Jean François has been an associate vice-president since 2014, supporting the investment managers and helping entrepreneurs tap into the range of financing solutions offered by Desjardins Capital to achieve their business growth, acquisition and transfer goals.
Before he joined Desjardins Group in 2004 as an investment manager for the Eastern Townships region, Jean‑François Dion worked for seven years as a senior manager for business development at the Business Development Bank of Canada.
What Jean-François Dion can do for you
Jean-François has more than 20 years of experience in business financing, mainly on growth and succession projects.
Jean-François holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in finance from Université de Sherbrooke and has taken a number of job-related courses and seminars on business valuation and SME governance, among other topics. Active in his community, he sat on the board of directors of Maison Aube-Lumière from 2003 to 2014, including three years as chair. He has also been coaching youth soccer in Sherbrooke for over 10 years.
What would an entrepreneur say about you?
Here’s what one entrepreneur had to say about me: “As long as I’ve known you, I’ve always felt like we had much more than just a ‘banker’ relationship because you take interest in your clients. You often play the role of consultant, looking for win/win solutions, focusing first on the target objectives and then finding the means and flexibility to achieve them.”
Yves Royer, L.P. Royer
What great business story inspires you?
The business stories that inspire me are the ones where the owner puts the interests of their business and its stakeholders before their personal interests to build something that will last and has deep roots in the community