Jean-François Sauvé is the son of the late Rt. Hon. Jeanne Sauvé, former Governor General of Canada, and the late Hon. Maurice Sauvé, former minister in the federal government. In 1993, Jean-François succeeded his mother to the presidency of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and, in 2003, he spearheaded the creation of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation.
Jean-François Sauvé is Managing Partner of Cheverny Capital Inc., a Montreal-based merchant bank. Previously, he was President of Pictet Canada L.P., where he was responsible for the North American operations of Pictet & Cie, Switzerland’s foremost private bank.
Jean-François completed his degree in Business Administration in 1982 from l’École des Hautes études Commerciales (HEC Montréal). Following the completion of his studies, he began his career at Barclays Bank of Canada in Toronto in the foreign exchange, money market and corporate banking departments. He later pursued his studies at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, obtaining an MBA in 1987. Upon his return to Canada, he joined McLeod Young Weir Limited (later ScotiaMcLeod Inc.) and in 1993, became a director of the corporate and government finance department.
Jean-François is, or has been, on the board of several charitable and community organizations including: Héritage Montréal, Nature Conservancy of Canada (Québec Region), Montréal Passion Vin (Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Foundation) Fondation du Festival de Lanaudière, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Buildings, Maintenance and Security Advisory Committee) and the Atlantic Salmon Federation.