AIS is changing the way insurance companies do business

November 28, 2001 — A major win for Halifax-based Garvin-Allen Solutions Limited
was recently secured when its state-of-the-art software was adopted by The Hartford Financial Services
Group, one of the largest commercial insurance and financial services companies in America.

The company’s software, Advanced Insurance System (AIS),
has changed the way insurance companies do business by providing an ‘off-the-shelf�
electronic quoting and policy administration system with customization flexibility.

“I am very pleased to see major companies using our
product,” says Garvin-Allen President, Rob Ivimey. “It�s a significant win for
our company. Companies will gain more efficiency and a streamlined approach to insurance
administration with the AIS system,” states Ivimey. Prior to AIS, existing
applications were expensive, slow to implement and unable to adapt to the needs of a
changing industry and new technology he added.

Garvin-Allen, a private corporation formed in 1992, devoted
considerable resources to developing AIS, a product that accommodates a wide range of
specialized lines. The AIS system is currently operating successfully in 18 insurance
companies in North America.

Gaining the support of companies like The Hartford – a
leading provider in the U.S. of investment products, life insurance, group and employee
benefits, automobile and homeowners products – is very encouraging to the team at
Garvin-Allen suggests Ivimey.

“Because of the software’s ability to automate a broad
range of lines, we are confident AIS will continue to be instrumental in changing and
streamlining the way insurance business is done.”

It is no surprise Garvin-Allen Solutions was named one of
Atlantic Canada�s top ten businesses to watch in 2000 by the Atlantic Progress Magazine.
The company evolved from delivering software and consulting services to becoming a major
provider of quoting and policy-issuing software for U.S. insurance companies.