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Bienvenue! Maison Manuvie opens doors as the new home to Manulife's Quebec headquarters

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MONTREAL, Nov. 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Manulife today announced the official opening of the new headquarters for its Quebec operations, Maison Manuvie, at 900 de Maisonneuve West in Montreal. The move to the new state-of-the-art building, announced in 2014, marks the beginning of a new period for Manulife in Quebec.

"Accelerating our growth in Quebec is an important component of Manulife's long-term Canadian strategy," said Michael Doughty, President & CEO of Manulife Canada. "While Manulife has held a strong presence in Quebec for 130 years, today, we begin a new chapter of our growth story. At the centre of this is Maison Manuvie, bringing together our employees with a common focus, our customer. With the customer at the centre of everything we do, we will become the reference point for health, wealth and innovation here in Quebec."

Manulife celebrated the opening of Maison Manuvie on November 27 in the company of esteemed guests and dignitaries including: Carlos Leitão, Minister of Finance of Quebec and Michael Sabia, President and CEO, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec as well as Manulife executives including President and CEO Roy Gori.

"As the head of Manulife Quebec, I am particularly proud today," said Richard Payette, President & CEO, Manulife Quebec. "Quebec is and will continue to be a key pillar for all our Canadian businesses. We also believe that good corporate citizens contribute to the creation of wealth for their local community and economy. Our investment in the new Quebec headquarters is one example of that. We're investing in the areas of finance, technology, innovation and research, and will continue to expand our partnerships within the community."

Manulife is one of Quebec's 100 largest corporations with a network of more than 8,000 advisors and 2,000 employees throughout the province. Manulife also has a proud history of helping entrepreneurs, offering partnering opportunities, investing in innovation and data analytics, and contributing to the province's knowledge-based ecosystem. Manulife is also a proud sponsor and advocate of many local health-related causes, including promoting healthy living and activity with its Bixi sponsorhip and cooperation with the Douglas Institute in the area of mental health.

Manulife entered into a co-venture agreement with Ivanhoe Cambridge to jointly develop Maison Manuvie. Manulife now occupies more than half of the office space in the 27-storey building. The AAA building is built to LEED CS Gold certification standards and is the first building in Quebec with a Wiredscore Platimum certification.

"Ivanhoé Cambridge has been an outstanding partner in the development of Maison Manuvie," said Kevin Adolphe, President & CEO, Manulife Real Estate. "In just three years, we have gone from concept to completion, and are proud to have this building as Manulife's new Quebec headquarters and a strategic holding within our commercial real estate portfolio."

For further information about Maison Manuvie, go to Manulife.com.

About Manulife
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. As of September 30, 2017, we had over $1 trillion (US$806 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $27.1 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.