Inspiring others to follow you and vice versa

A true pioneer in the world of business and leadership, we had the utmost pleasure of speaking with Isabelle Hudon, President and CEO of BDC. Breaking barriers at every turn, Isabelle made history by becoming the first woman to hold major roles in each stage of her illustrious career. In August 2021, she became President and CEO of Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), which is Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs.

Isabelle wants to make a difference in the world. Isabelle shares her insights on the ‘D’ of BDC—development—and her unwavering commitment to supporting entrepreneurs with a growth mindset. Isabelle’s passion for advancing women’s ambition shines through as she discusses her co-founding of the A Effect, a platform dedicated to empowering women in the business world. Before taking the helm at BDC, Isabelle served as Canada’s ambassador to France and Monaco, where she continued to advocate for inclusive and progressive policies. Isabelle defines leadership as ‘inspiring others to follow you – and vice versa’. Hear and learn from Isabelle’s remarkable journey and gain valuable insights into inspiring others, leadership, entrepreneurship, and fostering a culture of growth and empowerment. 

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

As Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs, BDC is a partner of choice for all entrepreneurs looking to access the financing and advice they need to build their businesses and tackle the big challenges of our time. BDC’s investment arm, BDC Capital, offers a wide range of risk capital solutions to help grow the country’s most innovative firms. BDC is a B-Corp BDC is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. For more information on BDC’s products and services and to consult free tools, templates, and articles, visit or join BDC on social media.

Additional Resources

TODAY’S BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘The B Corp Handbook, Second Edition: How You Can Use Business as a Force for Good’, by Ryan Honeyman & Tiffany Jana.