The Firm

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Our offices (suite 105)

Giverny Capital Inc. manages private accounts for its clients. Our investment philosophy is based on the long-term ownership of outstanding businesses through common stocks purchased at attractive valuations.

The cornerstone of our approach is to have our clients and the portfolio manager in the "same boat". So we buy for our clients the same securities as in the personnal portfolio of the money manager (the Rochon portfolio).  We believe in making money the old fashion way: through the long-term stewardship of client assets invested in great companies.

Where does the Giverny name come from?

Our Team

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François Rochon

President and Portfolio Manager

Francois Rochon was educated as an engineer at the École Polytechnique of Montreal.  After graduating with his Masters Degree (in Science), he worked as a researcher and network engineer for INRS-Telecom and Teleglobe Canada.

Following his lifelong passion for investing, he decided to focus his career on professional money management.  After managing family accounts between 1993 and 1996, he joined Montrusco & Associates as an analyst and was then promoted to Portfolio Manager.  At Montrusco, Francois managed US accounts totaling more than $250 million.

In December 1998, Francois founded Giverny Capital in order to offer investment management services to clients based on his investment philosophy of owning outstanding companies for the long term.

Francois has writen a regular investment column in the magazine "Les Affaires Plus" and has been interviewed by MSN Money and a number of television programs such as “Capital-Actions” on the RDI network .  He also had a column on Webfin.com and La Presse's web site for a few years.  Now you can watch his weekly video presentations on lesaffaires.com and read his column in "The Gazette" on tuesdays (twice a month).

A chapter in Andy Kilpatrick’s book, “Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett” is written about Francois’ career.  

He also sits on various boards of directors.


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Karine Primeau

Administration Director & Associate

Karine Primeau graduated in accounting from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She started her career at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton with the private wealth management dvision.

Karine joined Giverny Capital in 2005 as an Account Administrator.  She was promoted to director in 2010.


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Sandra Saubat

Account administrator

Sandra Saubat studied office technology at Cégep André Laurendeau.

She began her career at the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec as a secretary/receptionist. Subsequently, she worked as an agent of certification at the OACIQ (self-regulatory organization of Québec Real Estate Brokerage).

Sandra joined the Giverny Capital team in November 2012 as customer service assistant.


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Laetitia Lehoux

Internal Legal Counsel

Laetitia Lehoux is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of McGill University in both Civil Law and Common Law and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.

She was admitted to the Québec Bar in 2010. Prior to joining Giverny Capital she worked as a private practice lawyer in a law firm where she was in charge of a business clientele.

Laetitia joined the Giverny Capital team in 2017 as Internal Legal Counsel.


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Raphaël El Harim

Analyst, Trading and Operations

Raphaël El Harim holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University).

He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He began his career as a corporate financial analyst at Keurig Canada, a leader in specialty coffee.

Raphaël joined the Giverny Capital team in 2017 as an Analyst, Trading and Operations.


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Audrey Collin

Executive assistant

Audrey Collin is a graduate in Business Administration, with a specialization in Finance from l’École des Sciences de la Gestion.

She was previously administrative assistant at Jean Fortin & Associé for more than six years.

Audrey joined the Giverny Capital team in February 2018 as assistant for Karine Primeau.


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Sébastien Genest-Roy

Business Development Advisor

Sebastien Genest-Roy worked as a Financial security advisor during 6 years for Industrielle Alliance and Western Financial.

He went to work 10 years as a broker, managing director and as a Vice-President of a major North-American brokerage firm in Property & Casualty insurance, providing services to entrepreneurs and businesses. 

Sébastien joined the Giverny Capital team in October 2018.


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Patrick Léger

Director of Giverny Capital Advisors LLC

Patrick Leger earned a BA from McGill University, an MBA in finance from Vanderbilt University and is a CFA charterholder. 

Prior to cofounding Giverny Capital Advisors in April 2009, Patrick was with Steginsky Capital LLC in Princeton and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York.  Patrick is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Patrick has been invited as a guest lecturer by several educational institutions to speak about investing and finance.  He is actively involved with alumni relations for the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  

Patrick also follows and analyses some companies in cooperation with the Montreal office.


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Jean-Philippe Bouchard

Vice-President and Portfolio Manager

Jean-Philippe Bouchard graduated in finance from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

He joined Giverny Capital in 2002 as a financial analyst. Jean-Philippe was named Vice-President in 2004 and Assistant Portfolio Manager in 2006. 

Jean-Philippe has also written for the magazine "Les Affaires Plus" on a number of occasions.


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Nicolas L'Écuyer

Business Development Director & Partner

Nicolas L'Écuyer graduated from École Polytechnique of Montréal and later earned a Masters in atmospheric science at Université du Québec à Montréal. 

In 1993, he started his career as a meteorologist at MétéoMédia and then joined their sales and advertising team in 1998.

He joined Giverny Capital in 2005 as Business Development Director.

Nicolas is also a World Class bridge player. He was Canadian champion in 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2012. He regularly plays for Canada in international tournaments.


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Christiane Letendre

Controller and Compliance Agent

Christiane Letendre holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting and she obtained her CPA, CGA designation in 2002. She has been working in finance for sixteen years, including nine years of experience as an accountant.

Christiane joined the Giverny Capital team in 2014. She is the Controller and also Compliance agent.


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Marta Yürss Álvarez

Executive Assistant

Marta Yürss Álvarez graduated from USC (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) in English Philology.

She started her career as an Executive Assistant at Inter-Mobile, a French specialist in telecommunications and mobile applications. She has also worked as a Translator and Proof-reader for various art catalogues and websites.

Marta joined the Giverny Capital team in 2017 as Executive Assistant.


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Sonia Pérusse

Account administrator

Sonia Pérusse studied as an administrative technician - finance, at the Cégep Edouard-Montpetit.

For more than 22 years, she worked as an accounting technician and assistant to the controller, mainly in retail businesses such as Fruits & Passion Inc. 

Sonia joined the Giverny Capital team in January 2018 as an account administrator.


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François Campeau

Portfolio manager

Francois Campeau earned a B.A. in Administration from Montreal's École des Hautes Études Commerciales and an M.A. in Management Sciences and Finance from the University of Sherbrooke. François is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter-holder.

Francois worked for 18 years for Trilogy Global Advisors, a global asset manager based in New York. He was one of the three global portfolio managers in charge of a strategy with more than $8 billion USD of assets under management. Francois was also a member of the asset allocation and global risk committees.

Francois joined Giverny Capital in October 2018 as a portfolio manager. He is also the chief compliance officer of the firm.


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Gabrielle Bouchard

Assistant to the Giverny Capital Art Collection

Gabrielle Bouchard holds a Bachelor degree in Art History from McGill University and a Master in Management of Cultural Enterprises from HEC Montreal.

She coordinated the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul from 2012 to 2014. She also cofounded the FAAQ (Foire en art actuel du Québec) in 2013. She works as Project Manager for visual artist Marc Séguin since 2015. She is also in charge of training visual artists in the field of the art market in order to guide them on their career development.

Gabrielle joined the Giverny Capital team in 2015 as Assistant to the Art Collection of the company.