Speaker Isabelle Hudon


Isabelle Hudon



Recognized as a mobilizing leader, and gifted with a keen sense of strategy, Isabelle Hudon has systematically brought an ambitious and resolutely action-oriented vision to all of the organizations she has led. She was appointed President and CEO of BDC in August 2021, after serving as Ambassador of Canada to France and Monaco for four years and holding the positions of President and CEO (Quebec) and Senior Vice President (Canada) of Sun Life Financial.

Since joining BDC, Ms. Hudon has dedicated herself to putting the ‘D’ in BDC at the forefront of the activities and priorities of her 2,500 fellow colleagues. Driven by a strong desire to increase the organization’s contribution to the country’s development through its entrepreneurs, she is accelerating the deployment of multiple initiatives across BDC that will enable the organization to increase its impact and contribute to fair, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

In addition to her duties at BDC, Ms. Hudon has served as the Personal Representative of the Prime Minister of Canada for La Francophonie since 2017 and is the co-founder of The A Effect and co-chair of the Ordre de Montréal’s Council. She previously sat on the boards of directors of Hydro-Quebec, Groupe Marcelle, Holt Renfrew and the Canada Council for the Arts.

In 2021, Ms. Hudon received the insignia of the Commander of the Legion of Honour from the French government. She has also been honored with the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec for her commitment to the cause of women’s ambition and received the insignia of the Ordre de la Pléiade from the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie for her contribution to the vitality of the Francophonie. Ms. Hudon was also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to culture in Canada and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law by Concordia University.


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