President and CEO
Before taking up the reins of Beneva, Jean-François Chalifoux was head of SSQ Insurance for five years. During this time, SSQ Insurance was one of the biggest insurance companies in Canada, with $13 billion in assets under management, consolidated insurance premiums of $2.5 billion and more than 2,000 employees.
An inspiring leader, Jean-François occupied a number of executive positions in both general and personal insurance at large Canadian insurance companies. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society and a graduate of the Queen’s Executive Development Program. He also holds a B.Sc. in actuarial sciences from Université Laval.
Since the beginning of his career, Jean-François has sat on numerous boards and committees in the insurance and financial services industry as well as being socially involved. He was chair of the board of directors of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) for 2020-2021. In 2019, he was elected president of the Centre de développement en assurances et services financiers (CDASF), better known as Puissance Onze – Québec Lévis. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of Finance Montréal.
In 2021, Jean-François was named 2020 Financial Personality of the Year by Finance et Investissement, an honour he shares with Jean St-Gelais, Chair of the Board of Beneva. As a father of three boys, Jean-François puts a strong emphasis on family life.