Mr. Genest has been Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation since 2016. He was Senior Vice-President of Power Financial from 2016 until 2020.
His background includes government, academia and business. He served in a number of portfolios as a Deputy Minister in the Ontario Government, including Intergovernmental Affairs, Francophone Affairs and also Deputy Minister responsible for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games held in Toronto in 2015. He served in the federal government as Director of Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Ontario Universities and as Assistant Vice-President of Bell Canada. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Glendon College, York University.
Mr. Genest is a Fellow at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University, an active volunteer with Pine River Institute which provides residential rehabilitation for teenagers, Vice-Chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada - Ontario Region, is a Board member of Business for the Arts, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Foundation for the National Gallery of Canada. A champion of diversity, he has been honoured for his advocacy for the rights of the LGBTQ community. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mr. Genest holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours (cum laude) in English and Philosophy from the University of Guelph, a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and has completed the Rotman School of Management, Institute of Corporate Directors - Directors Education Program (ICD.D).