René Hamel earns 5th place in Quebec's financial industry's Top 25

QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 6, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - SSQ Financial Group is both proud and pleased about the news that Canadian trade publication Finance et Investissement has awarded the company's chief executive officer Mr. René Hamel 5th place in Quebec's financial industry's Top 25.

"I want to share this honour with all of SSQ Financial Group's managers and employees. If today I am at the head of a financially sound and healthy company that ranks among Canada's top players in the insurance and financial services industry, it is because of their support and dedication," said René Hamel.

René Hamel joined the ranks of SSQ in 1986 and has been CEO since 2008. He sits on a number of committees and boards of organizations in the insurance and financial services industry, notably as president of the Regroupement des assureurs de personnes à charte du Québec (RACQ) and as the representative for Quebec with the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA).

Under his governance, SSQ Financial Group has undergone considerable growth. The Group has positioned itself as a major player on the Canadian scene, notably thanks to the acquisition in 2012 of AXA Life Insurance Inc., which has enabled SSQ to expand its range of products and services as well as its distribution network. In 2013, the A.M. Best Company credit rating agency recognized the company's financial solidity and credit quality with an "A- excellent" rating for the second year in a row. These indicators confirm the extent to which SSQ Financial Group's business strategy has been fruitful and underscore its CEO's vision.

About SSQ Financial Group
With a business volume over $3 billion and nearly $11 billion in assets under management, SSQ Financial Group is a leading mutual diversified financial institution in Canada.

The Group serves over 1 million clients and provides jobs to nearly 2,000 employees. SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc., the Group's principal company, is recognized as a leader in the group insurance industry and as an expert in the investment and retirement sector. SSQ Financial Group is also a rising star in home and auto insurance under the SSQ General Insurance Company Inc. banner and has expanded into the individual insurance market thanks to its subsidiary, SSQ Insurance Company Inc.

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SOURCE SSQ FINANCIAL GROUP

For further information:

Danielle Rioux
SSQ Financial Group
418 650-3457, poste 6819 | danielle.rioux@ssq.ca