Desjardins Group Consults Young People Online

    For the first time in its history, Desjardins will be holding a chat
    session for young people aged 15 to 30, in addition to inviting the
    public to participate in an online consultation survey.

    LEVIS, QC, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of nationwide consultation
activities on what young people expect from their cooperative financial
institution, Ms. Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and CEO of
Desjardins Group, will be taking advantage of Cooperation Week, from October
12 to 18, 2008, to open two forms of dialogue with the public: through an
online consultation survey and a chat session with young people.
    While the consultation is especially aimed at the 15-to-30 age group,
Desjardins also hopes to hear from people over 30, to help identify the needs
of young people. The survey is open to both members and non-members of
Desjardins. The general public is therefore invited to participate in the
online survey at Participants could win a prize
worth a total of $10,000. The consultation process ends October 31.

    Chat session with Monique F. Leroux

    On Friday, October 17, from noon to 2 p.m., Ms. Leroux will speak with
young people in an online chat session. This will be the perfect opportunity
for them to discuss topics of their own choosing, and for Ms. Leroux to
establish ties with this age group. To participate in the session, go to the
Desjardins Group Web site at
    "I am very excited about this chance to talk with young people. I'm sure
they have a lot to say about development possibilities for Desjardins,
especially those who are already members. I hope to see many of them
responding to our invitation," stated Ms. Leroux.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada,
with overall assets of nearly $152 billion, as at June 30, 2008. 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 more than 6,500 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

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