In 1900, Alphonse Desjardins and his wife Dorimène opened Canada’s first savings bank in Québec named Caisse d’épargne Desjardins. Within 15 years, they founded 146 additional caisses. These became the model for credit unions across North America during the 20th century. His company, now called Desjardins Group, operates nearly 300 credit unions in Canada. This bronze tribute to the co-founders is titled, “At the Threshold of a Century.” The monument by Pascale Archambault is located outside of the Convention Centre on Promenade Desjardins.