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Prosperity of Asian Economies to be Studied in New Research Project at
UofT's Martin Prosperity Institute
TORONTO, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Martin
Prosperity Institute (MPI) at the University of Toronto's Rotman
School of Management, in partnership with Manulife Financial, has
established the Manulife Asia Desk; a hub for thought leadership and
research related to Asian economies and prosperity.
The Manulife Asia Desk will be a multi-year project focused on
understanding the prosperity, urbanization, and sustainability of Asia
and its cities. Lead by MPI Research Director Dr. Kevin Stolarick, the
project will provide quality, relevant research for organizations
looking at expanding into Asian markets. Research results will be
shared through a series of reports as well as events including
seminars and roundtables involving the researchers from the MPI and
"We have significant business interests in Asia and we're continuing
to develop that opportunity to the fullest," says Jason Dehni, Senior
Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Manulife Financial. "The more we
know, the better we will be able to serve those markets. We believe
other companies can experience success in Asia as well. That's the
focus of the Manulife Asia Desk - supporting research that informs
other companies about the unique business landscapes in different
"Understanding the Creative Economy in India's Cities" is the first
report in series from the Manulife Asia Desk that will examine
prosperity in Asia, which sheds light on the prosperity of India's
fifty most competitive cities. The report pursues a creative economy
perspective against the backdrop of India's urbanization and economic
transitioning from an agricultural and industrial economy to a
creativity- and service-based post-industrial economy. With the
support from Manulife Financial, MPI will expand their research to
China and East Asia.
"With the Manulife Asia Desk, we aim to provide informed research to
shape debate about economic prosperity and to inform private, public
and civic decision-making at the highest levels on Asian economies,"
says Jamison Steeve, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute.
"We're grateful for the support of Manulife Financial which has a
strong track record of success in Asia."
About Manulife Financial Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based
financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and
the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable,
trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant
financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents
and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth
management products and services to millions of clients. We also
provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds
under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were
approximately C$599 billion (US$563 billion) as at December 31, 2013.
The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and
primarily as John Hancock in the United States. Manulife Financial
Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945'
on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at
About Rotman School of Management The Rotman School of Management at
the University of Toronto is redesigning business education for the
21st century with a curriculum based on Integrative Thinking. Located
in the world's most diverse city, the Rotman School fosters a new way
to think that enables the design of creative business solutions. For
more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca.
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SOURCE Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
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CO: Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Manulife Financial
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