Desjardins Financial Security Provides Complimentary Three-day Travel Insurance for Shoppers Optimum™ Cardholders

L�vis (Qu�bec), September 6, 2007 � Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company (DFS) and Shoppers Drug Mart®/Pharmaprix® are pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement offering Shoppers/Pharmaprix Optimum Members™ three days of complimentary travel insurance, effective September 8, 2007.

Shoppers Optimum Members across the country will be protected under DFS�s Travel Insurance Emergency Health Care, Trip Cancellation, Accident and Baggage coverage for each trip of three days or less they take outside their home province. The coverage extends to spouses and dependent children when they are travelling with the member. What�s more, they have access to a free telephone travel assistance service available 24 hours a day to lend a hand in case they run into problems abroad. When they are travelling for more than three days, members simply extend their coverage for the entire duration of their trip by contacting Desjardins Financial Security and paying for the additional days. There is no need to activate coverage for trips of three days or less but if the trip lasts more than three days, coverage for the entire duration must be purchased for the complimentary offer to apply. Members can take as many three-day trips as they want.

�Shoppers Drug Mart is a trademark synonymous with exceptional service, value and trust, much like DFS,� said Fran�ois Durocher, Vice-President, Sales and Business Development, Credit Insurance (Ontario, Atlantic and Western Regions) and AssurDirect at DFS. �Our partnership speaks volumes about how dedicated both companies are to the health and well-being of consumers.�

Laila Zichmanis, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Shoppers Drug Mart, said, �As the owner of one of the most recognized and largest loyalty card programs in Canada, our alliance with Desjardins Financial Security is an opportunity for Shoppers to provide an additional service to its 7.7 million active Shoppers Optimum cardholders across the country.�

Details about the program will be available at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores, by calling Desjardins Financial Security at 1-866-735-7337 and at


Desjardins Financial Security, a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the largest integrated cooperative financial group in Canada, specializes in individual and group life and health insurance, as well as retirement savings products and services. Every day, over 5 million Canadians rely on Desjardins Financial Security to ensure their financial security. Desjardins Financial Security employs over 3,700 people and administers over $22.0 billion in assets from offices in several cities across the country including Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Levis, Halifax and St-John’s.


Shoppers Drug Mart is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing. Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. or its affiliates license full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Qu�bec). With more than 1,000 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in every province and two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Company also owns and operates 60 Shoppers Home Health Care� stores, making it the largest Canadian retailer of home health care products and services. In addition to its retail store network, the Company also owns MediSystem Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term facilities in Ontario and Alberta. For more information please visit