June 4, 2015

Jean-François Chalifoux appointed CEO of SSQ Financial Group

SSQ Financial Group announced the appointment of Jean-François Chalifoux as Chief Executive Officer of SSQ Financial Group. The appointment of the new CEO officially takes effect on September 21, 2015.

“The selection committee was charged with selecting the best candidate to maintain the focus on growth, performance and profitability, and truly embrace the values of commitment and solidarity that have made our company what it is today. Throughout the selection process, Jean-François’s extensive knowledge of market changes and confident approach to innovation clearly set him apart from the other candidates,” said Pierre Genest, Chairman of the Board of SSQ Financial Group.

Jean-François has held a number of executive positions with major pan-Canadian insurers, both in general insurance and life and health insurance. Until very recently, he was responsible for the overall strategic direction of a life and health insurer and oversaw its business development activities across Canada. He has sat on several boards and committees associated with the insurance and financial services industry, and has supported numerous projects addressing the well-being and development of individuals and communities. Jean-François holds a bachelor’s degree in actuarial sciences, is a Fellow of both the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society, and is a graduate of the Queen’s Executive Development Program.

About SSQ Financial Group

With a business volume approaching $3 billion and nearly $11 billion in assets under management, SSQ Financial Group is a prominent mutualist diversified financial institution in Canada.

The Group serves over 1 million clients and employs 2,000 employees. SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc., the Group's principal company, is recognized for its leadership in the group insurance industry and excellence and expertise in the investment and retirement sector. SSQ Financial Group has also made its mark through sustained growth in the home and auto insurance (SSQ General Insurance Company Inc.) and individual insurance (SSQ Insurance Company Inc.) markets.