Isabelle Hudon was appointed President and CEO of BDC, the bank for Canadian entrepreneurs, in August 2021.
Ms. Hudon brings a deep business background and a clear vision for an inclusive economy to support growth for Canadian entrepreneurs. She is a champion of diversity, gender equality and the green economy, leading BDC’s 2,500-person team.
From 2017 to 2021, Ms. Hudon was Ambassador of Canada to France and Monaco. She also served as the Personal Representative of the Prime Minister of Canada for La Francophonie. Previously, she was President and CEO of Sun Life Financial Quebec and Senior Vice President of Sun Life Financial Canada. Ms. Hudon has also held seats on numerous boards of directors, including those of Hydro-Québec, Groupe Marcelle, Holt Renfrew and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is the co-founder of The A Effect and co-chair of the Ordre de Montréal’s Council.
In 2021, Ms. Hudon received the insignia of the Commander of the Legion of Honour from the French government. She has also been honoured with the Medal of the National Assembly of Québec for her commitment to the cause of women’s ambition and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to culture in Canada. Ms. Hudon was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law by Concordia University.