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Déborah Cherenfant

Business Outreach Senior Advisor and BCF Imagine Ambassador

Déborah Cherenfant



25th Floor
1100 René-Lévesque Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec H3B 5C9
514 397-8500 514 397-8515

Déborah Cherenfant is passionate about entrepreneurship. She joined the BCF team in 2018 to fully manage BCF Imagine, the firm’s exclusive program aimed at powering tech start-ups.

With degrees in international economics and entrepreneurship, Déborah has had a chance to put her strategic skills to good use over the past ten years, namely by providing various businesses with financing and start-up advice and developing entrepreneurship programs. Among other things, she has implemented concrete initiatives such as the online media platform, Mots d’Elles, which is the first platform of its kind in to support women in business in Quebec. She also launched Atelier Coloré, a fashion and design creation studio, Marché Coloré, a pop-up store uniting creators and artisans who are passionate about prints, and co-founded BiAS – a cultural and artistic think tank that supports the talents of culturally diverse individuals.

Since her arrival in Quebec in 2005, Déborah has volunteered for a number of organizations, namely as President of Compagnie F, entrepreneurship pour femmes. She is also an administrator for the KANPE Foundation, which is active in Haiti, as well as CLIPP, an organization that supports social innovation. In 2018, she was appointed to the Quebec Council on Status of Women by the Members of Cabinet.

As a TEDx Fellow, Déborah is also an outstanding lecturer, trainer, and presenter. Her expertise is often sought after by the business community to talk about entrepreneurship, female leadership, and diversity in business.

In addition to being selected as a Delegate of Canada at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit in 2015, Déborah has been recognized for her work and leadership on numerous occasions. Namely, her blog Mots d’Elles was named best business blog in Canada (2013). She also received the Prix Femme de mérite in the entrepreneurship category awarded by Montreal’s YWCA (2016) and was named Personality of the week by LaPresse. In 2019, she was one of 12 laureates selected to illustrate Black History Month following their contribution to our society’s advancement.

Déborah is a member of BCF’S Parity and Inclusion Committee.

  • NPO Governance, Collège des administrateurs de sociétés, 2019
  • Défi 100 jours L’Effet A, 2018
  • Trilingual BBA in entrepreneurship, HEC Montréal 2009
  • Certificate in International Economics, UQAM 2006
  • Laureate selected to illustrate Black History Month (2019)
  • Finalist, La Bosse des affaires (2017) - La Presse
  • Femme de mérite award in the Entrepreneurship category (2016) - YWCA Montreal  
  • Personality of the week (2016) - La Presse
  • Prix de la relève journalistique (2014) - Lys de la Diversité. Média Mosaïque
  • Best blog in the Canada: social media & business category (2013) - Made in Blog Awards 
  • Prix A+ (2012) - Humani Brunch, AIHC
  • March 2019

    Round table about women’s entrepreneurship alongside Louise Roy, Nadine Girault, and Danièle Henkel, Observatoire de la Francophonie économique de l’Université de Montréal

  • 2019

    Panelist at the Journée Entrepreneuriat au féminin, TELUQ

  • March 2019

    Les Nouveaux Modèles, speaking tour organized by the artist Marieme in an effort to meet with today’s Quebec youth

  • March 2019

    100% FÉMININ Panel, Forum Jeunesse Afro-Québécois

  • March 2019

    Deciding what to talk about, Global Diversity CFP Day

  • January 2019

    Panel about women’s entrepreneurship alongside the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Women and Gender Equality and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion in Canada

  • December 2018

    Panel on women in leadership, Desjardins & Effet A

  • November 2018

    Conference on women in leadership, Syndicat des professionnelles et professionnels du gouvernement du Québec

  • November 2018

    Panel titled, Femmes, start-up et numérique at Entretiens Jacques-Cartier in Lyon, France

  • September 2018

    Panel about Entrepreneurship & Diversity, Queer Tech MTL

  • September 2018

    Conference on personal branding, Young Women’s Leadership Network

  • August 2018

    Round table at the Institut du Nouveau Monde summer school

  • Member of the Conseil du statut de la femme du Québec, 2018
  • Member of the Jury, Entrepreneurship category, Prix Femmes d’affaires du Québec, 2018
  • Inclusion mentor with Montreal’s office for the integration of new immigrants (BINAM), 2018
  • Member of the board, CLIPP, a  social innovation organization, 2018 
  • Member of the Groupe des Trente, Concertation Montréal, 2017
  • Futurpreneur mentor for women entrepreneurs, 2017-2019
  • Co-representative, My bag is YOURS!, YWCA Montreal, 2017 
  • Member of the board at KANPE Foundation, active in Haiti, 2017
  • President of the Board for Compagnie F, entrepreneurship pour femmes, 2016
  • Co-director of the JCCM Young Entrepreneurs Network, 2016
  • Delegate at the G20 for young entrepreneurs in 2015
  • Member of the Board for Ile sans fil, to ensure free access to the Internet, 2013
  • Member of the Board for the Jeune chambre de commerce haïtienne (Young Haitian Chamber of Commerce), 2011-2013