iA Financial Group announces the acquisition of ABEX Brokerage Services Inc.

iA Financial Group and PPI continue to lead in insurance brokerage in Canada

Quebec, QC (Apr. 10, 2018) – iA Financial Group today announces the acquisition of ABEX Brokerage Services Inc. and its subsidiary ABEX National Brokerage. ABEX is a managing general agency supporting independent insurance advisors in Western Canada.

Established in 1986 by founders Duaine and Lorraine Miller, ABEX offers support and service to advisors in the broad market, through offices in Alberta and British Columbia, under the management of Kevin Miller and Carissa Seguin. “We are pleased and excited to continue supporting our independent advisors as part of a strong, national organization. We are confident that this transaction will ensure a strong, stable future for our advisors,” said Kevin Miller.
“With the acquisition of ABEX, iA Financial Group continues to grow its insurance brokerage distribution in Canada,” commented Denis Ricard, Chief Operating Officer of iA Financial Group. “Our subsidiary, PPI, will provide these advisors with best-of-class, expanded services for both insurance and wealth management. In addition, the PPI Advisory division that focuses on ultra high-net-worth clients brings new tools and opportunities for ABEX advisors.”

Effective immediately, all operations of ABEX will be fully integrated and assumed by PPI.  “On behalf of PPI and iA Financial Group, we extend a warm welcome to ABEX advisors and staff,” said Jim Virtue, President and CEO of PPI Solutions. “This acquisition continues to demonstrate iA Financial Group’s firm belief in the value of distribution through independent advisors, and we look forward to supporting ABEX’s advisors with PPI’s full range of marketing, technology, underwriting, education and planning tools.”

About iA Financial Group

Founded in 1892, iA Financial Group is one of the largest insurance and wealth management companies in Canada. It also operates in the United States. Its stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol IAG.

About PPI

PPI connects advisors and their clients with precisely what they need to achieve leading-edge financial solutions. As an insurance marketing organization, PPI offers actuarial, tax and specialized expertise in all aspects of life insurance, and specifically in its design and custom application. PPI delivers the calibre of estate planning and technical support for advisors that helps Canadians to plan ahead.

Source: Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

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