Random House and Manulife Financial team up to deliver new John A. Macdonald biography to students across Canada


    TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Richard Gwyn's landmark new biography of
Canada's first Prime Minister, John A: The Man Who Made Us, will be available
to high school students across Canada, thanks to a cooperative programme
between Manulife Financial and Random House.
    Random House and Manulife Financial today announced that Manulife has
commissioned from Random House 3,000 copies of a special edition of Gwyn's
book and will distribute them, free, to high school libraries across the
    Sir John A. Macdonald was elected the first president of The
Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (as it was then known) at its
establishment on July 13, 1887.
    In his introduction to the Manulife edition, current President and Chief
Executive Officer, Dominic D'Alessandro explains that "in fact, the name
"Manufacturers" has its origins in Macdonald's political platform. His
national policy plan included the need for an expanded manufacturing base to
broaden the market as Canada shifted from an agrarian-based economy to a more
mixed economy."
    Anne Collins, Vice President and Publisher of Random House notes "how
wonderful that Macdonald's business heirs should take the extraordinary step
of making this essential book of Canadian political history available to high
school students from "sea to sea to sea", as he would say!"
    "We believe that with our success comes responsibility and that
responsibility extends to giving back to our communities," said Jennifer Rowe,
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Manulife. "Not only is Canada home to
Manulife's corporate head office, more than 10,000 of our employees work and
live here. With this effort, we hope we're contributing to the development of
our future leaders by providing books which will inspire them."
    At yesterday's Massey College launch party for the book, Gwyn and Rowe
presented Jarvis Collegiate principal, Andrew Gold, with the first copy of the
special edition.
    Jarvis Collegiate is the high school in the community closest to
Manulife's corporate head office. Manulife enjoys an evolving partnership with
Jarvis Collegiate. This year, the Company provided 300 Grade 10 students with
the opportunity to participate in Junior Achievement's "Dream Big" program and
enabled a group of Grade nine students to attend an enrichment camp at Queen's

    About Manulife Financial
    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$410 billion as
at June 30, 2007.

    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '0945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet
at www.manulife.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Manulife media inquiries: Patti Vernon, (416)
852-8248, patti_vernon@manulife.com; Random House media inquiries: Sheila Kay,
(416) 957-1570, SKay@randomhouse.com

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