Sun Life Financial CEO says future trends will lead to growth



    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - In his remarks during the company's annual
meeting of shareholders and policyholders today in Toronto, Sun Life Financial
CEO Donald Stewart told the audience that despite the current economic
environment, Sun Life is well-positioned to manage through this challenging
economy. "We are at the forefront of powerful demographic, social and
regulatory trends shaping the world's future. These trends are driving demand
for the financial products that we create and sell and they represent a
tremendous growth opportunity for Sun Life going forward."
    He went on to say, "Millions of people around the world have placed their
confidence in Sun Life to navigate through the type of volatility and
uncertainty that we are now experiencing. We will continue to earn that
confidence through innovative solutions that offer security and peace of mind
via guarantees that they can count on."
    A copy of Mr. Stewart's remarks, his slide presentation and an archived
version of the webcast is available on www.sunlife.com.
    It was also announced that a new director, the Honourable Hugh D. Segal,
CM was elected to the Board of Directors by shareholders at the meeting.
Senator Segal spent several decades in the private and public sectors before
his appointment to the Senate of Canada in 2005. He is also a Senior Fellow at
the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and a
professor of public policy at Queen's School of Business.

    About Sun Life Financial

    Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services
organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation
products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in
1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets
worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland,
Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. As of
March 31, 2009, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets
under management of $375 billion. For more information please visit
www.sunlife.com.
    Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and
Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under ticker symbol SLF.

    Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.





For further information:

For further information: Media Relations Contact: Steve Kee, Assistant
Vice-President, Communications, Tel: (416) 979-6237, steve.kee@sunlife.com;
Investor Relations Contact: Paul Petrelli, Vice-President, Investor Relations,
Tel: (416) 204-8163, investor.relations@sunlife.com


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