Bernard Poliquin Appointed VP, Real Estate Services at Desjardins Group

Desjardins Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Bernard Poliquin to the position of Vice-President, Real Estate Services. He will succeed Daniel Bigras, who announced his retirement effective January 1, 2011, after 23 years of distinguished service within the Desjardins Group.

Mr. Poliquin has held several major positions in real estate, notably with Jones Lang LaSalle where he was assigned an international mandate in Sydney, Australia, after having been President of its Canadian activities; with Bell Canada, as Vice-President real estate asset management throughout Canada; as well as with Avison Young Canada, where he until just recently held the position of President and Managing Director for Quebec.

This appointment is part of the continuing strategic reorganization of the real estate resources of the Desjardins Group as one entity. In this context, Bernard Poliquin will be responsible for the development and the coordination of all real estate activities of the nine head office buildings in Lévis and of the Complexe Desjardins in Montreal measuring a total of 5 million square feet. His responsibilities will also include the development of strategies and the management of 175 leases in Quebec and the rest of Canada for an additional 3.5 million square feet of space. His team is also responsible for the development and application of standards related to the real estate holdings of the Desjardins Group, so as to provide appropriate support to all components in their real estate decisions. These holdings include some 2,000 sites covering an area of more than 12 million square feet.

Mr. Poliquin is a member of the Quebec chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), a prestigious international group, and he is the Vice-Chairman of the Montreal chapter of the Canadian-Australian Chamber of Commerce. He also sits on the board of the Urban Development Institute of Quebec (UDI Quebec), and is a licensed Quebec real estate broker. He holds a bachelor of science degree and a master's degree from McGill University.   

on November 19, 2010