Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bentall Kennedy Ranked 1st in Canada, 2nd Globally in the 2018 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Rankings

• Bentall Kennedy advanced to #1 overall in Canada across all property types and 2nd globally in the Diversified category

• MEPT/Edgemoor Fund advised by Bentall Kennedy continues to be ranked top 3 in the world in the Diversified Category

TORONTO-Friday 21 September 2018 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- For the eighth consecutive year, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) has ranked Bentall Kennedy among the top firms in the world for its commitment to investing sustainably. Bentall Kennedy retained its position as a top global leader in sustainability on the strength of its collaboration with clients and tenants, and its employees’ commitment to driving innovation in asset and property management.

For 2018, Bentall Kennedy ranked as the top firm in Canada and the 2nd globally among diversified firms. In addition, MEPT/MEPT Edgemoor LP, the U.S. core open end fund strategy advised by Bentall Kennedy, continues to be ranked top 3 globally in its category (Global – Diversified). The 2018 GRESB survey included 903 entities (+6% from 2017) covering 79,000 assets with an aggregate value of USD $3.7 trillion.

"Given the increased competition globally, we are extremely proud that the most recent GRESB results continue to demonstrate Bentall Kennedy’s worldwide leadership position in the area of sustainable investing in real estate,” said Gary Whitelaw, Chief Executive Officer for Bentall Kennedy. “For the past 8 years, our clients’ and employees’ commitment to excellence in sustainability has driven an enterprise-wide effort that recognizes the importance of sustainability in generating strong performance over the long term for our client portfolios."

GRESB ranks companies and funds on sustainability performance in a number of environmental, social and governance categories, including management practices, reductions in energy, water, and waste consumption, green building certifications, and engagement programs with employees and tenants.

"For an eighth consecutive year, Bentall Kennedy has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to integrating sustainability into their investment process. Their efforts serve as an example to others and we are delighted to recognize Bentall Kennedy, its clients, and its employees for their continued sustainability leadership in the 2018 Real Estate Benchmark,” said Sander Paul van Tongeren, Co-Founder and Managing Director at GRESB.

About Bentall Kennedy

Bentall Kennedy, a Sun Life Investment Management company, is one of the largest global real estate investment advisors and one of North America's foremost providers of real estate services. Bentall Kennedy serves the interests of more than 550 institutional clients with expertise in office, retail, industrial and multi-residential assets throughout Canada and the U.S. Bentall Kennedy's Investment Management group has approximately $48 billion (CAD)/$36 billion (USD) of assets under management (as of June 30, 2018). Bentall Kennedy is one of the largest real estate services providers in Canada, managing more than 60 million square feet on behalf of third-party and investment management clients (as of June 30, 2018). Bentall Kennedy is a member of UN PRI and a recognized Responsible Property Investing leader ranked among the top firms around the globe in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) for the eighth consecutive year since GRESB was launched.

Bentall Kennedy includes Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partnership, Bentall Kennedy (U.S.) Limited Partnership and the real estate and commercial mortgage investment groups of certain of their affiliates, all of which comprise a team of real estate professionals spanning multiple legal entities. The assets under management shown above include real estate equity and mortgage investments of the companies within Bentall Kennedy. The information in this press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities or investment services.

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Rahim Ladha, +14169869027
Vice President, Corporate Communications

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Friday, September 21, 2018

BCW Names Latin America Market Leaders

NEW YORK-Friday 21 September 2018 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe), a leading global communications agency, today announced the appointment of market leaders in Latin America who will be responsible for business growth, client satisfaction and talent development. All market leaders report to Francisco Carvalho, President, Latin America, BCW.

“BCW has a dominant presence in Latin America, thanks to Burson-Marsteller’s 40-year-history and expansive footprint across the region and Cohn & Wolfe’s strength in Brazil and Mexico,” said Carvalho. “This team has unmatched market knowledge, strong client relationships and deep commitment to talent, all of which is critical for our continued success in the region. Those strengths, together with our industry-leading expertise in delivering digitally driven integrated communications programs, make BCW a powerful partner for our clients.”

