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"Kitchener exceeded all key location criteria, the most important of which is an excellent supply of qualified Customer Support Specialists for Arvato's demanding Fortune 500 clients."

Peter Schmitz, CEO & President
 Arvato Services, a division of Bertlesmann


The presence of financial and insurance companies in the Waterloo Region has a long history, originating with the establishment of the Gore Mutual Insurance Company in 1839.

Prominent financial and professional service firms are increasingly choosing the Waterloo Region as the location for their Southwestern Ontario headquarters, including The Bank of Montreal, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, Stantec Engineering, Toronto Dominion Bank, and Rogers Wireless.

Major law firms have made Waterloo part of their national network, including Gowlings, Miller Thomson, Borden Ladner Gervais and Bereskin & Parr.

The Waterloo Region is home to major insurance operations that are major local employers. Companies with a local presence include Sun Life Assurance of Canada, Manulife Financial, The Economical Life Insurance, Equitable Life Insurance, FaithLife Financial and Gore Mutual Insurance.

Resource Documents

Canada's Competitive Advantages - Business Services (2014)

Canada's Competitive Advantages - Financial Services (2014)