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The Bid breaks down what’s happening in the markets and explores the forces that are changing investing. Hear thought leaders from and outside of BlackRock discuss the trends shaping society and why they matter. Privacy policy: https://www.blackrock.com/corporate/compliance/privacy-policy This material is for informational purposes and is prepared by BlackRock, is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation t ...
 
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In this episode, we explore how Medical Assistance in Dying legislation works on the ground, asking what challenges continue to face medical practitioners and patients when applying its criteria. We also ask broader questions about the meaning of capacity, proportionality, the role of conscientious objection, and, finally, what remains excluded fro…
 
After yet another year of record temperatures and extreme weather events, there’s more and more discussion about how we can fight climate change and get to a net zero future – an economy that emits no more carbon dioxide than it removes from the atmosphere by 2050. But what does this transition look like in practice? On the second episode of a five…
 
In this episode, we delve into Canadian and international legal avenues available to victims of human rights abuses; we evaluate Canada’s State Immunity Act; and we theorize on the future of state and corporate accountability both in Canada and internationally. We are joined by Amanda Ghahremani, an international lawyer, legal consultant and resear…
 
This episode explores how governments are beginning to re-think tax policy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our guests are two Osgoode Hall Law School professors: Jinyan Li, co-academic director of the LLM tax program, and Scott Wilkie, a tax law practitioner and a former chair of the Canadian Tax Foundation.…
 
The Covid-19 pandemic has put genomics and immunology front and center. In the first episode of a five-part mini-series on megatrends, CEO of Moderna Stéphane Bancel and CEO of CRISPR Therapeutics Dr. Samarth Kulkarni share their perspectives as companies on the frontlines. First, Stéphane shares how Moderna innovated to produce a Covid-19 vaccine …
 
Au cours de cet épisode, notre équipe explore les obstacles juridiques, politiques et sociaux au rapatriement des objets culturels autochtones au Canada. Notre invité est Me François Le Moine, qui pratique en droit des arts et en droit d’auteur, et qui enseigne le droit des arts et du patrimoine culturel à l’Université de Montréal.…
 
Climate change is reshaping the global economy. And we believe it’s not just an investment risk – it’s an investment opportunity. But most ignore the effect of climate change in their economic projections. We think that’s wrong. On the last episode of a five-part mini-series on our global outlook, Vivek Paul, Senior Investment Strategist for the Bl…
 
This episode explores how Canadian police forces use algorithmic surveillance and predictive technology in their work, while analyzing its implications for privacy, rights and bias in decision-making. Our guest is Yolanda Song, a civil litigator and legal researcher who co-authored a recent report on the use of algorithmic technology by Canadian la…
 
We expect a restart of the global economy and more action by policymakers to cushion the virus shock – but the impact on the markets will likely look very different. On the fourth episode of a five-part mini-series on our global outlook, Jean Boivin, Head of the BlackRock Investment Institute, explores what’s next for Covid-19 and policy. He discus…
 
In this episode, we will explore alternatives to established theories in corporate governance, and their ensuing implications for addressing pressing societal problems. We will hear from Dr. Carol Liao, an associate professor, UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar​, and Director of the Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.…
 
This episode features an insightful interview with Professor Carissima Mathen, and examines the 2018 SCC decision of R v. Boudreault. First, it explores how the constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment has evolved to consider the disproportionate impact of mandatory victim surcharges on disadvantaged and marginalized communities. S…
 
Dans cet épisode du Balado de la Revue de droit de McGill, nous explorons les limites du système judiciaire en matière de crimes sexuels, les obstacles qui empêchent les victimes de trouver justice par le processus pénal, les risques de la dénonciation en ligne et, finalement, les autres recours disponibles.…
 
The Covid-19 crisis continues to profoundly shape our geopolitical environment. It has heightened U.S.-China tensions, accelerated inequality and caused companies to revamp their supply chains. With a new administration in the White House, what changes can we expect to the geopolitical landscape this year? On the third episode of a five-part mini-s…
 
In this episode, we discuss the various tactics used by police during protests for racial justice and their legality, both from a general legal standpoint and from the American context. Our guest is Karen Pita Loor, Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law.
 
