MONTREAL, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Between May and September 2012,
Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins and the Caisse de dépôt et
placement du Québec have jointly invested $18.6 million in companies
throughout Québec. The investments were made by the Capital croissance PME fund created in 2010. The fund offers small and medium-sized businesses the
opportunity to pursue their expansion and growth projects.
More than 100 Québec companies have benefited from the program
With this series of new investments, more than 100 Québec companies have
now benefited from the Capital croissance PME program. To date, under
their agreement, Desjardins Group and the Caisse de dépôt et placement
du Québec have jointly invested close to $150 million in about 110
"These investments meet certain needs of Québec companies related to
their modernization or growth or even the expansion of their operations
locally or abroad," said Luc Houle, Senior Vice-President, Investments,
at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. "This partnership
enables the Caisse's ability to optimize its offering to promising
small companies throughout Québec, while generating returns for its
According to Marie-Claude Boisvert, Chief Operating Officer of
Desjardins Venture Capital, which manages Capital régional et
coopératif Desjardins, the positive results in the first two years of
existence of this financial lever prove that the entrepreneurial spirit
is very much alive and well in Québec. "We've supported more than 100
entrepreneurs whose ideas and talent have enabled them to capitalize on
the resources we offer. There's a fresh wind blowing through the
regions, and the impacts are increasingly visible."
Companies financed in recent months
Autobus Dionne, formerly known as Transport A.S.D., manages a fleet of
specialized vehicles used for school transport, paratransit, public
transit and charter service. This Rimouski company serves the
Bas-Saint-Laurent region with about 30 employees.
Autobus Dufresne inc.
This transportation company, whose head office is in Sainte-Martine in
the Montérégie region, has about 40 employees. Autobus Dufresne was
established in 1956 and specializes in school and inter-municipal
Bonneterie Richelieu (Montréal)
The Montréal-based company produces and distributes socks for men,
women, children and babies, in addition to tights. Established in 1934,
Bonneterie Richelieu has over 100 employees currently working at its
head office and in its branches in Ontario and North Carolina.
VU optometry clinic
Located in Thetford Mines, VU is an optometry clinic that sells glasses,
contact lenses and related accessories. The head office is located in
Clermont, in the Charlevoix region. Approximately 20 employees are
ensure that the company runs smoothly.
The Dorval-based company is a major distributor and manufacturer of
parts for automated garage doors and gates. DEK Canada, established in
1960, has close to 15 employees.
Entreprises D'Auteuil et fils inc.
Les Entreprises D'Auteuil et fils inc. was established in
Baie-des-Sables in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. In business for over
35 years, the company specializes in civil engineering works and heavy
machinery leasing. Les Entreprises D'Auteuil et fils has approximately
Fibres Serden inc.
The Saint-Hyacinthe-based company manufactures boxes for van-style
trucks for the Maranda brand. Close to 60 employees work at Fibres
Serden, established in 2004.
Established in 1986, this thriving company manages a Montmagny-based
residence for autonomous seniors. Gesdix has 35 employees.
Gestion Vision Globale
The solidly established Montréal company has been providing an
integrated solution for selling new and used text books to schools
since 1998. Gestion Vision Globale, which has successfully implemented
its text book sales system in more than 15 different branches, and
counts on its 60-some employees as it continues to expand.
GEM Experts en sinistres
Formerly known as Gestions F. Dumouchel ltée, this company specializes
in assessments following claims. Approximately 30 employees work in the
company's offices in Montréal, Québec City and the Saguenay.
This Richmond-based company, in the Centre-du-Québec region, specializes
in the manufacture of fire-retardant apparel and exports its products
internationally. Established in 1999, Innotex has 110 employees.
Wholesaler and distributor of maintenance products and equipment for the
installation, renovation and sanding of hardwood floors, M.C. Crystal
of Montréal has enjoyed the expertise of dedicated employees since its
inception in 1988.
Messagerie du Fjord
Established in 1987, Messagerie du Fjord has become a large-scale
company in the courier and transportation industry in the
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Chibougamau-Chapais and North Shore region.
This Saguenay-based family business relies on the dedication of its
40-some employees at its head office and in its Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
and North Shore offices.
This Montréal-based company established in the early 2000s has built an
international reputation in the world of design and production of
multimedia environments for artistic and sporting events. Over 100
people work at Moment Factory.
Plomberie Ste-Croix inc.
Plomberie Ste-Croix inc. specializes in plumbing, heating, pumps and
water treatment. The Sainte-Croix-based company, established in 1990,
is active in the residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural
sectors in the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions.
Plomberie Ste-Croix inc. has over 30 employees.
About the Desjardins and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
In 2010, Desjardins Group and the Caisse announced a $600 million
agreement aimed at supporting the expansion and growth of Québec SMBs.
The agreement includes two distinct components: one for small companies
and another for medium-sized companies.
The first part of the agreement involves a $200-million fund, Capital
croissance PME, to meet the financing needs of small Québec companies,
primarily in the form of subordinated loans of less than $3 million.
Desjardins Venture Capital, a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, is the
exclusive manager of this fund and an equal partner alongside the
Caisse and Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins.
The second part of the partnership involves $400 million for the
financing of leading medium sized companies with good growth and
About the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is a financial institution
that manages funds primarily for public and private pension and
insurance plans. As at December 31, 2011, it held $159 billion in net
assets. As one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers, the
Caisse invests in major financial markets, private equity and real
estate. For more information: www.lacaisse.com.
About Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins
Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins is a publicly traded company
managed by Desjardins Venture Capital. With close to 105,000
shareholders and net assets of $1,350 million, the Company contributes
to economic development by valuing and nurturing the best of Québec
entrepreneurship. Directly or indirectly through partner funds, CRCD
supports the growth of more than 300 companies, cooperatives and funds
in various industries spanning all Québec regions. (www.capitalregional.com).
About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada with assets of
nearly $200 billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in
Québec and Ontario and its subsidiaries across Canada, it offers a full
range of financial products and services to its 5.6 million members and
clients. Desjardins specializes in Wealth Management and Life and
Health Insurance, in Property and Casualty Insurance, in Personal
Services, in Business and Institutional Services. Best Corporate Citizen in Canada for 2012 and among Canada's Top 100 Employers, Desjardins is supported by the skills of its 44,645 employees and the
commitment of nearly 5,400 elected officers. A new education and
cooperation program is now available to Desjardins members and the
general public. For more information, visit www.desjardins.com/co-opme.
SOURCE: DESJARDINS GROUP
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