Patricia Callon, LL.B., BA (Hons)

Patricia Callon is Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, Sun Life Financial Inc.. Appointed in 2014, she leads the legal team that supports Sun Life’s Canadian and global institutional asset management businesses. Committed to diversity and inclusion, she is a member of Sun Life’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Executive Council and Chair of Sun Life Canada’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. A champion of clear communication in the financial services industry, she is also an executive sponsor of Sun Life’s plain language program.

She is Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada and has served on several corporate and community boards, including Meridian Credit Union, Toronto Hydro Corporation, Women General Counsel Canada and MicroSkills Community Development Centre. In 2013, she received a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Corporate Directors award.

Her legal and executive experience spans private practice, in-house and regulatory roles across all major financial services sectors. Her career began at Blake Cassels & Graydon, LLP followed by in-house roles at Sun Life and Seaboard Life (now part of Industrial Alliance). She joined CIBC in 1998 where she rose to Vice-President and Associate General Counsel, Wealth Management and in 2005 moved to the Ontario Securities Commission where she led policy development for mutual fund disclosure. From 2009, Trish was Chief Legal Officer and Director, Stakeholder Outreach and Communications at the Canadian Securities Transition Office, the organization that led the work to create a new Canadian securities regulator.