March 17, 2020
“I block off time throughout the year to reassess the options available to me to continue my professional growth.”
Geneviève Biron, HEC Montréal 1997, has been the President and CEO of the Biron Health Group, a leading provider of healthcare services in Quebec, since 2014. The company was founded by her father, Denis Biron, in 1952. Geneviève’s career trajectory and entrepreneurial drive are impressive. She is a long-time donor to the HEC Montréal Foundation. She completed her degree here part-time during the evenings while she worked for the family business during the day. So HEC Montréal is a place that is very important to her. She sat down with us to discuss her plans, the challenges she has overcome and her dreams for the future of Biron, which was recently named by Deloitte as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the fourth year in a row.
HEC Montréal is a prestigious institution and an important part of Montreal. I’m very proud to call it my alma mater. I was fortunate to be able to do my degree here. It was important time in my life. It was the springboard for the rest of my career and the spark that eventually led to so much more.
I was fortunate to have studied at both campuses: Decelles and Côte-Sainte-Catherine. The first time I saw the new classrooms in that big, bright new building, I was blown away.
Two of my nieces, who are in their twenties, are currently working at Biron. They’re doing the same thing my sisters and I did back in the day: learning the business from the ground up. They’re both extremely talented. We’ll see where that goes, but I’m very happy they’re interested in the company their grandfather founded.
Personally, I’d love to get the opportunity to live in lots of different cities around the world. If I could spend 10 weeks in one place and then 10 weeks in another and just keep going like that. It would be amazing. Professionally speaking, I think my dream is really to keep the company growing and sustainable for the long term.