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Joint Statement By Canadian Banks and Life Insurance Companies Regarding Annual Meeting Planning

TORONTO, March 20, 2020 /CNW/ - This is a joint statement issued by BMO, CIBC, Canadian Western Bank, Laurentian Bank, National Bank, RBC, Scotiabank, TD Bank, Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life, Manulife and Sun Life. Each of us is actively monitoring COVID-19 developments and the directives from public health and government authorities for group gatherings and social distancing, and we have been taking a series of proactive precautionary measures to help support the health and well-being of our employees, clients and the general public. This degree of care and concern extends to all of our shareholders and policyholders, and we have been carefully considering alternatives for our respective annual meetings.

The health and well-being of our employees, clients, investors and communities is our collective priority. In line with the latest directives from public health and government authorities, we have jointly obtained a court order that allows us to hold our annual meetings, in whole or in part, using electronic means. The order permits our meetings to be conducted over one or more of webcasting, teleconference or other electronic means, in each case in addition to, or instead of, an in-person meeting, and permits alternative means for distributing meeting materials. The order was obtained because Canadian banks and insurance companies are not permitted to conduct an electronic annual meeting in lieu of an in-person meeting without relief from the court.

We believe these precautions are prudent measures to protect the health and well-being of our stakeholders, while supporting shareholder and policyholder engagement and their ability to attend and exercise their rights.

The specific arrangements for each annual meeting will be announced separately prior to the scheduled date. We encourage our shareholders and policyholders to visit our websites in advance of our annual meetings for the most current information.

Bank of Montreal

BMO Life Assurance Company

Media Relations

Paul Gammal
(416) 867-3996


Investor Relations
Jill Homenuk
(416) 867-4770


Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Media Relations

Tom Wallis

(416) 980-4048



Laurentian Bank of Canada

Media Relations

Hélène Soulard

(514) 926-3295 (m)

(514) 284-4500 x 40015 (o)



Royal Bank of Canada

RBC Life Insurance Company

Media Relations

Gillian McArdle

(416) 842-4231


Investor Relations

Asim Imran

(416) 955-7804


Great-West Lifeco Inc.

The Canada Life Assurance Company

Media Relations

Liz Kulyk

(204) 926-5012


Investor Relations

Deirdre Neary

(416) 552-3208



Sun Life Financial Inc.

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

Media Relations

Rajani Kamath

(416) 979-6070


Investor Relations

Leigh Chalmers

(647) 256-8201

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Media Relations

Laura Mergelas

(437) 244-7863 (m) | (416) 285-2639 (o)



Canadian Western Bank

Investor Relations

Chris Williams

(780) 508-8229



National Bank of Canada

Media Relations

Marie-Pierre Jodoin

(514) 394-4209


Investor Relations

Marianne Ratté

1-866-517-5455 /



The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Media Relations

Julie Bellissimo

(416) 965-6050


Investor Relations

Gillian Manning

(416) 308-6014



Manulife Financial Corporation

The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Media Relations

Brooke Tucker-Reid

(647) 528-9601


Investor Relations

Adrienne O'Neill

(416) 926-6997