Réal Bellemare - Biography

Senior Executive Vice-President and COO of Desjardins Group

Réal Bellemare is the Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Desjardins Group. In this role, he's responsible for overseeing operations, managing performance and implementing key strategic directions set out by the President and CEO and the Board of Directors.

Réal oversees 4 executive divisions: Human Resources and Communications; Information Technology; Risk Management; and Finance, Treasury and Administration. He's also responsible for the Office of the Ombudsman, the Office of the Secretary General, Corporate Affairs, Legal Affairs, the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer and Développement international Desjardins. In addition, he's in charge of forming the Desjardins Group Security Office, which will focus on ensuring we're in line with market best practices.

Réal joined Desjardins Group in 2009 as Vice-President, Corporate Banking and Capital Market Risk and Special Assignments and was appointed Senior Vice-President, Risk Management in 2010. He has been a member of the Desjardins Group Management Committee since 2011. Before becoming Senior Executive Vice-President and COO of Desjardins Group, he was first Executive Vice-President, Risk Management; then Executive Vice-President, Operations and Performance; and, finally, Executive Vice-President, Finance, Treasury and Administration, and Chief Financial Officer.

Réal has a BA in finance and an MBA in SME management and international management from HEC Montréal.