Jean-Robert Elie 

Published on 18/10/20

Jean-Robert Élie is an actuary and the Montreal Market Leader at Willis Towers Watson, a global company with 45,000 employees in more than 140 countries, specializing in advisory services, brokerage and solutions to help clients turn risk into a path for growth. In this capacity, he leads a group of 300 professionals.

Prior to the merger of Willis and Towers Watson, he was a shareholder and member of the executive committee of Avalon Actuarial, a firm acquired by Willis Canada, where he was subsequently appointed managing partner.

Academic background

Jean-Robert Élie has a bachelor’s degree in actuarial mathematics from the Université de Montréal. He holds the qualifications of Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and Certified Human Resources Professional.

Industry involvement

As part of my duties, I am regularly called upon to speak at conferences and moderate internal and external events. These are exceptional forums that allow me to raise awareness and mobilize my colleagues, clients and people in the community around issues related to culture, diversity and inclusion.

Community involvement

Born to a Haitian father and an American mother, my skin appears white, but I am of mixed race. I am passionate about racial injustice and have always been a strong promoter of diversity and inclusion. My unique story gives me a usual perspective on appearance biases and prejudices, both conscious and unconscious.

I am very proud and grateful for this cultural diversity that inhabits me, because it has endowed me with extraordinary qualities that make me a better leader, sponsor, and a better citizen. I am therefore able, in a very natural way, to listen to the people around me, and thus influence and communicate a vision that brings to the fore front differences of gender, race, disability and sexual orientation.

A word that defines you



“ Be optimistic! You must believe in yourselves and in your resilience, and above all, do not let anyone impose limitations on you. ”