Fondation Desjardins announces the winners of the Desjardins Young Entrepreneur Prizes



    QUEBEC, Feb. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - RPM Environnement Ltée, Blainville,
Transfert Environnement, Sherbrooke and Nutra-Fruit Inc., Quebec City, are the
winners of the Desjardins Young Entrepreneurs Prize awarded by Fondation
Desjardins. The aim of each prize, each with a value exceeding $40,000, is to
highlight the creativity and success of young, high-performing business
people, who are making an active contribution to job creation.
    Ms. Nathalie Larue, Vice-President, Business Marketing Division at
Desjardins, accompanied by Ms. Catherine Ferrembach, secrétaire adjoint at the
Secrétariat à la jeunesse, announced the winners at the Fondation de
l'entrepreneurship's 25th annual symposium.

    The winning company representing Western Québec is:

    RPM Environnement Ltée, Blainville - Dominic Payette, President

    Since 2004, this company has specialized in the recovery and recycling of
hydrocarbon-contaminated plastic containers, transforming these materials into
reusable products in accordance with the legislation and standards of the
Department of the Environment. With 16 employees and well over 4,000 clients,
this young entrepreneur plans to grow his business throughout Quebec and
Ontario, and then expand into the United States.

    The winning company representing Central Québec is:

    Transfert Environnement, Sherbrooke - André Delisle, President

    Transfert Environnement is a company that has resolutely defined itself
within the innovative field of sustainable development. This company proposes
a dynamic approach and original techniques and offers support for public and
private developers who wish to establish participative mechanisms that promote
the social acceptability of their projects. Administrated by Université de
Sherbrooke graduates and guided by senior advisors in business and
communications, Transfert Environnement comprises a team of nearly a dozen
professionals.

    The winning company representing Eastern Québec is:

    Nutra-Fruit Inc., Quebec City - Jean-François Veilleux, President

    Make productive use of cranberries and their exceptional properties: that
is the challenge that Nutra-Fruit has taken up since 2006. The company offers
a variety of high-quality, healthy, and innovative products that appeal to
consumers. Nutra-Fruit's market consists of both individuals and institutions.
This award-winning company employs five people and intends to export its
products to the United States and Asia.

    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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