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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on how Telus is training its people leaders to recognize when employees are experiencing mental-health struggles was the most-read story on over…

  • By: Staff
  • February 3, 2023 February 3, 2023
  • 09:00

Pension super-priority bill, real return bond cancellation top priorities for PIAC in 2023: new chair

The Pension Investment Association of Canada is prioritizing the protection of employment-based pension coverage in 2023. “Our members are concerned that well-intentioned regulatory changes, such…

OMERS appointing Ralph Berg as chief investment officer

The Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System is appointing Ralph Berg as its chief investment officer, effective April 1, 2023. “[Berg] is a proven investor and…

  • By: Staff
  • February 1, 2023 February 1, 2023
  • 15:00

Canadian DB pension plans down 12.8% in 2022: report

The median Canadian defined benefit pension plan returned 2.8 per cent during the last quarter of 2022 after facing losses of 12.8 per cent over…

  • By: Staff
  • January 30, 2023 January 31, 2023
  • 15:00

Institutional investors considering geopolitical risk, inflation in portfolio construction

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, institutional investors are increasingly factoring geopolitical risks into portfolio construction, according to John Bai, senior vice-president and…

Institutional investors increasing allocations to real assets amid inflation, sustainability challenges: survey

Nearly two-thirds of institutional investors say they’re planning to increase their allocations to real assets over the next two years, amid a backdrop of inflation…

  • By: Staff
  • January 26, 2023 January 26, 2023
  • 09:00

New York City pension funds calling for absolute GHG emission targets at RBC

New York City comptroller Brad Lander and three of the city’s pension funds are offering shareholder proposals calling on several banks — including the Royal…


Ontario Teachers’ focusing on board diversity in proxy voting guidelines

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is setting higher expectations for increased participation of women in board roles at large-cap companies in 2023. The pension fund’s…

  • By: Staff
  • January 24, 2023 January 24, 2023
  • 09:00

PIAC urging federal government to reconsider cessation of real return bonds, citing DB pension impacts

The Pension Investment Association of Canada is urging the federal government to reconsider the cessation of real return bond issuances, citing potential financial impacts to…

  • By: Staff
  • January 23, 2023 January 20, 2023
  • 09:00

B.C.’s amended PfAD to provide more flexibility to target-benefit pension plans: experts

British Columbia’s amended definition of provision for adverse deviation will provide additional flexibility to the province’s target-benefit pension plans, according to experts. The changes to…

Withdrawal of real return bonds could financially impact DB pension plans: CIA

The Canadian Institute of Actuaries is urging the federal government to reconsider its cessation of real return bond issuances, citing the potential financial impacts to…

PIAC calling on CSA to ensure consistency in climate disclosure regulations

The Pension Investment Association of Canada is urging the Canadian Securities Administrators to work closely with its international counterparts to ensure consistency in regulations on…

  • By: Staff
  • January 16, 2023 January 17, 2023
  • 09:00

Coverage of the 2022 Investment Innovation Conference

During history’s turning points, fortune favours the innovators. As the world moves beyond the coronavirus pandemic and the global workforce entrenches the improved labour conditions…

2022 IIC coverage: The role of innovation in high-yield corporate bonds

“There’s been some tremendous innovation in fixed income markets, especially in the last decade. Technology has made transparency and liquidity blossom in areas that have…

2022 IIC coverage: Protecting technology infrastructure critical for institutional investors

The most important asset in the world is people’s personal information because every piece of data that we provide to the internet through social media…

2022 IIC coverage: Building the UPP’s ambitious climate action plan

“As the preceding presentations showed quite clearly, the climate is changing and the impact won’t have a linear correlation with temperature rises,” said Aaron Bennett,…

2022 IIC coverage: A Canadian view of the Arizona State Retirement System

Few people have as clear a perspective on the differences between public sector defined benefit pension plans in Canada and the U.S. as Paul Matson.…

Report finds Canadian DB pension plan assets declined 3.1% in December

The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan lost ground on a solvency and accountancy basis in December, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest monthly report. At…

  • By: Staff
  • January 12, 2023 January 12, 2023
  • 12:30

U.S. corporate DB pension plans’ funded status reached 95% in 2022: report

The aggregate funded status of the largest U.S. corporate defined benefit pension plans ended 2022 at 95 per cent, unchanged from the beginning of the…

  • By: Staff
  • January 10, 2023 January 9, 2023
  • 09:00

DB plan sponsors urged to reconsider asset allocations amid interest rate uncertainty: expert

The uncertainty about the direction interest rates will move in 2023 means defined benefit pension plan sponsors should be reconsidering their asset allocation strategies, says…

Canadian DB pension plan solvency up in 2022 while assets lost 15.6%: report

The aggregate funded ratio for Canadian defined benefit pension plans increased from 96.9 per cent to 100.8 per cent during 2022, according to Aon’s latest…

  • By: Staff
  • January 5, 2023 January 4, 2023
  • 09:00
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Expert panel: DB pension plan sponsors facing challenges, opportunities in 2023

Similar to 2022, the coming year will present both challenges and opportunities for defined benefit pension plan sponsors, with the rewards going to plan sponsors…


Expert panel: Does Canada need a pension champion?

In the Expert Commission on Pensions’ 2008 review of Ontario’s pension system, it recommended an agency or unit of the provincial government serve as a…

Trusteed pension funds’ assets valued at $2.1T in Q2: Stats Can

The market value of assets held by Canadian trusteed pension funds decreased 5.4 per cent to $2.1 trillion in the second quarter of 2022, down…

  • By: Staff
  • December 20, 2022 December 19, 2022
  • 09:00

Coverage of the 2022 Defined Benefit Investment Forum

If there was one message for defined benefit pension plan sponsor delegates at the 2022 Defined Benefit Investment Forum, it was that the fate of…

  • By: Staff
  • December 19, 2022 December 16, 2022
  • 08:01