jean-Guy Desjardins, Chairman of
the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Fiera
A representative of the new generation of leaders in the Québec financial
industry, François Desjardins, President and Chief Executive Officer of B2B
Bank, took fourth position, while Luc Bertrand, Vice-Chairman of National Bank
Financial Group and a member of the Board of Directors of TMX Group, ranked
To see the complete list of our Top25 nominees and to learn more about them,
please visit our website (in French):
The Top25 nominees were selected by a jury that comprises seven prominent
individuals in the Québec financial industry: Bernard Dorval, Company
Director; Danielle Ferron, Vice-President, Association des femmes en finance
du Québec (AFFQ), and Partner, Lawyer at Langlois Kronström Desjardins;
François Joly, Director and 2005 Financial Personality of the Year; Richard
Joly, President of Leaders International; Christian Benoit-Lapointe,
Editor-in-Chief, Finance et Investissement; Sylvain Bédard, Publisher,
Finance et Investissement; and Jean-Paul Gagné, Publisher Emeritus, Les
A tribute to two advisors
Finance et Investissement also acknowledged the outstanding work and
commitment of two advisors who are active in the Québec financial industry.
Charline Gilbert, Portfolio Manager with Groupe Bouchard Gilbert, received the
Advisor Emeritus Award, crowning a career in the financial services industry
that has spanned nearly three decades. A Ph.D. in Finance, Gilbert provides
private management services for a clientele that is dispersed throughout
Québec, France and the United States. A committed businesswoman, she also
serves as Chairman of the Board for the Fondation de l'Université Laval.
François Langlois, Investment Advisor at Manulife Investments, received the
Advisor Most Involved In His Community Award. In recent years, Langlois, who
is passionate about mountain climbing, has conquered the highest peaks on each
of the seven continents, raising close to $5 million, to the benefit of
charities for sick children.
The awards were presented during the 2012 Financial Personality of the Year
evening, which was held at the Club Saint-James in Montreal on Feb. 5, 2013.
About Finance et Investissement
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professionals. More than 30,000 industry professionals read this publication,
which is owned by TC Media and published sixteen times per year.
Claude Couillard Interim Editor-in-Chief Finance et Investissement TC Media
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