Desjardins Financial Security Provides Complimentary Three-day Travel Insurance for Shoppers Optimum(TM) Cardholders

    LEVIS, QC, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Financial Security Life
Assurance Company (DFS) and Shoppers Drug Mart(R)/Pharmaprix(R) are pleased to
announce that they have signed an agreement offering Shoppers/Pharmaprix
Optimum Members(TM) three days of complimentary travel insurance, effective
September 8, 2007.
    Shoppers Optimum Members across the country will be protected under DFS's
Travel Insurance Emergency Health Care, Trip Cancellation, Accident and
Baggage coverage for each trip of three days or less they take outside their
home province. The coverage extends to spouses and dependent children when
they are travelling with the member. What's more, they have access to a free
telephone travel assistance service available 24 hours a day to lend a hand in
case they run into problems abroad. When they are travelling for more than
three days, members simply extend their coverage for the entire duration of
their trip by contacting Desjardins Financial Security and paying for the
additional days. There is no need to activate coverage for trips of three days
or less but if the trip lasts more than three days, coverage for the entire
duration must be purchased for the complimentary offer to apply. Members can
take as many three-day trips as they want.
    "Shoppers Drug Mart is a trademark synonymous with exceptional service,
value and trust, much like DFS," said François Durocher, Vice-President, Sales
and Business Development, Credit Insurance (Ontario, Atlantic and Western
Regions) and AssurDirect at DFS. "Our partnership speaks volumes about how
dedicated both companies are to the health and well-being of consumers."
    Laila Zichmanis, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Shoppers Drug Mart,
said, "As the owner of one of the most recognized and largest loyalty card
programs in Canada, our alliance with Desjardins Financial Security is an
opportunity for Shoppers to provide an additional service to its 7.7 million
active Shoppers Optimum cardholders across the country."
    Details about the program will be available at Shoppers Drug
Mart/Pharmaprix stores, by calling Desjardins Financial Security at
1-866-735-7337 and at


    Desjardins Financial Security, a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the
largest integrated cooperative financial group in Canada, specializes in
individual and group life and health insurance, as well as retirement savings
products and services. Every day, over 5 million Canadians rely on Desjardins
Financial Security to ensure their financial security. Desjardins Financial
Security employs over 3,700 people and administers over $22.0 billion in
assets from offices in several cities across the country including Vancouver,
Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Levis, Halifax and


    Shoppers Drug Mart is one of the most recognized and trusted names in
Canadian retailing. Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. or its affiliates license
full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart
(Pharmaprix in Québec). With more than 1,000 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix
stores operating in prime locations in every province and two territories, the
Company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Company also
owns and operates 60 Shoppers Home Health Care(R) stores, making it the
largest Canadian retailer of home health care products and services. In
addition to its retail store network, the Company also owns MediSystem
Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to
long-term facilities in Ontario and Alberta. For more information please visit

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Truchon, Desjardins Financial
Security, (514) 350-8700, ext. 8668,; Pat Chapman,
Shoppers Drug Mart, (416) 490-2892,

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