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Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

Paid sick days for employees continues to be a hot topic as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, with the top two stories over the past…

74% of institutional investors likely to divest from companies with poor ESG records: survey

Nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of institutional investors said they’re more likely to divest from companies with poor environmental, social and governance track records, according…

  • By: Staff
  • December 2, 2021 December 1, 2021
  • 09:00

Copenhagen students win global prize for designing collective DC pension plan

Four undergraduates from the Copenhagen Business School have claimed the top prize at the 2021 McGill International Portfolio Challenge by designing a collective defined contribution…

Caisse investing in Taiwan wind farm, CPPIB in Indonesian logistics venture

Ontario Teachers’ buying stake in U.S. renewable energy portfolio

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is signing a deal with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. to buy a 50 per cent stake in a portfolio…

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OMERS committing to net zero, UPP facing divestment calls from university staff

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System is the latest pension plan to commit to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its total portfolio by 2050. In…

  • By: Staff
  • November 29, 2021 November 29, 2021
  • 09:00
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Tracking indirect GHG emissions vital for institutional investors, says expert

Institutional investors seeking to reduce their portfolios’ carbon footprint should pay more attention to scope 3 emissions, says Priti Shokeen, head of environmental, social and…

Expert panel: Inflation risk — to hedge or not to hedge?

With October inflation hitting an 18-year high, inflation risk is back on the radar of plan sponsors providing inflation-linked defined benefit pensions. In the past,…

Caisse finances loan for mortgage provider, AIMCo enters joint venture to develop industrial site

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is financing part of a $400 million loan facility to a mortgage brokerage firm. The loan, co-financed…

  • By: Staff
  • November 25, 2021 November 25, 2021
  • 11:45

Ontario Teachers’ appoints Jonathan Hausman to head new global investment strategy department

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is appointing Jonathan Hausman as senior managing director of its newly created global investment strategy department. The new department aims…

  • By: Staff
  • November 25, 2021 November 24, 2021
  • 09:45

Institutional investors set to increase focus on ESG: survey

Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of pension funds and other institutional investors expect to increase their focus on environmental, social and governance factors over the…

  • By: Staff
  • November 25, 2021 November 24, 2021
  • 09:00
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AIMCo sees quarterly returns of 1.7 per cent, CPPIB up 3.8 per cent

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. saw returns of 1.7 per cent during the third quarter of 2021, according to its quarterly report. Between July and…

  • By: Staff
  • November 23, 2021 November 24, 2021
  • 09:00

CPPIB refinances packaging company, invests in reinsurance provider alongside OMERS; AIMCo invests in Asian PE fund

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is recapitalizing an expanding packaging business. The institutional investor has signed an agreement with the U.S.-based Berlin Packaging, a…

  • By: Staff
  • November 23, 2021 November 22, 2021
  • 09:00

Top 2021 Money Managers Report: What questions should pension plan sponsors ask in 2022?

In the early days of 2020, no one could have foreseen the social and economic havoc the coronavirus pandemic would wreak on the world. Nearly…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 19, 2021 November 19, 2021
  • 08:53

CBC Pension Plan stays the course with liability-driven investment model

The best ship captains don’t put too much faith in weather forecasts — or those who do tend to see their vessels flounder. Perhaps that’s…

Canadian investors less skeptical of corporate ESG than global average: survey

Nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of Canadian institutional investors don’t believe companies can be trusted to achieve their stated environmental, social and governance commitments, according…

  • By: Staff
  • November 18, 2021 November 18, 2021
  • 11:55

Sounding Board: How institutional investors can manage the physical risks of climate change

With recent deadly heat waves and wild fires ravaging Canada’s west coast and large-scale flooding in the east, who can ignore the growing risk of…

AIMCo focusing on all three legs of ESG stool: report

The Alberta Management Investment Co. is focusing on all three legs of the environmental, social and governance stool this year and beyond. The government-owned pension…

  • By: Staff
  • November 12, 2021 November 12, 2021
  • 09:00

IMCO committing to net-zero emissions in investment portfolios by 2050

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario is joining the growing list of asset owners committing to reaching net-zero alignment in their investment portfolios by 2050 through…

  • By: Staff
  • November 11, 2021 November 11, 2021
  • 09:00

Caisse invests in mortgage broker, Ontario Teachers’ makes reinsurance investment

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is investing in a Canadian mortgage broker. The investment in M3 Financial Group will allow the organization to…

  • By: Staff
  • November 11, 2021 November 10, 2021
  • 09:00

COP26 highlighting importance of ESG, disclosure for institutional investors

As talks at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference winds down, 2022 is poised to become the “show me” year for environmental, social and…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 11, 2021 November 11, 2021
  • 09:00
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Employers focusing on employee-oriented interventions to reach climate goals: survey

More than four in 10 (43 per cent) employers have implemented, started to implement or are considering climate metrics for their executive incentive plans, while…

  • By: Staff
  • November 10, 2021 November 10, 2021
  • 09:00

Net-zero transition offering opportunities for Canadian pension sector: report

Canada’s $4 trillion pension sector could enjoy immense commercial benefits by aligning with the transition to net-zero emissions and helping to mobilize $140 billion of…

  • By: Staff
  • November 10, 2021 November 11, 2021
  • 09:00

Coverage of the 2021 Global Investment Conference

Eighteen months after the onset of the coronavirus crisis, the 2021 Global Investment Conference looked at how the uncertain global future will impact pension portfolios.…

2021 GIC coverage: Cutting through the ESG greenwash

In his keynote address at the 2021 Global Investment Conference, Karthik Ramanna, professor of business and public policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School…

2021 GIC coverage: Institutional investors proliferating net-zero commitments

As more companies shift to net-zero commitments in the face of climate change, institutional investors play a key role in proliferating the practice through where…