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As Krystal Abotossaway, a Toronto woman with Anishinaabe Kwe heritage and who is TD Bank’s senior manager of diversity and inclusion and the president of the Indigenous Professional Association of Canada, always took care to be on time, to watch her drinking at after-work events and to be agreeable in meetings. “I didn’t want to […]

Canadian employers increasing focus on social responsibilities in 2021: report

Canadian businesses are taking a wider view of their social responsibilities amid the coronavirus pandemic, economic disparity and protests against racial injustice, according to a new survey by Mercer Canada. It found 65 per cent of Canadian human-resources leaders believe their company has continued or stepped up the pace towards an environmental, social and governance- […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 9, 2021 March 26, 2021
  • 09:00
Microsoft Canada advancing DEI goals with new partnership

Microsoft Canada is partnering with the Black Professionals in Tech Network to grow Black talent at the company, in line with advancing its own culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Microsoft executives will participate in monthly learning pods as well as BPTN education events on important topics within the tech industry. A series of lean-in sessions will also take place with participation from […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 8, 2021 March 26, 2021
  • 15:00
To achieve DEI goals, plan sponsors can start by reviewing benefits plans

After a turbulent 2020 brought with it the coronavirus pandemic and a global call for social justice, companies prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in its wake should start by reviewing their benefits plans to ensure there’s enough flexibility to meet the needs of these times and inclusivity for employees from all backgrounds, says Kim Siddall, […]

Fertility-benefits coverage is limited, outdated in Canada: report

Only five per cent of Canadian employers provide coverage for both fertility drugs and related costs such as in-vitro fertilization procedures and testing, according to a new report commissioned by Conceivable Dreams and Fertility Matters Canada. It found more than 85 per cent of benefit plans that covered fertility-related issues had lifetime maximums in place […]

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  • February 3, 2021 April 23, 2021
  • 09:00
Plan member’s adoption dream becoming reality thanks to benefits offering

Mandy Kwasnica and her husband so desperately wanted to adopt they were ready to sink all of their money (and then some) into making their dream a reality. “Adoption is very, very expensive, but we knew in our hearts that this was the right move we were making,” recalls the manager of mortgage sales support at […]

Employers should rethink approach to helping employees with obesity

Employers that don’t cover obesity drugs should ask themselves why, said Noel McKay, principal consultant at Cowan Insurance Group, during Benefits Canada’s Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum on Dec. 9, 2020. “Is the risk of driving up benefits costs the reason? If so, I don’t think you have to fear it. Maybe two […]

Enbridge signing BlackNorth Initiative pledge, increasing diversity efforts

Enbridge Inc. is undertaking a series of steps to further diversify its workforce and address anti-Black systemic racism, starting with signing onto the BlackNorth Initiative pledge. Founded by the Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism, the pledge asks senior business leaders across the country to commit to undertaking specific actions and targets […]

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  • January 6, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 09:00
U.S. employers reinstating, upping matching contributions for DC plans: survey

Plan sponsors in the U.S. that suspended or reduced employer-matching contributions are reinstating them or increasing their levels by 2021, said a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. According to the survey, 60 per cent of plan sponsors said they intend to match their members’ contributions at the same level as they were prior to their suspension or […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 14, 2020 April 28, 2021
  • 15:00
Pension fund managers calling for stronger ESG disclosure

A group of Canadian pension plan investment managers is calling on companies to standardize their environmental, social and governance disclosure to help them in their investment decision-making and better assess and manage their risks. Together, the eight fund managers oversee a total of about $1.6 trillion in assets and are committing to strengthening ESG disclosure within […]