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TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Manulife has partnered with MaRS
Discovery District, continuing to transform how it connects with
customers worldwide by collaborating with innovators and startups on
forward-thinking solutions. Manulife will be a part of MaRS' FinTech
Cluster, and will join companies like Airbnb, Facebook Canada, Moneris,
PayPal and other startups at the centre.
As part of the new partnership, MaRS will become Manulife's Toronto
location for its Lab of Forward Thinking (LOFT). Centered on
innovation, the tangible LOFT spaces provide a platform for employees
across the company to collaborate and devise new technological
solutions for Manulife's various wealth and asset management, and
insurance business lines.
Manulife opened a LOFT site in Boston in July 2015, and there are plans
to expand its innovation network to Singapore. In 2014, Manulife
launched a similar innovation hub in Waterloo Region's Communitech Hub
called RED Lab.
"We're looking to our employees to solve problems and take risks using
their own unique entrepreneurial talents," said Sebastian Blandizzi, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions Delivery
and Chief Information Officer, Investment Division, Manulife. "Initiatives like LOFT are critical to our future success as we strive
to create innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of our
"The internal infrastructure that companies like Manulife are building,
with projects like LOFT, is central to the future of business and
technology innovation," said Salim Teja, Executive Vice President,
Venture Services, MaRS. "LOFT's arrival at MaRS and our partnership
with Manulife will significantly expand the resources and networks
available to our entrepreneurial community."
Unleash Toronto: From Paper to Prototype
On December 1 and 2, LOFT will host a two-day public hackathon at MaRS
Discovery District called Unleash Toronto: From Paper to Prototype. The event will bring together 150 participants including Manulife
employees from Canada, Asia, Europe and the U.S. (where the company
operates as John Hancock).
Unleash Toronto builds on the success of the Unleash Boston hackathon held for employees in July 2015. Participants will collaborate to develop prototypes in response to the
event's challenge: How might we help customers redefine and reimagine
what it means to invest with Manulife through the use of new business
models, new channels and new technology?
Manulife's LOFT can be found at @InnovateForward on Instagram and
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 2014, we had 28,000 employees,
58,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving 20
million customers. At the end of September 2015, we had $888 billion
(US$663 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in
the previous 12 months we made more than $23 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 www.manulife.com or www.johnhancock.com.
About MaRS Discovery District
MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is one of the world's largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS
supports promising young ventures that are tackling key societal
challenges in the health, cleantech and information and communications
technology sectors. In the last three years, these ventures have raised
$1.3 billion in capital and earned $640 million in revenue. In addition
to helping startups launch, grow and scale, the MaRS community is
dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration, commercialization of
discoveries and driving ideas to impact.
SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation
For further information:
Sean B. Pasternak
MaRS Discovery District