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Canadian Awards 2021: il premio più ambito dai produttori mondiali di olio d’oliva

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 aprile 2021

Montreal (Canada) Quest’anno, c’è un nuovo modo per i produttori di olio d’oliva per focalizzare l’attenzione dei consumatori canadesi e degli acquirenti di tutto il mondo: il Canada International Olive Oil Competition (CIOOC), uno tra i premi più ambiti dai produttori d’olio d’oliva. Con giudici provenienti da nove paesi diversi, la giuria del Canada IOOC è tra le più qualificate a livello internazionale. Il Canada, classificatosi al secondo posto nella classifica U.S. News & World Report Best Countries 2020 e sesto nella più recente classifica Forbes Best Countries for Business, è a livello internazionale, il mercato che le aziende produttrici di olio d’oliva dovrebbero più tenere in considerazione. Secondo l’international Olive Council, infatti, le importazioni di olio d’oliva in Canada sono letteralmente esplose, a partire dal 2005, in particolare per quanto riguarda gli oli d’oliva extra-vergini.”Sono in costante aumento I consumatori canadesi che acquistano oli extravergini di oliva di alta qualità, – conferma Karen Rapp di Toronto, componente della giuria del Canada IOOC – i concorsi come il CIOOC aiutano ad aumentare la consapevolezza dei consumatori ed il riconoscimento del prodotto di qualità oltre che ad aprire le porte del mercato canadese ai produttori internazionali.””Poiché sempre più produttori di olio d’oliva – aggiunge Fil Bucchino di Toronto, componente della giuria del Canada IOOC, certificato dall’ONAOO – si concentrano sulla qualità e la produzione si espande in nuovi paesi, i concorsi internazionali hanno fornito un eccellente veicolo di consapevolezza sia per i produttori che per i consumatori. Come canadese e degustatore di olio d’oliva, è per me un onore continuare a sostenere questo prezioso dono della natura insieme al CIOOC”. “Trovare olio d’oliva di qualità – sottolinea Emily Lycopolus da Victoria, sommelier di olio d’oliva (livello 2) e componente della giuria del Canada IOOC – in Canada è spesso impegnativo, il CIOOC aumenta la credibilità dei marchi, permettendo ai produttori di distinguersi sugli scaffali e aumenta la fiducia dei consumatori. Questo concorso rappresenta per i produttori una eccezionale opportunità, in termini di visibilità, nell’attuale panorama internazionale delle competizioni di olio d’oliva”.Completano la giuria, alcuni componenti internazionali, come l’israeliano Ehud Soriano del Kibbutz Magal, un consulente ed esperto certificato dall’Università di Jaén. Il Canada IOOC accoglie con favore la partecipazione di qualsiasi olio extravergine di oliva standardizzato di alta qualità venduto nei negozi al dettaglio, proveniente da qualsiasi parte del mondo, purché sia prodotto con olive raccolte nell’anno di raccolta 2020-21. In una degustazione organolettica ‘al buio’, gli esperti giudicheranno la qualità dell’olio d’oliva utilizzando una scheda di valutazione basata su quella ideata da Mario Solinas dell’international Olive Council. In contemporanea sarà giudicato anche il packaging dell’olio d’oliva. La registrazione al Canada IOOC 2021 è aperta fino al 30 aprile e saranno considerati validi i campioni pervenuti a Montreal entro le ore 17:00 del 10 maggio. Maggiori informazioni e il modulo di iscrizione sono disponibili sul sito ufficiale dell concorso: http://www.canadaiooc.com

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Like Minded Entertainment Announces the Acquisition of Canadian Tech Company Vantrix

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 settembre 2019

Like Minded Entertainment’s (LME) founder, filmmaker and actor Mark Kassen announced during the Toronto International Film Festival that his Hollywood-based production company has completed the acquisition and integration of Vantrix Technology Corporation into its Like Minded portfolio, forming new entities Like Minded Media Ventures (LMMV) and Like Minded Labs (LML).As a place for the integration of production and technology, Like Minded Media Ventures is building upon Vantrix’s current technology to empower actors, musicians and sports figures with the ability to create their own purpose-built, end-to-end distribution systems for both recorded content and live event streaming.
With over a billion users worldwide, Vantrix’s rich portfolio of 300+ patents and market leading proprietary media and camera technology has been embedded in most major wireless service providers and media distribution systems since 2004; including AT&T, Sprint, Bell Canada, Vidéotron, O2 and Vodaphone among others.Jean Mayrand will continue to serve as CEO of the Montreal-based Vantrix and its new technology incubator Like Minded Labs, supported by RBC and based in Montreal. Sal Alvarez will continue as Head of Production for Like Minded Entertainment. Technology pioneer and Kassen’s LME partner Joe Kiani will join the boards of all Like Minded entities.

