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Recent posts

Dec 16, 2016

2016: A year of co-operative meetings

Messages from the President

Dear colleagues, What an exceptional year we have just had! 2016 saw the International Co-operative Alliance significantly strengthen its position. We experienced the full power of the words Unite, Promote and Develop. I believe that this would be a good time to give you a first full update.

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Dec 2, 2016

B20: fostering the international growth of smes

Messages from the President

Today, on the 2nd of December, I have the pleasure of participating in the discussions of the B20, the international business community forum that makes recommendations to the G20 leaders. My involvement in this forum is a direct outcome of the International Summit of Cooperatives, which led to the recognition on the part of the B20 of the importance of cooperatives as levers of sustainable development around the world.

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Oct 13, 2016

The importance of intercooperation

Messages from the President

Yesterday at the International Summit of Cooperatives, I had a chance to hear new ideas and ambitious projects arise from participants’ reflections and discussions. It was very inspiring.

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Oct 12, 2016

The power to act is in the hands of our cooperatives

Messages from the President

We have just concluded the final day in preparation for the International Summit of Cooperatives, and once again I was able to observe the vibrancy, engagement and power to act demonstrated by our cooperatives!

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Oct 11, 2016

For a more cooperative economic model

International Summit of Cooperatives

We live in a complex and globalized world plagued by inequality, where many suffer from exclusion. The evolution of our societies has failed to stop the growth of these inequalities, and financial and economic crises only widen the gap between rich and poor.

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Oct 10, 2016

Pre-Summit activities have begun!

International Summit of Cooperatives

The meeting of cooperative umbrella organizations, one of many activities being held alongside the International Summit of Cooperatives, took place today. Representatives of these organizations gathered to discuss common issues, learn from each other’s successes and share solutions.

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Oct 1, 2016

“With cooperatives, the future is: ...”

International Summit of Cooperatives

“With cooperatives, the future is: ...”, that is the theme of the social campaign we will be running throughout the International Summit of Cooperatives. To take part, complete the sentence using this poster available on the Summit website. I gave it a try myself!

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Jul 2, 2016

Happy International Day of Co-operatives!

Messages from the President

Today, the 2nd of July, we celebrate the International Day of Co-operatives, which focus on a concept of extreme importance: A sustainable future for all of us.

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Jan 29, 2016

VIVA MTL launch Highlighting the commitment of those who make their neighbourhood shine

Desjardins

Montreal, January 28, 2016 – Today, Desjardins Group and its partners are officially kicking off VIVA MTL, an initiative born of the Je fais Mtl citizen movement. The goal of this initiative is to highlight the city’s best by giving residents the opportunity to nominate neighbours contributing to community life and who are actively working towards building pride in their neighbourhoods.

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Jan 29, 2016

Davos Diary: conclusions from the 2016 World Economic Forum

International news

Alliance president Monique Leroux represented the International Co-operative Alliance at the 2016 World Economic Forum. Which are the three take-aways that our president thinks Alliance members and co-operatives worldwide will want to keep in mind?

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Jan 29, 2016

World Economic Forum special : co-ops to drive the 4th Revolution

International news

The theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum is “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” - Or how technological developments such as the sharing economy create new notions of ownership, and a need for more meaningful social connections.

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Jan 29, 2016

Davos Diary: co-ops to lead by inclusion and purpose

International news

Alliance president Monique Leroux, representing the International Co-operative Alliance at the World Economic Forum, sends her observations as the event draws to a close.

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Jan 29, 2016

Davos Diary: linking up, teaming up for growth is on the forum's minds

International news

One day into the World Economic Forum, Alliance president Monique Leroux shares her observations about what is really keeping attendants busy in the panels, meetings and corridors of the forum.

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Dec 18, 2015

Monique Leroux on co-ops and regulation

Before her election as the new President of the International Co-operative Alliance, Monique Leroux talked to Co-operative News about the state of the co-operative banking sector after her appointment on the Alliance’s International Accounting and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

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Dec 17, 2015

Minister Bibeau announces partnership with DID in Vietnam

International news

The Government of Canada is contributing $18.1 million over five years (2016-2021) to DID’s project to strengthen the Cooperative Bank of Vietnam (CBV) and the People’s Credit Fund (PCF) Network.

