October 19, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter
ING Canada recently opened their new head office at 700 University Avenue in the heart of Canada’s insurance district with an inaugural ceremony featuring Mayor David Miller and MPP and parliamentary assistant to the Ontario Minister of Finance Wayne Arthurs.
Outgrowing their previous offices, ING relocated all their staff to a single downtown location. ING says the move signals their support and commitment to the economic and social development of the city of Toronto.
The new office is considered a landmark building for its striking design, unique architecture and picturesque setting across from Queen’s Park, according to ING. In addition, ING says 700 University Avenue was an ideal choice due to its size, environmentally friendly features and easy access to public transit.
ING Canada, which at one point was previously spread out amongst seven different buildings in the GTA, now occupies six floors and approximately 400,000 sq. ft. in what was formally known as the Ontario Hydro Building.
“We are extremely excited to finally be united under one roof,” Claude Dussault, president and CEO of ING Canada Inc., says “We are thoroughly convinced that by consolidating our 1,700 employees in one location, we have not only made it easier for them to work together and build on each other’s successes but also created a dynamic work environment that will add value to our company, our relationship with our brokers, customers and shareholders in the years to come.”
Over 500 enthusiastic ING Canada employees attended the celebration, which also featured a ribbon cutting ceremony. The twist to the day was that top Canadian marathoners Tania Jones and Tim Shannon along with a couple of young athletes from the Etobicoke Huskies Track and Field Club ran though a ceremonial ribbon held jointly by Mayor Miller, Arthurs and Dussault.
ING also took the opportunity to reaffirm their support for the 2006 United Way campaign, and their commitment to the development of Canada’s youth through the ING Foundation.