Shepell.fgi acquires C.J. Brown & Associates Inc.

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - Shepell.fgi, North America's leading providers
of employee and organizational health and wellness services, today announced
it has acquired C.J. Brown & Associates, an Oshawa-based employee assistance
program (EAP) provider. The acquisition expands Shepell.fgi's national network
of counsellors, thereby expanding the ability to provide greater service to
Shepell.fgi customers.
    "We're excited about having C.J. Brown & Associates join our organization
- they are a professional team with talented people who are focused on
delivering quality customer experiences," says Rod Phillips, President and CEO
of Shepell.fgi. "This transaction further strengthens Shepell.fgi's presence
in Central Ontario and will increase the availability of quality EAP service
within this region."
    "I'm really pleased that, through this transaction, our customers will
continue to benefit from our long history of quality service and support,"
says President, Carol Brown. "We also recognized that our customers' needs,
with respect to employee health and wellness, continue to expand - from the
breadth and depth of physical, mental and social health issues over to issues
dealing with globalization and relocation. We chose to do business with
Shepell.fgi because of their commitment to customer service and their ability
to provide a comprehensive set of solutions to our customers."
    Located in Oshawa, C.J. Brown & Associates is a national provider of EAP
services and was one of the first full-service EAP providers in Canada to
receive its ISO 9001-2000 accreditation. As a result of the transaction,
customers of C.J. Brown & Associates will have access to an enhanced service
offering that includes a full range of Shepell.fgi prevention-focused
services, designed to address the interdependencies of physical, mental and
social health issues. This, ultimately, leads to improved benefits cost
management, and increased employee productivity and engagement.
    "We are pleased to welcome C.J. Brown & Associates' customers and their
employees to the Shepell.fgi family," adds Phillips. "We look forward to
sharing our understanding and solutions to create the essential connection
between our customers' financial success and their employees' health and well
    Rod Phillips, President and CEO of Shepell.fgi and Carol Brown, President
of C.J. Brown & Associates Inc. are available for interviews.

    Shepell.fgi, the leading provider of prevention-focused Employee
Assistance Programs, offers an enhanced choice of services that address
physical, mental and social health issues. The company services over
six million employees and their families across Canada, the United States and
internationally. Shepell.fgi helps organizations maintain healthy employees
and healthy workplaces.

    Established in 1984, C.J. Brown & Associates delivers quality Employee
Assistance Programs to thousands of employees and their families across the
nation. The company offers a flexible, customer-focused service based on a
thorough understanding of specific factors associated with specific industries
and the unique needs of each employee.

For further information:

For further information: Julie Kobryn, Director, Marketing, Shepell.fgi,
Office: (905) 886-2157 ext. 2323, Cell: (416) 476-6710,

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