Louis Vachon

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Louis Vachon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Canada, a position he has held since June 2007. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Operating Officer.


Vachon began his career in 1985 at Citibank and joined Lévesque Beaubien Geoffrion in 1986. From 1990 to 1996, he worked for Bankers Trust, where he was ultimately appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian subsidiary, BT Bank of Canada. Vachon rejoined the Bank in 1996 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Innocap Investment Management. A year later, he was appointed Senior Vice-President – Treasury and Financial Markets.

From January 2005 to July 2006, Vachon was Chairman of the Board of National Bank Financial, the Bank's leading subsidiary, and of Natcan Investment Management. He had previously served as Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Financial.

Education and professional training

Vachon is a Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA®. He holds a Master's degree in International Finance from The Fletcher School (Tufts University), and a BA in Economics from Bates College.

Honours and awards

Vachon was awarded an honorary doctorate by Bishop's University in 2015. In 2014, he was named CEO of the Year by Canadian Business magazine, as well as Financial Personality of the Year by Quebec business publication Finance et Investissement, a title he also received in 2012. He was also named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2001.


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