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Capital markets


Capital Markets

Capital Markets

About Desjardins Capital Markets

A financial services leader in North America

Desjardins Capital Markets is a leading North American financial services firm and a division of Desjardins Financial Group, Canada's leading cooperative financial group with more than $200 billion in assets.

Desjardins Capital Markets favours an integrated approach, offering clients in the institutional, corporate and public sectors all over the world direct access to experienced Desjardins Group professionals and a wide range of products and services.

We deliver comprehensive, value-added products and services to our corporate, cooperative, and institutional clients.

Integrated Approach - Corporate banking - Investment banking - Preferred shares - Equities - Fixed income - 

Our fully integrated approach aligns our broad research capabilities and proven sales and trading force with experienced corporate and investment banking teams, while leveraging our extensive retail network.

Alphonse Desjardins founded the first "caisse populaire" or people's bank, in Lévis Quebec on December 6, 1900, and operations began on January 23, 1901.

Hundreds of similar "caisses" started up over the ensuing decades until a provincial organization under the name Desjardins was formed in 1932. Desjardins Financial Group now has the second-largest branch network in Canada.

In the following decades, Desjardins diversified beyond its retail banking origins to offer a comprehensive range of products and services, including:

  • insurance
  • asset management
  • estate planning
  • venture capital
  • wealth management
  • advisory and M&A
  • capital markets
  • personal banking
  • small and medium enterprise financing
  • credit cards

Today, Desjardins is one of the best capitalized financial institutions in the world with more than $200 billion in assets. It is one of the world's safest financial institutions, with a Tier 1 capital ratio (17.3%) and one of the highest credit ratings in the Canadian banking industry: Moody's Aa1; Standard & Poors AA-; and Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) AA. In 2010, Desjardins Financial Group was given the "Bank of the Year – Canada" award by the prestigious magazine "The Banker", published by the Financial Times.

According to Bloomberg's World's 20 Strongest Banks ranking, updated October 1, 2013, Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and ranks 13th among the strongest banks, ahead of all U.S. banks.

Desjardins's entry in this ranking comes 1 month after the publication of New York-based magazine Global Finance's World's 50 Safest Banks, which ranks Desjardins 4th among the safest financial institutions in North America.

Desjardins Capital Markets

Desjardins Capital Markets was formed to leverage the Desjardins platform and provide a fully integrated approach to institutional, corporate and public sector clients.

Our services include corporate and investment banking, equity and fixed income research, sales and trading, and fixed income.

Corporate Banking


Jean-Yves Bourgeois
Managing Director, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking
Group Head, Equity Markets
Contact by e-mail

Jean-Yves Bourgeois joined Desjardins in 2010. Prior to joining Desjardins, Mr. Bourgeois was Managing Director, Head of the Technology Group and the Quebec Region, and member of the Executive Committee at Canaccord Adams. Jean-Yves has also served in similar roles at HSBC Securities, TD Securities and Gordon Capital. He holds an MBA from McGill University.

Sylvain Gascon
Senior Vice-President, Corporate and Institutional Accounts
Contact by e-mail

Sylvain began his career with TD Bank after graduating from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He joined Caisse centrale Desjardins in the early 1990s and has been instrumental in the reorganization of its corporate banking group. Sylvain is well recognized in the finance community where he has developed a solid network of relationships. He is also active on the boards of a variety of non-profit organizations, including Fondation Marie-Vincent, Montréal Passion Vin and MU-Murale urbaine.

Pierre R. Tremblay
Managing Director, Corporate Banking
Contact by e-mail

Pierre R. Tremblay joined Caisse centrale Desjardins in September 1997 as Manager, Financing and Banking services. In 2008, Pierre was given the mandate to open a new business office in Calgary, AB. As Vice-President - Corporate Banking, he was responsible for the supervision of all of CCD's Canadian financing operations outside Quebec from the Alberta office.

The portfolio under his supervision consists mainly of Oil & Gas players in Alberta, Credit Unions across Western Canada and diversified portfolio in Ontario. The portfolio has grown by more than a third to over $2.0Bn since the new Calgary office was opened.

Prior to joining Desjardins, Pierre worked for a Canadian Chartered Bank for eight years as a commercial account manager holding several positions in the financing sector. Pierre earned an MBA in Finance from McGill University in 1989 and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from GMI-Engineering and Management Institute in Flint, Michigan in 1986.

Sales & Trading


Craig Brenner
Managing Director
Head of Institutional Sales
Contact by e-mail

Craig Brenner joined Desjardins in May 2012 following more than 15 years in the securities industry. He first began his career in the US technology sector as a research analyst for Gartner Group. Craig's initial move into institutional sales was at SoundView Technology Group followed by a leading position with start up American Technology Research.

Returning to Canada in 2005, he held senior executive positions at CIBC World Markets, Orion Securities and Macquarie Capital Markets Canada where he was made Managing Director, Head of Institutional Sales for the company's Canadian operations. Craig graduated with a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and holds an MBA in Finance from McMaster University.

