Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest CPPIB reports record return for latest fiscal year iA Clarington aims for sleeker, cleaner product lineup Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) Thursday announced the launch of its new asset management business, Sun Life Investment Management Inc., that will specialize in providing private asset class pooled funds and investment strategies for defined benefit pension plans and other institutional investors in Canada. “Through this initiative we will be offering the same types of expertise to third-party clients that we have built over the decades to manage our insurance assets,” Dean Connor, President and CEO, Sun Life Financial said in a releases. Keywords Institutional investors, Asset management companiesCompanies Sun Life Financial Inc. IE Staff “This broadens the asset management pillar of our enterprise strategy, providing an excellent complement to MFS Investment Management, Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc. and our Asian asset management businesses. We are starting the new business in Canada and intend to expand it to other markets over time.” The new business will operate under the brand name Sun Life Investment Management, which also encompasses the investment operations of Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada that manages approximately $100 billion in assets, including approximately $38 billion in private asset class investments. Sun Life Investment Management is headed by Steve Peacher, Sun Life Financial’s executive vice president and chief investment officer, who leads an investments team of more than 200 employees worldwide. As its initial product suite, Sun Life Investment Management Inc. will offer three pooled funds — Sun Life Private Fixed Income Plus Fund, Sun Life Canadian Commercial Mortgage Fund, and Sun Life Canadian Real Estate Fund — as well as liability driven investment strategies, which are separately managed client accounts custom-built to align with a client’s distinct liability profile. Pending final regulatory approvals the funds are expected to be available starting later this quarter or in the second quarter this year. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Hawk Racing’s news is focused on their wheels, which are all now hand built in Florida using Sapim spokes and Italian Alpina self-locking nipples. They were being built in Taiwan by a friend of his, but they closed their facility to do other things. We’re glad to see it come home.The wind tunnel tested Veyron rims gain a 42mm carbon clincher. Founder Sven Folmer says the profile is similar to Zipp’s Firecrest shape but are his own design, not from a catalog (yes, we asked directly). Weight is 1,590g for the set, retail is $2,999. His new hubs get a carbon shell with straight pull 20/24 spokes and will be used mostly on the Veyron wheels.
Sugarbush Resort,Sugarbush Resort has been ramping up its commitment to employee health and wellness in recent years. Two years ago, the resort established a Health and Wellness Committee, inviting employees to have a voice in increasing the company’s commitment to personal health and wellness and environmental awareness. The resort has also taken a lead in encouraging and supporting athletic events that promote employee personal wellness.Here’s a recent look at resort employee athletic endeavors:Sugarbush sent 42 employees to participate in the Corporate Cup 5k Challenge on May 12th in Montpelier to benefit the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.Marketing Department Graphic Designer Audrey Huffman recently finished first among Expert Women in the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge in Sugarloaf, Maine; first in her division in the Vermont 50 Miler in Ascutney, Vermont; and first in her division in the Allen Clark Hill Climb in Fayston, Vermont.Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Babic recently competed in the Spartan Race World Championship Beast-Elite in Squaw Valley, CA and finished eighteenth in his age group. Joining Babic in an earlier qualifying race was VP of Food and Beverage Gerry Nooney, VP of Finance Melissa Roberts, and Sugarbush Health and Recreation Center (SHaRC) Fitness Instructor Kathleen Cosentino.Amy Kretz, Planning and Utilities Assistant, recently finished second in her age group at the Mt. Washington Road Race, second among women in the Mad Marathon half marathon, and first in her age group at the Vermont 50k.VP of Communications Candice White recently rode the 50-mile Kelly Brush Foundation Century ride with her two children Posy (LaBombard), a busser in Timbers Restaurant, and Owen (LaBombard). Sugarbush is a sponsor of the Kelly Brush Foundation Century Ride.Communications Assistant Nadine Rowell recently completed the 9/11 Memorial Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., in support of the Wounded Warrior Project.Marketing Coordinator Cory Ayotte completed his first marathon–the Vermont City Marathon– in May, and went on to hike the entire Long Trail with his wife in June in just 16 days.Other athletic endeavors include Cliff Cox of the SHaRC, who completed a sail from Majorca to Antigua on a Super Maxi Yacht last year; Jill Wilkinson of the SHaRC and Ski and Ride School, who has completed five 5 k runs in the last five months; and Renee Lemieux of the SHaRC, who has served as a Routesetter in two bouldering series this year, and in June, completed a 1,130 mile section of the Appalachian Trail.The resort is a major sponsor of the Mad River Path Association’s Mad Dash 5k and 10k races over Columbus Day weekend, and will have a team of employees competing.Sugarbush increases its staff at this time of year, and is currently hiring for a number of positions including: administration, base area operations, food and beverage, lodging, ski school, communications and marketing, and mountain operations. The resort will be hosting the following off-site job fairs:October 11 – Bobcat Café & Brewery (Bristol)October 12 – Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen (Barre)October 18 – The Blue Stone (Waterbury)October 25 – Skinny Pancake (Burlington)November 1 – American Flatbread (Burlington)Source: Sugarbush.com,Yes
Jul 27, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Germany’s infectious disease institute has declared that the Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak is over, now that the incubation period for the most recently confirmed case with links to the sprout seed–related event has passed. The ECDC, in a Jul 8 risk assessment, warned that sporadic cases and new clusters would likely continue to be reported, because some of the contaminated seeds could still be on the market or in people’s homes, cross-contamination during food handling could occur, and foodborne transmission could be linked to people with asymptomatic infections. Jul 8 ECDC risk assessment Jul 27 ECDC outbreak update Omitting sprouts in the original case-control study was an error that German health officials made and that led to the spurious association with cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes, Hedberg said. The same mistake has been made in other outbreaks elsewhere, he said, which should be a lesson for future outbreak investigations. Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, said that though the outbreak might be considered “over,” there are still concerns about fenugreek seeds from potentially contaminated lots that have not been accounted for. Because of reporting delays, additional cases are still slowly trickling into the ECDC. Health officials are also still sorting out confirmed and probable cases. So far the ECDC has received reports of 3,910 infections, including 782 with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious kidney complication. So far 46 deaths have been reported. He said the outbreak has taught some useful lessons and raised some issues that warrant follow-up discussion. See also: European officials seemed in a rush to publish preliminary data that suggested the outbreak involved an unusually virulent enterohemorrhagic E coli (EHEC) strain when the full extent of exposure to the implicated food wasn’t known, Hedberg said. “If we don’t know the size of the denominator, the numerator is just a number.” A few cases, most with links to German travel, were also reported in the United States and Canada. The Robert Koch Institute, the county’s federal disease control agency, released a statement in German yesterday saying that the 3-week incubation period had passed since the latest illness onset date—July 4—for a patient with an epidemiologic link to the outbreak, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said today in its outbreak update. The agency said German officials are considering cases with onsets later than Jul 4 as having no epidemiologic links to the outbreak or no lab confirmation. Hedberg said the reason given for omitting sprouts from the first case-control study was that fewer than half of the sick patients reported eating them. “This is not acceptable, because sprouts are a known previous vehicle, thus should have been part of any case-control study,” he said. “And although they were reportedly eaten by fewer than half of cases, they were eaten by a higher proportion of cases than would have been anticipated, based on background rates of sprout consumption in the population.”