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The journey of Denis Dubois

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Hubert Roy

15 August 2017 07:00

Denis Dubois | Photo : Denis Méthot

Denis Dubois was not the typical profile of an employee of Desjardins group, who began his career before gaining access to high-level positions.

He has a broad experience of the industry, which led him to joining Desjardins group in 2003, and then to take the reins of its insurance division over the last year.

Mr. Dubois is an actuary by training, having obtained his degree from the Université Laval in 1993. He has acted as a consultant for the first five years of his career, and then was awarded the title of Fellow in 1998.

He has worked for the Optimum Group, touching on a multitude of things, ranging from the management of risks to the insurance companies. Then, he joined AXA, where he worked with Jean-Denis Talon and Jean-François Blais.

In 2003, he made a return to Quebec in integrating the Desjardins group. After a stay outside Quebec, he is back in la Belle Province and joined the committee of management of DGIG under the direction of Sylvie Paquette.

It was he who initiated the process of the transaction from State Farm as chief operations officer. An officer from another canadian insurer told her that State Farm would have a listening ear if he made a bid for its canadian operations, which was not interested by it. The latter recommended him to talk to Paul Smith, chief operating officer of State Farm.

With this information in hand, Mr. Dubois has made a research on Google in hopes of finding his phone number. Stroke of luck, the sixth entry in the search engine gives. Mr. Dubois thus tries his luck on a Friday morning, at 7: 15 and leave him a message in his voicemail box. Mr. Dubois did not expect much of this phone call. He was pleasantly surprised to have a call back the following Monday. The rest is history…

Then in the summer of 2016, in the wake of the arrival of Guy Cormier as president of Desjardins group, Mr. Dubois became president of DGIG. Initially, this function is shared with Sylvie Paquette to make the transition. He stresses that the latter has prepared for many years to lead the destinies of DGIG, it is now only since the beginning of 2017.

It is thus at the head of an organization that has five million customers across Canada, with a premium volume of $ 4.7 billion. DGIG employs 6,800 people.

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