John Nagel
Vice President and Director
Institutional Preferred Share Desk
Preferred Shares
Contact by e-mail

John entered the securities industry in 1975 as a trainee at A.E. Ames & Company where he worked for five years.

His successful career as a preferred share analyst and trader spanned 18 years. He began at Gardiner, Watson Ltd. Before joining BBN James Capel (later HSBC James Capel) in 1990 and then Midland Walwyn (now Merrill Lynch Canada) in 1996.

John joined Desjardins Securities in June of 2002 and has been widely recognized for his expertise in the preferred share market, especially in the creation of the rate reset preferred share. Desjardin's preferred share research and professional coverage has previously been ranked #1 by Brendan Wood International. John holds a BA in Economics from Vanier College, York University and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Investment Banking


Mark Lucey
Managing Director
Head of Research and Equities
Contact by e-mail

Equity Capital Markets


Beth Shaw
Managing Director
Equity Capital Markets
Contact by e-mail

Beth oversees the execution of public and private equity and equity-linked financings for Desjardins Securitie's client base.

Beth joined Desjardins Securities in 2004 and has over 25 years experience in a syndication and equity capital markets role.

She holds her FCSI designation and received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Beth is a member of the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Toronto, a registered Canadian Charity that changes the lives of Canadians and new Canadians by providing low income women with the necessary professional attire and career development tools that they need to achieve success.

She is an active member of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a non-profit organization that promotes the entry, advancement, and development of women in the Capital Markets industry. Beth is also a SickKids Leader which is a group of dynamic professionals who secure annual philanthropic and volunteer support that helps to guide the direction of one of the world's best paediatric health care organizations. SickKids Leaders make peer-to-peer connections, raising funds needed to treat the most complex cases of childhood illness and disease.

Fixed Income


Pierre Morin
Managing Director
Head of Fixed Income
Contact by e-mail

After completing a degree in engineering at Laval University and an MBA at McGill University, Pierre started his career in the Fixed Income business at Goldman Sachs in both sales and trading, first in Montreal then in Toronto. After Goldman Sach's exit from Canada, he worked at TD Securities in Montreal. Mr. Morin joined Desjardins Securities in 2005 as Head of Trading and was promoted in 2010 to Managing Director and Head of the Fixed Income group.

Martin Labrecque
Managing Director
Head of Fixed Income Sales
Contact by e-mail

Martin attended McGill University where he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and he holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. He started his career at Goldman Sachs, working in Toronto, Montreal and New York in various sales capacities in fixed income and equities. Martin returned to Montreal in 2003 to head J.P. Morgan's fixed income business in Quebec, and he joined Desjardins Securities in 2006.

Martin Bellefeuille
Managing Director
Head of Fixed Income Trading
514 985-7542
Contact by e-mail

Martin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University as well as an MBA from Ecole des HEC in Montreal. Martin started his career in finance with Casgrain & Company Ltd, before joining Desjardins Securities in 2007. Martin was appointed Head Trader of the Fixed Income Group in 2011.

Debt Capital Markets


Mark Redmond
Head of Debt Capital Markets
Debt Capital Markets
Contact by e-mail

Mark began his career in the Government Finance department of McLeod Young Weir (later renamed ScotiaMcLeod Inc.) in 1985. Mark joined Richardson Greenshields in 1993 as the Head of Dept Capital Markets. Mark moved to RBC Dominion Securities as part of the merger of Richardson Greenshields, as Managing Director, Government Finance. In 2001, Mark was one of two employees hired to start the Fixed Income Group for HSBC in Canada. In 2008, Mark was hired by Desjardins Securities Inc. in his current role of Head of Debt Capital Markets, overseeing Government Finance and Corporate Debt Capital Markets.

Equity research


Mark Lucey
Managing Director
Head of Research
Contact by e-mail

Mark Lucey joined Desjardins Capital Markets in 2013. Mark's substantial experience in the high tech industry positioned him to become a top ranked equity analyst at a bank-owned investment dealer. Subsequently, Mark served as the Co-Head of Canadian Research for a large independent dealer after having played a key role on their institutional equities desk. Mark's experience also includes corporate finance, advisory and equity-linked fixed income securities. Mark is a CFA charterholder and has a B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto.

Our offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver serve both domestic and international clients. Our national presence allows us to efficiently deliver global solutions adapted to the specific needs of our clients, in the areas of corporate and investment banking, equity, fixed income and research.

1170 Peel Street
Suite 300
Montréal, QC
H3B 0A9

25 York Street
Suite 1000
Toronto, ON
M5J 2V5

110 9th Avenue SW Suite 410
Calgary, AB
T2P 0T1

401 West Georgia Street Suite 1060
Vancouver, BC
V6B 5A1

European Securities Network
In addition to our Canadian presence, we also provide our clients with access to international markets through our exclusive distribution agreement with European Securities Network (ESN), a consortium of ten European investment banks with access to over 1,300 institutional investors in Europe.

For more information about ESN, please contact:

Jean-Yves Bourgeois
Managing Director, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking
Group Head, Equity Markets
Contact by e-mail

Mark Lucey
Managing Director
Head of Research and Equities
Contact by e-mail