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Canadian Technology Company Uses UltiPro to Manage Global Workforce

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 agosto 2019

Ultimate Software, a leading global provider of human capital management (HCM) and employee experience solutions in the cloud, announced today that Pivot Technology Solutions, a full-service information technology provider, is using UltiPro to more effectively manage its human capital globally.Pivot is an industry-leading information technology services and solutions provider to many of the world’s most successful companies, including members of the Fortune 1000, as well as governments and educational institutions. The Toronto, Canada-based company has a significant presence in the United States, including in California, Georgia, and Texas, and employees in Ireland who oversee Pivot’s hardware-purchasing system for customers. The company launched UltiPro in 2012, and optimized its use of solution to facilitate the company’s global growth.“We are driving value on multiple levels by using UltiPro as our single source for employee data globally,” said Kim Larrimore, HRIS/payroll manager at Pivot. “Our Finance department has visibility into our entire enterprise, and we can create detailed financial reports related to global labor costs without having to merge separate data files. From an HR perspective, we have one system for all employee records, so we can quickly and accurately answer a question from an employee contacting us from anywhere in the world. In addition, we recently rolled out UltiPro Recruiting and UltiPro Onboarding worldwide so new hires are added electronically to the solution, regardless of location. For employees, everyone has the same people-centric, user-friendly experience—to access their HR information, view pay data, and manage benefits.” According to Larrimore, UltiPro’s unifying experience is especially critical for Pivot, not only because of the company’s international presence, but also because of the way workers are spread geographically within each country.

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KBRA Releases Research – KBRA Zooms in on Canadian Energy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 Maggio 2019

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases a new report focusing on Canadian Energy. As KBRA expands our energy sector coverage, we would be remiss if we overlooked what is taking place in Canada. In the KBRA Zooms in on Canadian Energy report, we highlight our credit views on a sample portfolio of 60 Canadian energy producers and discusses policy decisions by the sovereign and sub-sovereign governments that have an impact on the sector. The report also provides an overview of the dynamics underway in Canada’s oil sector in regard to pricing, supply, and exports. On balance, KBRA leans toward being constructive on the sector over the long term as infrastructure shortfalls are more likely to be addressed. Our view on the sector considers the improving performance of the model portfolio of Canadian energy corporates over the last two years as well as the policy environment, which may turn out to be the fulcrum that rebalances Canada’s energy story toward a more positive direction. This commentary builds on KBRA’s emphasis on bringing together viewpoints and expertise from across the company, in this case Sovereigns and Corporates, in order to maximize analytical depth.
KBRA is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. In addition, KBRA is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus. KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider and is a certified Credit Rating Agency (CRA) by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered with ESMA as a CRA.

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iPipeline Acquires Canadian Solutions Provider Bluesun

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 marzo 2019

iPipeline® – a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions for the financial services industry – today announced the acquisition of Bluesun, a leading provider of software solutions to the life insurance and financial services industry in Canada. Bluesun designs software products to automate core business processes for MGAs, national accounts, mutual fund dealers, banks and insurance companies. Their client base includes nearly 70% of all Canadian life insurers and agencies.“Canadian insurers and financial institutions are looking to rapidly merge into the fast lane of digital transformation. Bluesun has done an outstanding job of steering them in the right direction as a strategic and tactical partner,” said Tim Wallace, CEO, iPipeline. “The acquisition of Bluesun gives us the opportunity to combine the synergies of the two companies and present our Canadian clients across the industry with an innovative, straight-through processing platform strategy that has been proven effective by our U.S. customers. We’re excited about the growth potential and confident about the value we can deliver together through industry leadership and innovation.” “iPipeline is the clear leader in straight-through processing, platform modernization, accelerated underwriting, wealth management automation, and data analytics, all of which are top of mind for executives in the Canadian market place. The industry is ready to go digital,” said Simon Tomlinson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bluesun. “Bluesun’s software solutions for life insurance sales, case management, and policy administration, when combined with iPipeline’s extensive offerings, will take our clients to the very leading edge and drive sales, settlement and administration of life insurance through any channel the consumer wants to choose. This will now be possible using one partner for every step in the process that takes the consumer from prospect to policyholder using a Canadian multicarrier platform. Our goal is to be a part of every life insurance transaction in Canada, and our acquisition by iPipeline is a huge step forward to accomplishing this mission.”

