Déborah Cherenfant – Chairperson of the Board

Déborah Cherenfant, a women’s entrepreneurship strategist, has been passionately involved in economic development and women’s leadership since she immigrated to Quebec in 2005. She is heavily involved as a board member in various organizations, including the McCord Museum, the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, Startup Montréal, and Humanov-is. She also has sat on the Conseil du statut de la femme du Québec since 2018.

With degrees in economics and entrepreneurship, Déborah has used her strategic skills over the past decade in business startup consulting and financing, as well as in entrepreneurship program development.  An entrepreneur at heart, over the years she has created the blog Mots d’Elles, the fashion brand Atelier Coloré, and the concept store Marché Coloré. She also co-founded BiAS, a cultural and artistic think tank, and the BlindSpot Cabinet, for more Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in the business world.

A TEDx fellow, Déborah is an outstanding speaker, trainer and facilitator, and her expertise is often solicited in many circles. Canada’s delegate to the G20 in 2015, Déborah has received numerous distinctions, including the Women of Merit in Entrepreneurship Award in 2016, and the Femmes d’Exception at the Prix femmes d’affaires du Québec in 2021.

Déborah was president and spokesperson for the Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal in 2020-2021 and her commitment has been recognized many times, including the Prix du Développement Économique de Montréal Centre-ville and the HEC Montréal Distinguished Graduate Award for her community involvement in 2021.

In 2022, Déborah continues to collaborate as a radio host on Tout Un Matin on ICI Première, and as a TV contributor on Le Fil on Noovo. She is Regional Director, Women in Business, Quebec & Atlantic at TD Bank Group.

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