Mr. Desjardins graduated from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales and holds the designation of CFA. The chairman and CEO of Fiera Capital, he has worked in the investment management field since 1969. He sits on many boards of directors, including those of financial services firm Fonds FMOQ Inc. and HEC Montréal. Mr. Desjardins was a member of the Bank of Canada’s board of directors for five years and was elected lead director in 2007. He also served as chairman of the special committee of the Bank’s independent directors responsible for recruiting governor Mark Carney.