Finance et Investissement names Jean-Guy Desjardins 2010 Financial Person of the Year

MONTREAL, Feb. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean-Guy Desjardins, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Fiera Sceptre has been named 2010 Financial Person of the Year by Finance et Investissement, the newspaper of investment professionals.

The jury recognized Jean-Guy Desjardins' audacity and entrepreneurship. In 2003, he founded Fiera Capital with $5 billion assets under management. Eight years later, Fiera Sceptre manages $30.8 billion, making it one of the leading independent money management firms in the country.

Fiera Sceptre takes its new name from the impressive 2010 acquisition of Toronto-based Sceptre Investment Counsel.

A tireless visionary, Jean-Guy Desjardins has great plans for his company: "Our five-year plan aims to double the firm's value. It is a reasonable goal." In 2011, Fiera Sceptre will open its first international office in New York.

Occupying the second and third ranks of a particularly stellar group are Monique F. Leroux, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Desjardins Group, and Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank Financial Group.

Last year's Financial Person of the Year, Réjean Robitaille, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Laurentian Bank, finished fourth, while Joseph Iannicelli, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada, took fifth place.

A complete list of the 25 winners, featuring short pieces about each of them, appears in French on our website: www.finance-investissement.com/templedelarenommee

The Top 25 was chosen by a jury made up of financial industry specialists: editors and publishers of Transcontinental Media and three independent industry specialists (at time of selection).

Celebrating investment planners!
During the same event, Finance et Investissement, Investment Executive's sister publication, underlined excellence in financial service industry work and community involvement.

Jacques Maurice, investment advisor at Scotia McLeod, was named Advisor Emeritus, honouring a career spanning 35 years, during which time he and his team of 14 associates built a customer-base 3,600 strong. He manages $3.3 billion in assets, the most of any investment advisor in Canada.

Manon Létourneau, investment advisor at National Bank Financial was named Advisor most involved in her community. Among her many achievements, the advisor volunteered to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, and to run a half-marathon on the Great Wall of China. In 2011, she will cycle 500 kilometres over three days to profit Free The Children.

All prizes were presented during a special evening held on February 1st 2011 at the Mount Stephen Club in Montreal.

SOURCE FINANCE ET INVESTISSEMENT

For further information:

Christian Benoit-Lapointe, Editor-in-Chief, Finance et Investissement, (514) 392-2052, christian.benoit-lapointe@transcontinental.ca.

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