Global Leaders

Big Moves at OPTrust, OTPP and PSP

OPTrust recently appointed Peter Lindley as its president and CEO:OPTrust, one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, today announced the appointment of Peter Lindley as the President and CEO of the organization, effective September 16, 2019. Mr. Lindley is a financial services indust ...

Uncertainty casts its shadow over the U.S., Europe, and China

This week, we are going to take a deeper dive into the issues currently facing the U.S., Europe, and China. Guiding us through this “regional roundup” are three of Invesco’s Global Market Strategists who are on the ground in New York, London and Hong Kong. While the details differ in each reg ...

Five things to watch in September

August is supposed to be a slow, relaxing month – but this August was anything but that for investors. Trade frictions were on the rise for much of the month. The U.S. Treasury yield curve inverted several times, causing jitters for investors concerned that a U.S. recession is imminent. Of course ...

Fall 2019 Poli 204 A course outline (under construction)

Poli 204  A/ 2019 Concordia universityIntroduction to Canadian PoliticsProfessor Harold Chorney Course outline Wed. 2:45-5:30 FG C070 Office hours Tuesday 4:30 to 5:30 Wed 1 -2 . The study of Canadian politics is a complex field which draws upon a number of traditions in Canadian political scienc ...

The Business Leadership Podcast: Paul Rubenstein Chief People Officer at Visier Inc

Big data analytics is becoming a trend in today’s businesses. Together with artificial intelligence and machine learning, organizations can now uncover patterns, insights, and trends that allow them to make immediate and smarter decisions. In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Pau ...

Pension World Reeling From Plunging Yields

Anchalee Worrachate of Bloomberg reports that the pension world is reeling from 'financial vandalism' of falling yields:A once-unthinkable collapse in global bond yields is forcing pension funds to buy bonds that offer negative returns -- putting the financial security of future retirees in jeopard ...

OTPP and CDPQ's Half-Year Results

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) announced net assets top $200 billion in first half of 2019:Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’) today announced its net assets reached $201.4 billion as of June 30, 2019, a $10.3 billion increase from December 31, 2018. The total-fund n ...

Brace For a Bumpy Ride Ahead?

Fred Imbert of CNBC reports that stocks fall on renewed trade war fears as Wall Street concludes volatile week:Stocks fell on Friday as Wall Street concluded a wild week amid trade war fears and worries over the global economy.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 90.75 points lower, or 0.3% at ...

It’s Back: The Netflix Tax Debate Returns for the 2019 Election

Four years ago, then-prime minister Stephen Harper used the first week of the 2015 federal election campaign to pledge that if re-elected his government would not institute a Netflix tax. My Globe and Mail op-ed notes that the Liberals responded with a no Netflix tax promise of their own, which bec ...

If Canadians elect a climate-insincere government in 2019, climate-concerned voters may need to look in the mirror when allocating blame

Two decades ago, I was not alone in predicting that humanity’s chances of rapid decarbonization were low. The reasons were obvious back then, and with hindsight are even more so now. Climate success requires a coordinated global effort to switch away from burning fossil fuels, yet we lack a glo ...