Keyword: engagement

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Institutional investors share experiences with ESG investing

Demand for defined benefit pension plan sponsors to focus on environmental, social and governance factors through their investments is growing. Both plan sponsors and members have been increasingly vocal about keeping ESG issues top of mind. For example, the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan has worked on balancing this increased appetite for ethical investing with […]

How does a rise in passive investing impact corporate governance?

Institutional investors own more than 70 per cent of U.S. public firms and passive funds have seen significant growth, from five per cent of mutual funds in 2000 to more than 30 per cent today, but the jury is still out on what this means for corporate governance. Using a theoretical framework, a new paper […]

The Pension Investment Association of Canada took issue with some of the recommendations drafted by Ontario’s capital markets modernization task force, specifically those related to proxy advisory firms. The task force published a series of proposals for consultation earlier this year, inviting feedback from the public. In a recent response letter to Walied Soliman, the […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 16, 2020 December 5, 2020
  • 07:46
Institutional investor group releases draft guide focused on net zero carbon emissions

The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change is launching a draft guide for investors seeking to align their investments with the Paris Agreement on climate change. The framework was developed in consultation with more than 70 global investors, managing an aggregate US$16 trillion in assets. It aims to help investors actively decarbonize their portfolios with the […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 3, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:30
Short selling could impact company ESG behaviour: study

Long-term engagement with companies on environmental, social and governance issues has been touted as a route to impact positive change, but a new paper from the Alternative Investment Management Association is arguing that short selling has a role to play in the realm of ESG. “Short selling can be an excellent tool for achieving two common […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 20, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:00
Private equity has potential to boost DC plan investments

Much debate remains as to whether private equity is an appropriate option for members of capital accumulation plans. Canada’s neighbours to the south have been examining the potential legal pitfalls of these allocations. A recent information letter from the U.S. department of labor set forth a framework plan sponsors can use to consider the prudence […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 12, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:30

In this unprecedented time, it’s more evident the physical, psychological and financial components of health are all interconnected, said Charmaine Alexander, senior disability management advisor at Desjardins Insurance, during a webinar hosted by Benefits Canada. Prior to the pandemic, in May 2018, Desjardins conducted a survey to measure these interactions to better understand how they […]

Employers change up Pride celebrations amid coronavirus

Employers across Canada were forced to adjust their Pride celebrations in June as the coronavirus pandemic necessitated social distancing and most traditional parades and events were cancelled. “[The coronavirus] forced us to think about how to still create these communities we’re trying to build,” says Meryem Benslimane, equity education advisor at McGill University in Montreal. This year, the university took […]

Pension plan members are buffeted from all sides by information on retirement options — some reliable, some not — especially now that the coronavirus pandemic is playing into the conversation. “People are scared,” said Peter Shena, executive vice-president and chief pension officer at the Ontario Pension Board, during a webinar hosted by Common Wealth last week. […]

How Ontario Teachers’ is harnessing insights around pension member pain points

In seeking to better serve its plan members, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has been on a journey to change its strategic thinking to access a more meaningful picture of who its members are and what challenges they have in using the plan as it stands. That journey starts by asking what a member is […]