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Sun Life Financial's Mark Saunders named ITAC CanadianCIO of the Year

Press Release from Sun Life Financial Inc.

Saunders pays tribute to Sun Life's commitment to innovation and digital transformation at the ITAC Ingenious Awards

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) ("Sun Life") is pleased to announce that Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Mark Saunders has been named this year's ITAC CanadianCIO of the Year for the private sector.

Saunders received the recognition last night at the 2018 ITAC Ingenious Awards gala. The award celebrates Chief Information Officers who stand out by demonstrating business and technological vision and embracing entrepreneurship while driving transformation and delivering measurable results.

"Above all, this recognition is very much a tribute to our teams at Sun Life," said Mark Saunders, Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Sun Life Financial. "I'm proud to lead the teams behind this win who have embraced technology to transform our business and innovate for our Clients. Our focus on digital transformation continues to translate into Client satisfaction and value to our businesses, helping to differentiate Sun Life in the market."

This recognition caps off a year of important milestones for Sun Life including the introduction of industry-first digital solutions like Ella, Sun Life's interactive digital coach aimed at helping Sun Life Clients get the most from their benefit and pension plans. The company also introduced new additions to the my Sun Life mobile app, offering Clients more choice and making it easier for them to do more from their mobile devices. Most recently, Sun Life launched Lumino Health – an innovative digital health platform offering ratings, cost and other information to help Canadians find and select a health care resource that is the best fit for them within seconds. The award similarly highlights Sun Life's commitment to innovation through its strategic relationship with identity and authentication provider SecureKey and its support of early-stage fintech companies through contributions to venture capital funds such as Luge Capital.

Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkSaundersCIO

About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. 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 June 30, 2018, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of $986 billion. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com.

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

Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars except as otherwise noted.

Media Relations Contact:
J.R Gabriel
Senior Communications Specialist
Corporate Communications
T. 416-809-0826
jon-ross.gabriel@sunlife.com

SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.

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