Maritime Life makes ROB Magazine’s Top 50, four years running

en fran�ais

HALIFAX, Jan. 2, 2002 – One of three for four, Maritime Life Assurance Company placed 19th in the Globe and Mail’s ROB Magazine ranking of the Top 50 companies to work for in Canada. Other companies who share our achievement of being consecutively ranked include Eli Lilly and The Cumis Group. Together, we were among 128 finalists, compared to 161 in 2002, 86 in 2001 and 62 in 2000.

“We are absolutely elated,” says Maritime Life President and CEO Bill Black. “Being one of only three companies to be included in this prestigious list for four years running, is a significant achievement.”

Mr. Black also adds that key to the company’s success is its philosophy that satisfied employees lead to satisfied customers. “We strive to be an excellent employer and this achievement – along with high satisfaction results on our recent employee survey – confirms that our company is an attractive workplace where talented people want to work,” explains Mr. Black.

As well as being one of only three companies to consecutively make the list, Maritime Life is the only company ranked that is headquartered in Halifax, and the only national insurance company operating in its target market (life, group, investments) to ever make the list. Note: Maritime Life ranked 11th in the 2002 list, and held 5th and 9th places among the top 35 companies to work for in 2000 and 2001.

Conducted by Hewitt Associates, the survey of Top 50 companies sponsored by the ROB Magazine, continues to include quite a diverse group. The top 10 included companies such as BC Biomedical, Rothmans Benson and Hedges, and Mercedes-Benz Canada Ltd. They employ anywhere from 300 to 70,000 people and have head offices spread throughout the country. And, although the Top 50 prove to provide higher pay and other impressive benefits, overall employee morale continues to be the number one factor that makes these companies truly exceptional among their competitors and peers.

“Being named one of the Top 50 companies is a great advantage, because it allows us the opportunity to benchmark against the best, as all the companies profiled are leading employers from whom we can learn in pursuing our own employee satisfaction goal,” comments Mr. Black.

He also adds that this year’s achievement of being one of only three companies to consecutively make the list is particularly satisfying, considering the company has been through two acquisitions, has more than doubled its number of employees, and significantly changed its working conditions.

“We owe a lot of gratitude to our employees,” says Mr. Black. “Their continued interest and commitment to our vision and values greatly contributes to our success.”

Founded in 1922, Maritime Life is one of Canada’s fastest growing financial services companies, offering financial security through a selection of personal insurance, disability and critical illness insurance, investment products, pensions, and group life and health products and services. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with over 2,000 employees, Maritime Life provides benefits to over two million Canadian families through offices in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Kitchener, Oakville, Calgary and Vancouver.

As a subsidiary of Boston-based John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., Maritime Life comes from a tradition of strength and stability. John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: JHF) and its affiliated companies, including John Hancock Life Insurance Company, provide a broad array of insurance and investment products and services to retail and institutional customers. As of September 30, 2002, John Hancock and its subsidiaries had total assets under management of $121.2 billion US.


La Maritime figure sur la liste des 50 meilleurs employeurs du magazine ROB pour la quatri�me ann�e cons�cutive

English

HALIFAX, le 2 janv., 2002 – La Maritime, l’une des trois compagnies � figurer sur la liste pour la quatri�me ann�e cons�cutive, se classe au 19e rang parmi les 50 meilleurs employeurs au Canada du magazine Report On Business (ROB) du Globe and Mail. Les autres compagnies qui partagent avec nous cet honneur de figurer sur la liste de fa�on cons�cutive sont Eli Lilly et The Cumis Group. Tous ensemble, nous �tions 128 finalistes comparativement � 161 en 2002, 86 en 2001 et 62 en 2000.

“Nous sommes tr�s emball�s, affirme Bill Black, pr�sident et chef de la direction. Etre l’une des trois seules compagnies � figurer sur cette liste prestigieuse pour la quatri�me ann�e cons�cutive est un important accomplissement.”

M. Black ajoute que la cl� du succ�s d’une compagnie repose sur la philosophie voulant que des employ�s satisfaits entra�nent des clients satisfaits. “Nous nous effor�ons d’�tre un excellent employeur et cet accomplissement, ainsi que les tr�s bons r�sultats de notre sondage sur la satisfaction des employ�s, confirment que notre compagnie est un milieu attrayant o� des gens talentueux d�sirent travailler” explique M. Black.

En plus d’�tre l’une des trois seules compagnies � figurer de fa�on cons�cutive sur la liste, La Maritime est la seule soci�t� dont le si�ge social est situ� � Halifax et la seule compagnie d’assurance nationale exploitant dans son march� cible (assurance vie, assurance collective et placements) � s’�tre class�e jusqu’ici. Nota : La Maritime s’est class�e au 11e rang en 2002 et au 5e et 9e rang parmi les 35 meilleurs employeurs en 2000 et 2001 respectivement.

Effectu� par Hewitt Associates, le sondage sur les 50 meilleurs employeurs parrain� par le magazine ROB continue � inclure un groupe vari� de soci�t�s. Parmi les 10 meilleurs employeurs se trouvent des soci�t�s comme BC Biomedical, Rothmans Benson et Hedges, et Mercedes-Benz Canada. Toutes les soci�t�s en question comptent entre 330 et 50 000 employ�s. Et bien que les 50 meilleurs employeurs offrent une r�mun�ration plus �lev�e et d’impressionnants avantages sociaux, dans l’ensemble, le moral des employ�s continue � �tre le principal facteur qui en fait des soci�t�s vraiment exceptionnelles se d�marquant de leurs concurrents et homologues.

“Etre nomm� l’un des 50 meilleurs employeurs est un important avantage car cela nous donne l’occasion de nous comparer � la cr�me de la cr�me, compte tenu que toutes les soci�t�s sur la liste sont des employeurs de premier rang desquels nous pouvons apprendre � poursuivre nos propres objectifs en mati�re de satisfaction des employ�s” indique M. Black.

Ce dernier ajoute aussi que le fait d’avoir �t� l’une des trois seules compagnies � figurer sur la liste de fa�on cons�cutive est particuli�rement satisfaisant car la compagnie a v�cu deux acquisitions, a doubl� son nombre d’employ�s et a consid�rablement chang� ses conditions de travail.

“Nous devons beaucoup de gratitude � nos employ�s, affirme M. Black. Leur int�r�t et engagement continus envers notre vision et nos valeurs contribuent grandement � notre succ�s.”

Fond�e en 1922, La Maritime est l’une des compagnies de services financiers du Canada qui conna�t la croissance la plus rapide. Elle apporte la s�curit� financi�re gr�ce � une vaste gamme de produits d’assurance vie individuelle et d’assurance invalidit� et maladie grave, de produits de placement, de r�gimes de retraite, ainsi que de produits et services d’assurance vie et maladie collective. Etablie � Halifax, en Nouvelle-Ecosse, La Maritime emploie plus de 2 000 personnes et offre ses services � plus de deux millions de Canadiens par l’interm�diaire de ses bureaux situ�s � Halifax, Montr�al, Toronto, Kitchener, Oakville, Calgary et Vancouver.

La Maritime, filiale de John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. de Boston, est r�put�e pour sa force et sa stabilit�. John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. (JHF � la Bourse de New York) et ses soci�t�s affili�es, y compris John Hancock Life Insurance Company, offrent une vaste gamme de produits et de services d’assurance et de placement � une client�le compos�e de particuliers et d’entreprises. Au 30 septembre 2002, John Hancock et ses filiales g�raient un actif total de 121,2 milliards de dollars am�ricains.