Hub International Limited Press Release

Chicago December 21, 2001 -

Hub International Limited (TSE:HBG.), an international insurance brokerage, announced the appointment of R. Craig Barton as its President, Canadian Operations.

Mr. Barton also serves as President of Barton Insurance Brokers Ltd., Hub International's largest Canadian subsidiary. In his new role Mr. Barton will oversee the coordination of collective initiatives undertaken by Hub International's Canadian brokerages, act as liaison with Hub's executive management and investigate cross-border opportunities with his U.S. counterpart, Bruce D. Guthart, Hub's President, U.S. Operations.

In announcing the appointment, Martin P. Hughes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hub International Limited, stated, "Our Canadian brokerages are an integral component of our operations. The leadership qualities that Craig Barton has demonstrated in managing the growth of Barton Insurance to allow it to attain its current stature as one of Canada's leading middle-market insurance brokers make Craig the ideal appointment for this position. He is well respected within our company and in the insurance community at large. Craig's business insight and acumen will be invaluable to our Canadian brokerages as they develop and execute strategies to grow our business and maximize the opportunities presented in the existing market."

Richard A. Gulliver, Hub International's President and Chief Operating Officer, added, "Craig's entrepreneurial savvy, experience and great working relationship with the leaders of both our Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries make him well-suited for the position of President, Canadian Operations. Our strength is our ability to allow our brokerages to operate with a degree of independence, yet with the guidance and support that Hub International can provide by virtue of its resources and access to our diversified family of brokerages. In his new capacity, Craig will see that our Canadian brokers are aligned to realize the full benefit of being a member of Hub's group of companies."

Mr. Barton, who also will continue to sit on Hub International's Board of Directors and Executive Committee, commented, "We have a very capable management group in Canada who have led our brokerages to a long-standing record of excellent client service and growth. I am looking forward to working with my Canadian colleagues as we move forward with new initiatives in this dynamic and challenging marketplace."

Hub International Limited is an international insurance brokerage that provides a broad range of property, casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services through offices located in Canada and the United States.

Hub International Limited
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