Economical calls special meeting of eligible mutual policyholders as the next step on the road to demutualization

WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Economical Insurance today announced that the first special meeting of eligible mutual policyholders will be held on December 14, 2015, in the Bingemans Ballroom, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, Ontario. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the formal meeting will start at 2 p.m. EST. Attendance at this meeting is by invitation only.

At the meeting, eligible mutual policyholders will consider and vote on a special resolution to authorize the start of negotiations of the allocation of demutualization benefits with eligible non-mutual policyholders. If the resolution is passed, it will allow Economical to continue in the demutualization process.

"This special meeting of mutual policyholders is a very important next step in our Economical demutualization process," said John Bowey, chair of the Economical special committee. "The demutualization framework is the result of many years of public consultation and is designed to treat policyholders fairly and equitably. Eligible policyholders will be empowered through court-appointed committees to negotiate the allocation of benefits, and will have the right to vote on the conversion proposal that ultimately emerges from the subsequent regulatory process."

Economical encourages all stakeholders to stay informed on demutualization and to visit www.joininourfuture.com for policyholder updates. This website will be updated regularly and provides information about the latest news and access to demutualization-related resources.

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About Economical
Founded in 1871, Economical Insurance is one of Canada's leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in annual premium volume and $5.3 billion in assets as at Sept 30, 2015. Based in Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated group services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. Economical Insurance conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Family Insurance Solutions, Federation Insurance and Economical Financial.

SOURCE Economical Insurance

For further information: For media inquiries, contact: Doug Maybee, Economical Insurance, (T) 519.570.8249, (C) 519.404.0989, doug.maybee@economical.com; For general policyholder inquiries, contact : 1-866-302-6046 (toll free) or 1-514-982-8708 (local/international), joininourfuture@economical.com


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