Professional Development

Montréal : Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal, 900 Rue de la Gauchetière O.

Luncheon Speaker – Dean Bergeron

As a child, Dean Bergeron was crazy about sports, especially hockey. At the age of 17 and with a brilliant future ahead of him, he joined the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League.

But a year later, his life was turned upside down. Following an accident during a training session, he became a quadriplegic.

Dean began a lengthy process of physical and social rehabilitation, and became physically active again while studying to be an actuary. He completed his bachelor’s degree in actuarial science at Université Laval in the early 1990s. He trained for wheelchair racing, and has since taken part in a number of world championships and other international competitions. He participated in the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, and Beijing, and brought home 11 medals. He holds the Canadian record in the 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m events. 

Dean is currently vice-president, administration and customer relations, group insurance at La Capitale.