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While only 15 per cent of surveyed working Canadians listed wellness programs among their top three factors for successful remote work, the figure is almost double (28 per cent) among generation Z respondents, according to a survey for Randstad Canada by Ipsos. And though there’s been a lot of talk about the importance of employee […]

  • June 21, 2021 June 21, 2021
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Representatives from eight of Canada’s largest pension funds — known as the Maple Eight — participated in the first meeting of the Sustainable Finance Action Council last week. On June 11, representatives of the Alberta Investment Management Corp., the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the Canada Pension […]

  • June 16, 2021 June 17, 2021
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Investment fees led the agenda at the Joint Forum of Financial Market Regulators’ annual meeting last week. This year, the forum engaged externally on investment fees, a topic of high importance to both defined contribution pension plan members — particularly those invested in mutual funds — and policy holders of segregated funds. It sought the views […]

  • June 15, 2021 June 14, 2021
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Group Health Group Holdings Inc. is acquiring a 75 per cent stake in Canadian Benefits Investment & Insurance Group Inc., a British Columbia-based provider of group benefits and wealth management services. The transaction will see GroupHEALTH expand its sales and service presence in Western Canada, according to a press release, which noted the acquisition includes […]

  • June 14, 2021 June 14, 2021
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The funded position for an average Canadian defined benefit pension plan improved slightly during May, with a solvency of 108.2 per cent, according to a new report by LifeWorks Inc. (formerly Morneau Shepell Ltd.) On an accounting basis, it found expenses for the average pension plan had dropped precipitously since the beginning of 2021, at […]

  • June 10, 2021 June 10, 2021
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The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is taking a majority interest of Noverco and its subsidiary Energir, Quebec’s largest natural gas distribution company. The Caisse owns 64.5 per cent of Trencap, a limited partnership that reached an agreement to buy all of the 39.5 per cent outstanding interest in Noverco held by Enbridge for […]

  • June 9, 2021 June 11, 2021
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British Airways is appointing Blackrock Inc. as outsourced chief investment officer for its two defined benefit pension plans. While many U.K.-based pensions have adopted an OCIO model, the agreement is significant due to its scale. The Airways Pension Scheme and New Airways Pension Scheme have combined assets of £21.5 billion ($36.82 billion), making the transfers […]

  • June 8, 2021 June 8, 2021
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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and partners have closed a $27 million series B funding round for Clir Renewables, a software start-up developing cloud-based renewable energy asset management and reporting software. Since it was founded in 2017, Clir has provided technology to support asset owners of renewable energy assets in 11 countries through its artificial intelligence-driven […]

  • June 7, 2021 June 7, 2021
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The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association has elected Michael Doughty, president and chief executive officer of Manulife Canada, as its chair. Doughty will take over the role from Jean-François Chalifoux, the president and chief executive officer of Beneva Inc., who was appointed chair in December 2020 and who’ll remain on the board as a past […]

  • June 4, 2021 June 5, 2021
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Shannan Corey will succeed Katherine Strutt as the executive director of the Saskatchewan Pension Plan. A 30-year veteran of the pension sector, Corey most recently served as the founder and CEO of Corey HR Consulting and as a board director of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation’s pension and benefits board. Previously, she was a board vice-president […]

  • June 3, 2021 June 3, 2021
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