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Bill Morneau resigns as Executive Chair of Morneau Shepell


Jill Denham appointed Chair of the Board of Directors

TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell Inc. (TSX: MSI) ("Morneau Shepell" or the "Company) today announced that following his election as a federal Member of Parliament, Bill Morneau resigned today as Executive Chair of Morneau Shepell. Mr. Morneau will no longer be involved in the Company's management.

Effective immediately, Jill Denham will take on the role of Chair of the Board. Ms Denham has been on the Board of Directors of Morneau Shepell and its predecessor since 2008.   Among other roles, Ms Denham was Vice Chair at CIBC Retail Markets, and a Director of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board.  She is currently a director of several companies, including National Bank of Canada.  She holds an HBA from the University of Western Ontario School of Business Administration and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I'd like to thank Bill for his guidance and leadership over his many years in building Morneau Shepell into Canada's leading human resources consulting and technology company, and wish him well in this exciting phase of public service that he is entering," said Ms Denham.  "We have a strong leadership team at Morneau Shepell, under the direction of Alan Torrie, President and Chief Executive Officer.  We are confident in the depth and continuity of the management team to continue to deliver on our strategic plan and maintain our focus on creating shareholder value."

"On behalf of all of our almost 4,000 employees and the management team I'd like to thank Bill for his leadership at Morneau Shepell.  His vision and his commitment helped to build the successful business that we are today," said Alan Torrie, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "We all wish him well in this exciting new phase of his career."

About Morneau Shepell Inc.
Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrative approach to employee assistance, health, benefits, and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of Employee and Family Assistance Programs, the largest administrator of pension and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. Through health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions, Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and improve their competitive position.

Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves more than 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations in North America. With almost 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States, and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit

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SOURCE Morneau Shepell - Corporate

For further information: Nathan Gibson, Manager, Corporate Communications, Morneau Shepell, 416-390-2641,