Registration Nearly at Capacity for A.M. Best Company's Canadian Insurance Industry Event

    OLDWICK, N.J., September 4 /CNW/ - There are only two weeks left before
A.M. Best's 2007 Review & Preview Conference--Canadian Update kicks off.
Registration is still open but is on a first-come, first-served basis and is
nearly at capacity. Those interested in attending can register on the Web at

    Located in the heart of Toronto's financial district at the Westin
Harbour Castle, A.M. Best's Review & Preview Conference--Canadian Update will
be held on September 21, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The conference
offers a comprehensive look at the issues facing the Canadian insurance
marketplace. Conference speakers include A.M. Best Company's senior
property/casualty and life/health analysts, as well as opinion leaders from
some of Canada's leading companies.

    --  Co-operators Group, Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy
Bardswick, along with Northbridge Financial Corp. President Mark Ram, will
address the state of the market.

    --  The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Director
of Insurance D. Bruce Thompson, along with KPMG National Director of Insurance
Industry Practice Neil Parkinson, will provide perspectives on regulation,
taxation and accounting.

    --  Swiss Re Canada Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Henchoz and
Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John
Phelan will explore development in the Canadian and global reinsurance

    --  Sun Life Financial, Inc. Chief Risk Officer Michael Stramaglia and
A.M. Best Vice President Edward Easop will address enterprise risk management.

    --  A.M. Best Vice President Steve Irwin, along with Assistant Vice
President Robert DeRose and Managing Senior Financial Analyst Joseph Burtone,
will explore the rating outlook for the property/casualty, life and
reinsurance segments.

    --  Discussing rating criteria updates will be A.M. Best Managing Senior
Financial Analysts Joseph Burtone, Charles Huber and Stephanie Guethlein

    --  A.M. Best Vice President Edward Easop will address A.M. Best's
Capital Adequacy Ratio.

    For more information on A.M. Best Company's 2007 Review & Preview
Conference--Canadian Update, please call (416) 489-2600 or e-mail To register for the conference, please visit Conference registration is limited and costs

    Founded in 1899, A.M. Best Company is a global full-service credit rating
organization dedicated to serving the financial and health care service
industries, including insurance companies, banks, hospitals and health care
system providers. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: A.M. Best Company Jim Peavy, Public Relations
908-439-2200, ext. 5644 or Stacey Ancker,
Manager--Corporate Events 416-489-2600

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