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Ms. Monique F. Leroux

Photograph of Monique Leroux

Since 2008, Monique F. Leroux has been Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group. As elected President, she represents all Desjardins caisses and leads the largest cooperative financial group in Canada and the sixth largest in the world, with assets of more than $175 billion.

From 2001 to 2008, Ms. Leroux held various positions within Desjardins Group, including Chief Financial Officer of Desjardins Group, and President of Desjardins Financial Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Desjardins Group, Ms. Leroux was Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Quebecor Inc., Senior Vice-President, Québec Division, at RBC Royal Bank and Senior Vice-President, Finance, at the head office of the Royal Bank Financial Group. Ms. Leroux began her career at Ernst & Young, ultimately becoming Managing Partner of services to the Québec financial industry, and Managing Partner in charge of auditing and consulting for national and international companies.

Ms. Leroux has been active on a number of corporate boards as well as a member of several national and international organizations and committees. She is currently a Vice-President and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Confederation of Popular Banks, a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference Board of Canada and of the European Association of Co-operative Banks, while also sitting on the Executive Committee of this last organization. In addition, she is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, the HEC Montréal Council of Governors, and the Governing Board of Montréal International. Ms. Leroux has been President of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Québec and Governor of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Her expertise and accomplishments in the areas of management, finance, accounting and governance have been widely acknowledged, including an honorary doctorate from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and numerous leadership awards, such as her recent selection as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by the Globe and Mail and as one of the 2011 Honourees of the Public Policy Forum. Ms. Leroux also generously lends her time as a host of charitable organizations.