Waterloo, ON, September 17, 2010 – Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada the nation�s premier provider of Insurance and Risk
Management services to the Canadian Public Sector has entered into an exclusive
arrangement with MMI of Waterloo, Ontario, to provide a private labeled, customized
version of CatastroPhone� Telecommunication Disaster Recovery Service to the
Canadian public entity market. The private labeled service is DisasterPhone�
�DisasterPhone� allows subscribing members to immediately restore incoming call
handling and distribution to key employees wherever they are following an emergency or
disaster � even if the business premises has been destroyed or rendered inaccessible
by any cause� says Greg Dalton, President & CEO of MMI/CatastroPhone�.
�DisasterPhone� allows the subscriber to determine appropriate call routing to key personnel and Emergency Measures designates before disaster strikes,� advises Paul
Dorman Managing Director of JLT. �In addition to the basic need for preparedness and
business continuity planning, public entities are bound by legislation at both the federal
and provincial levels to ensure that adequate Emergency Measures protocols are in
place. DisasterPhone� delivers a key component to compliance with this legislation�
Through the DisasterPhone�� web portal, subscribers can tailor call routing to
alternative facilities, employee cell phones and hand held devices, or to third party
emergency measures service providers. DisasterPhone� retains the configuration
input in its data vault for use at the time of activation of emergency service. Once
initialized, calls to employees� normal extension numbers are automatically distributed
remotely, in accordance with the subscribers predetermined directives.
�While the original CatastroPhone� telecommunication disaster recovery model has
been designed for the Canadian SME market through the insurance broker channel, JLT
immediately recognized the relevance of the service to address pressing concerns of the
public sector:� Dalton adds.
�Because JLT has demonstrated an unparalleled understanding of the needs of the
public sector � particularly with respect to specific Emergency Measures legislation, we
agreed that a private brand exclusive representation for the public sector was ultimately
in the best interest of the public entities subscribing to the service� says Dalton. �JLT
will be the authority in Canada for this essential service for public organizations.�
�This is the only solution of its kind in North America that we�ve identified � it�s exactly what we were looking for� says JLT Managing Director, Terry Patterson, �and our
international offices will be watching with interest as we roll the service out across
Canada. We expect adoption of the service to have a viral effect.
Offered exclusively under the brand DisasterPhone� the service will be initially
extended to over 300 provincial, municipal and affiliated public entities already enjoying
the benefit of JLT�s insurance and risk management services. Municipal clients not
currently sourcing their insurance solutions from JLT will have access to the service
commencing January 1, 2011, as will private sector enterprises wishing to enroll through
any of JLT�s seven Canadian offices.
JLT is a subsidiary of the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group. Jardine Lloyd Thompson
Canada is a leading risk management, insurance and employee benefits specialty
brokerage firm. The Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group is one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage
firms. JLT Group employs 5,000 professionals worldwide and has offices in 33
countries. All the benefits of this worldwide network can be accessed from our Canadian
offices. In Canada, JLT was formed in 1900, operates from seven offices in four provinces and
employs over 250 professionals. JLT has maintained steady growth since its� founding
in Canada. www.jltcanada.com/.
DisasterPhone� is a customized, private labeled version of CatastroPhone�, a
trademarked telecommunication disaster recovery service developed by Manic
Marketing Inc. (MMI) of Waterloo, Ontario. MMI�s principals draw from over fifty years of
insurance program development and marketing, technology and integrated risk
Fibernetics Corp, one of Canada�s leading providers of voice and data solutions and a CRTC licensed CLEC telecommunication carrier provides national infrastructure
fulfillment for DisasterPhone�.http://disasterphone.ca/.