Desjardins Securities donates more than $340,000 to the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation

    MONTREAL, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Securities Inc. (DSI) is
committed, more than ever before, to helping Quebec's sick, underprivileged
and special needs children. As a demonstration of this commitment, the firm
has just made a donation of more than $340,000 to the Montreal Canadiens
Children's Foundation. This is the sixth consecutive year that DSI has
supported this charitable organization.
    On January 23, 2008, DSI held its annual Commissions Day during which
investment advisors from its institutional brokerage, Disnat online brokerage
and Strategic Capital divisions, donated their commissions for that day to the
Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation to help children. Over the past six
years, DSI has raised more than $1.7 million for the foundation through its
annual commission's day.
    Germain Carrière, President and Chief Operating Officer of DSI said, "Our
fund-raising efforts have been highly successful thanks to the commitment,
involvement and generosity of our advisors, our employees and our clients,
without whom this would not have been possible. With their contribution, we
succeeded to surpass our goal once again."
    "With such generous support for our Foundation, DSI has greatly
contributed to improving the quality of life of children in need across
Quebec," said Robert Sirois, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation.

    Desjardins Securities offers a full range of securities brokerage
products and services through its Investment Advisors, and online brokerage
services through its Disnat online division. The needs of businesses and
government agencies are covered by its Corporate Financing, Fixed Income, and
Equity Capital Markets departments, solidly backed by its Research department.
The company, which manages $18 billion in assets, has 42 full-service
brokerage offices and employs more than 1,200 people, including 305 Investment
Advisors throughout Quebec and Ontario.

    The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation helps underprivileged, sick
and special-needs children by contributing financial resources in the areas of
poverty, health, well-being and amateur sport. Since its inception back in
August 2000, the Foundation has donated some $6 million to over 250 charitable
endeavors from across the province of Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Morin, Desjardins Securities, (514)

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