In Sun Life’s announcement of the launch of the Dean Connor Sun Life Inclusion Scholarships for Black and Indigenous Students, new CEO Kevin Strain shares why it was important to honour his predecessor by supporting diversity and inclusion. Sun Life will provide up to 100 scholarships, as well as mentorship, internship and employment opportunities, to fourth-year university students who self-identify as Black or part of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities over the next five years. This program marks an important step in helping the company reach the goals in the The BlackNorth Initiative and its pursuit of a Progressive Aboriginal Relations certification to foster a diverse workforce that represents the communities where we live and work.

“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is part of Sun Life’s DNA. We’re proud to launch this scholarship program because it supports equity for Black and Indigenous students when it comes to higher education and career opportunities by breaking down barriers to support their growth and development.”

Kevin Strain, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sun Life Financial Inc.