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A look at the Pension Plan of the United Church of Canada’s efforts to be a good shepherd of capital

Jesus had a fractious relationship with the financial sector of his day. For those who work at the intersection of religion and finance, the reverberations…

Back to basics on gold

At the beginning of 2020, the OPSEU Pension Trust upped its gold allocation to close to six per cent of its total fund after a…

How to help employees struggling with substance use amid the pandemic and beyond

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, people found different ways of coping, from baking sourdough bread to clapping for health-care heroes to drinking…

Q&A with Endy’s Hemalee Sisodraker

Endy’s director of people and culture discusses the importance of the employee experience; diversity, equity and inclusion commitments; and exploring Toronto. Q: What top challenges…

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

Editorial: Benefits, pension plans continue to feel the impact of the pandemic

This month marks the two-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus a global pandemic. In some ways, we’ve come a long way…

Head to Head: Should the U.S. ESOP structure be brought to Canada?

Canadian employers should consider the pros and cons of employee share ownership plans on both sides of the border. Loren Rodgers, executive director of the…

How LifeLabs redesigned its RRSP-DPSP to maximize employee engagement

In 2020, LifeLabs Inc. embarked on a year-long journey to redesign its group registered retirement savings plan and deferred profit-sharing plan to make them less…

What do rising inflation, interest rates mean for pension de-risking?

After navigating the unpredictable markets of the past two decades, some defined benefit pension plan sponsors could be forgiven for wanting to seek out some…

2022 Drug Plan Trends Report: High-cost drugs, DEI shaping drug plans

This month marks the second anniversary of the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, a 24-month span that has had profound effects on the health of…

Pension plan sponsors push on with real estate investments despite Omicron setback

Right from the very beginning, the coronavirus pandemic has taken Canadian real estate investors on a wild ride. After the freefalling panic of March 2020,…

A look at the U.K.’s menopause-supportive workplaces

While global employers are introducing inclusive benefits and programs to support employees across all life stages, many U.K.-based companies are shifting their focus to one…

How employers are navigating return-to-office plans

Office workers used to, well, work in offices. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Since it was first declared, entire organizations — from the chief executive…

Q&A with LinkedIn’s Nina McQueen

LinkedIn Corp.’s vice-president of employee experience and benefits discusses staff well-being, connecting co-workers and creating short films. Q: What top challenges do you face in…

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

Editorial: Focus on mental health a Catch-22

It’s a Catch-22, this rise in the focus on mental health. Nearly two years after the coronavirus became a household name, employers are still ramping…

Head to head: Should psychedelics be used in the treatment of mental-health conditions?

Hallucinogens like ecstasy and magic mushrooms are being used in the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, but the risks may outweigh the benefits.…

A spotlight on six employers’ winning mental-health strategies

Nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic, leading Canadian employers are demonstrating their unwavering commitment to supporting their employees’ mental health. In fact, Benefits Canada’s…

Employers continue to highlight mental-health supports, prioritize staff well-being

Landing in the emergency room in the middle of the night was a wake-up call for Margaret Eaton. She started a new job as the…

How are pension plan sponsors approaching investments in 2022?

Nearly two years after the declaration of the global coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent impact on the worldwide economy, institutional investors are looking to the…

Employers building relevant financial wellness programs for both DB, DC pension members

Canadian Forest Products Ltd.’s new financial wellness program may have originated as the brainchild of its defined contribution pension plan committee, but it’s just as…

How to build a psychologically safe workplace

Making mental health and well-being the foundation of an organization’s culture wields success for employers. Well before the coronavirus pandemic put mental health in the…

Bruce Power using asset-liability studies, rebalancing to protect pension fund

As a nuclear power provider, Bruce Power’s culture emphasizes the importance of risk-averseness. This is reflected in the company’s efforts to secure the indexed benefits…

Connecting DEI initiatives to employees’ mental well-being

IKEA Canada’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are helping employees step into the shoes of their fellow workers and highlighting how DEI and employee mental…

Q&A with Sobeys’ Ross Taylor

Sobeys Inc.’s mental-health program manager discusses simplifying support, the echo pandemic and the joys of new parenthood. Q: What top challenges do you face in…

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

Editorial: Promising signposts for the year ahead

Once again, the end of year is near. Besides the extraordinary presence of vaccines and the movements in public health restrictions across the country, most…

Head to head: Should employers worry about time theft with remote workers?

With the shift to working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, some leaders are concerned about what employees are actually doing, or not doing, during…