The Management Information Circular (the “Circular”) contains information about the annual meeting of shareholders of Manulife Financial Corporation, including information relating to the election of directors and the appointment of auditors. The information provided in this news release supplements certain information in the Circular and should therefore be read together with the Circular.
Manulife will hold its annual meeting of shareholders by electronic means
As noted in the news release issued today jointly with certain other Canadian financial institutions, we have taken steps to enable us to hold our annual meeting of shareholders solely by electronic means. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) via a live broadcast.
As set out in the notice of meeting mailed to shareholders, we continue to actively monitor COVID-19 developments and directions from public health and government authorities, and have been taking a series of precautionary measures to help support the health and well-being of our employees, customers and the general public. This degree of care and concern extends to all of our stakeholders, and for that reason we have made the decision to hold our annual meeting solely by electronic means instead of in-person.
We believe this precautionary measure protects the health and well-being of our shareholders, employees and other stakeholders, while also supporting shareholder engagement and enabling shareholders to participate in the annual meeting and vote by electronic means.
How shareholders can exercise their vote and attend electronically
Shareholders are encouraged to vote their shares and submit proxies prior to the meeting. Note that the form of proxy or voting instruction form distributed to shareholders is still valid and may continue to be used to vote shares. For more information on voting in advance of the meeting, refer to pages 10-13 of the Circular.
Shareholders will not be able to attend the meeting in person but are invited to view the live broadcast at manulife.com. By following the instructions below, shareholders and their duly appointed proxyholders will be able to ask questions and vote during the live broadcast. In order to participate in the meeting, shareholders must be connected to the internet.
How shareholders can join the meeting, vote and ask questions:
Any member of the public may join the live broadcast by following the instructions above. Guests can listen to the meeting but are not able to vote or ask questions.
Information on the annual meeting, including any further updates, will be posted on our website (manulife.com).
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Canada, Asia, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2019, we had more than 35,000 employees, over 98,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 30 million customers.