Canadian vacancies

- AVP Government and Regulatory Affairs, Canada

- AVP Government and Regulatory Affairs, Canada

Sun Life Financial

Job Code: COM01444

Job: Communications

Primary Location: CA-ON-Toronto

Employee Status: Regular-Full-time


The new role of AVP Government and Regulatory Affairs, Canada supports that of VP, Public and Corporate Affairs, by being responsible for and driving a strategic plan for Canada as one piece of a truly global public affairs team. It will raise the profile of Sun Life in these emerging areas, by ensuring a position of strategic direction, decision-making and accountability over implementation of Canadian health care advocacy strategies, managing external stakeholder ties and partnerships, and choosing and implementing strategic initiatives in the emerging areas.


Major Accountabilities

Lead the development and implementation of a strategic and proactive government affairs plan by:

Establishing "advocacy" committees on topics that cross the Business Units (BU)

Connecting with the risk management and business planning processes of the Canadian BU on major public policy risks such as health care, the bank act review, transparency in fees, genetic testing, and others

Updating executive teams regularly in a structured way on advocacy priorities and emerging issues.

Managing representation on Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) committees, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, IFIC, Business Council of Canada, etc.

Lead the creation of a Canadian regulatory affairs function including

Preparing submissions to regulatory authorities

Tracking emerging changes to regulations

Building relationships with regulators as required and managing our proactive outreach with regulators and their key influencers.

Draft key messages, speeches and background briefs for use by senior Sun Life Financial representatives (CEO and Business Unit President’s)

Represent Sun Life at meetings and stakeholder consultation sessions with Canadian Government, think tanks

Problem Solving:

Review a financial regulation or public policy initiative to determine the impact it might have on Sun Life Financial Canada business units and work autonomously to develop and implement advocacy strategies that result in positive outcomes for Sun Life's Canadian operations.

Identify changes to regulations and policies and develop mitigation strategies in advance of them even becoming problems.

Specialized Knowledge/Skills:

Specialized knowledge of public policy issues pertaining to the Canadian business sector generally and financial services specifically, to wealth management, pensions and health care

Specialized knowledge of workings of provincial and federal governments and the public policy process

Knowledge of the Canadian financial regulation landscape and key players - wealth management, pensions, benefits, insurance

Demonstrated leadership skills in working independently and performing highly complex assignments, developing, coordinating and executing strategies

Excellent speech / presentation writing ability

Strong research and analytical skills, and in-depth knowledge of the business group strategy and objectives.

Education and Experience:

Minimum 10 years’ experience (or equivalent) in public and government affairs

Experience in the financial services sector an asset, including insurance, banking, wealth management, pensions.

Undergraduate degree plus Masters degree or Law degree is an asset

Bilingual an asset.


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Posted on Aug 8, 2017

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