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A recent ruling on federal carbon pricing sparked a lot of loud talk on both sides of the aisle, but the impact on institutional investors will be muted, says Monika Freyman, a chartered financial analyst and the responsible investment leader for Mercer’s wealth business in Canada. On March 25, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled […]

  • April 8, 2021 April 25, 2021
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Since last March, the coronavirus pandemic has derailed the best-laid plans of many organizations, including the Toronto Transit Commission. With so many white-collar employees working from home, and worries about public health, it’s no secret the TTC’s ridership and revenue have been hit hard. Between the first and last weeks in March 2020, for example, […]

  • March 19, 2021 April 28, 2021
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The Desjardins Group pension plan faced a reckoning following the 2008/09 financial crisis: its assets were down 40 per cent and it was watching other defined benefit plans transitioning to defined contribution arrangements. However, with executive director Sylvain Gareau at the helm, it set a new course. Today, it has $16.9 billion in total assets […]

  • February 16, 2021 April 26, 2021
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What do global institutional investors expect in the coming year? It’s not a rosy picture. According to Natixis Investment Managers’ annual institutional investment outlook, just 12 per cent of institutional investors surveyed said they believe global gross domestic product will bounce back to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels by the end of 2021. Meanwhile, 79 per cent […]

  • December 15, 2020 April 28, 2021
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More than half of all Canadian workers are employed by small and mid-size enterprises with less than 500 employees. Doug Bruce, director of research with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), estimates that just one in four small to mid-size enterprises has a retirement savings plan. Slightly more may have a health plan, but […]

  • March 1, 2010 September 13, 2019
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Inspiring employees at Campbell Canada to get serious about their health is duck soup for Fanny Karolev. Late last year, the cafeteria staff at Campbell Company of Canada’s Lis towel, Ont., manufacturing plant had a mystery on their hands. People weren’t ordering carbonated soft drinks anymore — they were asking for milk. In fact, pop […]

  • October 1, 2007 September 13, 2019
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BC: What made you take an interest in the issue of mental health in the workplace? MW: I’ve had an interest in mental illness and addiction going back to my political days, when I was a member of Parliament, and I decided it was something I wanted to spend time on when I left politics. […]

  • August 31, 2006 September 13, 2019
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© Copyright 2006 Rogers Publishing Ltd. The following article first appeared in the July 2006 edition of BENEFITS CANADA magazine. Industry Q&A: Casting a safety net   Dr. Graham Lowe discusses plan sponsors’ responsibility in nurturing a mentally healthy workplace.   By Alison MacAlpine Dr. Graham Lowe, Founder and president, Graham Lowe Group Inc., Kelowna, B.C. […]

  • July 1, 2006 September 13, 2019
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© Copyright 2006 Rogers Publishing Ltd. The following article first appeared in the July 2006 edition of BENEFITS CANADA magazine. Sad company   Managers need to be able to identify—and intercept— their employees’ distress signals. Under new guidelines, they have an integral role in managing mental health in the workplace.   By Alison MacAlpine An employee […]

  • July 1, 2006 September 13, 2019
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Small size doesn’t necessarily mean small problems. In fact, many smaller-sized employers are often having to choose between benefits plans and pension plans to keep costs at bay. The trick to keeping it all in check? Creativity and communication. Tallman Transports Limited is an entrepreneurial success story. Back in 1935, Grant Tallman started his career […]

  • March 1, 2006 September 13, 2019
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