Awards and recognition

At Sun Life Financial we take great pride in the accomplishments of our business operations, our employees and our advisors. Read on to see what our employees, advisors and businesses are achieving.

Sun Life gets a perfect score when it comes to LGBTQ Diversity and Inclusion

Sun Life Financial received a perfect score, for the second year in a row, on the LGBT Corporate Canadian Index (CCI) for our strong commitment in taking quantifiable actions to support the LGBTQ community. The LGBT CCI measures LGBTQ diversity and inclusion for Canadian companies listed on the S&P/TSX Composite Index, by rating workplaces on their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. We’re proud to be included on the Index and celebrate our achievements in promoting equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ community and in the workplace.

Sun Life Financial recognized as one of the best places to work in Ontario by Indeed

Sun Life Financial is one of the 2018 top-10 "Best Places to Work in Ontario" as named by Indeed, the world's #1 job website. We were recognized based on Sun Life employee reviews of work-life balance; competitive salary and benefits; job security and advancement; and management and culture.

At Sun Life, our people are at the core of our business. If you’re looking to join an industry-leading organization that offers employees the opportunity to grow, innovate and achieve in a modern work environment, take a look at what we have to offer.

Sun Life Financial named one of LinkedIn’s top 25 companies to work for in Canada

LinkedIn named Sun Life Financial one of LinkedIn’s top 25 companies to work for in Canada for our focus on career development and growth, fostering an inclusive and collaborative environment and, most importantly, listening to what’s important to employees and keeping their perspectives top of mind in all of our workplace initiatives.

At Sun Life, our people make the difference. Learn more about what we have to offer, if you want to join a leading international financial services company and you want to innovate, inspire and be inspired.

Sun Life Financial named one of the 2018 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

Sun Life Financial is one of the 2018 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, as selected by Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and investment advisory company. We are one of just 4 Canadian companies across all sectors – and the only Canadian insurance company – to earn a spot among the 2018 Global 1001.

Applying a data-driven approach, Corporate Knights assesses about 7,000 companies against global industry peers on a suite of up to 17 quantitative key performance indicators covering resource, employee and financial management, green revenue and supplier performance.

Read more about Sun Life's corporate responsibility programs.


The future is still bright - Sun Life is again recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People

At Sun Life, we strive to build the best team for today and tomorrow – it's a key part of our high-performance culture. We know we can't achieve our goals without our people, so we work hard to ensure that our working environment lets all our employees reach their full potential and shape long-term careers with us.

That's why we're so pleased to be named for the third year in a row as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People by the editors of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project.

We stand out from the crowd because of:

  • Our open, bright and agile workspaces, especially our new head office at One York in Toronto
  • The balance, flexibility and choice we offer regarding where and how we work and how we dress while doing that work
  • Agile workteams that encourage participation and speed
  • Ongoing young worker attraction, retention and development programs, such as mentorship, internships, co-op placements and work-study opportunities
  • Our Rotational Leadership Development Programs, which give new grads 3 roles in 3 years to feed our talent pipeline and fast-track leadership development
  • Our increased support for our employees' mental health. We have expanded our list of eligible types of mental health practitioners and increased the psychologist benefit from $1,200 to $15,000 per family member.

At Sun Life, our people make the difference. If you want to join a leading, international financial services company, and you want to innovate, inspire and be inspired, take a look at what we have to offer.

Sun Life Financial wins most Trusted BrandTM award

For the 9th year in a row, Sun Life Financial was chosen as the “Most Trusted Life Insurance Company,” according to the 2018 Reader's Digest Trusted BrandTM Survey. Since the inception of the Reader's Digest Most Trusted BrandTM award, Canadians voted Sun Life the Gold Winner in the Life Insurance Company category. The Ipsos Canada poll, conducted on behalf of Reader's Digest, asked more than 4,000 Canadians to name the brand they trust most in 30 product categories.

TM Trusted Brand is a registered trademark of Reader's Digest Association Canada ULC.

Sun Life Financial named one of Canada's healthiest workplaces

Canadian HR Reporter named Sun Life Financial winner of the Venngo Healthy Workplaces Award in the 2017 National HR Awards for our outstanding mental, physical and financial wellness programs that foster happy, healthy and engaged employees. Our focus on wellness and a healthy workplace helps us fulfill our purpose: “to help our Clients achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives.”

Sun Life Financial named one of Canada’s Best 50 Corporate Citizens

Corporate Knights magazine has once again included Sun Life on its list of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. The 2017 edition places Sun Life No. 10th overall, our 2nd consecutive year in the top 10. Sun Life has appeared on the annual ranking 12 of the 16 years since its inception.

To learn more about Sun Life’s work in sustainability and how we are helping make life brighter around the world, check out our latest Sustainability report.

