France Chrétien Desmarais

France Chrétien Desmarais, CM (born July 5, 1958) is a Canadian lawyer and businesswoman. She is the daughter of Jean Chrétien, 20th Prime Minister of Canada.[1]

France Chrétien Desmarais
Born (1958-07-05) July 5, 1958 (age 62)
Quebec, Canada
OccupationLawyer, businesswoman
Spouse(s)André Desmarais
Children4 including Oliver
Parent(s)Jean Chrétien
Aline Chaîné

Chrétien Desmarais is married to André Desmarais, president of the Montreal-based Power Corporation of Canada, and son of Paul Desmarais, a wealthy businessman.[2] They have four children.[3] One daughter, Jacqueline-Ariadne Desmarais, (b. 23 January 1990, Toronto, Ontario, Canada), married 7 September 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Prince Hadrien Étienne Georges André Aldo de Croÿ-Rœulx (b. 9 September 1983, Uccle, Brussels, Belgium).[4][5] The direct descendant of Anne Emmanuel de Croÿ, the 8th Duke of Croÿ of the Solre.

Chrétien Desmarais and her husband donated money to build one of the tallest buildings on the University of Ottawa Campus. She was chairman of the board of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and a graduate of the University of Ottawa. She is also currently chair of the Canadian Olympic Foundation as well as vice-chair of the One Drop Foundation.[6][3]

In 2011, Chrétien Desmarais was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[7]


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  3. ^ a b "Canadian Olympic Committee - France Chrétien Desmarais". Canadian Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on March 6, 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  4. ^ Gagné, Marie-Pier. "Mariage princier à Montréal". Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  5. ^ "Family tree of Hadrien de CROY-ROEULX". Geneanet. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  6. ^ "Governance". Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  7. ^ "Appointments to the Order of Canada". Governor General of Canada.