Samuel Robinson, Chairman
Samuel Robinson is Managing Partner and President at Sagard Capital. He also serves as Vice-President of Power Corporation of Canada and as a board member of certain Sagard portfolio companies, including IntegraMed Fertility, Vein Clinics of America and GP Strategies (NYSE:GPX).
Samuel joined Sagard and Power in 2016 after an 18 year career at Goldman Sachs, during which he served in a variety of positions, including Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Strategy for the global Investment Banking Division, Chief Operating Officer of the firm’s emerging markets businesses and Asia Chief of Staff. He joined the firm in 1996 as a financial institutions investment banker.
Samuel has significant experience in strategy, business operations, M&A, capital raising and in working closely with leaders to maximize their own strategic and operational impact.
He holds a M.A. and a M.Phil., both from Christ Church, Oxford.
Samuel is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom and lives in New York. He serves on the Development Board of Christ Church and on the U.S. Board of the Cambodian Childrens’ Fund.
Mr. Desmarais is Managing Partner and Executive Chairman at Sagard Capital.
He was appointed Vice-President at Power Corporation and Power Financial in May 2014. Prior to his current position, he worked in the Risk Management Group of Great-West Lifeco beginning in 2012. Previously, he worked in project management and corporate strategy at Imerys in France. He began his career with Goldman Sachs, in the Investment Banking Division, Investment Strategy Group, as well as in the Special Situations Group.
In May 2014, Mr. Desmarais was named a director of Great-West Life, Investors Group, Mackenzie, Pargesa and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert. In 2016 he was named Chairman of Wealthsimple and Vice-Chairman of Imerys.
Mr. Desmarais is the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard College (graduating cum laude) and he holds a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD in France.