KINGSTON — Eleven local companies are to each receive up to $5,000 in support as part of a micro-investment program.
Kingston Economic Development Corporation’s Starter Company Plus program is meant to fund training, coaching and mentoring for business owners who are launching or have been in business for less than five years.
In the past, the program has awarded seven grants, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic compelled KEDCO to broaden the scope of the program’s awards.
“This flexibility has allowed us to reach more businesses in need,” said Ian Murdoch, KEDCO’s business development officer for business retention and expansion.
“I’m pleased to see that we were able to provide some level of grant funding to 11 young businesses this spring.”
Debbie Fitzerman of DFC BBQ Sauce, Jenna Richmond of BSE Skateboarding, Brendan Cregg of Tree of Life & Restoration and Native Plant Nursery, Cynthia Kennedy of Hunter’s Creek Golf Course, Jonathan Zelt of Black Rose Waterproofing Inc., Laura Oomen of Wiggie Wizzle Club, Megan Blay of GreenWell Design Co., Sarah Botros of Yoga LunaSol, Sean Monteiro of Bounce, Suzanne Garrett of Travel Health Experts, and Tammy Watson of Trillium and Maple Woods received funding.
“Building a company is already a daunting feat for many individuals, but when coupled with a global pandemic, it’s exponentially more difficult,” Monteiro said. “The Starter Company Plus program did an incredible job helping Bounce focus on adapting to these unprecedented times and how to continue building a sustainable business.”
Applications for the fall session open on Sept. 1. Details can be found on KEDCO’s website.
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2020 /CNW/ – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published guidance to help investment fund managers develop and maintain effective liquidity risk management frameworks for investment funds.
For the purposes of this guidance, liquidity risk is the risk that a fund is unable to satisfy redemption requests without having a material impact on the remaining securityholders. A fund must be able to sell the underlying portfolio assets within a reasonable amount of time, in an orderly manner to satisfy redemption requests. Liquidity risk can increase when the liquidity of portfolio assets held by an investment fund does not match the redemption terms and conditions offered to its investors. In recent years, the management of this potential liquidity mismatch has been a key focus for regulators internationally and the asset management sector.
“Taking a preventative and proactive approach to liquidity risk management is critical to ensuring such risks are appropriately managed,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “We are publishing this guidance to support investment fund managers in their ongoing development and maintenance of robust, effective liquidity risk management frameworks.”
The guidance contemplates normal and stressed market conditions, such as the global financial crisis in 2008 or the COVID-19 pandemic, and is based on existing regulatory requirements. It also recognizes that liquidity risk management is not “one-size-fits-all.” Investment funds vary in size, structure, investor base and other fund characteristics, and what may be considered a material risk for one fund may not be material for another.
While the guidance is intended for investment funds that are subject to National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds, many of the practices and examples outlined may be relevant to other investment funds.
Under securities legislation, investment fund managers must establish and maintain an effective liquidity risk management framework and exercise due care, skill and diligence in managing the liquidity of their funds.
Investment fund managers should contact the securities regulator in their principal jurisdiction to discuss any questions or concerns.
The CSA encourages investment fund managers to consult the global liquidity risk management recommendations developed by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). These recommendations are designed to help fund managers respond to stressed market conditions.
As part of its ongoing continuous disclosure review program, the CSA will continue to monitor the liquidity risk management of funds.
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An A+ was awarded for the strategy and governance, listed equity incorporation, and fixed-income SSA modules
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2020 /CNW/ – Manulife Investment Management announced today that it has been recognized with top scores from the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) annual assessment report. For the second year in a row, Manulife Investment Management received a score of A+ for strategy and governance from the PRI for integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into investment practices across a range of asset classes. An A+ was also awarded in the listed equity and fixed-income sovereign, supranational, and agency (SSA) integration modules.
Other notable achievements included:
Manulife Investment Management’s public markets received an A in all other direct investment and active ownership PRI modules for which it was assessed. Other modules covered its investments in corporate bonds and securitized debt. Manulife Investment Management saw notable increases in its scores as compared to 2018 in areas such as: communications regarding ESG screens, and integration and implementation of analysis of the ESG information for internally managed listed equity holdings. There was also improvement in the number of companies engaged with and the intensity of engagement and effort. Similarly, for fixed income, Manulife Investment Management saw improvements in the integration and implementation of the ESG issues reviewed and its disclosure of approach with the public. For securitized, an outcome of either financial/ESG performance was also noted as an additional assessment indicator.
Manulife Investment Management’s private markets continued to be recognized as a leader with real estate receiving an A for the third consecutive year under the property module. In addition, Manulife Investment Management demonstrated its commitment to sustainable investing within private markets by expanding the scope of the assessment in 2019 to include submissions for infrastructure and private equity, achieving a B in each respective module.
“Manulife Investment Management strives to be a leader in ESG investment practices as a responsible steward of client capital,” said Christopher P. Conkey, CFA, global head of public markets, Manulife Investment Management. “We are very proud of our investment teams for achieving an A+ for ESG strategy and governance for the second year in a row and for earning superior marks in the screening, integration, and engagements modules for listed equities and in direct fixed-income SSA. This is not only important for our clients who entrust us to implement ESG for specific portfolio goals, but also for the overall relevance of our strategies as we look to the future of investment management.”
“Sustainability is one of the keys to creating long-term value for our clients within private markets,” added Stephen J. Blewitt, global head of private markets. “It is important for us to consider sustainability because we’re generally long-term investors across a diverse range of private markets asset classes and submitting to the PRI is an opportunity for us to demonstrate transparency while tracking our progress. It is rewarding for the work we have done to be recognized.”
The key activities within Manulife Investment Management’s investment teams in 2019, which helped to achieve the PRI scores include:
The release of its inaugural sustainable and responsible investment report in 2019.
Increased integration in industry analysis, sovereign analysis, and securitized fixed income. Manulife Investment Management developed a proprietary sovereign ESG assessment model in 2019, which is currently in use by its investment teams as an input into credit analysis. The model produces sovereign-specific baseline views on ESG issues.
The use of scenario analysis—a key tool for companies in demonstrating planning for climate change.
Engagement with 724 companies in 940 separate engagements across all investment teams. In 2019, 26% of engagements had an environmental factor focus, 20% had a social factor focus, and 54% had a governance factor focus.
For more information on Manulife Investment Management, please visit manulifeim.com/institutional
About Manulife Investment Management Manulife Investment Management is the global wealth and asset management segment of Manulife Financial Corporation. We draw on more than a century of financial stewardship and the full resources of our parent company to serve individuals, institutions, and retirement plan members worldwide. Headquartered in Toronto, our leading capabilities in public and private markets are strengthened by an investment footprint that spans 17 countries and territories. We complement these capabilities by providing access to a network of unaffiliated asset managers from around the world. We’re committed to investing responsibly across our businesses. We develop innovative global frameworks for sustainable investing, collaboratively engage with companies in our securities portfolios, and maintain a high standard of stewardship where we own and operate assets, and we believe in supporting financial well-being through our workplace retirement plans. Today, plan sponsors around the world rely on our retirement plan administration and investment expertise to help their employees plan for, save for, and live a better retirement.
As of June 30, 2020, Manulife Investment Management had CAD$900 billion (US$660 billion) in assets under management and administration. Not all offerings are available in all jurisdictions. For additional information, please visit manulifeim.com.
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Rural communities are getting almost $1 million in cost-share funding to diversify their economies, retain skilled workers and create jobs.
Details about the funding were released by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in Leamington on Friday.
A portion of the funding will go towards the revitalization of downtown Leamington.
The money is being provided through a new targeted intake of the Rural Economic Development program (RED).
“This funding will focus on diversifying regional economies and improving the competitiveness of rural businesses across the province,” said Minister Hardeman. “Due to the COVID-19 crisis many people are struggling, and this funding will support job creation and investment to help lift up individuals, families and businesses.”
The intake is directed at not-for-profit organizations with a mandate towards regional economic development and eligible projects would be eligible for up to 70 per cent of total costs to a maximum of $75,000 in provincial funding.
Minister Hardeman also announced more than $3 million in funding cost-shared with applicants to be invested in 65 projects through a previous RED intake.
This funding will support economic development efforts such as:
Capital improvements to enhance an uptown arts and cultural hub to increase tourism;
Implementing new and accessible streetscaping to develop a more inviting downtown;
Waterfront development to expand and revitalize local trails.
“I am very pleased to see our government stepping up to the plate, now more than ever, to help rural Ontario,” said Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls.”Assisting in the revitalization of downtown Leamington and supporting not-for-profit organizations are key to helping the region on its road to economic recovery.”
Leamington Mayor Hilda MacDonald says they are thankful for the funding to help complete key infrastructure projects.
“The John Street Centennial Park and Shotton Parkette upgrades are just two projects in a series of initiatives we are undertaking to reinvent public spaces and attract renewed interest and investment into Leamington’s uptown core,” said MacDonald.
Applications will be accepted from Sept. 21 – Oct. 9, 2020
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