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Francois Lafortune

Co-Founder and CEO, Diagram
Francois LaFortune is an entrepreneur and investor with over fifteen years experience building businesses in the Fintech sector. Mr. Lafortune is the co-founder and CEO of Diagram Ventures, a venture capital firm that conceives and launches technology companies. Diagram has raised more than $300m and has successfully launched eighteen ventures since 2016 that generated more than one billion dollars in shareholder value and employed over one thousand full-time employees. Diagram-backed companies include Dialogue (TSX:CSARE), nesto, and Novisto.

Mr. Lafortune served on several boards over the years, notably as members of the board of Hydro-Qu├ębec from 2017 to 2021 and as Chairman of Dialogue from 2016 to 2019.  He is the current Chairman for nesto. He was also recognized on Canada's Top 40 Under 40 list in 2019. Prior to founding Diagram, he spent seven years at McKinsey & Company, where he co-lead the Canadian Technology practice.

Mr. Lafortune earned a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill, and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was awarded scholarships and prizes for his academic performance and entrepreneurship.