Mtre Daniel Desjardins is Chairman of Bombardier Transportation. In this role, he works closely with Danny Di Perna, President, Transportation, and his management team to accelerate key projects and strategic initiatives to drive sustainable growth and ensure the long-term competitiveness of Bombardier’s rail segment.
Until May 2019, Mtre Desjardins was Bombardier’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In this position, he managed a legal team of 175 lawyers located in 17 countries. Mtre Desjardins was also responsible for all of the insurance and risk management programs at Bombardier and was the Chairman of DBB Insurance, a wholly owned captive of Bombardier Inc. managing all insurance matters for the Corporation.
From 2007 to 2014, Mtre Desjardins served as Chairman of Bombardier’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. He joined Bombardier Inc. in April 1998.
In August 2019 and 2011, Mtre Desjardins was recognized by Canadian Lawyer as part of the “Top 25 Most Influential” in the justice system and legal profession in Canada. In August 2017, Mtre Desjardins was presented by the Québec Bar with the distinction “Advocate Emeritus” for his outstanding professional career. Mtre Desjardins received the “Lifetime Achievement” honor at the 2013 Canadian General Counsel Awards in June 2013. In April 2010, in Montréal, he was presented with the “2010 Robert V.A. Jones Award” by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. In June 2007, in New York, Mtre Desjardins was presented 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 spoken at many conferences on various topics, including in-house practice.
Since 2014, he is the Chairman of the Legal Leaders for Diversity Trust Fund, a charitable organization established to enhance equal access to a legal education and to advance diversity in law faculties by offering annual scholarships to support disabled youth who are studying law in Canada.
Mtre Desjardins obtained his Law Degree (LL.L) from the University of Montréal and his Master’s Degree (LL.M) from McGill University.