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Sun Life Global Investments announces Anne Meloche promotion

Anne Meloche

Anne Meloche

Head, Institutional Business

Sun Life Global Investments is pleased to announce promotion of Anne Meloche as a Head of Institutional Business.

Anne joined Sun Life Global Investments in 2012. She was responsible for building and growing our institutional business in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, and more recently leading our business development and client servicing in Canada. As Head of Institutional Business, she will now be accountable for developing the strategy for our institutional business, while continuing to lead the institutional sales team in growing the firm’s Defined Contribution (DC) asset management business nationally. Anne will continue to be an active member of the Sun Life Financial Quebec Leadership Team.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from Concordia University and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.



Sun Life Global Investments announces Firass Kansou appointment

Firass Kansou

Firass Kansou

Director, Business Development and Client Relationships

Sun Life Global Investments is pleased to announce appointment of Firass Kansou as a Director, Business Development and Client Relationships, based in Montreal.

Since joining Sun Life Group Retirement Services (GRS) in 2013 as an Investment Solutions Executive, Firass has been successful in building relationships with plan sponsors, consultants, group advisors and helping to grow the GRS Defined Contribution (DC) business. A seasoned professional in the asset management business, Firass also brings a wealth of investment experience through his previous years at a large consulting firm.

In his new role at SLGI, Firass will be responsible for business development and relationship management for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. He will liaise with investment consultants, group advisors and plan sponsors to promote our investment solutions and grow our DC asset business in these regions.

His strong track record of relationship management and experience in institutional investments make him a welcome addition to the team.



Sun Life Financial announces Cristina dos Santos appointment

Cristina dos Santos

Cristina dos Santos

Director, Extended Health Care, Product Development

Sun Life Financial is thrilled to announce Cristina dos Santos as their new Director of Extended Health Care in Group Benefits.

As an integral part of their Product team, Cristina drives their Client strategy in a constantly evolving landscape to bring outstanding extended health care products to their partners, such as vision care, dental, and paramedical coverage.

She collaborates with Sun Life teams throughout Canada to identify opportunities and provide innovative insurance solutions that are not only cost-effective, but deliver a compelling plan member experience.





Sabeen Purewall appointed as Director, Business Development at Canadian Western Trust

Sabeen Purewall

Sabeen Purewall

Director, Business Development

Canadian Western Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Sabeen Purewall as Director, Business Development of its corporate custody business line.

Located in Toronto, and with more than 15 years of experience, Mr. Purewall will be responsible for continuing CWT’s notable corporate and pension custody growth nationally.

About Canadian Western Trust:
Part of the CWB Financial Group, and with over 30 years of expertise, Canadian Western Trust is a leading national provider of trustee and custody services to brokerage firms, pension plans, investment managers, endowments and other investment pools.




Lawson Lundell LLP has appointed Megan Kaneen as a partner. She advises plan sponsors on a variety of legal matters involving pension plans, health and welfare trusts and other benefits plans.

Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate investment arm of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has appointed Nathalie Palladitcheff as president and Alfonso Graceffa as head of business units. 

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System has named Blake Hutcheson as president and chief pensions officer.

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has named four new partners, including Anna Zalewski in its pension and benefits group.

The Alternative Investment Management Association has appointed Claire Van Wyk-Allan as its new head of Canada.

Eckler Ltd. has appointed Euan Reid as a senior consultant in its Vancouver office.

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans has named Terence Davidson its chief executive officer.

Mercer has named Ashley Witts a partner and wealth leader in its Vancouver office.

Pacific Blue Cross has promoted Matt Lievers to associate vice-president of group business, product and innovation.

New appointments at Morneau Shepell Ltd. include Al Kiel as managing partner of the company’s international consulting practice and its national regulatory and legal practices and Nigel Branker as managing partner for Ontario consulting, including both the retirement solutions and health and benefits consulting practices.

Deron Waldock has joined McCarthy Tétrault LLP as a partner in its national pension, benefits and compensation group.

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board has appointed Neil Cunningham as president and chief executive officer.

Sun Life Financial has made a number of changes to its defined benefit solutions team. Heather Wolfe has been appointed as managing director of liability-driven investment strategies; Mathieu Tessier has been promoted to managing director of client relationships; and Nicole Kennedy has been appointed as director of innovation and inforce management.

New appointments at Morneau Shepell Ltd. include Jason Billard as partner and leader for the B.C. region and Phil Mullen as a partner and retirement solutions leader.

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board‘s Nick Zelenczuk and Graeme Eadie are retiring.

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System has appointed Michael Ryder as a senior managing director and head of Americas for its infrastructure arm, OMERS Ventures.

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. has appointed Shannon Lynch as associate manager, partnership portfolio, public markets.

Chief executive officer of The Alternative Investment Management Association, James Burron, is leaving the organization to launch the Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies and Assets.

GroupHEALTH Benefit Solutions has appointed Gary Walters as senior vice-president of underwriting.

Stikeman Elliott LLP has named Kathleen Chevalier and Kris Noonan as partners in its employment and labour group.

Sun Life Financial Canada has appointed John Hallett as a retirement strategist for group retirement services.

Medavie Blue Cross has appointed Karen Kesteris as director of drug, product and provider management.

Mercer has named Moe Renaud office leader in Ottawa, with a focus on delivering innovative client strategies for health, wealth and career. 


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