About Us

We are a credit card issuer dedicated to serving mid-sized financial institutions and their customers.

Our Story

Collabria Financial was established in 2015 to fulfill a significant need in the Canadian credit card market – a credit card issuer dedicated to serving mid-sized financial institutions and their customers. With this gap in the market being identified, forward-thinking credit unions, including Desjardins, set forth to create Collabria.

From the beginning, when Collabria was just an idea, every aspect of our formation was designed to offer a competitive and compelling credit card program on behalf of mid-sized banks and credit unions. By operating as a subsidiary of Desjardins, we benefit from the strength and experience of one of Canada's oldest financial institutions, driven by its cooperative values for over 120 years, while separating the unique needs of B2B2C clients from Desjardins’ self-issued card portfolio.

Today, Collabria serves over 97% of all credit unions in Canada, Schedule I banks and other financial providers. Collabria combines flexibility for financial institutions with the scale and expertise needed to deliver an increasingly complex product in a highly competitive market.

Our Owners

Collabria’s unique ecosystem benefits from the partnership of Desjardins and CO-OP Financial Services. Both Desjardins and CO-OP are cooperative financial institutions owned by their member organizations.

Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in North America and the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world, with assets of $389.3 billion. In  2020 it was ranked as one of the world’s Top 100 Employers by Forbes magazine. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. Ranked among the world’s strongest banks according to The Banker magazine, Desjardins has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry.

CO-OP Financial Services is a global provider of technology and payments solutions for credit unions. Processing over 7 billion transactions annually, CO-OP is one of North America's largest card processors.

Our Commitment To Social Responsibility

As a subsidiary of Desjardins, Collabria is backed by the strength of a collective group moving towards a more human economy and sustainable community development.

In order to meet the needs of our cardholders and clients, Collabria includes social, environmental, and governance issues in our strategic planning and is a key focus in the relationships with our partners.

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Our Leadership Team

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Jean-Marc Handfield
Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Marc is a dynamic, seasoned strategist with over 15 years of results-driven leadership in the Canadian credit union financial sector.

Prior to joining Collabria, Jean-Marc held a series of senior executive roles, including Vice President of Payment Solutions and Vice President of Community Member Service at Vancity.

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Nita Powers
Chief Client Experience Officer

Nita is a card program enthusiast who works to find the win-win relationship that delivers value to customers/members, generates revenue, and brings client strategies to life.

Nita’s payment industry experience includes both issuing and acquiring, loyalty programs, product management, emerging solutions, and includes both Canadian and international experiences including over a decade within Canada’s mid-market.

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Serge Léger
Chief Marketing Officer

Prior to joining Collabria, Serge was Vice President Marketing & Member Innovation at Prospera Credit Union. Serge brings 20+ years of broad financial services experience while working with large national and international banks in the areas of business planning & development, personal banking, wealth management, corporate strategy, finance and operations.

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Chantal Lussier
Chief Financial Officer

Chantal has over 25 years of experience building and leading finance teams. She began her career with Desjardins and spent several years in finance and operating roles. Chantal has participated in the implementation of various projects and new activities.

Before working with Collabria, Chantal led a finance team in charge of the credit card activities for Desjardins. This has allowed her to develop an in-depth knowledge of the credit card business.

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Doug Macdonald
Chief Strategy Officer

For over two decades Doug has worked with Canada's financial services industry to make it more competitive. Doug brings the lessons learned working with global financial institutions, large domestic banks, payment networks and technology providers to our payments and mid-market banking industries.

Prior to joining Collabria, Doug served as a senior leader in Deloitte's strategy consulting practice and as a partner and credit union consulting leader at MNP, Canada's largest domestic professional services firm.

Collabria Careers

Want to join a growing, entrepreneurial and client-focused team, backed by the strength of one of Canada's largest financial institutions?

Ready for your next challenge?

Collabria staff perform a number of critical roles including:

  • Marketing & Product
  • Relationship Management
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Risk & Compliance

Collabria operates from coast to coast, with mobile relationship management teams in each region and business and operational centres in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal. Many positions can be performed at any location in Canada.

Collabria staff receive a competitive compensation package, including participation in Desjardins' exceptional support and benefits.

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All open positions are posted via Desjardins' job board. To see what's available, search for "Collabria".

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