Paul Gauthier graduated in 1966 with a master's degree in economics from Université Laval. In 1982-83 he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University and most recently the Director Education Program at McGill University.
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He began his career as an economist at the Bank of Canada, then took a finance / investment orientation. He worked for Desjardins Group for 16 years in various positions including 10 years as President of the Société d'Investissement Desjardins. A short incursion in the manufacturing sector with the Canam Manac group allowed him to be chairman of Gaz Métropolitain's board of directors for 2 years.
Returning to the financial sector, he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for 2 life insurance companies. He later became President and Chief Executive Officer of Bimcor, a subsidiary of BCE, which manages the pension fund assets of companies in this large group.
He successfully continued this work for 14 years until his retirement. During these years, he participated in numerous conferences and made several presentations on the problems of the pension system in Quebec and Canada. Upon his retirement, he joined CIRANO as a guest fellow, with responsibility for initiating and coordinating research programs related to pension issues.
During his career, Paul Gauthier has been a member of more than 20 boards in various sectors. He is still a member emeritus of the Circle of Presidents of which he was a co-founder more than 25 years ago.