Empire Life and Assumption Life Win LOMA Canada Awards for Best Practices in Learning and Development



    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ -- LOMA Canada presented Empire Life and
Assumption Life with the 2007 National Corporate Awards for Best Practices in
Learning and Development at LOMA Canada's Annual Conference at the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre today. The Awards are dedicated to the memory of
Andre Mailhot, 1942-1994, who was Vice-President and General Manager, Human
Resources, Industrial-Alliance Life Insurance Company.
    Timo Hytonen, Vice-President Human Resources and Community Relations,
Empire Life, Kingston, Ontario was presented the Award in the large company
category for their Corporate Orientation Program. The program is a year long
process including presentations, workshops, training programs and appropriate
follow-up in which all new employees participate. Improvements in key employee
measurements demonstrated the effectiveness of the program.
    Andrea LeBlanc of Assumption Life, Moncton, New Brunswick accepted the
award for Rachelle Gagnon, Human Resources Director in the small company
category for their Introduction a Assomption Vie program. In the form of an
e-Learning training module, new employees have the flexibility in choosing
how, when and where to complete the education portion of the program.
Retention of key information is verified by completing one of three tests.
Program content can easily be revised when necessary.
    "LOMA Canada is pleased to recognize Empire Life and Assumption Life with
this important national award for their innovative employee development
programs which not only ensure that employees retain key business and company
information but do so in a flexible and cost effective manner," said George
Mohacsi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Foresters and Chairman of
the LOMA Canada Council. Congratulations Empire Life and Assumption Life.

    About LOMA:

    Established in 1924, with 1,200-plus member companies in over 80
countries, LOMA is committed to a business partnership with its world-wide
members in the insurance and financial service industry to improve their
management and operations through quality employee development, research,
information sharing, and related products and services. To find out more about
LOMA and the learning opportunities it offers, visit LOMA's Web site at
www.loma.org and LOMA Canada's Web site at www.lomacanada.ca.

    About Empire Life:

    A subsidiary of E-L Financial Corporation Limited, and in business since
1923, The Empire Life Insurance Company (Empire Life) provides financial
security and wealth management solutions for the changing needs of Canadians.
The Company's success comes from a commitment to being approachable and
responsive to the needs of its clients and business partners, consistently
solid investment performance and faith in its employees as future leaders.
Visit the Empire Life Web site at www.empire.ca.

    About Assumption Life:

    Assumption Life has been working since 1903 at helping clients ensure the
peace of mind they seek while planning for the future with confidence. Thanks
to its leading team of professional financial advisors and brokers, the
Company is now present all across Canada. With its commitment to quality
services and its full range of products including life insurance, critical
illness insurance, group insurance, financial and investment products,
mortgage loans and pension plans, Assumption Life strives to build a
prosperous future for its employees, clients and their families. For more
information, visit the Assumption Life Web site at www.assumption.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Ross Turney, Executive Director, LOMA Canada,
(416) 234-5661, Turneyr@loma.org, Web Site: http://www.loma.org;
http://www.empire.ca; http://www.assumption.ca

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