LONGUEUIL, QC, March 12, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The construction of a
prestigious building with a distinctive and bright architectural style
began today. It will be completed in 2016 and will accommodate over 330
SSQ Financial Group employees. To symbolize the official start of the
project, SSQ Financial Group's Chief Executive Officer René Hamel
accompanied by Longueuil Mayor Caroline St-Hilaire officially broke
ground to mark the start of the construction of SSQ Tower.
This $65 million dollar investment is SSQ Financial Group's first major
project in the Greater Montreal area. The 12-storey, 250,000 sq. ft.
building will be strategically located just off the Island of Montreal,
close to a metro station and a regional intermodal bus terminal. SSQ
Tower will offer commercial space on the ground floor and quality
office space on the other floors.
"By bringing all our employees currently located throughout the
metropolitan area together in one place, we will ensure that SSQ
Financial Group's growing needs in office space are met, and we will
encourage synergy between our various business lines," said René Hamel.
"This decision is also in keeping with our goal to anchor our presence
in Canada's largest business centres, to affirm our leadership and to
remain owners of the buildings our employees work in."
SSQ is extremely concerned with the environmental impact of its realty
projects and is a leader in green building construction. With SSQ
Tower, our goal is nothing less than obtaining LEED certification. This
objective is perfectly compatible with the city of Longueuil's vision
of sustainable development for this thriving economic hub.
"The revitalization of Place Charles-Le Moyne is one of the city's four
main structuring projects. The arrival of SSQ Financial Group in this
sector full of potential, the architectural signature of SSQ Tower and
its green design will contribute to the vitality of this major artery,"
said Caroline St-Hilaire, Mayor of Longueuil.
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 over 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
For more information, please visit ssq.ca.
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