MONTREAL, Jan. 6, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean-Guy Desjardins, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Fiera Capital Corporation ("Fiera Capital"), was appointed to the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. As his Order of Canada citation states, Mr. Desjardins received this honour for his contributions to the financial sector as a portfolio management entrepreneur.
"I am delighted and honoured by this great distinction, which I share with all the people who have supported me throughout my career," said Mr. Desjardins. "As my experience shows, everything depends on the team. Success is not only a question of sound business decisions, but also of the quality of the individuals who share the same values and the same goals."
Mr. Desjardins began his career as a financial analyst and portfolio manager. He co-founded TAL Global Asset Management and was its principal shareholder until it was purchased by a financial institution. In 2003, he acquired 70% of Elantis Investment Management's assets under management and recruited most of its key professionals to create Fiera Capital. Making more than ten acquisitions in a decade and growing from a team of 50 to more than 400 today, Fiera Capital now boasts close to $85 billion in assets under management.
Mr. Desjardins sits on the Board of Directors of the Société de services financiers Fonds FMOQ Inc., HEC Montréal, DJM Capital Inc., Centria Inc., and Fiera Axium Infrastructure Inc., and he also serves as Chairman of Fiera Properties Limited. He sat on the Bank of Canada's Board of Directors for five years, and was elected Lead Director in 2007.
Mr. Desjardins is a member of the Council of Governors of Centraide of Greater Montreal, the Investment Committee of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Desjardins graduated from Collège Mont-Saint-Louis in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in arts. In 1969, he earned his L.Sc. Comm. (Finance) from the École des Hautes Études commerciales – Université de Montréal. Mr. Desjardins is a CFA Charterholder.
Order of Canada
The Order of Canada, one of our country's highest civilian honours, was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
About Fiera Capital
Fiera Capital is one of Canada's leading listed and independent money managers. The firm is one of only a handful of investment companies in the country offering a full range of equity and fixed-income management products and services, as well as extensive expertise in asset allocation and alternative-investment strategies. For more details, please visit www.fieracapital.com.
SOURCE Fiera Capital Corporation
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