17 Young Desjardins Caisse Officers Off to France



    MONTREAL, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Seventeen young intern officers from
Desjardins caisses in Québec and Ontario will soon be heading off on a field
trip to France to study different types of financial cooperatives and learn
about the main challenges they face.
    At the Desjardins Group Annual General Meetings, President and CEO
Mr. Alban D'Amours took the opportunity to announce the names of the winners
of the Young Intern Officer - Discover Cooperatives in France contest. Jointly
organized with the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse, the trip is part
of the Desjardins Youth Focus program and is aimed specifically at young
intern officers sitting on the Board of Directors or Board of Supervision of a
Desjardins Caisse.
    The lucky winners, selected by a random draw, are as follows:
    

    - Patrick Deroy, of the Lower Saint Lawrence and Gaspésie-Iles-de-la
      Madeleine region
    - Emmanuel Bourgelas, Kamouraska-Chaudière-Appalaches
    - Célestin Ferland, Québec City East
    - Jean-François Moisan, Québec City West-South Shore
    - Mathieu Bergeron, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean-Charlevoix-North Shore
    - Mélanie Gosselin, Central Québec
    - Catherine Roberge, Mauricie
    - Annie Lussier, Eastern Townships
    - Chantal Dupéré, Richelieu-Yamaska
    - Pascal Carbonneau, Lanaudière
    - Steve Finnegan, Montréal South Shore
    - Pascal Rioux, Laval-Laurentians
    - Mickael Gravel, Montréal West
    - Pascal Grenier, Montréal East
    - Julie Courchesne, Abitibi-Témiscamingue-Northern and Western Québec
    - Pascal Binet, Group Caisses
    - Benoît Lalonde, Ontario Caisses
    

    The 10-day field trip (from June 7 to 17, 2007) will enable interns to
visit three cooperative financial groups in France: the Groupe Banque
Populaire, Groupe Crédit coopératif and Groupe Crédit Mutuel. At the end of
their stay, participants will have to submit a report of the trip in line with
the four major axes of the Desjardins Youth Focus program, which are:
commercial practices, democratic practices, knowledge and information, and
employability.
    "This is the third edition of the contest and by the end of this trip, a
total of 50 young people will have had the privilege of participating in this
experience. The exchange of knowledge and culture will undoubtedly open their
eyes to new horizons. Our intern officers will also share their impressions
and what they have learned with their colleagues at the caisse, so that the
cooperative can also benefit from their experience," declared Desjardins Group
President and CEO, Mr. Alban D'Amours.
    Desjardins Youth Focus program is aimed at helping young people aged 15
to 30 successfully navigate the first stage of their finances and be confident
in entering the workforce.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in
Canada, with overall assets of more than $135 billion, as at December 31,
2006. It comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in
Québec and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its
40,000 employees and the commitment of 7,020 elected officers, Desjardins
offers its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients a full
range of financial products and services. Its physical distribution network is
complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult
www.desjardins.com.




For further information:

For further information: Source (for journalists only): Nathalie Genest,
Advisor, Information and Media Relations Department, (514) 281-7275,
1-866-866-7000, ext. 7275,; March 31, Press room at the Palais des congrès de
Montréal, (514) 789-3488


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