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Brigitte Parent

Sun Life Financial is pleased to announce the appointment of Brigitte Parent as Senior Vice-President, Group Benefits, for Sun Life Financial Canada. Ms. Parent joined Sun Life Financial in 1995 and has extensive experience on the Canadian and International Executive Teams, including leading Individual Insurance and Wealth, Client Solutions, and Group Benefits.

In 2015, Ms. Parent was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by The Women’s Executive Network, where she received the RBC Champions Award to recognize the difference she has made in helping to advance women in the Canadian workplace.

As a key leader of the Canadian Executive Team, Ms. Parent will continue to drive innovation and growth within Sun Life’s Group Benefits business as they work to support employees’ physical, mental, and financial health needs.

About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2016, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $861 billion. For more information please visit

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

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For information on posting a paid appointment notice, please contact: Alison Webb, publisher, at 416.764.3876. Send all other announcements to Jennifer Paterson, managing editor, Benefits Canada.