After a year of dramatic volatility, the U.S. stock market ended 2020 at record highs – and this year already has had a strong start. Can the momentum continue? In the second episode of a five-part mini-series on our global outlook, Tony DeSpirito, Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Fundamental Equities, shares why he’s bullish on the stock market t…
 
This episode is geared toward current McGill Law Students: it’s an exciting time, because you have the chance to become part of an incredible community, as well as to contribute to the legacy of a venerable institution in the legal discourse. But don’t take our word for it — this episode features two successful alumni who speak about their experien…
 
Thirty-two years ago, BlackRock’s Chairman and CEO, Larry Fink, rallied seven other people to found a small bond firm. Since then, BlackRock has grown into a global asset manager. Following the Global Financial Crisis, Larry began an annual tradition of writing a letter to CEOs on behalf of our clients – the institutions and individuals who invest …
 
On this week’s episode, MLJ Editors Garima Karia and Addie Lalande explore the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for ADR. How are ADR professionals adapting to this new reality, and will these changes outlast the pandemic? They speak with Me Anaïs Lacroix, a lawyer and co-founder of Latitude Management, as well as Professor Fabien Gélinas, a profess…
 
An eventful 2020 changed our perspective on how to invest in 2021. We’ve entered a new investment order – one that calls for a rethink of portfolios. In the first episode of a five part mini-series on our global outlook, Scott Thiel, Chief Fixed Income Officer, shares the three themes we see driving markets this year. He talks about why investors s…
 
In this episode, we examine what health equity means and try to understand both the challenges and the opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic presents for achieving health equity in Canada. Our guests are Steven Hoffman, a professor of global health law and political science at York University, as well as Daniel Weinstock, a professor at McGill U…
 
Since the Global Financial Crisis, the financial services industry – and asset management in particular – has been turned on its head. As an asset manager ourselves, how do we innovate and build products that meet investors’ evolving needs? On this episode of The Bid, Patrick Olson, BlackRock’s Chief Product Officer, discusses three drivers of chan…
 
This year, perhaps finally, is coming to a close. What are the biggest lessons we’ve learned from the markets? On this episode of The Bid, investors from across BlackRock share how the Covid-19 crisis has compared to past financial crises; the trends that were accelerated like technology and sustainability; and the resilience we saw from companies …
 
The energy transition is taking shape: As electricity consumption increases around the world, more and more, renewable power is replacing fossil fuels as a primary – and cheaper – source of energy. This transition has major implications for areas of private markets. On this episode of The Bid and our mini-series, “Sustainability. Our new standard,”…
 
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, companies’ time horizons shrunk and surviving the months ahead became top priority. What made companies resilient through the crisis? A clear focus on purpose and on serving their employees and communities. On this episode of The Bid, Sandy Boss, BlackRock’s Global Head of Investment Stewardship, shares what it means…
 
We’re in a time of crisis in more ways than one. In addition to a global pandemic, we’re facing climate change and increased competition between nations. What can we learn from these crises coming together, and how do we move forward? On this episode of The Bid, we sit down with best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Daniel Yergin. Dan i…
 
This episode seeks to uncover the impact and significance of the Caring Society litigation, which condemned the Canadian government's approach to First Nations Child Welfare and called for action on policies that have continued to perpetuate historical inequalities. Our guest is Dr. Cindy Blackstock, member of the Gitksan First Nation in Northern B…
 
How can we identify which companies are acting sustainably? While sustainability has made headlines this year, the real opportunity exists beyond the hype. On this episode of The Bid, Eric Van Nostrand, Head of Research for Sustainable Investments, discusses how he goes under the hood to find opportunities in sustainable investing. He walks through…
 
Our newest episode features an insightful interview with Brad Regehr, president of the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Regehr is the first Indigenous president in the organization’s history, and has been a leader in the legal field as a partner at Maurice Law. This episode will explore the experiences that inform his approach, as well as his vision f…
 
As the trial begins for the court challenge to Bill 21, our newest episode aims to provide helpful context that emphasizes the social effects behind the legal arguments, while offering a glimpse at what it’s like to be at the forefront of a major Charter case. Our guests are Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civi…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the healthcare sector, accelerating trends like digital health, at-home care and new methods of vaccine development. How have the virus and the upcoming U.S. election changed the way we think about investing in healthcare? On this episode of The Bid, we answer this question with three healthcare experts: Erin Xie,…
 
Over the past few years, there has been an explosion of technologies providing and enhancing legal services. Some view these developments as a way to promote access to justice, while others point to emerging ethical dilemmas. To explore these issues, we are joined by Jena McGill, Professor at the University of Ottawa, and Costa Ragas, partner at Fa…
 
The 2020 U.S. election is set to be one of the most consequential elections in modern history. With November 3rd just a few weeks away, what are the key issues we should track and how might the result impact markets? On this episode of The Bid, Mike Pyle, BlackRock’s Global Chief Investment Strategist, walks through three different scenarios to pla…
 
