Desjardins Unveils Names of Finalists for Desjardins Entrepreneurship Prizes

    MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group, the largest financial
institution in Québec, is proud to announce the names of the finalists for the
Desjardins Entrepreneurship Prizes. These prestigious awards showcase the
excellence of local businesses and their active contribution to regional
economic development.
    According to Stéphane Achard, Senior Vice-President and General Manager,
Business and Institutional Services, "All of Desjardins Group's strengths-the
skills of its employees, its accessibility and its complete and integrated
service offer-are available to entrepreneurs who put their trust in the
organization. The Desjardins Entrepreneurship Prizes are our way of saying
thank you to many of them."
    The winners will be announced on October 6, 2009, at en event presided by
Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and CEO of Desjardins Group.
    Following a rigorous analysis process, the Desjardins Entrepreneurship
Prize winners will be selected by a jury of respected panellists: Diane G.
Dubé, Vice-President, Québec Région of Export Development Canada; Carmela
Zampini, Vice-President of Bell Enterprise, with Bell; Jean-Paul Gagné, Editor
Emeritus of Les Affaires newspaper; Marc-André Nadeau, Partner, Financial
Advisory Services, Samson Bélair / Deloitte & Touche; Gino Reeves, Head of
entrepreneurship services at the Secrétariat à la jeunesse du Québec; Michel
Magnan, Full Professor at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia
University and Lawrence Bloomberg Chair in Accountancy.

    Young Entrepreneur category, in collaboration with the Secrétariat à la

    Winners in this category will receive a $10,000 bursary from Fondation

    The finalists representing the Eastern Québec region are:

    Synertek Industries, St-Romuald - Jean-François Boutin, Vice-President of
    Techni-Arp Inc., L'Ange-Gardien - Jean-François Bernier, President

    The finalists representing the Western Québec region are:

    Zorah Biocosmetics Inc., Montréal - Mélissa Harvey, President
    Groupe Lettra Inc., Boisbriand - Martin Caron, President

    The finalists representing the Central Québec region are:

    Le Trou du Diable Microbrewery, Shawinigan - André Trudel, President
    La Source, Bains Nordiques, Rawdon - Patrice Lalancette and Caroline
    Simard, Founders

    Agriculture category

    The finalists are:

    Le Domaine du Parc Reg'd., Sainte-Elisabeth - Denis Ouellet and Josée
    Rainville, Co-owners
    Ferme Bessette & Frères (Waterville) Inc., Waterville - René Bessette and
    Carole Chassé, Co-owners

    International Commerce category, in collaboration with EDC

    The finalists are:

    HONCO STEEL BUILDINGS, Lévis - Francis Lacasse, President
    Sonaca Montréal, St-Janvier - Philippe Hoste, Chief Executive Officer

    Business Ownership Transfer category, in collaboration with Samson
    Bélair/Deloitte & Touche

    The finalists are:

    Dubé & Loiselle Inc., Granby - Daniel Lachapelle, President
    Le Groupe Robin, St-Hyacinthe - Robert Robin, President
    Sustainable Development category, in collaboration with Bell

    The finalists representing the Eastern Québec region are:

    Roche Ltd., Consulting Group, Québec City - Mario W. Martel, President
    and Chief Executive Officer
    Concept Mat, Matane - Isabelle Gauthier, President

    The finalists representing the Western Québec region are:

    Complexe Dompark, Montréal - Natalie Voland, President
    Produits de marque Liberté Inc., Saint-Hubert - Martin Valiquette,
    General ManagerThe finalists representing the Central Québec region are:
    Auberge Le Baluchon, Saint-Paulin - Louis Lessard, President
    Armoires Cuisines Action, Sainte-Sabine - Christian Van Gennip, President

    The finalist representing Ontario is:

    Bridgehead (2000) Inc., Ottawa - Tracey Clark, General Manager

    In addition to the partners for each of the prize categories, Desjardins
can also count on the collaboration of Les Affaires newspaper and Fasken
Martineau Dumoulin.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada,
with overall assets of close to $160 billion, as at March 31, 2009. 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 42,000
employees and the commitment of its 6,300 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

For further information:

For further information: for journalists only: André Chapleau, Director,
Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7229,
1-866-866-7000, ext. 7229,

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