Winnipeg (MB) – One of Winnipeg’s largest new office buildings will light up Wednesday, October 31, with the installation of the exterior signage. Western Financial Group (Western) broke ground on its new regional office in October 2011, and employees are expected to move in spring 2013. The building is a major new office development in Winnipeg, and sits on the site of the former Winnipeg arena at 600 Empress Street.

“The signage going up is a significant event in the construction of any building,” said Duncan Scott, VP Operational Due Diligence & Facilities at Western Financial Group. “It will be a big change for people driving by. We’re proud to have our name on the top of this new landmark building. It symbolizes the success we’ve had in Manitoba in recent years, and the long-term commitment we’re making here.”

The building will house Western Financial Group’s four Winnipeg-based operations: Insurance Brokerage, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance and Banking.  Western will be the anchor tenant of the new complex, with its approximately 380 Winnipeg employees occupying roughly 70,000 square feet on the second and third floors. The main floor will be devoted to retail space.

Western Financial Group has been growing steadily in Manitoba in recent years. It acquired Federated Life (now Western Life) in 2004. It also purchased AgriFinance (now part of Bank West) in 2009. The company also completed the acquisition of Hayhurst, Elias, Dudek Inc. (now part of the Agency Network) and its subsidiary SecuriCan General (now Western Financial Insurance Company) in 2009. Most recently, Western Financial Group acquired Orion Insurance Brokers Ltd in September, 2012 which is now its second retail office in Winnipeg.

Western Financial Group is a western Canada based, diversified, financial services company serving more than 600,000 customers. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in High River, Alberta, Western provides insurance, banking and investment products and services through more than 120 office locations, the Internet (www.westernfinancialgroup.ca) and other distribution channels. With a skilled team of approximately 1,500 employees, and backed by the strong resources of its owners, Western is committed to building the strongest financial services company in western Canada.

Western Financial Group is a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada.

For more information about Western Financial Group, please contact:

John Jenner |VP Marketing & Communications

Western Financial Group

1010 24th Street SE | High River, AB  T1V 2A7

Tel: 403-652-2663 or 1-866-843-9378
Fax: 403-602-9997
[email protected]