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Dec 8, 2015

Co-operatives: a solid lever to take on climate challenge

International news

At the COP21 Conference, the ICMIF and International Co-operative Alliance delegation has urged heads of state to agree to effective and ambitious measures against climate change. They call attention to unique qualities which make co-operatives a long term and solid lever to achieve a more sustainable economy.

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Dec 8, 2015

LPAA Climate Finance session at COP21

International news

Overview on Climate Finance Actions session, Intervention by Shaun Tarbuck, CEO, International Cooperative & Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF)

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Nov 27, 2015

Alliance presidency elections: Thank you for your support!

It is with great enthusiasm that I am addressing you today as the newly elected president of the Alliance. I am humbled by the trust and support you demonstrated in Turkey on November 13th. It is an honor and privilege to serve as president of the Alliance and I intend to spare no efforts in assuming my new role.

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Nov 27, 2015

Monique F. Leroux in Forbes Mexico

International news

Why should there be more women in executive positions?

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Nov 27, 2015

A few pictures form the Global conference in Anatlya 2015

International news

Discover a few pictures from the conferences in Antalya.

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Nov 26, 2015

Panel on Innovative tools and sources of capital

International news

Global conference 2015

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Nov 26, 2015

Panel on reliable sources for co-operative capital

International news

Global conference ACI 2015

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Nov 26, 2015

Monique F. Leroux elected new president of the International Co-operative Alliance

International news

The International Co-operative Alliance has today elected Monique F. Leroux (Canada) as its new president. Ms. Leroux is an Alliance board member with a background in finance and will be president of the Alliance for the 2015-2017 term.

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Nov 26, 2015

Co-operatives raise their voice at the B20

International news

Representatives of co-operative businesses call for greater inclusion of the co-operative perspective and for the recognition of their specific business model in the B20’s recommendations to the G20.

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Nov 26, 2015

ICD Fellowship Awards

International news

Fellows are inaugurated by the ICD with the Institute of Corporate Directors Fellow designation (F.ICD) at the annual ICD Fellowship Awards Gala.

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Nov 9, 2015

Hacking Health - #DefInnoSante Modes de vie sains et actifs

Mme Leroux was at Hacking Health in Montreal, an event that pairs tech innovators with health experts to build human-centric solutions to front-line health problems.

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Nov 9, 2015

Défi Innovation Promotion+Santé Desjardins Hacking Health

Interviews and conferences

Teaser video for the November 6-8, 2015 Desjardins Hacking Health Innovation Challenge hackathon, powered by IBM Bluemix.

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Nov 6, 2015

Message to the sectors

Publication

I would like to share more about the close ties that Desjardins has with the Canadian and International cooperative movement, the program I put forward for the Alliance, with specific initiatives for the sectors, and additional information about myself.

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Nov 5, 2015

Desjardins Group - Gold Employer of the year

Desjardins

Canadian Business second annual ranking of Canada’s Best Employers uncovers the companies where people can’t wait to get to work.

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Nov 4, 2015

Isabelle Ferrand appointed to the IFRS Advisory Council

Desjardins

Monique F. Leroux is proud to announce that the Mrs. Isabelle Ferrand, Chief Financial Officer of the Confédération Nationale du crédit Mutuel, was selected to become a member of the IFRS Advisory Council.

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Nov 2, 2015

Montreal City

International news

Monique F. Leroux chairs a committee on the future of Montreal city.

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Oct 30, 2015

Interviews with the cooperators

Interviews and conferences

Desjardins in action: Interviews with cooperators.

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Oct 30, 2015

Young European Co-operators Network

International news

Monique F. Leroux answers the Young European Co-operators' questions.

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Oct 30, 2015

International recognition for Desjardins 360d

Desjardins

Desjardins took the 3rd place Innovation Award in the Physical Distribution category for Desjardins 360d.

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Oct 30, 2015

Canadian and Latin American cooperative ties

International news

Diversified partnerships between cooperatives.

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Oct 29, 2015

Desjardins makes the difference

Desjardins

Being a member also means contributing to thousands of endeavours.

