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Renewable energy assets can offer a lot to institutional investors’ portfolios, serving to lower risk opportunities over the long term compared to traditional energy assets while providing similar returns, said Saad Qais, head of U.S. asset management at Greencoat Capital, during a session at the Canadian Investment Review’s 2022 Risk Management Conference. This is true […]

The Pension Investment Association of Canada is providing feedback on the International Sustainability Standard Board’s exposure drafts on disclosure of financial information pertaining to sustainability and climate change. In an open letter responding to a consultation by the ISSB, the PIAC said while it supports the ISSB’s decision to build upon existing reporting frameworks — […]

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  • August 4, 2022 August 3, 2022
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An Ontario Superior Court judge awarding $210,000 in costs against the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Ontario court awards $210K in costs against FSRA in Brewers Retail pension case 2. Transition to low carbon economy […]

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  • June 30, 2022 June 30, 2022
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The potential impact of a disorderly transition to a low carbon economy is a top factor driving financial market regulators to accelerate and focus their efforts on climate-related risks, said Tamara DeMos, chair of the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities’ environmental, social and governance committee and managing director of private pensions. Speaking during the […]

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  • June 27, 2022 June 24, 2022
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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. To be credible, comprehensive and complete, strategies protecting Canadians’ retirement savings from the unprecedented risks of the climate crisis must include several key elements. A Paris-aligned commitment The Paris Agreement […]

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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 report on the pension fund’s website, the HOOPP is committing to reducing its real estate portfolio’s greenhouse gas emissions entirely by 2050 for assets under its control. To do this, […]

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  • June 7, 2022 June 7, 2022
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The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions is publishing its draft guidelines for federally regulated financial institutions, including defined benefit pension plans. Guideline B-15: climate risk management proposes a climate-sensitive prudential framework that recognizes the impact of climate change on managing risk. The guidelines won’t be adopted until after officials review stakeholder responses received […]

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  • May 31, 2022 May 31, 2022
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The focus on environmental, social and governance factors is a train that’s leaving the station, but some pension plan sponsors and institutional investors remain hesitant to hop aboard. Over the past decade, interest in incorporating ESG factors into investment decisions has increased. Indeed, a 2020 survey by investment consulting firm Callan found 42 per cent […]

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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 another 27 per cent may consider these in the future, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. The survey, which polled more than 90 North American companies, found nearly half […]

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  • November 10, 2021 November 10, 2021
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Bâtirente is naming Éric Filion (pictured) as chief executive officer, effective Oct. 6. He’ll take over the position from Daniel Simard, who is retiring after 25 years as CEO. Simard will remain with Bâtirente as a special management advisor until June 30, 2022. Read: Bâtirente unveils new plan to optimize investments across all funds Since 2016, […]

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  • September 17, 2021 September 20, 2021
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