FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada Announces Partnership with CNA

FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada (FIRST Canada) and CNA today announced a new partnership in which FIRST Insurance Funding will provide innovative payment solutions for CNA’s Canadian customers.

FIRST Canada will provide CNA’s customers with its First Connect® service. This service will enable CNA’s broker community to provide an alternative, flexible payment solution to their clients when a policy is issued. CNA’s brokers can then provide their clients with payment options, including pay in full, easy monthly payments, and credit card payments, with pre-approved terms and competitive rates.

“We are excited to provide our customers with new, flexible payment options, which demonstrates CNA’s ability to create insurance solutions tailored specifically for our Canadian customers,” said Mr. John Hennessy, President & Chief Operating Officer, CNA Canada.

“We are honoured to partner with CNA. Providing flexible payment solutions with their policies demonstrates the expertise and great service CNA is known for,” said Mr. Stuart Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada.

About FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada
FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada (FIRST Canada) provides the Canadian Insurance Market with comprehensive payment solutions. Brokers, MGAs, and Carriers can partner with FIRST Canada and expand their offering to provide more value, choice, and convenience for all their clients. The combined strength of FIRST Canada’s dedicated team, evolved offering, and innovative platform, positions their partners to meet the demanding future of the Canadian Insurance landscape armed with market-leading solutions for success. FIRST Canada is part of the Wintrust (Nasdaq: WTFC) family of companies, totaling in excess of $20 Billion in assets and a part of the largest Premium Finance Companies in North America. For more information please visit

About CNA
Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 13th largest property and casualty company in the United States.  CNA’s insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages.  CNA’s services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration.  All products and services may not be available in all provinces and may be subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit CNA at “CNA” is a service mark registered by CNA Financial Corporation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the “CNA” service mark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.

FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada Contacts:
Stuart Bruce
Chief Executive Officer

Crystal Macklin
Vice President of Marketing

CNA Contacts:
Brandon Davis
Media Relations Manager

Tammye Daniels
Marketing Manager


RBC Donates $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for Ecuador Earthquake Relief Efforts

Press Release:

RBC announced today a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to support relief and humanitarian efforts for those affected by the earthquake in Ecuador. RBC has requested that its donation be directed where it is needed most for emergency relief which can include food, clean water, shelter and medical aid.

“The impact of this disaster is enormous and our hearts go out to the families and friends of the many people whose lives were lost as a result of this devastating earthquake in Ecuador,” said Valerie Chort, vice-president, corporate citizenship, RBC. “We have a long-standing tradition of helping communities that are in need, and on behalf of our clients and employees, we are proud to support the relief efforts of the Canadian Red Cross with a donation.”

Anyone who wants to contribute to the Canadian Red Cross can do so by visiting any RBC branch in Canada.

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices inCanada, the U.S. and 37 other countries. For more information, please visit‎

RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2015, we contributed more than $121 million to causes around the world.


Great-West Lifeco announces CEO succession plan for subsidiary Irish Life

Great-West Lifeco Inc. today announced that Bill Kyle, Chief Executive Officer of subsidiary Irish Life Group Limited, will retire in mid 2016 following a 37-year career with the Great-West Lifeco organization, including the last three years as CEO of Irish Life.

In conjunction with Mr. Kyle’s upcoming retirement, the company announced that David Harney, currently Managing Director, Corporate Business will be appointed to the role of CEO of Irish Life effective June 30, 2016.

“Under Bill’s leadership over the past three years, Irish Life has successfully integrated the former Canada Life business in Ireland, strengthened its customer focus, repositioned the Irish Life brand, introduced innovative products in the Irish market and grown market share,” said Paul Mahon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great-West Lifeco.

Mr. Harney, who has been associated with Irish Life for 30 years, holds a Master of Science in Financial Maths degree from Dublin City University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries of Ireland. Mr. Harney has held a wide variety of roles with increasing responsibility in the sales, marketing, actuarial, and finance businesses at Irish Life. He was appointed to his current role in 2009.

About Irish Life
Established in 1939, Irish Life is Ireland’s leading life, investment and pension company and has been part of the Great-West Lifeco group of companies since July 2013.

About Great-West Lifeco
Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX:GWO) is an international financial services holding company with interests in life insurance, health insurance, retirement and investment services, asset management and reinsurance businesses. Great-West Lifeco has operations inCanada, the United States, Europe and Asia through Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Irish Life, Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments. Great-West Lifeco and its companies have over Cdn $1.2 trillion* in consolidated assets under administration and are members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies.

* Assets as of December 31, 2015

SOURCE Great-West Lifeco Inc.

TD donates $50,000 to the Red Cross for disaster relief in Ecuador

Press Release:

TD Bank Group will donate $50,000 to the Red Cross in support of critical disaster relief efforts for communities affected by the earthquake in Ecuador.

“We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused by the earthquake in Ecuador,” says Scott Mullin, Vice President, Community Relations, TD Bank Group. “On behalf of our employees and customers, our thoughts are with the victims’ families and we hope that through the emergency assistance of the Red Cross, this donation will provide some immediate support.”

