Sylvie Paquette, Corporate Director

Sylvie Paquette has spent her entire career in the P&C insurance industry in Canada. She joined Desjardins Group in 1984 and held a variety of progressively senior roles within the organization before being promoted in 2008 to Senior Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Group’s P&C insurance division as well as President and Chief Operating Officer of Desjardins General Insurance Group (DGIG). During Ms. Paquette’s tenure as President and COO, she spearheaded Desjardins’ acquisition of State Farm’s Canadian operations in 2015. She retired from Desjardins Group in December 2016.

Ms. Paquette has been actively involved in key industry associations. In recent years, she was a Board member of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (Chair in 2015 and 2016), of the General Insurance Statistical Agency, of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and of the Centre for Insurance and Financial Services Development (Chair from 2009 to 2014). In 2009, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2014 she received the “Inspiration – Andrée Corriveau” Award from the Association of Quebec Women in Finance. Over the years, Ms. Paquette has co-chaired major fundraising campaigns to prepare the next generation of P&C insurance specialists. In addition, she was Co-chair of the United Way campaign for the Quebec City / Chaudière-Appalaches region in 2016 and also sat on the cabinet for Laval University’s Major Fundraising Campaign to mark the school’s 350th anniversary. Ms. Paquette is a graduate of the Actuarial Science program at Laval University and a Fellow of both the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society.