CFSC-OPEC celebrates Desjardins’ support for the CFS+ program and its commitment to the CEO Pledge


MONTREAL, March 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Computers for Success Canada (CFSC-OPEC) is grateful to Desjardins for joining the CEO Pledge, a joint effort of some of Canada’s leading companies to pledge their technology used in the government of Canadian CFS+ Program.

“By supporting this initiative in Quebec and Ontario, Desjardins is not only helping to reduce e-waste by prioritizing reuse over recycling, but also contributes to the program’s goal of providing Canadians with the skills and tools to participate in our digital economy,” said Toby Harper-Merrett, Executive Director, CFSC-OPEC.

“It is important that Canadians, especially our young people, have equal access to technology. We have seen how vital this has been throughout the pandemic,” said Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins Group. “I am proud to join other leaders and add my name to the CEO Pledge. At Desjardins, we are firmly committed to investing in the success of our young people, and this initiative will give them the tools they need to achieve their dreams. Desjardins will donate 3,000 devices to the Computers for Schools Plus program in 2022.”

“While the program has many positive impacts (environmental, economic and social), one of the least known is the impact on youth employment. Through paid internships, we have been able to change the lives of hundreds of young people over the years,” said Maryse Lavoie, Director of the CFS+ program in Quebec. “Many of our interns have found work here at OPEQ or in other organizations following their internship.”

“Desjardins’ tremendous support will positively impact communities and help RCT shape Ontario’s digital economy with affordable access to technology, job opportunities for youth, and improved essential digital skills” , said Shauna L. McCaffrey, managing director of Renewed Computer Technology. “The CEO Pledge has been an impactful initiative led by CFSC across Canada that is driving the real impacts generated by the CFS+ program.”

About Computers for Schools More

Computers for Schools Plus (CFS+) is a national, partnership-based program that refurbishes digital devices from government, private businesses and individuals for use by schools, libraries, nonprofits, Indigenous communities and eligible low-income individuals. This program is funded by the Government of Canada.

About CFSC-OPEC

Computers for Success –Canada Inc.| Computers for Excellence – Canada Inc. (CFSC-OPEC) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2005 that supports the Government of Canada’s digital inclusion and economic development programs. CFSC-OPEC services include project management, communications, partnership development and strategic planning.

About Desjardins Group

Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in North America and the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world, with assets of $397 billion. In 2021, he was ranked among the top 100 employers in Canada by Mediacorp. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. Ranked among the strongest banks in the world according to The banker magazine, Desjardins has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry.

Contact
Julie Broard
Manager, Communications and Partnerships
Computers for Success – Canada Inc.
julie.brouard@cfsc-opec.org
514-793-8073

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