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Strategic Forum on Financial Services

Come and listen to sector experts and discuss the priority actions to be implemented as part of the Relaunch MTL movement. Events The speeches will be delivered mainly in French.

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Financial services play a key role in the daily lives of individuals and businesses and in ensuring the economic vitality of Montréal and Québec. The sector is a crucial driver of economic and social development. Over the years, Montréal has set itself apart as a hub for pension fund management, emerging fintechs, international financial centres and, increasingly, sustainable finance. The innovative financial services sector relies on high-quality talent coming out of Montréal’s universities, which educate more than 5,000 students a year and help strengthen Montréal’s position.

In the current environment, our financial institutions have shown remarkable agility in supporting businesses and households, thereby ensuring greater economic stability. Not only must this pace be sustained, but significant resources need to be deployed to address current challenges and opportunities, including the digital transformation, talent, sustainable finance and cyber security.

Event format in a nutshell

  • Starting at 7 a.m., log on, join the movement and take part in a networking session (optional)
  • Conferences starting at 8 a.m.
  • Around 12:30 p.m., end of conferences
  • Discussions between all participants until 2 p.m. (optional)
  • Virtual booths throughout the activity


7:00 a.m. Access to the platform and networking period

8:00 a.m. Opening remarks

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Luc RabouinVille de Montréal's executive committee member, responsible for economic and commercial development, and design

8:15 a.m. Talk – Presentation of current conditions and the Action Plan to strengthen the Financial Services Sector

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Jacques DeforgesChief Executive Officer
    Finance Montréal

8:45 a.m. KPMG Group brainstorming session to enhance the action plan to strengthen the sector

  • Walter Rondina, MBA Partner, Advisory Services

9:10 a.m. Panel Discussion - Financial players are mobilizing for the economy’s resilience 

  • Réal BellemareSenior Executive Vice-President and COO of Desjardins Group
  • Janie C. Béïque Executive Vice-President, Investment
    Fonds de solidarité FTQ
  • Claude GagnonPresident
    BMO Financial Group, Quebec
  • Guy LeBlancPresident and Chief Executive Officer
    Investissement Québec
  • Nadine Renaud-TinkerPresident, Quebec Headquarters
    RBC Royal Bank


  • Jacques DeforgesChief Executive Officer
    Finance Montréal

10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion - Fintechs, ready and innovative 

  • Félix DeschâteletsCo-Founder & CEO
  • Oumar DialloDirector, Fintech and Innovation
    Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF)
  • Mathieu LavoieCo-founder
    Flare Systems
  • Elsa Vande VoordePresident and Chief Executive Officer
    ElligencIA Inc. and Ailes Technologies


  • Matthieu CardinalVice-President, FinTech Development and Corporate Affairs
    Finance Montréal

10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion - Insurance: emergence of new risks and new products 

  • Louis GagnonPresident, Canadian Operations
    Intact Financial Corporation
  • Mélissa GilbertExecutive Vice President and Leader, Finance
    La Capitale / SSQ Insurance
  • Stéphane RochonPresident and CEO
    Humania Assurance


  • Diane LangloisVice-President, Public Affairs and Government Relations
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion – Labour, a force for change: Succession, diversity and inclusion

  • Saloua BenkhouyaVice-President, Business Financial Services
    RBC Royal Bank of Canada
    Member of the Association of Quebec Women in Finance
  • Mathilde Laporte Finance Student
    Montreal Social Value Fund Associate
  • Ilham LmissaouiSenior Advisor, Strategic Advice and Positioning
    Member of the Youth Committee of Finance Montréal


  • Julie DesjardinsDirector, Public Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion - Sustainable finance, a driver for social, economic and environmental change 

  • Martial HumblotFounder
  • Sévrine LabellePresident and CEO
  • Andrée-Lise MéthotFounder and Managing Partner
    Cycle Capital
  • Stéphan MorencyVice-President and Chief investment officer


  • Denis LeclercPresident and CEO
    Écotech Québec

12:00 a.m. Closing remarks and presentation of working session highlights

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

12:05 p.m. Networking

2:00 p.m. End of the Forum


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Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more information: 

Matthieu Csernel
Special Projects Manager
514 871-4000, ext. 4032

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