Aviva Canada Selects Downtown Markham for New Head Office

 - Insurance leader shifting more than 1,500 employees to innovative Remington  Group development -  TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Superior amenities and the unique benefits  provided by a mixed-use development are among the many reasons why Aviva  Canada Inc. (Aviva Canada) today announced plans to relocate their head office  to The Remington Group's Downtown Markham development. Occupying the majority  of a new 350,000 square feet building standing 12 storeys and housing more  than 1,500 people, Aviva's new offices are scheduled to open in 2017.  When Aviva Canada started to review Head Office options they realized that  Downtown Markham was the ideal environment. "The incredible amenities offered  by this new urban centre provide our employees a place to work that is  conveniently located to major highways and excellent transit," said Greg  Somerville, President and CEO, Aviva Canada. "Additionally, the retail  offerings, restaurants, art installations and green spaces will all contribute  to a terrific environment and an engaged work force."  "Aviva Canada reviewed several options for their new national campus and we  are pleased that they chose to build a state-of-the-art office in Downtown  Markham," said Christopher Bratty, President, Land Development and  Investments, The Remington Group.  "Aviva Canada joins other industry leaders  including Worley Parsons, and Motorola in selecting the LEED certified  commercial space offered by Downtown Markham."  Downtown Markham will also be home to 2 million square feet of retail, 72  acres of natural and landscaped green spaces and a world class art program  including the world's first power-producing, fine-art carousel.  "Creating and building community is very important to Aviva Canada," explains  Somerville.  "We wanted to partner with a developer who shared our vision -  and The Remington Group's community-focused development, Downtown Markham was  a logical choice."  Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti added, "Since 2008, Markham has attracted  approximately 190 companies with more than 8,300 employees. Markham is a  vibrant city, with a growing and prosperous local economy. We're proud to  welcome Aviva Canada, and their extended international family, to our city and  in particular to our beautiful Markham Centre."  Aviva Canada is the second largest general insurer in the country and one of  the largest businesses in the Aviva Group, which serves 34 million clients in  17 countries. Aviva Canada actively supports the communities in which they  work through the establishment of the Aviva Community Fund, which to date, has  provided more than $4.5 million in funding to 42 charities and community  groups across the country.  About Aviva Canada  Aviva Insurance Canada is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance  groups in Canada providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and  business insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned  subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 3,000 employees,  25 locations and 1,700 independent broker partners. Aviva Canada and its  employees invest in positive change including through the Aviva Community Fund  and Eva's Initiatives, its partner in Aviva's global Street to School program  to help homeless and other at-risk youth reach their potential. For more  information please visit AvivaCanada.com  About Downtown Markham  Located in Canada's High Tech Capital, Downtown Markham is the newest addition  to Canada's largest metropolis, the Greater Toronto Area.  It is a vibrant,  entertaining and culturally infused city centre with an exclusive, artistic  vibe.  Downtown Markham is also the place to be green.  The city hosts North  America's largest collection of LEED certified green buildings and has more  than 72 acres of natural and landscaped green spaces.  Next to come to life  will be the amazing Downtown Markham retail complex. Learn more at  downtownmarkham.ca, @downtownmarkham and facebook.com/DowntownMarkham.  About The Remington Group  For more than 60 years, The Remington Group has influenced the urban and  suburban landscapes in Ontario. The Remington Group Inc. is a Canadian company  comprised of five integrated operating division including Industrial and  Commercial Construction, Residential Construction, Land Development, Property  Management, and Finance and Administration. The Remington Group Inc. continues  to grow with a commitment to innovative building and operational concepts. For  more information on The Remington Group please visit www.remingtongroupinc.com    SOURCE  AVIVA Canada  Media Contacts:  Kathy Fischer, Idea Workshop (416) 727-5647kathy@ideaworkshop.ca  Ann David, Aviva Canada (416) 615-4272ann_david@avivacanada.com  Evelynn Ratcliffe, Downtown Markham (905)  761-8200,eratcliffe@remingtongroupinc.com  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2014/26/c6893.html  CO: AVIVA Canada ST: Ontario NI: INS