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A story on how group insurers can help plan sponsors provide adequate coverage and ensure appropriate use of treatments for rare diseases was the most-read article on BenefitsCanada.com this past week. Here are the top five human resources, benefits, pension and investment stories of the last week: 1. Sounding Board: How employers can mitigate cost of […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 12, 2024 July 11, 2024
  • 09:00

On April 10-12, the Canadian Investment Review hosted a group of delegates, including defined benefit plan sponsors, asset managers and academics, in Alberta for the 2024 Global Investment Conference. The three-day conference kicked off with a deep dive into key geopolitical risks affecting international trade that will have reverberations in global and regional investment strategies. As well, […]

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  • June 10, 2024 June 6, 2024
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If Canadians aren’t able to access single-family housing, then by necessity they have to move to rentals, said Aaron Pittman, senior vice-president and head of Canadian institutional investment at Equiton, during the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2024 Global Investment Conference in April. Surging population growth, stalled housing completions and a shrinking middle class are creating challenges […]

During a panel at the Canadian Investment Review’s 2024 Global Investment Conference in April, three key thought leaders representing defined benefit pension plan sponsors shared their views on investment trends and challenges in developed and emerging markets. Investing in emerging markets brings a slate of challenges for investors, said Jean-Christophe Lermusiaux, (pictured centre) managing director of […]


Canadian pension funds invested $2.6 billion in the Asia-Pacific region in 2023, according to a new report by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. It found that between 2003 and 2023, roughly 30 per cent of all Canadian investment flows in the Asia-Pacific region were made by pension funds, noting investment flows began growing in the […]

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  • June 3, 2024 June 3, 2024
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The Canadian private equity market raised $4 billion through 140 deals in the first quarter of 2024, a 52 per cent increase in deal values from the previous quarter, according to a new report by the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association. It found the average deal size in the Canadian private equity market […]

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  • May 30, 2024 May 30, 2024
  • 11:00

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is participating in a share capital increase deal with Alstom, a sustainable transportation solutions company. The investment organization, which currently holds a 17.4 per cent stake in the company, will receive a pro-rata share of the capital increase for a total amount of €173.8 million. The Caisse […]

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  • May 29, 2024 May 29, 2024
  • 15:00

An article on the value that deferred profit-sharing plans can offer to small- and medium-sized employers was the most-read article on Benefits Canada.com this week. Here are the top five human resources, benefits, pensions and investment stories of the past week: 1. Sounding Board: How DPSPs can support SMEs’ retirement, talent management goals 2. CPPIB wants to […]

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  • May 17, 2024 May 16, 2024
  • 09:00

While real assets are largely absent among the investment options offered by Canadian defined contribution pension plans, they can offer significant long-term benefits to plan members, said Andrew Knox, managing director of Franklin Templeton Investments’ global real assets fund, during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 DC Plan Summit in February. “[Defined contribution] investors in […]

The evolution of artificial intelligence is creating new challenges and investment opportunities for defined contribution pension plan members, said Kathrin Forrest, equity investment director at Capital Group, during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 DC Plan Summit in February. While the technology itself isn’t new, AI has rapidly developed in recent years, exemplified by generative […]