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The evidence is in: ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) or sustainable investing is not a fad! In just the past few years, we’ve seen ESG investing emerge from a niche investment approach to something approaching mainstream for both institutional and retail investors.

On March 9, 2020, Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) hosted a 30th anniversary celebration for the first exchange traded fund (ETF) listed in the world. At that time, the global COVID-19 pandemic was looming and markets were teetering on the edge of melting down. Outside of the nervous giggles as we tried to avoid handshakes, it was an exciting moment not only for the Canadian ETF industry but for the ETF industry globally.

New ESG indices join the suite of S&P/TSX indices that measure the market through many lenses, based on investor needs

In June 2020, Montréal Exchange (MX) announced the launch of CORRA Futures, a three-month futures contract based on the Canadian Overnight Repo Rate Average (CORRA) benchmark. The launch of CORRA Futures was a collaborative effort between MX and the Bank of Canada to position Canada as a leader in the global transformation from IBOR-based to transaction-based reference rate benchmarks.

The “family business” – the oldest and most common model of business organization – often conjures up images of small mom-and-pop operations that are locally focused and where siblings quarrel over who will take over the company. However, this depiction is a far cry from the reality of the many family-controlled companies on our exchanges that are stimulating the growth of the Canadian economy and fueling entrepreneurship.