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OTPP acquires majority stake in manufacturer, Caisse invests in Mexican diagnostic service consortium

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring a majority stake in a manufacturer and distributor of elevator components and systems. Before the investment, Vantage Elevator…

Expert panel: Climate change putting spotlight on ESG issues for pension plans

The images of floods, forest fires and heat waves over the past few years is putting climate change front of mind for many, including pension…

2021 Top 50 DC Plans Report: Refreshing pension plans to boost engagement, outcomes

While renovation shows on television tend to take a sledgehammer to every surface in a house for dramatic effect, there’s another way. Defined contribution pension…

Focusing on TDF glide paths as migration from DB to DC plans continue

The selection of a target-date fund glide path is more crucial than ever as the migration from DB to DC pension plans continues Since its…

Expert panel: The concept of risk and risk management in value investing and modern portfolio theory

Between mixed signals about inflation, signs of structural weakness in China’s over-leveraged real estate sector and September’s low returns on global equities, institutional investors have…

  • October 14, 2021 October 14, 2021
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Institutional investors teaming up to promote net-zero economy

Canadian pension funds are among the institutional investors participating in Climate Engagement Canada, a new initiative to promote a net-zero economy. The initiative, which is…

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  • October 14, 2021 October 14, 2021
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Institutional investors emphasizing ESG factors amid pandemic, finds survey

While 72 per cent of institutional investors are currently integrating environmental, social and governance factors into their investment strategies, 29 per cent are placing greater…

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  • October 13, 2021 October 13, 2021
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Sustainability of increasing concern to asset managers: reports

The vast majority (84 per cent) of asset managers are either implementing or evaluating the sustainability of their portfolios, according to a survey by FTSE…

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  • October 12, 2021 October 12, 2021
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Caisse investing in crypto lending platform, aligning corporate lending program with ESG performance

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is entering the digital currency sector by joining a US$400 million investment round for a cryptocurrency earning…

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  • October 12, 2021 October 12, 2021
  • 13:00

Sounding Board: Institutional investors making Canada’s approach to China unsustainable

With the repatriation of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor following their three-year incarceration in China, relations between Ottawa and Beijing are to be reset.…

Collective DC pension plan designs offer benefits to sponsors, members: report

Collective defined contribution pension plans could begin to replace DC plans, just as DC plans have replaced the majority of defined benefit plans in recent…

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  • October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
  • 09:00

Caisse launches services for mid-sized companies, CPPIB introduces carbon credit program

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is launching a suite of financing solutions and support services designed to appeal to Quebec’s mid-market companies.…

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  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
  • 09:00

Ontario Teachers’ appointing Kathryn Fric as chief risk officer

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is appointing Kathryn Fric (pictured) as its next chief risk officer, effective Nov. 1. Fric will report to Jo Taylor,…

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  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
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Canadian DB pension plan returns dip, balance sheets stable in September: report

The typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan deteriorated on a solvency basis but improved on an accountancy basis in September, according to a new report…

Volatile quarter increasing DB pension liabilities: report

Increasing yield for long-term government bonds and a flat credit spread through the third quarter of 2021 are driving up defined benefit pension liabilities, according…

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  • October 5, 2021 October 5, 2021
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New paper calls for linking DB pension solvency minimums to plan member age

A new white paper published by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries is proposing new rules during defined benefit plan windups, requiring higher solvency ratios for members…

Canada drops to No. 10 in retiree well-being global rankings: report

Canada drops to No. 10 among developed nations for retiree well-being after spending two years in a row at No. 8, according to Natixis Investment…

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  • September 23, 2021 September 22, 2021
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DC pension members prioritizing remuneration, ESG resolutions: survey

Governance-related resolutions are receiving more overall votes from defined contribution pension plan members, but environmental issues are more engaging on a vote-per-measure basis, according to…

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  • September 14, 2021 September 14, 2021
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ESG integration hampered by pension plan sponsors, uncertainty around fiduciary duties: research paper

