Video highlights team members as they prepare for final presentation
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TORONTO, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial is pleased to announce
that a video highlighting the seven finalist teams of the Manulife
Financial: Entry into Asia Challenge is now available on YouTube.
The video documents the teams and their work as they prepare for their
final presentations before a panel of international judges. The
business school students also discuss their motivation for entering the
Challenge and their rationale for working with the company profiled in
their business plan and presentation.
Manulife invites the public to watch the video of the seven finalist teams. The winners of the competition will be
announced on May 22.
The Manulife: Entry into Asia Challenge asked undergraduate and graduate
business school students at Canadian universities to create a business
plan for a Canadian small or medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) to expand
into any market in Asia. Competing teams will demonstrate their ability
to think strategically about entry into Asian markets while
demonstrating their understanding of the unique attributes, challenges
and realities facing Canadian SMEs.
"The quality and professionalism displayed by these teams is truly
inspiring," says Marc Avaria, Vice-President Group Small Business,
Manulife Financial. "Manulife proudly supports small business
entrepreneurship, that is alive and well - and helping to make the
Canadian economy thrive. Though Manulife is a large company, we believe
it is imperative we understand the unique needs of small business
owners and ensure we offer products and services to support their
The finalist teams represent the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the
University of Regina, the Richard Ivey School of Business at the
University of Western Ontario, the Rotman School of Management at the
University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo.
The University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management is managing this
one-time only competition. Additional details on the competition are
available at manulife.com/asiachallenge.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group
with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States.
Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and
forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial
decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and
distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management
products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset
management services to institutional customers. Funds under management
by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$555 billion (US$547
billion) as at March 31, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife
Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the
Internet at manulife.com.
About the Rotman School of Management
The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is
redesigning business education for the 21st century with a curriculum
based on Integrative Thinking. Located in the world's most diverse
city, the Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables the
design of creative business solutions. The School is currently raising
$200 million to ensure that Canada has the world-class business school
it deserves. For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca.
SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation
For further information:
Sean B. Pasternak
Rotman School of Management