17 Young Desjardins Caisse Officers Off to Europe

    QUEBEC, March 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Seventeen young intern officers from
Desjardins caisses in Québec and Ontario will soon be heading off on a field
trip to France and the Netherlands to study different types of financial
cooperatives and learn about the main challenges they face.
    At the Desjardins Group Annual General Meetings, President and CEO
Mr. Alban D'Amours took the opportunity to announce the names of the winners
of the Young Intern Officer - Discover Cooperatives in France contest. Jointly
organized with the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec, the trip is part
of the Desjardins Youth Focus program and is aimed specifically at young
intern officers sitting on the Board of Directors or Board of Supervision of a
Desjardins Caisse.

    The lucky winners, selected by a random draw, are as follows:

    - Brian Bélanger, of the Lower Saint Lawrence and Gaspésie-Iles-de-la
      Madeleine region
    - Karine Veilleux, Kamouraska-Chaudière-Appalaches
    - Sébastien Boivin, Québec City East
    - Jean-Pierre Marcoux, Québec City West-South Shore
    - Guillaum Dubreuil, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean-Charlevoix-North Shore
    - Julie Pépin, Central Québec
    - Jean-Frédéric Bourassa, Mauricie
    - Audrey Huot, Eastern Townships
    - Andréanne Joly, Richelieu-Yamaska
    - François Richard, Lanaudière
    - Priscillia Saint-Germain, Montréal South Shore
    - Jean-François Corriveau, Laval-Laurentians
    - Geneviève Filion, Montréal West
    - Samuelle Couture, Montréal East
    - Samuel Thauvette, Abitibi-Témiscamingue-Northern and Western Québec
    - Carl Belisle, Group Caisses
    - Mélanie Viau, Ontario Caisses

    The 10-day field trip (from June 5 to 15, 2008) will enable interns to
visit two cooperative financial groups of Europe: the Crédit Agricole de
France and Rabobank of the Netherlands. At the end of their stay, participants
will have to submit a report of the trip in line with the four major axes of
the Desjardins Youth Focus program, which are: commercial practices,
democratic practices, knowledge and information, and employability.
    "This is the fourth edition of the contest and by the end of this trip, a
total of 65 young people will have had the privilege of participating in this
experience. The exchange of knowledge and culture will undoubtedly open their
eyes to new horizons. Our intern officers will also share their impressions
and what they have learned with their colleagues at the caisse, so that the
cooperative can also benefit from their experience," declared Desjardins Group
President and CEO, Mr. Alban D'Amours.

    About Desjardins Group

    The largest integrated cooperative financial group in Canada, with global
assets of over $144 billion as at December 31, 2007, Desjardins Group consists
of a network of caisses/branches, credit unions and financial centres for
Québec- and Ontario-based companies, as well as about 20 subsidiaries in life
and general insurance, securities, venture capital, and asset management, many
of which are active nationwide. With the skills of its 40,000 employees and
the commitment of more than 6,500 elected officers, Desjardins offers its
5.8 million members and clients-individuals and businesses alike-a full range
of financial products and services. Its physical distribution network is
rounded out by virtual access methods supported by leading-edge technology.
For more information, visit www.desjardins.com.

For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): Nathalie Genest,
Advisor, Information and Media Relations Department, (514) 281-7275,
1-866-866-7000, ext. 7275; March 29: Press room at the Québec City Convention
Centre, (418) 649-5218

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