About the company

Paul and Terry Klassen


Paul and Terry Klaassen founded Sunrise Senior Living more than 35 years ago. Ever since, Sunrise has been based on the same simple yet innovative vision — to create alternative senior living options that champion quality of life.

 Founders Paul and TerryToday, Paul and Terry’s vision is reflected in our person-centred approach to care, which focuses on each resident as an individual and understands their unique needs. The result: tailored living, service and care options that enable each and every one of our residents to live life on their own terms.
Sunrise care homes focus on nurturing interests, promoting well-being and enabling everyone to participate in an active and social community, we offer a welcoming home for older adults and reassurance for their friends and families.

Many years after the first Sunrise opened its doors, Paul and Terry are still involved in Sunrise today. You can read more about Paul and Terry in The Sunrise Story.



Chris Winkle


Chris Winkle was named Chief Executive Officer for Sunrise Senior Living in April 2014. He joined Sunrise in 2013, as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all Sunrise care home operations in the United States andCanada, as well as Sales, Resident Care and Programming, Development, Facilities Management (including Capital Expenditures and Interior Design), Dining and Human Resources for the business.

Prior to joining Sunrise, and since October 2005, Mr. Winkle served as Chief Executive Officer of MedQuest, Inc., a leading operator of independent, fixed-site, outpatient diagnostic imaging centres in the United States. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Mariner Health Care, Inc., which operated skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and long-term acute care hospitals. Prior to that role, Mr. Winkle was the Chief Operating Officer at Integrated Health Services, where he helped pioneer the sub-acute care sector. He was responsible for all of the facility and ancillary service operations. Before that, Mr. Winkle held management positions within specialty and rehabilitation hospitals.

Read a Q&A with Chris Winkle and to find our more visit our US website.

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