Meet the Sun Life Global Investments leadership team.

Oricia Smith is President of SLGI Asset Management Inc. and Senior Vice President of Investment Solutions for Sun Life Canada. She is responsible for the development, management and growth of Sun Life Global Investments. Oricia is passionate about solving the retirement and estate needs of Canadians, delivering first-of-their-kind digital innovations, and showing a commitment to sustainability.

Oricia joined Sun Life in 2016, as Head of the International Investment Centre (IIC), an investment consulting and manager research team with relationships with more than 100 investment management companies. The IIC is responsible for oversight and governance on over C$150 billion of assets invested on behalf of Sun Life and Sun Life’s Clients globally. In 2017, Oricia moved into SLC Management, Sun Life’s global institutional asset management company, and expanded her role to include accountability for SLC Management’s Product Development, CRM and Sales Analytics team.

Prior to joining Sun Life, Oricia spent over 17 years at Invesco and started her career in the investment banking division at TD Securities.

Oricia is actively involved in the industry and is dedicated to closing the gender gap for women in wealth, helping to build a stronger, more equitable financial industry. Oricia is the co-founder of 100 Women Who Care Toronto West, a former Trustee of the Sun Life Benevolent Fund and a former Executive Sponsor of Sun Life’s InvestHER Women’s Network. Since joining Sun Life, Oricia has earned numerous prestigious awards. In 2022, Oricia was awarded Canada’s Most Powerful Women Award among Executive Leaders by the Women Exchange Network (WXN), recognizing her leadership both within the organization and community, as well as her dedication to champion equality and break down barriers for the next generation of leaders to come. In 2023, Oricia was named one of Wealth Professional’s Top 50 Leading Women in Wealth for her outstanding professional achievements and meaningful contributions to the Canadian financial industry. She is a current board member for the Investment Funds Institute of Canada and former member of their Strategic Research Committee. Oricia is also a past member of the Ontario Securities Commission Investment Funds Product Advisory and past President of Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club.

Oricia has both an HBA and MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business and is a Rotman alumni as a The Judy Project graduate. 

As Chief Investment Officer and Head of Multi-Asset Solutions, Chhad Aul is responsible for the development, evolution and execution of the investment philosophy, process and investment team managing SLGI Asset Management Inc.’s funds, separate accounts and strategies. This includes chairing the Asset Allocation Committee and Investment Oversight Committee and leading the activities of the Multi-Asset Solutions team to drive performance and manage risk.

When Chhad joined the company in 2014 he brought with him deep expertise in quantitative strategies, asset allocation and investing with derivatives. He uses these strengths to build and manage sophisticated solutions for Canadian investors seeking broadly diversified portfolios.

To increase investor knowledge, Chhad connects with advisors and consultants across Canada to discuss the market and his team’s investment process.

Prior to joining Sun Life Global Investments, Chhad was Vice-President and Senior Portfolio Manager at State Street Global Advisors where he managed a broad number of equity strategies – from traditional long-only funds to alternative strategies and hedge funds. Earlier, he was Associate Portfolio Manager at Hillsdale Investment Management and a Quantitative Analyst at TD Securities.

Chhad holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering Science and a Master of Mathematical Finance degree, both from the University of Toronto. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Jason Agaby is Vice-President, Product Management and Investment Risk at Sun Life Global Investments. He leads the development and management of the firm’s product platform including investment funds, segregated funds and guaranteed products such as payout annuities, accumulation annuities and Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs). He is a recognized industry expert with over 25 years of financial services experience in product development and management, investment management, financial advisory and investment banking with major international financial institutions in Canada and overseas.

Before joining Sun Life Global Investments in April 2018, Jason was Vice-President, Product Development and Managed Solutions at a large asset manager in Toronto. Jason served three terms as a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Investment Funds Product Advisory Committee and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.

Jason graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. He holds the CFA, CFP and CIM designations (awarded gold medal for academic excellence 1997-1998) and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.

Sal Ammirato is Vice President, Head of Retail Distribution & Channel Strategy at Sun Life Global Investments. As a member of the leadership team, Sal is responsible for the leading the distribution team while navigating the strategic direction, vision, and growth to increase Sun Life Global Investments’ wealth business. As seasoned professional with over 20 years of asset management experience, Sal is known for driving brand growth, maximizing operational distribution excellence, and delivering financial performance.

Sal is a graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University where he earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. He also holds a variety of industry designations from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Sal is based in Toronto, Ontario with his wife, Mary, three children, and dog named Rio.

As Head of Institutional Business for Sun Life Global Investments, Anne Meloche is responsible for developing the strategy for our institutional business. Anne leads the national institutional sales team, who work with plan sponsors, consultants and advisors to educate and promote the firm’s innovative solutions for group retirement platforms. Anne is also an active member of the Sun Life Quebec Leadership Team.

After joining Sun Life Global Investments in 2012, Anne advanced through a number of senior positions. She has been responsible for building and growing our institutional business in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, and more recently leading our business development and client servicing nationally.

Anne joined Sun Life Global Investments from a large consulting firm in Montreal where she worked for almost 15 years. As Partner, her main responsibilities were managing the DC business for Eastern Canada operations and providing advice to large private and public sector organizations sponsoring DC plans on all aspects related to implementation, management and oversight.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from Concordia University and is a Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

Amanda Correa is Head of Marketing, Wealth and Insurance Marketing, Sun Life. Amanda is responsible for the development and execution of the marketing strategy and brand awareness for Sun Life Global Investments, focusing on both the retail and institutional channels and enhancing client experiences. She is responsible for connecting Wealth and Insurance initiatives, linking end-to-end product and marketing support to help drive sales while also creating more operating efficiencies across marketing teams.

She is a seasoned leader with a passion to drive outcomes. Amanda has spent her entire career in the investment industry covering all aspects of marketing including channel strategy, advertising and promotional campaigns, product marketing, digital marketing and events throughout North America.

Prior to joining Sun Life Global Investments in 2021, Amanda was a Director, Multi-Channel and Segmentation Strategy at a large Canadian investment fund company.

Holding an MBA from the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfred Laurier University, Amanda also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from York University. She is currently a board member for Women in ETFs Canada.

Ali Jaffer is Head of Investment Operations for SLGI Asset Management Inc. Ali is responsible for developing and executing the investment operations growth strategy within the firm across the retail, institutional and segregated fund business.

Ali joined SLGI Asset Management in 2019 and has over 18 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining SLGI Asset Management, Ali spent 11 years at AGF Investments Inc., most recently as Vice President, Investment Operations where he implemented numerous investment-related systems to increase operational efficiencies and reduce risk. He was also responsible for building out the operational framework and support model for AGF’s Exchange Traded Funds.

Ali is the father of two children.  And in his spare time, he is an assistant coach on his son’s hockey team and has volunteered with other hockey organizations for nearly 20 years.

Ali, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, is also a member of the Canadian Capital Markets Association and previously was a member of the Canadian ETF Association.

Andrew Melnychuk is accountable for the overall leadership and direction of the governance and business controls functions for Sun Life Global Investments' solutions and products. He leads the overall governance framework, adherence to compliance and risk policies and effectiveness of controls as it relates to all facets of the Sun Life Global Investments business. His team works to ensure the business has effective processes and governance structures in place to manage internal and regulatory requirements. 

Andrew has more than 17 years of governance and compliance experience, leading diverse teams and working with stakeholders at all levels.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Law at Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario.