Pillar Chair - Education & Mediation
President & Managing Partner of DGC Capital
Françoise Lyon is President & Managing Partner of DGC Capital, a private equity firm in partnership with a large family office based in Montreal.
Over the past 25 years, Françoise has held several senior executive positions within the investment & wealth management industry and has served on several Boards of either non-profit or for-profit organisations. She’s currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada, the President of the Financial Women’s Association of Quebec and President of IWF Canada. She’s also a Director of the IWF Leadership Foundation board based in Washington and the Founder of the philanthropic circle of giving – the Women’s Circle of Influence (WCI) – at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She’s an HEC Montréal and McGill University graduate with degrees in Business & Public Relations Management.
She has participated in continuing education programs in Bath, England; Havana, Cuba; and in Chicago, USA. She is fluent in French, English & Spanish, and holds a dual citizenship with Canada and Great-Britain. She has lived, worked, studied and traveled extensively to more than 50 countries. In 2013, Françoise was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her extensive work with women & wealth over the years.
In 2015, she was identified as one of the top 8 women in Finance in Quebec by the Magazine Premières en Affaires and in September 2018 she was identified by the magazine Entreprendre as one of the Top 100 women leaders in Quebec to watch. Along with a great love of travel, Françoise is an avid gardener and reader, a consummate dinner party host and tennis lover.