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Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

Editorial: Pandemic just the latest challenge facing retirement readiness

Last year, Benefits Canada hosted its 2020 CAP Member Survey webinar just a few weeks after the World Health Organization declared the global coronavirus pandemic.…

Head to head: Should private drug plans require biosimilar non-medical switching?

While one side highlights how plan sponsors can contribute to biosimilar sustainability, the other touts the benefits to patients and the health-care system. Durhane Wong-Rieger,…

L’Oréal Canada using onsite daycare to support working parents, essential staff

Mélanie Perreault knows firsthand how hard it can be for employees to juggle raising children while simultaneously building a career. The onsite daycare at L’Oréal…

2021 Consultants Report: Pandemic changing plan sponsor, consultant relationships

The past year and a half has been characterized by marked change. The move to remote work, industry layoffs and the desire for more robust…

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2021 CAP Member Survey: How are CAP members faring during coronavirus?

For the past 15 years, Benefits Canada’s CAP Member Survey has taken the pulse of capital accumulation plan members’ retirement readiness, their knowledge, confidence and…

More standards required for pension funds using ESG data, indices and scores

Michel Charron has had a front-row seat for the revolution in the Canadian investment industry’s approach to environmental, social and governance issues. Following the foundation…

CAAT leverages risk management to outperform in 2020

At the end of 2020, a year of exceptionally volatile and unpredictable markets due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology…

Are retail investment trends impacting institutional investors?

From the rise of cryptocurrency DogeCoin and non-fungible tokens to Reddit members beating hedge fund managers at their own game, 2021 has been an eventful…

Tips for offering wellness days that work for all employees

Telus Communications Inc. recognizes that all employees manage their health and well-being in different ways, so it allows staff to choose how they use the…

Q&A with Schneider Electric’s Thierry Miras

Thierry Miras, Schneider Electric’s vice-president of human resources in Canada, discusses embracing workplace inclusivity, flexible working and the Toronto Raptors. Q. What top challenges do…

Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

Editorial: The fourth trimester and the benefits plan

As any new parent can attest to, those early hours, days and weeks with a new baby are beyond challenging. In the fourth trimester (a…

Head to head: Should a hybrid work model be the new normal post-pandemic?

Two human resources experts weigh in on the future of white-collar work once the coronavirus crisis is under control. Carolyn Byer, head of HR for…

Twitter adapting fitness benefit to help employees stay active, connected amid pandemic

Since shifting its employees to remote working at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Twitter Inc. adapted its fitness reimbursement benefit to the new virtual…

2021 Top 100 Pension Funds Report: DB plans shining bright amid pandemic clouds

If there was a Hall of Fame for catastrophic years, 2020 would be a certainty for admission, with Canada among many nations around the globe…

How will the potential work-from-anywhere boom post-pandemic impact benefits plans?

Since the global coronavirus pandemic prompted a move to remote working, white-collar employees are looking at jurisdictions from Nova Scotia to Bermuda, enticed by a…

How Canada’s pension funds are maximizing fixed income in a low interest rate environment

With bond returns tied to interest rates, it’s no surprise Canadian pension funds are increasingly seeking other ways to boost fixed income yields. Canadian interest…

AIMCo beats fixed income benchmarks with innovation, flexibility

It isn’t an easy time to be a fixed income investor. After a volatile year that included a severe liquidity squeeze in the spring of…

Back to basics on insurance-linked securities

As institutional investors seek portfolio diversification and the insurance industry seeks additional capacity amid global growth, investment strategies incorporating insurance-linked securities are providing a solution…

Why you should hire a manager of accessibility

In hiring its first manager of accessibility, Rogers Communications Inc. isn’t only ensuring it’s compliant with federal legislation, the company is also integrating the practice…

Q&A with Citigroup’s Christine Discola

Citigroup Inc.’s director and country human resources officer discusses encouraging employee self-care, making CANnections and cooking for friends and family. Q: What top challenges do…

Editorial: Enthusiasm for virtual health care stretching into paramedical sector

There’s a reason so many episodes of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm penned by Larry David revolve around the annoyances of medical appointments. To paraphrase…

Head to head: Should plan sponsors buy annuities via insurers or go DIY?

Two experts weigh in on the merits and drawbacks of taking the traditional annuities route versus opting for the newer do-it-yourself option. Marco Dickner, retirement…

How Algonquin College is stepping up its absence management program

When Algonquin College decided to streamline its absence management process in 2019, it was important to partner with a provider that would go beyond merely…

Paramedical benefits sector riding virtual health care wave

It all started with a mechanical bull and too much tequila. Mike McClenahan wasn’t initially sold on virtual physiotherapy when he first met with Phzio,…

Pension solvency measures helping plan sponsors through pandemic and beyond

While solvency funding relief helped Canada’s pension funds withstand the turbulence of 2020, a long-term vision with an eye to a more robust funding framework…