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About Town | PMAP Awards Sun Life HR Chief People Manager of the Year


Sun Life Philippines’ (Sun Life) Chief Human Resources Officer Hiyasmin “Yahmin” Mattison, was recently honored as “People Manager of the Year” by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP).

Mattison was recognized for her efforts in ensuring the welfare of over a thousand Sun Life employees nationwide amid the hindrances posed by the pandemic. Her team has been at the forefront in these extraordinary times, helping the community transition to working remotely while also staying safe and healthy.

Among the programs launched under Mattison’s watch are the Employee Assistance Program, which provides adequate psychological support mechanisms; Sun Life Gigs, which allows employees from various departments to volunteer for tasks that would fast-track the company’s service to clients while providing development opportunities; and Protected as One, the company’s vaccination program.

All these are on top of mounting various people development programs, digitalizing people processes, and holding employee engagement activities. “I am truly honored and grateful for this award, especially as it has been bestowed on me by PMAP, an organization that has been so much a part of my professional development and my career,” says Mattison. “I share this award with my own HR team, who have worked tirelessly over their own personal struggles and have always given me reason to keep going. A leader is only as strong as the team behind her, and I am certain that I have the best team a people manager can hope for.”

Sun Life Philippines CEO & Country Head Mr. Benedict Sison lauded Mattison’s achievement. “The innovations that Yahmin and her team initiated enabled Sun Life to maintain business continuity, drive organizational transformation, and help employees navigate through the crisis.

In turn, the workforce was able to help the organization achieve operational resilience and continue fulfilling its obligations to its clients,” he said. “We are proud of Yahmin and congratulate her on this wonderful milestone.”


Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Bermuda. As of June 30, 2021, Sun Life had total assets under management of $1.36 trillion. For more information please visit

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF..