VANCOUVER, BC, July 28, 2021 /CNW/ - Kenorland Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: KLD)(FSE: 3WQ0) ("Kenorland" or "the Company") is pleased to announce it has entered into an option agreement (the "Option Agreement") with Li-FT Power Ltd. ("Li-FT"), a private British Columbia company pursuant to whi
VANCOUVER, BC, July 28, 2021 /CNW/ - (TSX: LUC) (BSE: LUC) (Nasdaq Stockholm: LUC) Lucara Diamond Corp. ("Lucara" or the "Company") announces that it will be publishing its 2021 Second Quarter Results on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 after market close in North America. Please view PDF version. The Com
Eighty-four per cent agree better solutions to mitigate climate change need to be put in place immediately LONDON, ON, July 28, 2021 /CNW/ - New research from the annual 3M State of Science Index (SOSI) reports 63 per cent of Canadians feel the COVID-19 pandemic has made them more environmental
Spark Closes $5M USD Series A To Accelerate US Expansion
Leading Vancouver-based real estate software platform announces significant investment round VANCOUVER, BC, July 28, 2021 /CNW/ - Spark RE Technologies has closed $5M USD in Series A investment round led by BDC Capital and Pender Ventures. Spark was founded with the purpose of streamlining the entire sales, marketing, and management process for real estate developers. Today, Spark is the fastest growing and only comprehensive sales transaction platform in the new development space. "This is a huge step for both Spark, and the industry. From day one, we have always strived to provide tangible value to our clients. As a direct result, we've seen developers sell out projects 3x faster, simply by implementing our platform. Another advantage is the ability to execute hundreds of contracts completely digitally in a single day," said CEO and Co-founder Simeon Garratt. "Our intention is to own the entirety of new development transactions, both in North America, and globally." Originally created as an industry-specific CRM, Spark is transforming the way new multi-family real estate is sold by offering a comprehensive suite of products that eliminates the need for multiple platforms. Top Real Estate Developers and Project Marketing Firms across North America use Spark to sell their projects more intelligently resulting in the company's accelerated growth over the past two years — doubling in both annual revenue and headcount.  "Real estate is one of the largest sectors worldwide, yet there is still substantial friction and administrative burden in managing the sale of new properties," states Mark Trevitt, Partner at BDC Capital who is joining the company's Board of Directors. "We were attracted to the team for their deep understanding of their customers' pain points. Spark provides the ideal combination of user-friendly software and data management that property developers need to keep their projects running smoothly and create a seamless experience for buyers." "Through a relentless focus on delivering best in class solutions tailored for the new development industry, Spark has quickly risen to a global leader in the space," said Kenndal McArdle, Principal at Pender Ventures. "We're excited at the opportunity to support the Spark team and help bring to market further innovation that empowers the entire ecosystem."  With over 60,000 new projects per year in North America alone, there has yet to be a dominant player in the market. Spark's consistent development of industry leading features and increasingly prominent clients, positions them perfectly to become the principal player in this fast expanding market. Scott Kaplanis, Managing Partner at GroundBreak Ventures notes, "COVID has forced builders and developers to reimagine antiquated internal workflows and a clunky client experience. Spark's comprehensive platform vastly improves both with one seamless implementation that ties all elements of project management to the end client." "The industry opportunity for Spark is massive and our product-market fit uniquely positions us to capitalize on the continued digitization of the real estate industry. We are now working in over 80 cities globally and have powered the sale of more than $100 billion in inventory," explains Garratt. "It's an incredibly exciting position to be in, and we're just getting started." SOURCE Spark
TORONTO, July 28, 2021 /CNW/ - John Graham, President & Chief Executive Officer of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), announced the appointment of Suyi Kim as Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Private Equity effective September 15, 2021. Kim will continue to be
TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC     SEHK: 945   Examines the risks of failing to incorporate ESG factors into macroeconomic forecasts Offers perspectives on how biodiversity and ESG considerations have and will continue to affect sustainable investing and valuations Discusses how sustainability is driving
TORONTO, July 27, 2021 /CNW/ - The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) is enhancing consumer protection by proposing new standards for approving licensing courses in the mortgage brokering sector.
Canadian offer to host International Sustainability Standards Board well supported: CPA Canada
TORONTO, July 28, 2021 /CNW/ - Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) is pleased to be among the private and public institutions, including the Government of Canada, backing this country's offer to host the global headquarters for the new International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). Known as Canadian Champions for Global Sustainability Standards, this is a national collaboration with a shared objective to locate the new board in Canada. Backed by  support from the country's public and private sectors, the Government of Canada has formally submitted the Canadian offer letter to the IFRS Foundation. The bid incorporates an extensive collaborative effort, facilitated by CPA Canada, that includes the largest pension funds, financial institutions, securities regulators, a leading First Nations organization, accounting firms, insurance companies, and other large Canadian companies, along with the support of the country's six largest municipalities and a broad cross-sector of Canada's leading business, academic and environmental stakeholder organizations. The Canadian offer includes  financial contributions for the successful start-up and operations of the ISSB, should the IFRS Foundation decide to locate the headquarters in Canada.   "The overwhelming support associated with the Canadian offer clearly demonstrates the breadth and depth of this collaborative effort," says Amanda Whitewood, chair, CPA Canada Board of Directors. "Collectively, there is strong recognition that sustainability considerations are increasingly driving investment and policy decisions both domestically and internationally."    Once established, the ISSB will develop a much-needed set of global standards for reporting on environmental, social and governance matters. This is critical because there are currently multiple reporting frameworks and standards related to sustainability. The business landscape has evolved to the point where a consistent approach is required.  As the provider of international financial reporting standards in more than 140 jurisdictions around the world, the IFRS Foundation is well-positioned to create a global set of international sustainability standards through the ISSB.  Canada has long been known both for the quality of its standard setting and for its independent, objective and transparent structures responsible for the delivery of those standards. The accounting profession's ongoing contribution includes providing expertise, resources and funding, as well as supplying the official French translation of international accounting and auditing standards. "Our country has a solid track record of working with global institutions on sustainability and standard setting, including the IFRS Foundation," explains Charles-Antoine St-Jean, president and CEO, CPA Canada. "Our standard setters are respected internationally and their knowledge and expertise are continually in demand." The Trustees are expected to officially announce their decision on a new ISSB by the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in November 2021.  "Our major cities are one flight away from many of the world financial markets – and our country's skilled, diverse and multi-lingual workforce, including leaders in sustainability and standard setting, make Canada an ideal location for the global headquarters of the ISSB," adds St-Jean. Visit the link for more information on the IFRS Foundation's work toward establishing sustainability reporting and the ISSB.  Here is a list of the Canadian Champions for Global Sustainability Standards: Financial ContributorsAlberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) ATB FinancialAutorité des marchés financiers The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) / Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd BDO Canada LLP Bell BMO Financial Group British Columbia Securities Commission Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Canada Life Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) The Co-operators Group Deloitte Desjardins Group Ernst & Young LLP (EY) Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd First Nations Financial Management Board Government of Canada Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) iA Financial Group Intact Financial Corporation KPMG Magna International Inc.ManulifeNational Bank of Canada Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Ontario Securities Commission Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) PSP Investments Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Sun Life Suncor Energy Inc. TELUS TD Bank Group TMX Group SupportersBusiness Council of Canada Business Schools Association of Canada Canadian Academic Accounting Association Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Canadian Chamber of Commerce Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) Canadian Securities Administrators City of Calgary City of Mississauga City of Montreal City of Ottawa City of Toronto City of Vancouver The Conference Board of Canada Global Risk Institute Insurance Bureau of Canada Institute for Sustainable Finance (ISF) Institute of Corporate Directors Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy Ivey Foundation Responsible Investment Association About CPA CanadaChartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) works collaboratively with the provincial, territorial and Bermudian CPA bodies, as it represents the Canadian accounting profession, both nationally and internationally. This collaboration allows the Canadian profession to champion best practices that benefit business and society, as well as prepare its members for an ever-evolving operating environment featuring unprecedented change. Representing more than 220,000 members, CPA Canada is one of the largest national accounting bodies worldwide. SOURCE CPA Canada