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Editorial: What a difference four years makes

Four years ago, as the coronavirus pandemic entered its third month, I unknowingly — and unwittingly — took my first steps towards a new chapter…

Head to head: Should employers implement location-based pay for remote workers?

A consultant says location is one of many factors determining pay, while a human resources specialist argues it shouldn’t be a consideration. Cissy Pau, principal…

A deep dive into health-care navigation guides

With employees often struggling to find benefits offerings related to mental-health support or chronic conditions, demand for health-care system navigation services has increased significantly in…

2024 Top 40 Money Managers Report: How pension plan sponsors are using the latest technology to maintain cybersecurity

In the fight against cybercriminals, institutional investors and other financial organizations are managing cybersecurity just as seriously as any other type of business risk, with…

Independent Electricity System Operator using diversification to beat volatility

The Independent Electricity System Operator’s pension plan is in the midst of a comeback from a period of heightened post-coronavirus pandemic volatility, with diversification as…

Q&A with the Royal Bank of Canada’s Jamie Abbott

The RBC’s senior director of North American benefits and global well-being discusses building flexibility into the modern benefits plan, harnessing AI capabilities in the banking…

Editorial: Turning challenge into opportunity

As I write this column, I’m reflecting on the spectrum of weather I’ve witnessed this past winter. From my office window in southwestern Ontario, I…

Head to Head: Is it time to change the terminology around ESG?

An academic says environmental, social and governance terminology should evolve alongside understanding of the concept, while a consultant favours a focus on substance over form.…

How the WSIB is supporting employee well-being with enhanced, unlimited mental-health coverage

While the coronavirus pandemic may be in the rearview mirror for most employers, the Ontario-based Workplace Safety and Insurance Board knows all too well that…

2024 Group Benefits Providers Report: Leveraging AI to streamline benefits

While there’s multiple opportunities for the use of artificial intelligence in the employee benefits space — including making the claims process more efficient and personalizing…

How will growing anti-ESG sentiment in the U.S. impact Canadian institutional investors?

A growing wave of opposition to environmental, social and governance factors has turned life in the sustainable finance industry into something of a roller coaster…

How CAAT is supporting its ESG aspirations through responsible investments, team-building

As an institutional investor, Asif Haque knows the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan has a responsibility to meet the rising challenge of…

How climate change is impacting benefits, employee health

During Canada’s unprecedented 2023 wildfire season, 6,500 individual fires burned more than 18.4 million hectares of land — and wildland firefighters bore the brunt of…

Back to basics on investment glide paths

Simply put, a glide path is a calculation designed to support an employee’s desired retirement timeline through investments in a target-date fund. When an employee…

Q&A with BMO Financial Group’s Vanessa Lewerentz

The organization’s chief inclusion officer discusses building an inclusive learning roadmap, the adoption of AI in the HR space and finding ways to nourish her…