All of BCW’s Latin America market leaders have been drawn from the legacy Burson-Marsteller organization and had been leading their respective markets, except where noted:

Argentina: Guido Gaona
Brazil: Patricia Avila
Chile: Fernando Soriano, who had been Director, Brand Communications
Colombia: Hector Cardona
Mexico: Alberto Diaz, who had previously led the Chile market
Miami: Jonathan Stern
Peru: Carolina Palacios
Puerto Rico: Lynnette Teissonniere
Uruguay: Agustina Navarro
“We are excited about the leadership across Latin America,” added Donna Imperato, Global CEO, BCW. “They are all entrepreneurial, creative, and very strong leaders and counselors. We are the agency to beat across this growing region.”

About BCW

BCW is one of the world’s largest full-service global communications agencies. Founded by the merger of Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe, BCW delivers digitally and data-driven creative content and integrated communications programs grounded in earned media and scaled across all channels for clients in the B2B, consumer, corporate, crisis management, CSR, healthcare, public affairs and technology sectors. BCW is a part of WPP (NYSE: WPP), the world's leader in communications services. For more information, visit

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Steve Bannon’s New Documentary Film Trump @War Launches Free Online Access

 Distribution partner Western Journal to stream full-length film worldwide

WASHINGTON-Friday 21 September 2018 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Trump @War in conjunction with its online distribution partner, The Western Journal, is pleased to announce that the full length HD feature film Trump @War is free and available to viewers worldwide at

 “The Western Journal does great work and we are happy they are partnering with us,” stated Stephen K. Bannon. “It’s a film that every American, regardless of political belief, should watch. It’s a historic time for our country, and no one should be sitting on the sidelines during the upcoming elections.”

Directed by Bannon and produced by Dan Fleuette, Trump @War is a retelling of the most significant election campaign in modern U.S. history and a look forward to the high-stakes midterm election in November 2018, which will cement President Trump’s legacy.

“Steve Bannon and the team have done it again. This is the most riveting documentary film of 2018. We are honored to be part of the team making it possible for everyone worldwide to watch the film free of charge on any device,” said Patrick Brown, CEO of The Western Journal.

“The recent suppression of conservative content by Big Tech has made this an especially daunting task,” Brown added. “But thanks to our team of technology professionals, sharing this film is as easy as texting or emailing the link to friends and family.”

Trump @War stars Corey Lewandowski, Pete Hegseth, Sebastian Gorka, Raheem Kassam, Sonnie Johnson, Raynard Jackson, Alfredo Ortiz, Dr. Sasha Gong, Erik Prince, Joe Concha, Lianchao Han, Bill Gertz, Michael Caputo, and Rob Wasinger.

“This elections cycle is about the highest stakes possible for our nation,” said Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a former Deputy Assistant to President Trump who appears in Trump @War.

Running on a common-sense platform of America First, a revitalized economy, tax cuts, better trade deals, and a promise to reestablish American sovereignty with immigration reforms, Donald Trump ignited a dormant passion in the hearts of his supporters and won the presidency. It was arguably the most significant election campaign in US modern history. Highlighting the ongoing revolution in American politics, the documentary tells the story of President Trump as a political novice who upended the entrenched political classes in both parties, achieving a stunning victory for the forgotten men and women of the nation.

Gerald Seib, the Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, wrote recently in a piece entitled "The ‘Deplorables’ Called Into Battle Again": "As midterms near, President Trump’s former political guru Steve Bannon rallies the troops... it’s an hour and 15 minutes of pure Trumpian adrenaline… and closes with dire warnings of the need to vote for Republicans in 2018 to head off efforts by liberals to impeach the president."

Bannon and Fleuette also co-wrote and co-produced Clinton Cash, an explosive investigative documentary that helped to expose the Clinton Foundation’s corruption ahead of the 2016 election.

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CIMA Equips Tomorrow’s Leaders

 “The case studies were supported with real life problems and offered an exciting environment to challenge my own experience and test my skills.”

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-Thursday 20 September 2018 [ AETOS Wire ]

Time is a scarce resource for busy people, and for Royal Dutch Shell’s Group Portfolio Advisor Gokhan Tekiner, it helps to save as much of it as he can while pursuing the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional qualification, all while juggling a business role and a family life which demand a lot of him.

