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Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

Our story revealing the employers that took the top spots at the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards was the most-read story over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here…

CPPIB investing in Japanese logistics, energy partnership in Brazil

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is committing $1.3 billion to a logistics fund involved in projects in major urban centres in Japan. The GLP…

  • By: Staff
  • October 20, 2021 October 21, 2021
  • 15:00

AIMCo won’t divest from hydrocarbons, says CEO

In his first public statement on Alberta Investment Management Corp.’s investment strategy, the organization’s new chief executive officer says the AIMCo won’t have a policy…

  • By: Staff
  • October 19, 2021 October 19, 2021
  • 13:00

U.S. proposing ESG investing rules for plan sponsor fiduciaries

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing new rules that would give pension plan fiduciaries the ability to make investment decisions based on environmental, social…

  • By: Staff
  • October 19, 2021 October 21, 2021
  • 11:00

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…

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…

  • By: Staff
  • October 14, 2021 October 14, 2021
  • 09:00

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…

  • By: Staff
  • October 13, 2021 October 13, 2021
  • 09:00

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…

  • By: Staff
  • October 12, 2021 October 12, 2021
  • 13:30
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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…

  • By: Staff
  • 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.…

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.…

  • By: Staff
  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
  • 09:00
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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…

  • By: Staff
  • October 5, 2021 October 5, 2021
  • 12:30

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…

  • By: Staff
  • October 5, 2021 October 5, 2021
  • 10:10

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…

  • By: Staff
  • October 4, 2021 October 4, 2021
  • 15:00

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…

  • By: Staff
  • October 1, 2021 September 30, 2021
  • 09:00
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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…

  • By: Staff
  • September 30, 2021 September 29, 2021
  • 10:00
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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…

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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…

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Liberals’ social agenda creating growth, opportunities for institutional investors: expert

With the federal Liberal Party returning for a third term, the government’s fiscal policy will remain aligned with a social agenda that should, in theory,…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 27, 2021 September 27, 2021
  • 09:00

Liberals unlikely to pursue super-priority for pension plan members: expert

While a re-elected Liberal government may introduce some measures to protect private pension plan members, it’s unlikely to pursue super-priority similar to what was proposed…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 24, 2021 September 28, 2021
  • 09:00
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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…

ACPM calling on OSFI to address funding asymmetry in DB pension regulation

The Association of Canadian Pension Management is calling on the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions to address funding asymmetry in its approach to…

  • By: Staff
  • September 21, 2021 September 21, 2021
  • 09:00
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AIMCo majority-owned pipeline welcomes new investors, Ivanhoé Cambridge forms real estate joint venture

Eight Indigenous groups and an Alberta-based energy company are becoming the co-owners of a pipeline in which the Alberta Investment Management Corp. has a majority…

  • By: Staff
  • September 20, 2021 September 20, 2021
  • 15:00