Board and executive-level efforts to integrate environmental, social and governance issues into pension plans’ investment strategies are frequently thwarted by unclear guidance from plan sponsors…

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  • September 2, 2021 September 2, 2021
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Sino-Canadian relations face a slow recovery, but China remains warm to investors: expert

While the return of two Canadians imprisoned in China since 2018 may lead the Canadian government to rethink its relationship with the world’s most populous…

CPPIB-backed sports entertainment stock rebounds after disastrous Nasdaq debut

A sport data intelligence and entertainment provider backed by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is seeing its stock price recover following a disastrous first…

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  • September 16, 2021 September 16, 2021
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TTC Pension Plan naming Anthony Tang portfolio manager of public markets

The Toronto Transit Commission Pension Plan is naming Anthony Tang as its portfolio manager of public markets. In the new role, Tang will oversee about…

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  • September 7, 2021 September 7, 2021
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AIMCo co-investing in Vancouver high rise, Caisse in sustainability fund

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. is co-investing in a commercial high-rise building in downtown Vancouver. Ownership in the 15,000 square-metre building will be shared with…

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  • October 5, 2021 October 5, 2021
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Caisse, CPPIB, PSP focusing on ESG, sustainable finance with new initiatives

More than 20 financial organizations in Quebec, including the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, are joining forces…

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  • October 4, 2021 October 4, 2021
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CPPIB acquires maritime terminal operator, AIMCo invests in Indian clean energy fund

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is acquiring North America’s largest marine terminal operator. A minority investor in the Ports America Group since 2014, the…

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  • September 30, 2021 September 29, 2021
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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was front of mind this week, with Benefits Canada‘s look at how employers can mark the inaugural…

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  • October 1, 2021 September 30, 2021
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Canada’s office vacancy at highest point since 1994, but rents stable due to institutional investors: report

While the percentage of office spaces that are vacant in Canada is higher than at any point since 1994, rental prices have remained fairly stable…

Caisse promising to divest from oil production by end of 2022

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is planning to completely divest from oil production — roughly one per cent of its total portfolio…

CPPIB, Ontario Teachers’ among the world’s top 20 pension funds

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan are among the 20 largest pension funds in the world in terms of…

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  • September 9, 2021 September 9, 2021
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Chicago police pension fund accused of mismanaging funds by outside auditor

A report from the Chicago Police Department Pension Board Accountability Group is accusing the management of the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago of…

  • By: Staff
  • September 7, 2021 September 7, 2021
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Pensions in position to off load risks: expert

“Plans are, for the first time in a long time, in a position to off-load risk,” says Murray Wright, one of the contributors to LifeWorks…

How can pension plan sponsors help women hit their retirement readiness stride?

Preparing financially for retirement is a marathon filled with many obstacles along the way to a constantly shifting finish line. Even in 2021, female employees…

Improving business outcomes top priority for investment organizations focusing on DEI: survey

A third of investment organizations participating in the CFA Institute’s recent diversity, equity and inclusion program said they’ve trained between 81 and 99 per cent…

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  • September 16, 2021 September 15, 2021
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Trusteed pension funds’ assets valued at $2.1T in Q1: StatsCan

The market value of assets held by Canadian trusteed pension funds totalled $2.1 trillion at the end of the first quarter, according to new data…

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  • September 16, 2021 September 16, 2021
  • 09:32

PSP accepts new partner in Boston scientific research centre joint venture

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board is accepting a new partner into a joint venture that is building a new scientific research centre in Boston’s…

  • By: Staff
  • September 28, 2021 September 28, 2021
  • 10:45

Ontario Teachers’ planning 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is setting new targets to accompany its plan to tackle climate change and curb greenhouse gas emissions tied to its multi-billion dollar…

UPP building on jointly governed pension model with a pandemic launch

When the University Pension Plan officially launched in July 2021, it did so with Barbara Zvan as its inaugural president and chief executive officer. Fresh…