“CIMA’s Corporate Business Leaders Challenge (CBLC) and Global C-suite Business & Finance Programme offered a rich curriculum and practical tools to recognise and solve common finance and business problems,” says 35-year-old Gokhan, who is coming to his 10th year at Shell. “Not only was the material relevant to me for my day-to-day work, but the CBLC offered a busy, more experienced professional like myself a fast-track opportunity to attain the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation and complement my business and leadership skills.”

Gokhan began his career at Shell in commerce and finance before joining company’s Group Strategy & Portfolio team. In his current role, he supports Shell’s executive committee and board in shaping the company’s future aspired portfolio, which will chart Shell’s direction for the next 50 years in the energy industry. It is timely for him to do the CIMA qualification as the energy industry is undergoing tremendous change, from the society’s push for cleaner energy, to the immense pressure on the energy companies to deliver competitive and sustainable results in a lower oil price environment.

CIMA qualification offered Gokhan an opportunity to build confidence around his capabilities while its CGMA designation will certainly boost his professional standing. “CIMA has an established, well-respected brand name recognised by the company I work for as well as by the wider industry. Compared to other professional finance qualifications, CIMA managed to keep itself relevant, up-to-date and practical, which played a role in my decision to pursue the program.”

He cites the CBLC, which is eligible for professionals with 3 years of relevant experience, as a testament to this relevance. “The case studies that were offered in the challenge were supported with plausible, real-life business problems” Gokhan explains. “Most of these problems resonated with me and I was able relate them to my own experience and skills at a practical level.” Gokhan’s ability was obvious as he became the winner of the final challenge for CBLC with his colleague team partner. Clearing the CBLC hurdle on his first try enabled him to go straight to the Strategic Case Study level of the CIMA qualification, the Global C-suite Business & Finance Programme, which he also passed.

Along with the real-life problems, participants of the CBLC were assigned coaches to provide support while they were handling the challenge. During the challenge, Gokhan was not the only one who brought work experience to the table. The other participants were also people with a wealth of knowledge from different industries, which introduced different perspectives to the programme.

“What I saw in the Challenge was a group of talented business leaders who were comfortable stating and defending their ideas,” says Gokhan. “We had people from large multinationals as well as startups, and the way everyone approached a given business problem was so varied.” Each team’s presentation was done before an experienced panel of judges comprising corporate world leaders, who role-played as a fictional “Board of Directors” to mimic a real-life scenario.

What were some of his takeaways from his time with the CIMA qualification? “Well, there’s no one road that leads to Rome, and yet there is always a better one.” he laughs. “The final challenge was a great example of how people’s own experience defines their mental framework and approach to problem-solving. Ensuring these dissenting opinions are heard is what stimulates divergent thinking and helps us arrive to a better solution in the end.” It is this exposure that helped Gokhan to reassure the need to surround himself with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions.

Another takeaway for him was how the CIMA qualification taught him to think naturally about various strategic lenses such as stakeholder and competitor analysis. “In my work, we use sophisticated tools to look at the impact of “what if” scenarios on our business and key stakeholders through different lenses. CIMA programme’s constant emphasis on them made utilizing those tools effectively second nature to me. So when I am developing strategic roadmaps, I am already thinking organically about how a given pathway could position our company with respect to our competition and impact our stakeholders – this is a great unit of the programme.”

On a personal level, he speaks a lot about leadership and its relationship with ethics in his current role. What does blending ethics and leadership mean to him? “For me, it means having a clear identity about who you are, understanding your own strengths and limitations, and setting realistic targets,” Gokhan explains. “When we work with ethics, it means no shortcuts, and if you set realistic targets and promote an open and honest culture, your organization will less likely feel the need to take shortcuts. Therefore, good business ethics begins at the leadership level, and flows into the DNA of the company.”