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Oct 28, 2015

25th East Asian Agricultural Organization Council meeting this October

International news

On the invitation of the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative of India (IFFCO), Monique Leroux participated to the 25th EAOC meeting in India this October.

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Oct 28, 2015

9th World Forum for a Responsible Economy in Lille

International news

" The cooperative model is part of the solutions" - Monique F. Leroux

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Oct 22, 2015

Proxfin at the International Summit of Cooperatives

The Proxfin international network will hold their next annual meeting at the 2016 International Summit of Cooperatives

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Oct 22, 2015

Devenir entrepreneur

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Desjardins Group and National Bank launch the “Devenir entrepreneur” campaign

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Oct 21, 2015

The 2016 Summit Unveils its Program!

International news

Themes centred around the capacity of cooperatives and mutuals to act.

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Oct 16, 2015

My program for the Alliance

Desjardins

Monique Leroux presents her program for the Alliance.

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Oct 16, 2015

G7 Forum for Dialogue with Women

International news

September 16 & 17, 2015 - Women must play a bigger role in politics, business and society.

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Oct 16, 2015

22nd Desjardins Group Congress

Desjardins

Desjardins caisse delegates map out the future.

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Oct 15, 2015

Convention - European Association of Co-operative Banks

International news

Co-operative banks’ difference: a cornerstone for Europe’s economic growth.

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Oct 15, 2015

Conversations on Cooperation by Monique F. Leroux

Publication

Author of Conversations on Cooperation, a book of interviews with some 20 leaders of the Canadian and international cooperative world, October 2014

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Oct 15, 2015

Review of Federal Support to R&D 

Innovation

Innovation Canada : A call to action

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Oct 15, 2015

Guest speakers at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations

Interviews and conferences

September 19, 2015 - Global Economy seeking sustainable prosperity: Why not counting on cooperatives?

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Oct 7, 2015

Co-operatives add their voice to discussion of international challenges

Desjardins

An article with the Globe and Mail on the Power of co-ops.

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Sep 27, 2015

Leroux leading a quiet Desjardins expansion as she nears end of term

Desjardins

As her term at the helm winds down, Desjardins Group CEO Monique Leroux talks about her plans and priorities for Canada’s largest financial co-operative.

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Sep 23, 2015

Desjardins launches two new mobile payment solutions for small businesses and self-employed workers

Desjardins

Small businesses, self-employed workers, seasonal workers and merchants on-the-go (e.g., plumbers, painters) can now enjoy a completely secure way to accept debit and credit card payments thanks to two new Desjardins mobile payment solutions that are easy to use and very affordable: [Monetico Mobile and Monetico Mobile +.](http://sayyes.monetico.ca/index-en.html "")

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Sep 1, 2015

Interview with Voice Magazine

Innovation

Desjardins Group: Embracing technological change the cooperative way. 

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Aug 24, 2015

Desjardins 360d is going back to school with two new locations

Desjardins

Desjardins Group continues to expand its offer for 18- to 30-year-olds by opening two new 360d locations.

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Jun 29, 2015

Desjardins at Marché Central

Desjardins

A new and innovative service outlet opens its doors.

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Jun 19, 2015

Interview with TV5

Desjardins

TV5 - Focus entreprises : coopérative Desjardins

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Jun 16, 2015

Another advantage for Desjardins members travelling to France

Desjardins

A new Desjardins advantage is now available to members travelling to France.

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May 22, 2015

Co-op leaders from around the world share their experience

Publication

The diverse experiences of the world’s co-operative leaders have been collected for a new book on the movement, in the hope of inspiring a new generation of co-operators for the 21st century.

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Mar 28, 2015

Desjardins announces a number of innovations at its annual general meetings

Desjardins

Desjardins is becoming more innovative while remaining true to its nature — a cooperative financial group!

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Mar 9, 2015

Interview with The Banker

Interviews and conferences

Cooperative banks: tradition versus innovation –Interview with the Financial Time.

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Feb 12, 2015

Interview with BNN Toronto

Interviews and conferences

« The Cooperative model in Canada »

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Jan 2, 2015

Desjardins group completes the acquisition of State Farm’s Canadian operations businesses

Desjardins

Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada, announces that it has completed the purchase of State Farm Canada’s businesses in property and casualty and life insurance.

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