Speaker Xavier Debane

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Head of Innovation & Agile
Xavier Debane

Xavier Debane leads the innovation program and drives the development of new solutions to accelerate innovation across all of Manulife’s businesses in Canada (insurance, investments, bank, group benefits & retirement).

He manages Manulife’s RED Lab, with teams installed at Communitech (Kitchener, Ontario) and Montréal (Quebec) for research and prototyping, and drives external partnerships for developing new businesses.

As part of the execution of innovation, and to accelerate the transition to digital, he leads the agile transformation at Manulife in Canada.

Xavier has extensive experience in strategy and management with a strong focus on designing and implementing innovation strategies. He previously held several positions in Strategy, Innovation and Product Management, at Rogers Communications and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

He holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management (Toronto) and a Master of Science & Engineering from AgroParisTech (Paris Institute for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences).


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