Impact investing means investing in companies that are working to solve the world’s greatest problems. How can investors do well while doing good, and how have companies pivoted today in the face of COVID-19 and racial injustice? On this episode of The Bid and our mini-series, “Sustainability. Our new standard,” Eric Rice, Head of Active Equities I…
 
In Tsilhqot’in Nation v British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a declaration of Aboriginal title for the first time in its history. To better understand the evolution of Aboriginal title, from Calder to Tsilhqot’in and beyond, we interview David Rosenberg, whose extensive experience includes acting as lead counsel for the Tsilqot’in N…
 
Seventy-four percent of Chief Financial Officers expect some portion of their workforce to remain virtual forever. Stay-at-home orders have led to a 60% increase in content consumption on streaming platforms. And there’s been a 35% surge in video game sales over the past few months. These are just a few of the ways the world has changed since the c…
 
Across the United States and beyond, many students, lawyers and citizens have grieved the loss of a brilliant Supreme Court Justice, a trailblazing woman and an outstanding role model. To commemorate her life and reflect on her legacy, we are joined by Professor Deborah Jones Merritt, who has known Justice Ginsburg for over 40 years.…
 
Today’s guest is one that you won’t want to miss: Brian Gallant, 33rd premier of New Brunswick and current CEO of the Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation. Mr. Gallant has a fascinating journey, from student and lawyer to politician and premier, and now to advisor and CEO. Over the course of this episode, he discusses each step on his…
 
Today’s episode features a very special guest: Senator Murray Sinclair. His groundbreaking career has had a significant impact on the Canadian legal landscape, from his appointment as the first Indigenous judge in Manitoba and only the second in Canada to his service as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissione…
 
Racial injustice and inequity have come into increased focus and caused corporations to shift their behaviors. How is systemic racism impacting the workplace, and what do companies need to do to tackle these issues? On this episode of The Bid, Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts, Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business,…
 
As the effects of climate change continue to be felt across the globe, litigants have attempted to hold governments accountable through constitutional challenges. To explore this emerging area, we speak with Dennis van Berkel, legal counsel to the Urgenda Foundation in its historic case against the Dutch government, as well as Dayna Nadine Scott, a…
 
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the expectation for companies to lead with purpose has intensified. Employees are demanding it; customers are expecting it; and communities are requiring it. So how can companies lead coming out of the crisis? On this episode of The Bid, BlackRock Chief Marketing Officer Frank Cooper sits down with Airbnb CEO B…
 
At the start of the year, the BlackRock Investment Institute sets three themes for the year ahead. But the coronavirus shock has reshaped our views on the markets and investing. In short: The future is running at us, and longer-term trends like inequality and globalization need to be considered today. On this episode of The Bid, Elga Bartsch, Head …
 
The coronavirus crisis has accelerated sustainability, bringing to light issues around the environment, our climate and company behavior. But as global economies begin to restart and reach a new normal, can sustainability accelerate recovery? On this episode of The Bid and our mini-series, “Sustainability. Our new standard,” we hear from leaders in…
 
Globalism is at a crossroads. Coronavirus has caused a dramatic pullback in the once-seamless transfer of technology and people across countries. As a result, companies more and more have to adapt with societies and their needs, or else get left behind. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sat down at the BlackRock Future Forum …
 
If you were to invest in a company, you’d watch how it performs and take interest in how it grows over time. In the world of investment stewardship, companies take those actions on behalf of their clients. Investment stewardship involves engagement with public companies to promote positive behaviors. And this year, BlackRock has committed to being …
 
We entered this year with the view that there wouldn’t be an economic downturn in 2020. No one could have predicted the global pandemic that would come just a couple of months later. Since then, market volatility has been at all-time highs, unemployment has surged and there’s no question that we’re in a downturn. But one prediction we made has held…
 
To coincide with Volume 64:2 of the McGill Law Journal, the MLJ Podcast has been publishing bite-sized bonus episodes where you can hear directly from authors about their work. In this episode, Professor Malcolm Lavoie discusses his new article, “Property Law and Collective Self-Government.”
 
Pour souligner le lancement du Volume 64:2 de la Revue de droit de McGill, nous publions de courts épisodes où les auteurs présenteront un aperçu de leur article. Aujourd’hui, Me Frédérick Doucet décrit l’article qu’il a coécrit avec Me Geneviève St-Laurent, intitulé ≪ Le droit à l’égalité et l’accès aux professions réglementées : bilan contrasté d…
 
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