SSQ Financial Group among the top 300 co-operative and mutual enterprises in the world

QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) unveiled its brand new world monitoring index of co-operative and mutual enterprises, the ICA Global 300, during the first International Summit of Cooperatives. Ranked 193rd, SSQ Financial Group is well-positioned in this prestigious list of companies from 24 countries who, for the most part (43%), are in the insurance sector.

"Such a strong ranking at the world level reflects the quality of our organization and its financial performance. Recognition from an organization as credible as ICA proves once again the strength of our company and its ability to stand out among the best. We are especially proud to have attained such a high level of achievement within a modern mutual framework where our daily actions and decisions are guided by values like solidarity, social commitment, integrity and respect", said Mr. René Hamel, Chief Executive Officer of SSQ Financial Group.

About ICA
The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is an independent, non-governmental association that unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. The ICA was founded in London in 1895 and has 247 member organizations from 92 countries active in all sectors of economic activity.

About SSQ Financial Group
With nearly $3 billion in annual revenue and more than $10 billion in assets under management, SSQ Financial Group is a leading mutual diversified financial institution.

The Group serves over one million clients and provides jobs to over 1,900 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 retirement sector. SSQ Financial Group is also a rising star in home and auto insurance (SSQ General Insurance Company Inc.) and individual insurance with its new subsidiary, SSQ Insurance Company Inc.

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