About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves more than 24 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank ®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in TD Ameritrade; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with approximately 10.4 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$1.2 trillion in assets on January 31, 2016. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

SOURCE TD Community, Environment and Music

For further information: Natasha Ferrari, TD Bank Group,, 416-983-7180

Manulife Asset Management Names Roger Renaud as Global Chief Operating Officer

Manulife Asset Management has appointed Roger Renaud as Global Chief Operating Officer, succeeding Barry Evans who will retire from Manulife Asset Management at the end of May. Mr. Renaud’s appointment is effective onMay 27, 2016.

Mr. Renaud will continue reporting to Kai Sotorp, President and CEO, Manulife Asset Management & EVP and Global Head of Wealth and Asset Management for Manulife. He will retain his responsibilities as President of Manulife Asset Management Canada and continue as a member of Manulife Asset Management’s executive committee.

“Roger brings a wealth of experience and deep knowledge of global asset management best practices to this role,” said Kai Sotorp.

“As we continue to expand our asset management franchise, his expertise will ensure we are well positioned for success,” he noted. “Roger has successfully led the development and implementation of our asset management strategy and business in Canada, growing and expanding this important market while ensuring a seamless integration process, post-acquisition.”

“We are delighted that Roger has accepted this position, and proud that he will operate in this expanded and global role from our base in Quebec,” said Donald A. Guloien, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife. “Roger has a proven track record of strong leadership and driving growth, and his success highlights the senior-level talent and expertise Manulife gained as part of the Standard Life acquisition. I look forward to seeing Roger’s continued contributions to our business across all of Canada and around the world.”

In January of 2015, Mr. Renaud was named President of Manulife Asset Management Canada, following the close of Manulife’s acquisition of the Canadian-based assets of Standard Life plc. He had been President of Standard Life Investments Inc. in Canada prior to the acquisition.

About Manulife Asset Management

Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife, providing comprehensive asset management solutions for investors. This investment expertise extends across a broad range of public and private asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions. As at December 31, 2015, assets under management for Manulife Asset Management were approximately US$301 billion(GBP£204 billion, EUR€277 billion, C$417 billion).

Manulife Asset Management’s public markets units have investment expertise across a broad range of asset classes including public equity and fixed income, and asset allocation strategies.  Offices with full investment capabilities are located in the United States,Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In addition, Manulife Asset Management has a joint venture asset management business in China, Manulife TEDA. The public markets units of Manulife Asset Management also provide investment management services to affiliates’ retail clients through product offerings of Manulife and John Hancock. John Hancock Asset Management and Declaration Management and Research are units of Manulife Asset Management.

Additional information about Manulife Asset Management may be found at

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group providing forward-thinking solutions to help people with their big financial decisions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2015, we had approximately 34,000 employees, 63,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving 20 million customers. At the end ofDecember 2015, we had $935 billion (US$676 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made more than $24.6 billion in benefits, interest and other 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. Follow Manulife on Twitter @ManulifeNews or visit or

SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation

EasyCover Brings Innovative Insurance to Canadian Professionals

Canada’s first customer facing, online liability insurance facility passed its first Anniversary with sales growing an average of 53% per quarter!

“The market response to has been extremely positive”, says Bruce Rabik, COO of Rogers Insurance Ltd. “Purchasing insurance online is the norm in the UK where this program was born, and Canadians are telling us loud and clear they are ready for this innovative change in their insurance buying experience.”

Mr. Rabik explains, “Our customers are busy running their business. They don’t have time to spend hours in a broker’s office, fill out long applications, and wait weeks for quotes and documents. EasyCover has brought an efficiency to that process, while still being able to assist the customers understanding of the product they are purchasing. We hear time and time again how much they love it, and how ‘it’s about time’ the insurance industry took this step.”

Lisa Thomson, Manager of EasyCover, elaborates, “Business professionals understand the right insurance protection is critical, but their struggle is finding the time to deal with it, and continue to run their business. We see customers online at all hours of the day and night, buying their EasyCover policies. That’s the beauty of the online insurance experience we have created – customers have the product info they need, in terms they can understand, and can purchase and manage their policies when and how it suits them. Not when it suits us.”

EasyCover is a trade name of Rogers Insurance Ltd., and offers eligible businesses the ability to purchase Professional Liability, Commercial General Liability and Directors and Officers Liability insurance, online, in minutes. See for more information or contact Bruce Rabik, COO of Rogers Insurance Ltd.

Rogers Insurance Ltd is based in Calgary, AB and is one of the largest independent brokerages in Canada. With 6 offices across the country, and almost 400 employees, they have licensed brokers in all jurisdictions in Canada. Selling Commercial insurance, Home and Auto insurance, Life and Benefits, and Group insurance, Rogers is employee-owned, is a nine-time winner of Best Employer in Alberta, and two-time winner of one of the Top 50 SME Employers in Canada (Small and medium enterprise).

SOURCE Rogers Insurance Ltd.


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