MaRS partners with Sun Life to expand digital innovation agenda

MaRS partners with Sun Life to expand digital innovation agenda


MaRS Discovery District today announced a partnership with Sun Life Financial. Working within the health and financial technology (fintech) groups at MaRS, Sun Life will connect and collaborate with companies in the MaRS community to continue to push the boundaries in digital health solutions and financial technologies.

Quick Facts
  • Sun Life Financial is an international leader in financial services, providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers.
  • To date, Sun Life Financial has launched a number of digital innovations for the insurance industry including:
    • the Digital Benefits Assistant that leverages big data and advanced analytics to help group members better understand their benefits and pension plans
    • MAX my money@work – a digital enrolment tool that revolutionizes how Canadian plan sponsors handle their fiduciary responsibilities and regularly engage plan members in their workplace retirement and savings plan
    • the Workplace Mental Health Risk Assessment – a digital assessment for workplace mental health risks
  • As of March 31, 2016, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $861 billion.

“At Sun Life, we’re proud of our leadership role in helping to transform our industry through digital and other solutions that respond to our clients’ needs and changing expectations. Our partnership with MaRS will provide unique opportunities to share ideas and collaborate with start-ups on cutting-edge solutions designed to help our clients when it comes to their finances, health and well-being.” – Kevin Dougherty, President, Sun Life Financial Canada.

“Health as we know it is radically being redefined, driven by consumers, technology and the inability of formal health systems to deliver services that meet the needs and expectations of society. With this, health plans and insurers are undergoing a major reconceptualization of their business models and value propositions. As a Canadian and global leader in health insurance, we are thrilled to be working with Sun Life to help realize this new future of health.” – Zayna Khayat, Senior Advisor of Health System Innovation at MaRS.

“Digital financial solutions are providing consumers with greater control over how they save for retirement and benefit from financial services. We are excited that Sun Life is joining the MaRS partnership group to collaborate with a growing community of corporate partners, technology companies and entrepreneurs to further drive financial innovation.” – Adam Nanjee, Head of Financial Technology at MaRS.

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