Denis Berthiaume (pictured), Senior Executive Vice-President and COO of Desjardins Group led the Top 25 rankings in the Quebec financial industry and was this week named Financial Personality of the Year for 2016 by Finance et Investissement (Finance and Investment) magazine. The award was bestowed on Berthiaume at an industry gala held on Tuesday 7 February at Le Windsor in Montreal.
In a statement Desjardins said that the award is a testament to all of the hard work by Berthiaume at Desjardins Group as the head of the Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance sector.
"I am proud of this recognition on a personal level, and I'd like to share it with our elected officers, managers and employees. It is everyone's hard work that allows Desjardins to fulfil its financial and cooperative mission," Denis Berthiaume said.
"Denis Berthiaume has done a tremendous job at Desjardins Group and Desjardins Financial Security. He's an exceptional manager. He's delivered outstanding results at every stage in Desjardins' development," the Top 25 jury said in a statement.
The Top 25 was divided into five categories, each with four finalists and a winner, for the first time this year. The Financial Personality of the Year is selected from among the winners of the five categories. The categories include insurers, national financial services institutions, full-service brokers, multidisciplinary firms and independent management companies. The winner of the insurer category was Denis Berthiaume.
For the complete list and more information about the Top 25 finalists, visit FI's website at www.finance-investissement.com/templedelarenommee. (In French only.)
Prior to January 2017 Berthiaume (pictured right at the ICMIF Biennial Conference 2015) was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF).
Gilles Garon, financial planner and director with Garon & Associés Inc., a member of the Desjardins Financial Security network, was named "Advisor most involved in his community 2016" This award honours candidates who have worked in the industry for at least 20 years and who have made a mark through their practices.