BCE Emergis Renews Agreement with Sun Life Financial New three-year agreement valued at $30 million expands current services

Montreal, Canada, August 6, 2002 – BCE Emergis (TSX: IFM), leading
North American provider of e-health solutions and health care cost
management services, today announced a new and expanded agreement
with Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada valued at $30 million over
three years.

Effective August 1, 2002, the renewed contract strengthens and
extends the relationship between the two organizations in which
Emergis provides electronic pharmacy benefit management services,
its cornerstone product in the Canadian market. In addition, Sun
Life Financial has chosen to consolidate its dental claims switching
activities with Emergis.

  • “As part of our recent acquisition of
    Clarica Life Insurance Company, Sun Life Financial has conducted a
    rigorous process to ensure that
    we have the right partnership in place to
    support the highest quality of service for our clients,” said Greta
    Cusworth, Vice President, Group
    Benefits, Sun Life Financial Canada. “After
    careful consideration and comparison of leading health care
    technology companies, we are
    confident that we have the right partner in
    Emergis, and we are pleased to renew and expand our relationship
    with them,” she added.

  • With the new agreement in place, Emergis
    estimates that it will manage more than 16 million electronic
    transactions annually on behalf of
    Sun Life Financial and Clarica.

  • “We are extremely pleased with the outcome
    of this process with Sun Life Financial,” said Fran�ois C�t�,
    Executive Vice President, BCE
    Emergis. “This confirms our leading position
    in the marketplace and we are gratified to have been recognized as
    such with this new
    agreement. We have the people, the
    technology and the commitment to ensure Sun Life Financial’s
    continued and long-term satisfaction
    with our services,” he said.

BCE Emergis’ eHealth Solutions Group, North
America, serves the transaction-intensive health care industry with
a range of integrated
solutions that simplify administrative
processes, decrease costs and facilitate the highest quality of
care. In the U.S., Emergis’ eHealth
Solutions Group is one of largest provider
networks, working in partnership with more than 500,000 physicians
and 4,800 acute care
hospitals. In Canada, the group is the
largest pharmacy benefit manager in the country, working with six of
the country’s largest payers
and 99% of its pharmacies. Our advanced,
scalable electronic technology solutions transform business
processes, help clients grow their
businesses and advance the health care
industry. BCE Emergis shares (TSX: IFM) are included in the S&P/TSX
Composite index.