Gokhan takes his own advice on leadership by keeping up continuous self-development, despite his time-consuming role at Shell. “At Shell, we change roles around every 4 years. It is important to keep your skills up-to-date and to always learn,” he says. “The CIMA qualification offers the opportunity for finance professionals to enhance their skills and stay current with the emerging needs and themes of finance management, and it’s a good branding for the individual. For me personally, it was a worthwhile commitment even though I had to complete it in such a short period of time.”

While awaiting to receive his CGMA designation, Gokhan is now looking forward to use the skills and experience that he gained during his time with CIMA to continue his career with Shell. “We are shaping the trajectory of the company in response to the world’s growing demand for more and cleaner energy and our society’s evolving requirements. I am really excited to see what will come in the future,” he concluded.

About The Association

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 667,000 members and students in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.

About CIMA

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), founded in 1919, is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants, with members and students operating in 177 countries, working at the heart of business. CIMA members and students work in industry, commerce, and the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its qualification, professional experience requirements and continuing professional development to ensure it remains the employers’ choice when recruiting financially-trained business leaders.

About CGMA

CGMA is the most widely held management accounting designation in the world. It distinguishes more than 150,000 accounting and finance professionals who have advanced proficiency in finance, operations, strategy and management. In the U.S., the vast majority are also CPAs.  The CGMA designation is underpinned by extensive global research to maintain the highest relevance with employers and develop competencies most in demand. CGMAs qualify through rigorous education, exam and experience requirements. They must commit to lifelong education and adhere to a stringent code of ethical conduct. Businesses, governments and nonprofits around the world trust CGMAs to guide critical decisions that drive strong performance.


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“Man of The Planet” Sergey Burlakov Visits Dubai Sports Medicine Facility

Paralympic Athlete Undergoes High-Caliber Tests at nanoM Sports and Human Performance Laboratory

Dubai, United Arab Emirates-Thursday 20 September 2018 [ AETOS Wire ]

Sergey Burlakov, a Paralympic athlete and four-time amputee, visited nanoM on September 16th. nanoM is a sports and human performance facility that is the first of its kind in the world, and Burlakov visited to undergo a series of tests.

Karan Rekhi, Vice President - Operations of Emirates Healthcare, said, “An inspirational hero like Sergey proves that you can do anything you set your mind to. He passed our tests at nanoM with flying colors; the tests are challenging at times because they are meant to test your endurance and push your limits. It was very impressive to measure and even more impressive to witness a quadruple amputee living his best life like anyone else and out-performing most people.”

“I always do what I love and what I can, and I push my limits and do it to the best of my ability. The word impossible is not in my vocabulary. I was very impressed by nanoM’s high-tech facility; I felt like I was in outer space! As soon as I arrived, I knew I needed to tell the Paralympic community about nanoM and how useful it can be to all athletes, whether they are in the Paralympics or not,” said Burlakov.

Burlakov toured the facility, and underwent a series of tests at the nanoM clinic, including a cardio-metabolic test to measure his respiratory gas exchange during a series of treadmill simulated walks and runs, and a test in the “BodPod” (a machine that uses air simulation to measure an athlete’s body composition in relation to their age, height and weight). He also took part in a Gait analysis, showing off his impressive black belt karate skills in a simulated test that measured his movements.

Burlakov is the only four-time amputee to have completed a marathon of 42 km and 195 m; his achievement is listed in the Guinness World Records. Burlakov can also fly a hang glider, sail a yacht, and shoot perfectly. He is a participant and organizer of the Moscow-Taganrog bike ride; a Russian champion in athletics and swimming (more than 40 times); a master of sports in track and field, and swimming and shooting; a winner of international triathlon competitions; a world karate champion; a black belt; the holder of the title “Man of the Planet”; and a New York Marathon record holder.


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Rayan Sheety, Account Manager, +97143298996, +971504814861 /

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Alibaba Announces Smart Mobility Initiatives with Partners

Driving innovation in smart mobility with an auto-parking solution, car-to-home AI services and an Internet car

HANGZHOU, China-Thursday 20 September 2018 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) announced today a series of smart mobility initiatives in partnership with auto brands and technology service providers. The announcement was made during The Cloud Computing Conference, the company’s largest technology showcase, held over four days in Hangzhou, Alibaba’s home base.

