Monique F. Leroux elected to the board of the International Co-operative Alliance

LÉVIS, QC, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Chair of the Board, President and CEO of Desjardins Group, Monique F. Leroux, was elected to the board of directors of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) this week.

"Canada and Desjardins Group have long been proud, strong supporters of the ICA, and I'm happy to continue the tradition," said Ms. Leroux. "Working as a member of the ICA, I hope to help promote the cooperative model around the world."

The ACI held its Global Conference and General Assembly this week in Cape Town, South Africa, where members from nearly 100 countries participated in board elections.

Ms. Leroux has a wealth of directorship experience. Her current appointments include: chair of the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité; director of the new Canadian organization formed by the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité and the Canadian Co-operative Association; vice-president of the presidential committee and member of the executive committee of the International Confederation of Popular Banks; and member of both the board of directors and executive committee of the European Association of Co-operative Banks.

"I'm very excited about my new role on the ICA board of directors, and I look forward to doing my part to implement the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, adopted last year as part of the International Year of Cooperatives," said Ms. Leroux. "The ICA and Desjardins Group will continue to be close cooperative partners, in particular as we prepare to co-host the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives taking place in Quebec City next October."

About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group is the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world with assets close to $205 billion. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. The group has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry, and outranks all American banks as the fourth safest and strongest bank in North America according to Global Finance magazine and Bloomberg News respectively. In keeping with their cooperative nature, Desjardins Caisses' surplus earnings are reinvested into the communities they serve.

SOURCE: Desjardins Group

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Nathalie Genest
Desjardins Group
514-281-7275 or 1-866-866-7000, ext. 7275


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