Western Financial Group Announces Acquisition of Leading Gilbert Plains and Rosetown Brokerages

High River, Alberta � August 31, 2011 � Western Financial Group announced today that it has recently acquired the following insurance agencies – David Duncan Insurance Agency in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba, and Leith & Glassford Agency Ltd. in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.

Both Gilbert Plains and Rosetown agencies will now be operated as Western Financial Group offices in these communities.

Joining Western Financial Group means the offices will be representing more insurance companies, assuring their ability to offer the widest selection of coverage available at a price that gives value to their customers.

“These locations are just another great addition to our Network of offices,” said Lana Wood, President of Western Financial Group (Network) Inc. “Our newest Manitoba location in Gilbert Plains will help us continue to provide products and services to its residents at a level they deserve.”

“Our acquiring of Rosetown will allow us to expand our exposure in south-central Saskatchewan,” said Wood. “We are enthusiastic about their expertise in the financial services industry and see this as an opportunity to continue to promote these services, but also to extend our own wide-range of products to the community�s residents.”

About Western Financial Group

Western Financial Group is a western Canada based, diversified, financial services company serving more than 550,000 customers. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in High River, Alberta. Western provides insurance, banking and investment products and services through more than 120 office locations, the internet (www.westernfinancialgroup.ca) and other distribution channels. With a skilled team of approximately 1400 employees, and backed by the strong resources of its owners, Western is committed to building the strongest financial services company in western Canada.

Western Financial Group is a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the sixth largest in the world.