April 16, 2015
$1.43 million in donations to local chapter of Centraide/United Way
Members of Puissance Onze, an organization made up of eleven insurance companies headquartered in and around Quebec City, donated a grand total of $1.43 million to the 2014 fundraising campaign for the Québec/Chaudière-Appalaches chapter of Centraide/United Way, or more than 11% of total contributions for the region.
“This generous amount is a testament to the insurers’ commitment to their local communities and Centraide/United Way in particular, as well as the exceptional generosity of the managers, employees, and retirees who contributed in large numbers to this year’s campaign to help people in need,” said Réné Hamel, President of Puissance Onze (also known as Centre de développement en assurances et services financiers or CDASF). “Our ability to come together as a group shows just how deeply committed we are to Centraide/United Way’s mission of breaking the cycle of poverty and reducing social exclusion while striving to make the greatest possible impact.”
Three CEOs of Puissance Onze member-insurers are active volunteers with the Québec/Chaudière-Appalaches chapter of Centraide/United Way. Steven Ross, who will co-chair the next Centraide/United Way fundraising campaign, is president and chief operating officer of La Capitale Financial Group’s Life and Health Insurance and Financial Services sector (Quebec City). Yvon Charest, president of the major donors committee for the Québec/Chaudière-Appalaches chapter of Centraide/United Way, is president and CEO of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., and Puissance Onze president René Hamel is vice-chair of the board of directors for the Québec/Chaudière-Appalaches chapter of Centraide/United Way and president and CEO of SSQ Financial Group.
Puissance Onze member-insurers contribute over $9,245,000 annually in the form of donations, sponsorships, material assistance, and assistance programs. Some companies also compensate their employees for a day of volunteer work with an organization of their choice.
About Puissance Onze
In fall 2007 eleven general and life and health insurance companies headquartered in and around Quebec City created the Centre de développement en assurances et services financiers (CDASF), a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating recruitment, improving bilingualism among current and future employees, and promoting a positive image of the insurance industry.
As a lightweight structure, CDASF has one permanent employee who collaborates on joint initiatives with human resources and communications staff from its member companies. The CDASF also plans to partner with educational institutions (CEGEPs, universities, and school boards) to further its mission by promoting the diverse and high-quality career opportunities available in Canada’s thriving insurance sector.
Puissance Onze member-insurers
- Desjardins General Insurance Group (Lévis)
Sylvie Paquette, President and Chief Operating Officer
- Industrielle Alliance Auto & Home Insurance Inc. (Quebec City)
Michel Laurin, President and Chief Operating Officer
- La Capitale Financial Group, Property and Casualty Insurance sector (Quebec City)
Constance Lemieux, President and Chief Operating Officer
- LEDOR Assurances (Quebec City)
François Côté, President and Corporate Secretary
- Promutuel Insurance (Quebec City)
Sylvain Fauchon, Chief Executive Officer
- SSQauto (Quebec City)
Gilles Mourette, Chief Executive Officer
Life and Health Insurance
- Desjardins Financial Security (Lévis)
Jean-François Chalifoux, General Manager
- Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. (Quebec City)
Yvon Charest, President and Chief Executive Officer
- La Capitale Financial Group, Life and Health Insurance and Financial Services sector (Quebec City)
Steven Ross, President and Chief Operating Officer
- SSQ Financial Group (Quebec City)
René Hamel, President and Chief Executive Officer
Daniel Roussel, General Manager
Centre de développement en assurances et services financiers
200, avenue des Commandeurs, Lévis (Québec) G6V 6R2
Téléphone: 418 580-8706