Metro Toronto Convention Centre to host more than 7,300 of world's top financial services professionals June 22-26, 2008



    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - The Metro Toronto Convention Centre will welcome
more than 7,300 of the world's leading life insurance and financial services
professionals when it hosts the Million Dollar Round Table's (MDRT) Annual
Meeting, June 22-26, 2008. MDRT members are comprised of the industry's top
producers worldwide. The meeting is considered as a one-of-a-kind event,
unrivalled in the world of business, and attendees will hail from more than 60
countries.
    "Each year MDRT members come together for one of the greatest gatherings
of financial services professionals in the world: the MDRT Annual Meeting,"
said MDRT President James E. Rogers, CLU, CFP, a 35-year MDRT member from
Vancouver, British Columbia. "MDRT's meetings provide its members with
inspiration, motivation and cutting-edge ideas. Toronto has been such a great
host to us, and I know all members are looking forward to coming to Toronto
for our 2008 Annual Meeting."
    The theme of this year's meeting is "Changing Lives," chosen to represent
the power MDRT members have to make a positive change in the lives of clients.
Attendees will be exposed to some of the finest and most innovative sales
ideas in the life insurance-based financial services business. The meeting
will feature approximately 85 speakers, including Olympic Gold Medalist
Mary Lou Retton and Andes Mountain crash survivor Nando Parrado.
    "We are very pleased that Toronto was chosen again to host this
prestigious group of financial services experts," said Barry Smith, President
and CEO of the MTCC. "These individuals and their products bring peace of mind
and security to millions of people and their families each year."
    Smith added that Toronto's reputation for being a truly international
city made the decision to host the 2008 meeting in Toronto a natural, given
that fully half of MDRT's membership is from outside of North America. In
2001, the last time MDRT was in Toronto for its Annual Meeting, the meeting
was rated the No. 1 meeting of all of MDRT's meetings in its 81-year history.
This will be the fourth time MDRT has come to Toronto since 1989.
    As a way to give back to Toronto for hosting them for the 2008 MDRT
Annual Meeting, MDRT, through its MDRT Foundation, provided US$70,000 recently
to build a bright and colorful state-of-the-art playground at Lord Dufferin
Jr. and Sr. Public School in downtown Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood. The
playground was constructed May 19-23 by 13 MDRT volunteers from across Canada
and around the world, as members of the community and children from the School
looked on. The MDRT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of MDRT. Since its
formation in 1959, the Foundation has granted more than US$20.4 million to
1,700 charitable organizations serving people in 67 countries. In 2007, more
than US$2.8 million in grants was distributed. Twenty-two organizations in
Canada have received grants from the MDRT Foundation, including the
Make-a-Wish Foundation of Toronto, Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Canadian
MDRT Foundation.
    The MTCC anticipates this major convention will produce significant
revenue for Toronto's hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues,
with an overall economic impact of approximately $15.8 million in direct
spending.

    About the MDRT

    MDRT is The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Founded in
1927, MDRT is an international, independent association of more than 35,000,
or less than 1 percent, of the world's best life insurance and financial
services professionals. With membership from 78 nations and 479 different
countries, MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict
ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized
internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and
financial services business. MDRT has 95 members in Toronto and 1,118 members
in Canada. For additional information about MDRT and the Annual Meeting,
please visit www.mdrt.org.

    About the MTCC

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's No. 1 convention and
trade show facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted
approximately 12,000 events and entertained nearly 40 million guests. For
further information, please visit www.mtccc.com.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Chiu, Marketing Manager, MTCC, (416)
585-8106, cchiu@mtccc.com; Jessica Butera, Communications Manager, Million
Dollar Round Table, (847) 692-6378, (416) 585-3551, JButera@mdrt.org


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