Desjardins Reveals Finalists for Desjardins Entrepreneur Prizes



    LEVIS, QC, Feb. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group, the largest financial
institution in Québec, is proud to announce the finalists for the Desjardins
Entrepreneur Prizes, awarded in collaboration with Fondation Desjardins. These
prestigious prizes, worth more than $40,000 each, aim to highlight the
excellence of Québec businesses that help advance our society and enrich our
community.
    Hailing from several regions, the finalists are divided into four broad
categories, allowing Desjardins to recognize a greater number of businesses.
    According to Stéphane Achard, Business Markets Senior Vice-President,
"The future survival of our businesses will depend on networking, innovation
and the skills of their employees. Now more than ever, it is excellence that
will make all the difference. That is why the Desjardins Entrepreneur Prizes
celebrate companies along with their successes and expertise."
    The winners of the Desjardins Young Entrepreneur Prizes will be announced
on February 20 at the Fondation de l'entrepreneurship's 25th annual symposium.
All other winners will be announced on April 3 at the "Les Grands Enjeux de
SECOR/Les Affaires" seminars, presented by Desjardins.

    Desjardins Young Entrepreneur Prizes, in partnership with the Secrétariat
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    à la jeunesse
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    The finalists from Eastern Québec are:

    Nutra-Fruit Inc., Québec
    ABX Production, Québec


    The finalists from Central Québec are:

    Transfert Environnement, Sherbrooke
    Ludik Distribution Inc., Marieville
    Massothérapie Brigitte Couture, Acton Vale


    The finalists from Western Québec are:

    SCL Medtech Inc., Montréal
    RPM Environnement Ltd., Blainville


    Desjardins Sustainable Development Prizes, in partnership with Bell
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    Canada
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    The finalists from Eastern Québec are:

    Criteria G.E. Inc., St-Honoré-de-Chicoutimi
    Groupe Coderr, Alma


    The finalists from Western Québec are:

    Tricentris, Sorting Facility, Lachute
    Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, Preissac


    The finalists from Central Québec are:

    Société zoologique de Granby, Granby
    F.L. Chicoine Printing House, St-Germain de Grantham


    Desjardins International Commerce Prize, in partnership with Export
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    Development Canada
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    Techsol Marine, Québec
    PLB International Inc., Boucherville


    Desjardins Business Ownership Transfer Prize, in partnership with Samson
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    Bélair/Deloitte & Touche
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    Boucherie J.C. Fortin Inc., St-Etienne-les-Grès
    Engrenage Provincial Inc.


    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in
Canada, with overall assets of $147 billion, as at September 30, 2007. 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 nearly 6,800 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.




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