Ms. Desjardins joined Monarch in December 2017. Over the course of her career, Ms. Desjardins specialized in business law, in particular securities law, with major law firms in Montreal, Québec, including Desjardins Ducharme Stein Monast, LLP, from 2000 to 2002, and Lavery, de Billy, LLP, from 1997 to 2000 where she worked almost exclusively with exploration mining companies. Before joining the Corporation, Ms. Desjardins gained extensive experience as corporate counsel with domestic and international companies, including Groupe Optimum Inc. from 2015 to 2017; MEGA Brands Inc. from 2010 to 2014; Quebecor World Inc. from 2008 to 2010; IAMGOLD Corporation from 2006 to 2007; and Cambior Inc. (now part of IAMGOLD) from 2002 to 2006.
Ms. Desjardins holds both a bachelor's degree in civil law from Université de Montréal and a bachelor's degree in Common Law from Université de Moncton. She is a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1986.