Communicating with your board – our top takeaways

Communicating investment recommendations to board members ranks among the top challenges facing pension decision makers today, especially when those members are lay trustees. Our Congressional Huddle at the 2023 International Best Practices Forum brought pension decision makers together to work through a case study where they were asked to address a panel of trustees, both lay and expert, and make …


Alpha will only get harder to generate (and other findings)

This year’s International Best Practices Forum which took place in Victoria, BC, from October 11-13, 2023, brought together an exceptional group of leaders from across the Canadian pension industry. The two-day agenda sparked conversations about the foundational changes taking hold in the asset management space as investors grapple with geopolitical divisions, rising interest rates, and the growing impact of the …

Drew McFadzean

HOOPP’s Drew McFadzean on AI and Investing

The Canadian Leadership Congress was founded to provide Canadian pension leaders with a forum for learning from one other – the International Best Practices Forum, being held from October 11-13 in Victoria, BC, is no exception. One of the topics on this year’s agenda is AI and Asset Management, The End of the World as We Know It. Moderating this …

Reggie Townsend

Keynote Announcement: SAS’s Reggie Townsend on the Ethics of AI

Keynote Announcement – SAS’s Reggie Townsend on the Ethics of AI As policymakers work to understand and manage the risks of AI, companies in the U.S. are already agreeing to voluntary safeguards to govern the  development and use of this new technology. As that happens, the Canadian Leadership Congress is pleased to announce that Reggie Townsend, Vice President, Data Ethics …

Keynote Announcement: Christopher Sands on Canada/U.S. Relations at the International Best Practices Forum

As the next U.S. presidential election draws closer, policymakers and business leaders will be watching to see which candidate is more likely to win and, importantly, what the implications for Canada will be. To address the state of Canada-U.S. relations, we’ve invited Christopher Sands, Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to speak at the …

Angela Rodell

Angela Rodell on Resource Economies and the Energy Transition

The ongoing debate about whether or not to invest in fossil fuels intensified recently as the State of California moved to prohibit the California State Teachers’ Retirement System from making new investments in oil and gas companies. For many asset owners, especially those in energy producing countries like Canada, divestment isn’t always a step in the right direction — in …

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David Suzuki: Global economy & transformation

Ask David Suzuki how to transform the global economy, and he’ll say it needs to be transformed and be smaller. Right now nature isn’t part of our economy – and economic growth is degrading the air, water, and soil humans need to survive. Suzuki delivered this stark message at the International Best Practices Forum in Vancouver.  David Suzuki | Scientist, …

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Arif Husain on the CIO Priority List

Arif Husain | Head of International Fixed Income and Chief Investment Officer, T. Rowe Price Behind the scenes at the 2022 International Best Practices Forum:Why was conflict the overarching theme at this year’s International Best Practices Forum’s CIO Priority List panel? Listen to Arif Husain as he explains.

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Juliana Hansveden on Preparing for Climate Change Shocks

Juliana Hansveden | Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Sustainable Equity, Ninety One Behind the scenes at the 2022 International Best Practices Forum:Juliana Hansveden gives us a glimpse into what the key takeaways were at the IBPF panel on Preparing for Climate Change Shocks.