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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An article on how pension plans are approaching risk management was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular…

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  • June 10, 2022 June 9, 2022
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Expert panel: A checklist for a credible climate plan

Pension plan sponsors can’t ignore the financial risks of climate change or respond to them with half-baked approaches that allow companies to continue pumping out pollution.…

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HOOPP unveils updated plans to reduce emissions in real estate portfolio

The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan is planning to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of its $20 billion real estate portfolio. According to a new…

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  • June 7, 2022 June 7, 2022
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Expert panel: Is risk management the new frontier in pension governance?

The importance of risk management isn’t new for the majority of defined benefit pension plan sponsors and administrators. The impact of long-term interest rates, market…

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SPP adding two fund managers to diversify balanced fund portfolio

The Saskatchewan Pension Plan is allocating parts of its balanced fund to Ninepoint Partners and Fengate Asset Management in a bid to further diversify its portfolio. Ninepoint…

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  • June 7, 2022 June 6, 2022
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Canadian ESG-related investment assets surge to $3.2 trillion: report

U.S. DC pension plan sponsors seeking clarity on ESG guidelines, increasing focus on financial wellness: survey

While there’s broad interest in environmental, social and governance factors, the majority of U.S. defined contribution pension plan consultants said their plan sponsor clients are…

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  • June 6, 2022 June 3, 2022
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Pension plan sponsors uncertain about balancing ESG factors, fiduciary responsibilities: ACPM

Defined benefit pension plans and defined contribution pension plans are uncertain about how to incorporate environmental, social and governance issues into their investment processes in…

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  • June 2, 2022 June 2, 2022
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Canadian pension funds calling on Amazon to review dealings with unions

Several of Canada’s largest pension funds have backed a proposal requesting that Amazon.com Inc. review how its actions against ongoing union organizing efforts align with…

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  • May 31, 2022 May 31, 2022
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Coverage of the 2022 Global Investment Conference

In April, delegates joined academics, asset managers and a former Canadian Prime Minister at the Chateau Fairmont in Lake Louise, Alta., for the Canadian Investment…

  • May 30, 2022 May 31, 2022
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2022 GIC coverage: Navigating the winds of global change

As a member of the Southern Africa Committee, a group that organized international pressure on South Africa’s apartheid regime, Joe Clark learned the value of…

2022 GIC coverage: A look at diversification opportunities as inflation rises

King Midas’ gold-heavy investment portfolio wasn’t built for long-term growth, rather as an effective hedge against long-term inflation. “The 150-year real return of gold has…

2022 GIC coverage: Using robust research strategies to reveal market opportunities

Robust research on emerging trends can reveal much about future market opportunities, said Joe Faraday, director, international equities at Baillie Gifford, during his session. “I…

2022 GIC coverage: Theory versus reality in low-volatility investing

“We all know the basic premise — that assets with more risk should generally be compensated with higher returns. The more risk you take, the…

2022 GIC coverage: Unpacking challenges, misunderstandings around private market allocations

In recent years, Canada’s largest pension plans have dramatically increased their allocations to private assets — and smaller plans’ sponsors are taking note. “Investors are…

2022 GIC coverage: What regulatory hurdles are ahead for DeFi?

Regulations on emerging decentralized finance technology have proven difficult to enforce, in part because, in the world of self-fulfilling digital contracts, it isn’t always clear…

2022 GIC coverage: Canada’s Maple 8 pension funds outperforming peers on a global scale

Canada’s Maple 8 — the country’s largest eight public pension plans that manage a total of about $2 trillion in assets — use similar governance…

2022 GIC coverage: A look at the five tenets of alternative investing

Groups of people spending decades wandering through deserts may need at least 10 rules to survive, but in the rough-and-tumble world of alternative investing, you…

2022 GIC coverage: Embedding DEI into business practice removes blind spots, barriers for institutional investors

Diversity, equity and inclusion is a business imperative that has a direct impact on institutional investors’ overall performance. While investors can have the best strategy…

2022 GIC coverage: Should pension plans engage or divest from high-carbon assets?

To divest or not to divest — that was the question posed by Catherine Ann Marshall, principal consultant at RealAlts Inc, in a panel discussion…

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OMERS enters joint venture to redevelop Berlin complex, CAAT reaches deal with CIBC Mellon

The real estate arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System is entering a joint venture to manage the Sony Centre in Berlin. The Oxford…

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  • May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022
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Caisse backing McGill’s sustainable growth initiative

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is backing McGill University’s launch of a sustainable growth initiative, a program dedicated to providing businesses with…

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  • May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022
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Just 1% of institutional investors remain ESG non-adopters: survey

Only one per cent of institutional investors described their organizations as non-adopters of environmental, social and governance investing criteria, according to a survey from Capital Group. The…

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  • May 24, 2022 May 24, 2022
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Ontario Teachers’ real estate arm adopting carbon reduction targets

Cadillac Fairview is adopting a series of sustainable investing goals to help its portfolio achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The real estate arm of the…

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  • May 24, 2022 May 24, 2022
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CPPIB ends fiscal year with 6.8% return, despite final quarter contractions

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board generated returns of 6.8 per cent during its fiscal year, which ended on March 31, 2022. The institutional investor’s assets…

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  • May 19, 2022 May 19, 2022
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