LOMA Canada Awards Assumption Life, AEGON Canada and Desjardins Financial Security for Best Practices in Learning and Development

    TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ -- LOMA Canada presented Assumption Life, AEGON
Canada and Desjardins Financial Security with the 2008 National Corporate
Awards for Best Practices in Learning and Development at LOMA Canada's Annual
Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre yesterday. The Awards are
dedicated to the memory of Andre Mailhot, who was Vice-President and General
Manager, Human Resources, Industrial-Alliance Life Insurance Company.
    Rachelle Gagnon, Human Resources Director of Assumption Life, Moncton,
New Brunswick accepted the Award in the small company category for their new
Orientation and Training program. All new full time and part time employees at
all job levels start this 15 week training program their first day on the job,
ensuring they are familiar with the company, the industry, their department
and their role in the company.
    Fiona Betivoiu, Manager, Training & Development, for AEGON Canada,
Toronto, was presented the Award in the large company category for their
Competency Coach program. The on-line 'coach' guides employees through this
original, highly interactive and engaging program which allows all employees
to understand how to practice and demonstrate AEGON Canada's nine personal
leadership competencies.
    A second, equally effective program was awarded in the large company
category to Nicole Lortie, Senior Director, Customer Service, Individual
Insurance (Quebec) for Desjardins Financial Security. Their e-learning course
on the automation of address changes in WEBi was developed to teach the
personnel of Financial Centers how to make accurate address changes in WEBi,
consistent with Canada Post's standards, helping to ensure that client
information is as accurate as possible.
    "LOMA Canada is pleased to recognize Assumption Life, AEGON Canada and
Desjardins Financial Security with this important national award for their
innovative employee training programs which not only ensure that employees
retain key business and company information but do so in an engaging, flexible
and cost effective manner," said George Mohacsi, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Foresters and Chairman of the LOMA Canada Council. Congratulations
Assumption Life, AEGON Canada and Desjardins Financial Security.

    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 .

For further information:

For further information: Lori Oosterbroek, Member Relations Manager,
LOMA  Canada, +1-416-234-5661, Oosterbroekl@loma.org Web Site:
http://www.loma.org, http://www.lomacanada.ca

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