Olivier Desmarais

Olivier Desmarais is a Canadian businessman. He is the son of André Desmarais and the grandson of Paul Desmarais and former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Mr. Desmarais is Chairman and CEO of Power Sustainable Capital, a global sustainability-led alternative asset manager.  Since 2017, he is Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation of Canada.[1]

Olivier Desmarais
EmployerPower Corporation of Canada Power Financial Corporation
Parent(s)Andre Desmarais France Chrétien Desmarais
RelativesPaul Desmarais Sr. (Grandfather)
Paul Desmarais Jr. (Uncle)
Paul Desmarais III (Cousin)


Desmarais was educated at Selwyn House School[2] for primary and secondary school[3] and holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from McGill University.[4]

A member of the Québec Bar since 2009, Mr. Desmarais became Vice-President Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial in 2017.[5] Since January 2017, he has been Senior Vice President of Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial.[6][7][8] Through his current role, Mr. Desmarais is highly involved with Power Energy Corporation,[9][10] which has interests in:

  • Potentia Renewables;
  • Nautilus Solar;
  • Lumenpulse;
  • The Lion Electric Co.

Olivier Desmarais and his cousin Paul Desmarais III have occupied key positions within the senior management team of Power Corporation in the last years.[11][12]

Board membershipsEdit

He is a Director of Canada Life, IG Wealth Management and Mackenzie.[13] He has been Chairman of Power Energy Corporation since 2015 and is a director of Lumenpulse.

Professional membershipsEdit

In November 2018, Desmarais was named Chair of the Canada-China Business Council (CCBC).[14]


He is a board member of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation,[15] and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.[16]

Olivier is a member of the Voltigeurs de Québec.[17]


  1. ^ "Power Corporation of Canada | Senior Management". www.powercorporation.com. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  2. ^ "Politics a great human endeavour, Chrétien tells Selwyn House students". Selwyn House School. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  3. ^ Selwyn House School Yearbook 1999
  4. ^ "Olivier Desmarais, Power Corp of Canada: Profile & Biography". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  5. ^ "Olivier Desmarais". BDG & Partners Financial Corporation. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  6. ^ "Power Corporation of Canada | Senior Management". www.powercorporation.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  7. ^ LLC, Nautilus Solar Energy. "Power Energy Corporation Acquires Nautilus Solar Energy From Management And Virgo Investment Group". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  8. ^ "Power Energy Corporation". www.powerenergycorporation.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  9. ^ "Power Energy Corporation". www.powerenergycorporation.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  10. ^ "Lumenpulse to be Taken Private by Founder F-X Souvay, His Existing Partners and Power Energy Corporation - News & Events". Lumenpulse. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  11. ^ Das, Anupreeta; Mackrael, Kim (2016-08-22). "Canada's Desmarais Clan: A New Generation Takes Control". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  12. ^ Jacqueline Nelson, Andrew Willis (December 1, 2017). "The Power Corp. puzzle: Why a Canadian empire is treading water". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  13. ^ "Olivier Desmarais: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  14. ^ "Board of Directors | Canada China Business Council (CCBC)". Canada China Business Council (CCBC). Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  15. ^ "Our Board of Directors - MGH Foundation". Code Life. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  16. ^ "Leadership Team - CIFAR". www.cifar.ca. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  17. ^ "Biographie - Olivier Desmarais". voltigeursdequebec. Retrieved 2020-09-08.