Mtre Daniel Desjardins is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Bombardier Inc. and is a member of the Management Committee of the Corporation. He has joined Bombardier Inc. in April 1998. As General Counsel, Mtre Desjardins manages a legal department of 135 lawyers in 17 countries. Bombardier is the world's third largest civil aircraft manufacturer and the world leading manufacturer of trains and related servicing activities. The corporation, with 66,900 employees in more than 30 countries, posted US $19.4 billion in revenues for the fiscal year ending January 31, 2010.
Mtre Desjardins has also the corporate responsibility for environmental matters, health and safety, insurance and risk management. Mtre Desjardins is also the Chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee at Bombardier. The latest CSR report was published in November 2010.
Before joining Bombardier, being from February 1986 to April 1998, Mr. Desjardins was a senior partner of Hudon Gendron Harris Thomson, where he was practicing in the field of corporate, banking and real estate law.
Mtre Desjardins was presented in Montreal in April 2010 with the 2010 Robert V.A. Jones Award by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. Mtre Desjardins was also presented in New York in June 2007 with the General Counsel of the Year award by the International Law Office, Global Counsel Awards and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is the author of articles and has given many conferences on various topics including in-house practice.
Mtre Desjardins obtained his Law Degree (LL.L) in 1977 from University of Montreal and his Master Degree (LL.M) in 1983 from McGill University.