May 9, 2012 -

Equitable Life of Canada was pleased to announce the election of Robert Badun and Craig Richardson to its Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting yesterday.

Robert Badun has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice-President, Investments at AGF Investments.  Prior to joining AGF in 2006, he co-founded Highstreet Asset Management, and served as Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer.

He has served on the boards of a number of organizations, including the Portfolio Management Association of Canada, the Robarts Research Institute and The King's University College. In addition to joining the Equitable Life of Canada Board of Directors, he was recently appointed to the Stratford Festival's Board.  

Robert holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Calgary.

Craig Richardson has more than 20 years of experience in the food processing industry. For the past 12 Years, he has served as President of Grand River Foods, a $250 million food processor employing over 400 people in the K-W Region. Prior to joining Grand River Foods, he served in various leadership roles at Strathroy Foods Limited, including five years as President. 

Craig has served on numerous industry and community-based organizations throughout his career. He is a co-founder and current President of the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors and also serves as Chair of the Conestoga College Board of Governors.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and has completed the Canadian Agri-Food Executive Development Program at the University of Guelph.

About Equitable Life of Canada
Since 1920, people have been depending on Equitable Life of Canada for financial protection. As one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in Canada, Equitable Life is dedicated solely to its policyholders. Everything we do is focused on providing them with personalized service, security and wellbeing.

Through partnerships with Managing General Agencies and Advisors across Canada, we offer a wide selection of competitive Individual Life and Health, Savings and Retirement, and Group Benefits products to meet a range of financial planning and health needs.

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