Publication date: 26 juin 08 09:00:00

When Canadians visit Florida, either as short term tourists or 6 month winter residents, they should seriously consider using the services of a Canadian bank while in Florida as Canadian banks have now expanded to all areas of Florida. In many cases the Canadian bank is also the same bank with which they already have a banking relationship in Canada.

Par Louis S. St-Laurent II

In 1992 the Desjardins Group in Canada was the first Quebec institution to open a Retail Branch in Florida when the Desjardins Bank was founded in Hallandale. A second location was opened in Pompano Beach in October 2001. Desjardins Bank offers competitive rates and personalized service in English and French, including checking and savings accounts, as well as equity lines of credit, car loans and residential mortgages.

The Hallandale Beach branch of Desjardins is located 1001 East Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach, FL 33009-4429 (Tel.: 1-954-454-1001, Toll free: 1-800-454-5058, Fax: 1-954-457- 7927). The Pompano Beach branch is located at 2741 East Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33062 (Tel.: 1-954-785-7110, Toll free: 1-800-454-5058, Fax: 1-954-785-2115). The latest branch was opened last year in Lauderhill and is located at 7329 West Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33319 (Tel.: 1-954-578-7328; Toll free: 1-800-454-5058, Fax: 1-954-578-7325).

Desjardins is one of the major sponsors of the annual Canadian festival, CANADAFEST, held on Hollywood Beach on the last week-end of January.
NATBANK, which set up operations in Florida in 1994, is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada, a financial institution that has been a vital part of Canadian financial services since 1859. Rosaline Cyr is President/CEO of Natbank (954-923-4933, ext. 225) and Marnina Rarrottino is Vice President Administrative (954-923-4933, ext. 231). Natbank has a branch in Hollywood located at the Oakwood Plaza at 4031 Oakwood Blvd. (Stirling & I-95). L. Sam Warriner is the Branch Manager and Philippe Miot, the Loan Officer. The Pompano Beach branch is at the Pompano Marketplace located at 1231 S. Federal Highway (US.1) and Renée Chevalier is the Branch Manager (Tel.: 954- 781-4005, Fax: 954-781-8791). Daniel Dion is the Loan Officer.

RBC CENTURA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada, has expanded it’s Florida operations into most of the state, including such areas as Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, Bradenton, Orlando. It’s newest branch in Coral Springs is located at 10360 Royal Palm Blvd. In it’s latest acquisition RBC CENTURA added 103 banking centers in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. It acquired Indian River National Bank, First Gulf Bank in Escambia County, Florida Choice Bank in Orlando, Community Bank of Naples, Cypress Coquina Bank in Ormond Beach and Millennium Bank in Gainesville.
RBC Centura now has more than 430 banking center locations and more than 5,000 employees throughout the Southeast. RBC Centura has recently acquired three banks, including ANB. With the addition of ANB, In addition to RBC Centura, RBC's U.S. operations include: RBC Dain Rauscher, a full-service securities firm; RBC Insurance, a national provider of insurance protection and asset accumulation solutions; RBC Wealth Management, serving high net worth clients in New York, Miami, Houston and San Francisco; and RBC Capital Markets, the corporate and investment banking arm of RBC.