Why Ultra-Low Yields Don’t Mean the End of Sustainable Pension Funds

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Why Ultra-Low Yields Don’t Mean the End of Sustainable Pension Funds

Retirement systems around the world, from public pension plans to private funds, are weathering a storm of ultra-low bond yields that threaten not only adequate returns for pensioners but the sustainability of the systems themselves. Designing retirement systems that are resilient to low yields requires balancing risk with resilience and innovative approaches. At McGill Desautels Faculty of Management’s recent McGill International Portfolio Challenge 2021 symposium event, pension plan experts Barbara Zvan and Eduard van Gelderen shared their insights on the future of retirement systems with moderator and Desautels Professor Sebastien Betermier.

25 Nov 2021
Closing the Inventor Gender Gap with John-Paul Ferguson, Lucy Gilbert, and Negin Ashouri

Social inequalities are responsible for the loss of millions of ideas and inventions over hundreds of years. This loss over time is measurable today in a decline in innovation, slowing economic growth, and repercussions on all sectors, from technology to health care. The gender gap among inventors affects what gets invented—and consequently who benefits from innovation. In this episode of the Delve podcast, Desautels Professor John-Paul Ferguson investigates how women inventors may be more likely to patent inventions targeted toward women’s needs and interests. We also hear the first-hand experience of surgeon and McGill professor Dr. Lucy Gilbert, who developed the DOvEEgene genetic pap-test, and Negin Ashouri, CEO of FemTherapeutics, inventor of a 3D-printed gynecological device.

19 Nov 2021
Navigating Digital Ecosystems & Transforming Strategy with Yolande Chan

Digital technologies today are highly generic and highly specific at the same time – even a mobile phone is also a translator, a map and an entertainment system – complicating how organizations design their digital strategies. In the latest episode of the Delve podcast, Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management and James McGill Professor Yolande Chan discusses a “digital ecodynamics” approach to organizational strategy, where technology is at the core of an organization’s strategy from the start. This strategic lens encourages organizations to examine their own digital ecosystems within a climate of constant change, from the multiple technologies co-existing within an organization to the potential paths toward knowledge and innovation.

4 Nov 2021
A Digital Currency for the Public by the Public

Could a Central Bank Digital Currency ensure privacy and transparency for every transaction? A new model of digital currency proposes a secure yet anonymous “asymmetric privacy” alternative to cash, traditional bank transactions, and cryptocurrency. While cash is guaranteed by the state and makes transactions private for both sender and receiver, e-commerce offers greater convenience and access to worldwide platforms, but at the cost of privacy. A new form of digital currency offers an emerging solution that melds cash with global accessibility and security.

1 Nov 2021
New Normal: The Pivot to Climate Sustainability for SMEs with Dror Etzion

Small and medium-sized enterprises account for as much environmental impact as the entire Canadian transportation industry—yet solving their climate impact requires a unique peer-to-peer approach. In episode 2 of the second season of The "New Normal" Delve podcast series, Professor Dror Etzion from McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management joins journalist Dave Kaufman to discuss the role of entrepreneurial SMEs in the global fight for climate sustainability.

28 Oct 2021
Crafting Local Terroir & Putting Quebec Cheese on the Map with Robert David

The word terroir conjures unique European flavours and landscapes, flora and fauna, champagne and Parmigiano-Reggiano. As global trade, brand marketing, and niche competition grew in the past half-century, terroir—and authentic, identity-rich products overall—has also grown in both scope and value. Desautels professor Robert David’s research on the emerging lucrative realm of Quebec terroir, and how products like Quebec cheese fit within it, shows that terroir has flourished not only for its flavours but as a phenomenon crafted by overlapping social, cultural, and even political factors.

21 Oct 2021
Occupational evolution or extinction?

Despite being essential in organizations across sectors, data scientists wrestle with the implications of writing the code that will replace their own jobs. New research analyzes six years of what data scientists have been saying about their occupational identity and its interlinked evolution to new digital technologies.

18 Oct 2021
New Normal: COVID-19 and the Leadership Crisis with Jean-Nicolas Reyt

Launching the second season of Delve's The "New Normal" podcast series, Professor Jean-Nicolas Reyt from The Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, who joins journalist Dave Kaufman to discuss why businesses should embrace a hybrid work method, why the future of workspaces needs to change from the status quo, how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced management to change in order to adapt to a new reality, and the one thing companies can do for remote workers to make sure they’ve got their backs.

7 Oct 2021
Gourmet Food Trucks and the Authenticity Recipe with Daphne Demetry

An entrepreneurship experience high in creativity, culture, and community and low in risk, gourmet food trucks illuminate how authenticity and associated identities—like the fascinating “cultural omnivore”—are constructed by both business owners and consumers alike. Speaking to Delve's Robyn Fadden, Desautels Faculty of Management Professor Daphne Demetry discusses the drive for authenticity and the gourmet food truck trend that took off in 2008 and shows no sign of slowing down.

28 Sep 2021