Core investment platform update: Three new funds from Sun Life Global Investments

June 15, 2015

Plan sponsors may wish to consider whether this investment news has any implications for the investment options available within their plans. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada purchases units of the funds listed below, which are established as segregated funds in accordance with the Insurance Companies Act (Canada).

We are pleased to announce that in April of this year we added three new funds to our Core investment platform. The addition of the below three funds deepens our offering in specialty equity (e.g. global mid-cap, listed infrastructure and Canadian small cap), and expands the investment options available to Defined Contribution (DC) plan sponsors and their plan members. The funds are managed by Sun Life Global Investments and are sub-advised by Sionna (Canadian small cap) and Sentry (global mid-cap, listed infrastructure).

The following three segregated funds are now available:

  • Sun Life Sionna Canadian Small Cap
  • Sun Life Sentry Global Mid Cap
  • Sun Life Sentry Listed Infrastructure

Fund Summaries

Segregated Fund Name Asset Class Benchmark Objective/strategy
Sun Life Sionna Canadian Small Cap Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity

BMO Nesbitt Burns Small Cap Index


The Fund seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation through exposure to primarily equity securities of small to medium capitalization Canadian companies by tracking the performance of the Sionna Canadian Small Cap Equity Fund. Sionna will target companies with a market capitalization between $100 million - $1.5 billion and employ a Value based strategy, investing in companies trading below intrinsic value.
Sun Life Sentry Global Mid Cap Global Small/Mid Cap Equity

MSCI ACWI Mid Cap Index


The Fund seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation primarily by investing directly in a diversified portfolio of medium capitalization global companies or indirectly by investing in mutual funds (including exchange-traded funds) that invest in such securities.
Sun Life Sentry Listed Infrastructure Global Equity

S&P Global Infrastructure Total Return Index (in CAD)


The Fund seeks to provide attractive risk-adjusted returns and inflation-protected income by investing directly in securities of global companies with direct or indirect exposure to infrastructure or indirectly by investing in mutual funds (including exchange-traded funds) that invest in such securities.

About the managers
Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc.(SLGI) brings together the best talent in asset management, investment research and product innovation from Canada and around the world. SLGI offers a diverse lineup of investment options from some of the best asset managers from around the world, which they manage in-house and through sub-advisory relationships. SLGI is a member of the Sun Life Financial group of companies.

Sionna Investment Managers was founded in 2002 and is an independent and employee-owned firm. With over 80 years of shared portfolio management experience, they are experts in the Canadian market. Sionna believe in bottom-up investment approach and is committed to leadership in corporate governance and regulatory compliance.  

Sentry Investments was founded in 1997 and is one of Canada's fastest-growing independent asset management companies. Sentry manages over $12 billion in assets on behalf of more than 400,000 Canadian investors. The ultimate goal of Sentry’s investment process is to provide superior risk-adjusted returns. Sentry gives portfolio managers the latitude to manage portfolios free of traditional benchmark constraints. The Sentry investment team does all its own research, focusing particularly on strong balance sheets, growing free cash flow and return on capital.

Morningstar® reporting and Investment documents
Investment Guidelines and Morningstar® investment reporting are available on Sun Life Financial's Plan Sponsor Services website at When logged into the website, under the Administration and reporting tab, select Group Retirement Services, then on the top navigation menu select Investments >> Governance reports.

Please contact your Sun Life Financial Group Retirement Services representative.