Aon to open new playground in Halifax



    Aon celebrates 20th anniversary by building community playgrounds across
    Canada

    HALIFAX, April 24 /CNW/ - Aon opened five playgrounds across the country
today as part of its global 20th anniversary. The playgrounds were built in
Sherbrooke, Grande Prairie, Victoria and on Astour Drive in the Eastern
Passage.
    "Aon is proud to be part of the community in the HRM, and we wanted to
make a lasting contribution that families can enjoy," said Peter Shelton,
Senior Vice President, Aon Reed Stenhouse. "Our Halifax office has a
longstanding partnership and dedication to the community. The HRM isn't just
where we work, it's where we live and we felt that building these playgrounds
was a great way to say thank you for being so great to us."
    The playgrounds were part of global events as the company celebrated 20
years under the Aon banner. Aon offices across the country and around the
world held hundreds of special events and community outreach programs,
celebrating this milestone.
    "These events reflect the passion for service that defines Aon's culture
of people helping people," said Chris Fawcus, President and CEO of Aon Reed
Stenhouse. "We felt that this anniversary gave us a perfect opportunity to
give back to the Halifax Regional Municipality and share in its growth."
    The playgrounds have been funded by Aon, and will be built by PlayPower
Inc., in cooperation with the local municipalities. City officials, local
families, children's organizations and businesses will attend the opening of
the playgrounds to help celebrate the new additions to their communities.

    Aon Corporation (www.aon.com) is a leading provider of risk management
services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human capital and management
consulting, and specialty insurance underwriting. There are 43,000 employees
working in Aon's 500 offices in more than 120 countries. As Canada's leading
insurance brokerage and risk management firm, Aon Reed Stenhouse is committed
to developing superior financial and insurance products and improved, more
cost-effective ways of dealing with risk.

    This press release contains certain statements related to future results,
or states our intentions, beliefs and expectations or predictions for the
future which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking
statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from either historical or anticipated
results depending on a variety of factors. Potential factors that could impact
results include: general economic conditions in different countries in which
we do business around the world, changes in global equity and fixed income
markets that could affect the return on invested assets, fluctuations in
exchange and interest rates that could influence revenue and expense, rating
agency actions that could affect our ability to borrow funds, funding of our
various pension plans, changes in the competitive environment, our ability to
implement restructuring initiatives and other initiatives intended to yield
cost savings, our ability to execute the stock repurchase program, our ability
to obtain regulatory or legislative changes to permit continuous sales of our
supplemental Medicare health product, changes in commercial property and
casualty markets and commercial premium rates that could impact revenues,
changes in revenues and earnings due to the elimination of contingent
commissions, other uncertainties surrounding a new compensation model, the
impact of investigations brought by state attorneys general, state insurance
regulators, federal prosecutors, and federal regulators, the impact of class
actions and individual lawsuits including client class actions, securities
class actions, derivative actions, ERISA class actions, the impact of the
analysis of practices relating to stock options, the cost of resolution of
other contingent liabilities and loss contingencies, and the difference in
ultimate paid claims in our underwriting companies from actuarial estimates.
Further information concerning the Company and its business, including factors
that potentially could materially affect the Company's financial results, is
contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission.




For further information:

For further information: Delia Longphee, Manager, Marketing Centre of
Excellence Marketing and Communications, Aon Reed Stenhouse, (416) 868-5844,
delia.longphee@aon.ca

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