Sun Life recognized for leading-edge leadership development

We’re extremely proud that Sun Life has received the 2016 Association for Talent Development (ATD) Excellence in Practice Award for Organizational Learning & Development for our Advancing High Performance program. We also received an honourable mention in the Career Development category. The ATD awards are widely respected and recognize programs that meet a demonstrated need, showcase best-in-class design principles, align with other talent strategies in an organization, and deliver sustained, clear and measurable results.

At Sun Life, we are committed to offering Employees at all levels opportunities to grow and develop. Advancing High Performance immerses leaders at the Director level in a hands-on program to sharpen their fundamental leadership abilities. It enhances the way they think and act so they can foster our high-performance culture in their teams. Continuous development - it’s one of the keys to our success today and tomorrow.

For an in-depth look at the program, including its strong design and delivery partnerships with Duke Corporate Education and Second City Works, read "Lessons that last" in the December 2016 issue of Dialogue magazine.

Sun Life ranks #1 in Forrester’s November 2016 Canadian Life Insurance Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark

In the first Canadian life insurance digital sales functionality benchmark by influential, research and advisory firm Forrester Research, Sun Life proudly took the top spot.  Our score of 75/100 outperformed the industry average score of 47/100, thanks to our ability to support the needs of both Clients who prefer to buy online and Clients who prefer to work with an advisor.

Forrester rated’s Life insurance experience using 35 criteria on desktop, tablet and mobile, and categorized the results in 3 stages: discover, explore and buy.  We achieved a near-perfect score at the discover stage, where we help Clients think through their life insurance needs, and we earned the top score for our ability to simplify the sales process.

Sun Life Financial Quebec receives the Mercure for Proactive Workforce Management

Sun Life Financial Quebec received the Mercure award in the Proactive Workforce Management category at the 2015 Mercuriades gala presented by the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec. This honour recognizes the work of our entire team and the quality of talent in our organization.

Sun Life Financial shone brightly in the category recognizing an innovative workforce management strategy.

Les Mercuriades are an annual competition held since 1981 by the FCCQ, Quebec's largest business network. They pay tribute to the visionary thinking, innovation and know-how of companies contributing to growth and development in Quebec and its regions. These companies are inspiring role models for the next generation of business people and for Quebec's entire economic community.

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Sun Life recognized with the 2015 Ethical Boardroom Best Corporate Governance award

Sun Life has been recognized with the 2015 Ethical Boardroom Best Corporate Governance – Financial Services - North America award for our dedication and enduring efforts in fostering good corporate governance practices and ethical behaviour in our operations, growth strategy and culture.

Learn more about our goal of achieving strong governance and our commitment to ethical behaviour in Sun Life's Sustainability Report.

Sun Life scores gold at the SMCC Awards

Sun Life won the prestigious gold award in the category of arts and culture for our partnership with the Sarah McLachlan School of Music (SoM). The Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada (SMCC) awards salute the best in the industry, acknowledging Canadian companies that step outside the box and help redefine sponsorship marketing in Canada.

In 2014, Sun Life announced a 3-year, $300,000 partnership with the SoM in Vancouver, a school dedicated to providing at-risk and underserved youth with free music education. We also leveraged McLachlan’s national tour and made additional donations to 3 music schools in Calgary, Toronto and Moncton. The partnership with the SoM is one of the largest to date under our award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible™ program – aimed at giving Canadians the opportunity to enjoy the very best of our country’s arts and culture community, regardless of their means.

Waterloo 2015 top employer

Sun Life is proud to have been named one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers for 2015.

We are one of 15 companies across all industry sectors, selected by Mediacorp, to make this list. We share this success with all of our employees who make Sun Life a great place to work.

Some of the reasons we are being recognized as a top employer in Waterloo include:

  • A collaborative culture that fuels high performance while supporting work-life balance.
  • Competitive compensation, benefits and incentives, including a share purchase and pension plan and assistance with retirement planning.
  • Aligning performance to compensation which ensures top performers are rewarded for their contributions.

At Sun Life Financial, our people make the difference. If you want to join a leading, international financial services company, and you want to innovate, inspire and be inspired, look at what Sun Life Financial has to offer.

Sun Life listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index – North America

For the 8th consecutive year, Sun Life has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) - North America. The index represents the top 10-15% of the leading sustainability-driven companies in Canada and the United States. DJSI tracks the financial performance of companies based on an analysis of financially material economic, environmental and social factors. The indices are considered to be a benchmark of corporate sustainability and are used by investors as a tool to measure the effectiveness of companies’ sustainability strategies.

Insurance & Investment Journal recognizes Sun Life Women of Influence

The Insurance & Investment Journal published the annual Women of Influence awards, recognizing 50 of Canada's most influential women in the life insurance industry. Among them, Sun Life's Brigitte Parent, Senior Vice-President of Individual Insurance & Wealth, Suzie Labbé, Sun Life Financial advisor and Sonia Wu, Sun Life Financial Centre Manager were recognized for their contributions to the goal of providing financial security to Canadians.

The annual report highlights the accomplishments of 50 of Canada's most influential women in the life insurance industry.