Sun Life’s The Conversation and sponsorship of the Canadian HR Reporter roundtable


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Sun Life is already one of Canada’s top group benefits plan providers, but there’s a difference between being a top provider and being an industry leader; it’s about top-line thinking, not just bottom-line results.  It’s not just about us; it’s about ideas and innovation and how we at Sun Life can move the industry forward.

What is The Conversation? 

The Conversation is the new identity for our group benefits thought leadership platform.  We recognize it takes many voices to have a great conversation, and we are working with a wide range of people – inside and outside of our organization – to make the conversation happen. These are subject experts, visionaries, academics and leaders in best practices and innovative ideas, and Sun Life is in an excellent position to facilitate this dialogue between them. We understand the power of great minds – The Conversation is our way of bringing these minds together.

The Conversation in action

You can find a great example of The Conversation in action, featured on the June covers of Executive Series Digest magazine and the Canadian HR Reporter. We helped bring together our plan sponsors, subject experts, consultants and others to talk about new methods for helping plan sponsors recognize and tackle mental health in the workplace and break the stigma surrounding this issue. Sun Life helped make it possible by sponsoring the Canadian HR Reporter roundtable discussion on the new National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, with the goal of advancing the awareness of mental health from a group benefits perspective.

Who was there?

The panelists included participants from various fields with the discussion moderated by Todd Humber.

  • Moderator: Todd Humber, Managing Editor, Canadian HR Reporter
  • Cheryl Edwards, Partner, Heenan Blaikie
  • Sari Sairanen, National Health and Safety Director, Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union
  • Carey Uyeda, Disability Services Manager, Fallsview Casino Resort
  • Ian Arnold, former chair of the Workforce Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)
  • Sue Brown, Principal, Mercer
  • Brian Knowler, Staff Sergeant with an Ontario police service
  • Drew Sousa, Manager, Employee Health Services, City of Mississauga

To watch a video from the event, click here.

More from Sun Life

In addition to the cover story about the roundtable, Sun Life also had the opportunity to write an article on the topic that was also published in the June edition of the Executive Series Digest.  This is one of the first instances where The Conversation brand made an appearance in an external publication. 

Written by our own Lysa Taylor-Kinch, Director, Market Development in Group Benefits, the article addresses the fact that there is help available for plan sponsors who are dealing with mental health in their company and that health goes beyond just the physical. She says that when physical and psychological health are “integrated together we can help improve the chances of increasing the overall health of the organization and the employees who contribute to the success of the business.”


Contact your Sun Life Financial group benefits representative.