What is Développement international Desjardins?

What is Développement international Desjardins?

Key figures

  • $30M
    invested in projects annually
  • $50M
    in funds under management for investing in inclusive finance
  • Nearly
    700 projects
    carried out since 1970
  • Active in
    65 countries
    on 4 continents

Created in 1970, Développement international Desjardins (DID) is a Desjardins Group component whose goal is to strengthen the inclusive finance sector and provide populations of developing and emerging countries access to secure, diversified financial services that fit their needs.

Our mission

Our mission is to empower disadvantaged populations by providing them access to diversified financial services and helping them build individual and community assets.

Our expertise

Our inclusive finance initiatives fall into 2 main categories: technical assistance and investment.

We also offer our partners specialized solutions to help them grow and succeed. Gender equality and the fight against climate change are key components of our service offering.

Learn more about our expertise

Being part of Desjardins Group makes us stronger

Desjardins helps further our mission by providing:

  • A source of inspiration

    We develop our expertise based on Desjardins's model, approaches and strategies.

  • A pool of experts

    Desjardins and its components make up a large pool of specialized human resources available for both short- and long-term projects.

  • Support in welcoming visitors

    Our partners visit other components of Desjardins every year to learn from their experience and expertise.

  • A partner in supporting youth

    Every year, we team up with the Desjardins Foundation to offer international internships that let young professionals gain hands-on work experience in an emerging or developing country.

Our team

Gerardo Almaguer

President and Chief Executive Officer

Michèle Bilodeau

Director, Human Resources and Security

Robert Cheberiak

Investment Manager

Lionel Pellizzari

Senior Director, Development and Innovation

Martin Ruel

Senior Director, Consulting and Technical Assistance

Julie Veillette

Senior Director, Finance and Administration

Lisa Baillargeon

Chair and Director
Caisse Desjardins Charles-LeMoyne

Richard Giguère

Vice-Chair and External Director

Isabelle Mireault

Secretary and Director
Caisse de Joliette et du Centre de Lanaudière

Sophie-Emmanuelle Chebin

External Director

Christian Giroux

Caisse populaire Desjardins de la Chaudière

Maxime Lavoie

Caisse Desjardins de l'Ouest de la Montérégie

Chilandre Patry

Caisse populaire Desjardins des Mille-Îles

Christine Perron

Caisse Desjardins de Québec

Jocelyne Trudel

Caisse Desjardins de Rouyn-Noranda