Insurance: Manulife Launches LPGA event in Waterloo through strong support

Manulife Financial’s support of the LPGA means a new event will be coming to Waterloo next year!


CBC says: Robinson: LPGA meets its Waterloo


The Spectator: LPGA coming to Waterloo Region

Official Press release click here.



China: Blue Umbrella dishes the dirt on dirty firms

“HONG KONG—In a rundown block in an industrial section of Hong Kong, rows of researchers at a two-year-old firm called Blue Umbrella are trawling through documents such as corporate records, blogs and government watch lists. Their goal: to look for accounting discrepancies or investigate the financial claims of Chinese businesses.”

This WSJ article features this Canadian Chamber member, founded by former Chamber Executive Director Allan Matheson.  Video features former YP (all grown up now) Michael Cheng.

Get the story and video here.

People: Who are Canadians Abroad? You?

Canadians have always had mixed feelings about their fellow citizens who choose to live outside of the country. For more than three decades, concerns about “brain drain” and the liabilities associated with Canadians abroad have shaped public debate about Canadian emigration.  This research report aims: to determine the number and demographics of Canadians living abroad for periods of more than one year; better understand the attachments these Canadians have to Canada; ascertain how Canadians feel about citizenship rights, taxation and consular services for Canadians abroad; and identify pressing policy issues and recommend possible solutions.”

The Asia Pacific Report here.

Where are Canadians abroad?  Click here to find out. 


The Globe and Mail has been examining the issue of YOU!  Canadians Abroad.


Canadian views on policies affecting Canadians abroad


The Globe and Mail takes a stance. 

 As nation of immigrants, Canada must now confront its emigrants

 Canada needs to engage its citizens living abroad




Insurance, Entertainment: Cirque de Soleil, Sun Life tie up!

Cirque de Solieil and Sun Life have (appropriately) teamed up.  Read about this unlikely alliance between a rock solid insurance firm and the best circus in the world!

 Read about the deal here!

The global deal around ‘Iris’ is only part of the story.  They have also teamed up in Manila with the launch of the new show “Varekai”.  Click here for more.

Real Estate: Canadian Housing Prices out of Control?

“The Canadian Real Estate Association estimates the national average price of homes sold in May was 376,817 Canadian dollars, or about US$384,510, up 8.6% year-to-year. That is being pushed up in part by historically high sales prices in exclusive Vancouver neighborhoods, and broad-based gains in Toronto. But prices excluding Vancouver were still up 5.6% year-to-year.

The average home price in Vancouver in May, meanwhile, was C$831,555, which was a 25.7% jump from May 2010. In Toronto, prices were up 8.7% to C$446,593.”

It begs the question:  So what next?  The analysis provided by the WSJ provides some insight into this question.

Get the full and failry lengnthy story here.