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Best’s Special Report: Canadian Property/Casualty and Life Sectors Remain Stable

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 settembre 2017

torontoToronto. Canada’s property/casualty and life insurance sectors continue to demonstrate stable operating performance despite the potential market pressures brought on by growing weather and fire catastrophes and a persistently low interest rate environment, according to a new A.M. Best special report.The Best’s Special Report, titled, “Canadian Property/Casualty and Life Remain Stable as Economy Rebounds, While Housing Market Bears Watching,” notes that potential seismic events, economic volatility and regulatory changes also remain factors worth watching. The report was released in conjunction with A.M. Best’s 2017 Insurance Market Briefing – Canada event, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 6 in Toronto.
As Canadian P/C insurers tried to move beyond the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, the largest natural catastrophe in the country’s history, wildfires flared again this summer in British Columbia.“Most Canadian P/C writers rated by A.M. Best maintain geographic spread at least through multiple provinces, as well as comprehensive catastrophe reinsurance programs,” said Raymond Thomson, associate director, A.M. Best. “They have been able to absorb the Fort McMurray fire losses and other concentrated events without material impacts to their balance sheets.”In the case of Fort McMurray, reinsurers covered approximately 70% of insured losses, a figure in line with similar-sized events worldwide, according to Greg Williams, senior director, A.M. Best.The overall combined ratio for the Canadian P/C sector increased by 2.7 points in 2016 to 98.2. As would be expected in a year with heavy catastrophe losses, the loss and Loss Adjustment Expense (LAE) ratio also rose, by 2.4 points, and the underwriting expense ratio, by 0.3 points. The steady rise in the expense ratio over the last several years is partially reflective of ongoing investments to improve and upgrade policy administration and claims systems, as well as continued efforts to leverage data analytics in the underwriting process.Due to an increase in both the frequency and severity of natural catastrophe losses, pre-tax operating income declined 26.5% in 2016. The significant decline in underwriting profits resulting from catastrophic events was partially offset by additional investment income, which benefitted from an increase in investment yields. Realized capital gains dropped approximately 55% from the prior year, while net income was down approximately 30%.Despite the ongoing challenges of low interest rates, regulatory changes and limited domestic growth opportunities, the Canadian life industry remains well-capitalized, given the build-up in its equity. Most life companies maintained pricing discipline in their markets and stayed focused on growing their core lines of business. Earnings were strong and grew in 2016, on solid underwriting fundamentals, increased sales, less volatile investment performance and interest rate and equity market movements.“Canada’s life insurance industry remains very competitive and is dominated by the top three life insurance groups, which maintain a 63% market share as measured by net premiums written as of year-end 2016,” said Ed Kohlberg, associate director, A.M. Best. “Product pricing, while competitive, remains rational, with pricing actions noted in interest-sensitive and certain life insurance lines of business over the past few years.”

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International Committee of the Red Cross, World Jewish Congress to hold commemorative event drawing lessons from Holocaust

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2015

ginevraGENEVA the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) will host a commemorative event in Geneva, Switzerland on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps. The conference “Remembering the Shoah: The ICRC and the International Community’s Efforts in Responding to Genocide and Protecting Civilians” will provide a forward-looking perspective on the international community’s efforts to protect civilians and prevent atrocities.Ahead of the gathering, an exhibition about the ICRC during the Holocaust, showcasing relevant material from the ICRC archives, will be opened at the Humanitarium in Geneva.Following will be speeches by ICRC President Peter Maurer and WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, and a panel discussion moderated by WJC CEO Robert Singer and including President Maurer, the American Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt and the Canadian physician, writer, and humanitarian activist James Orbinski. The event will be attended by senior members of Geneva’s diplomatic corps and reflect on the international community’s failure to respond vigorously to the Nazi mass murder of Jews during World War II.“We hope that this important conference will allow us to learn from the past and help ensure that humanitarian organizations such as the ICRC can fulfill their critical role in preventing genocide from ever happening again,” declared WJC President Lauder.
The conference will also reflect on how legal and political tools to respond to large-scale killings have developed since the Holocaust.During World War II, the ICRC, headquartered in Geneva, was the principal humanitarian institution maintaining communications with both the Allied and Axis powers. While the ICRC did provide assistance and protection to allied prisoners of war held by Nazi Germany, it could not do the same for Jewish deportees as Berlin refused all humanitarian requests to help Jewish victims. At the same time, the ICRC did not publicly denounce the deportation of Jews to concentration camps. In 1995, the then-president of the ICRC, Cornelio Sommaruga, apologized, stating: “Our failure to speak out at that time was a moral defeat.”
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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