Partnering with Bosch on Automated Valet Parking

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud-computing arm of Alibaba Group, and Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology services, announced plans to introduce Automated Valet Parking (AVP) solutions in China. Both parties will work together to enable the infrastructure-based, driverless parking solution. The technology is powered by software in a cloud and it will offer a fully automated valet parking service in the near future.

As part of the cooperation, Bosch will provide its AVP technology, its experience in systems engineering and its IoT competencies. Alibaba Cloud, meanwhile, will share its technologies and its experience in cloud computing, data analysis and smart mobility. Both parties intend to explore building showcase sites to demonstrate next-generation AVP technology throughout China. The two companies are also committed to exploring future opportunities in connected mobility in China and abroad.

AVP is an ideal accompaniment to smart cities, an area in which both Bosch and Alibaba aim to become significant players. AVP is also an important milestone on the road to autonomous driving.

Partnering with Volvo Cars for Car-to-Home AI services

Alibaba A.I. Labs, the department leading consumer AI product development at Alibaba, announced it is upgrading its auto Artificial Intelligence solution, Tmall Genie Auto, by partnering with Volvo Cars and adding car-to-home AI services. Tmall Genie is an AI-powered smart assistant developed by the Labs. Through the upgraded solution, Volvo Cars drivers with a Tmall Genie-compatible device will be able to monitor and control their smart-home devices from their cars, starting next year. Some of the newly added services include:

    Running a status check on humidity, temperature, light and air conditioning at home, as well as the on and off status of smart home appliances;
    Controlling appliance functions, including turning on the heater, air conditioning, door lock and air purifier;
    Turning on the “home model” when drivers are 10 minutes away from home, which readies smart appliances for your arrival while you’re still in the car.

Over 90 appliance brands are already in the Tmall Genie ecosystem, enabling over 600 smart home appliances to be easily connected for car-to-home AI services.

Last June, Alibaba A.I. Labs partnered with Daimler, Audi and Volvo Cars to offer home-to-car AI services through Tmall Genie Auto. The Labs also rolled out in-car AI services by integrating the speech-interaction and Natural Language Processing features of AliGenie, the AI platform behind Tmall Genie. This technology supports voice commands for different tasks, such as identifying nearby attractions and restaurants, booking hotels and movie tickets and ordering to-go boxes by activating the cars’ navigation and infotainment systems.

Partnering with Ford for New Internet Car

As part of the strategic cooperation inked last December between Alibaba Group and Ford, the auto brand today confirmed that Ford Kuga SUV customers will be able to order the car which has a 10.4-inch center screen and software powered by AliOS later this year. The debut of this technology in the Kuga marks another milestone in strengthening ties between the two leaders in their respective fields, and highlights the rapid growth of internet-connected cars in China. As of today, there are over 500,000 AliOS - equipped Internet vehicles on the road in China.

For the latest announcements and talks from The Cloud Computing Conference 2018, please refer to the Alizila page:

About Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere, and the company aims to achieve sustainable growth for 102 years. For the fiscal year ended March 2018, the company reported revenues of US$39.9 billion.


Alibaba Group Holding Limited
Crystal Liu
+86 18578497650/+852 6378 5626

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Sharjah Announces its First Fully Integrated Investors Services Centre

The new centre will be a key access point for global investors and key to boost investor services in the emirate

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates -Thursday 20 September 2018 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In a bid to support prospective foreign investors expand their international growth ambition in the UAE, its third largest emirate, Sharjah, has announced the launch of a digitally robust business facilitation initiative, the Investors Services Centre.

The emirate’s investment and development authority, Shurooq, has partnered with Injazat Services, to develop this high-end facility to offer an exhaustive list of fully integrated business consultancy services, which will specially benefit new players on the UAE turf.

The office will serve as a key access point for global business owners and investors in Sharjah, and serviced by a highly trained staff, will play an integral role in facilitating high-level and mid-level investments across a variety of sectors within the emirate.

Through this service centre, investors will be directly connected to the emirate’s regulatory entities, and will be able to access all departments responsible for issuing commercial licenses and conduct other official dealings required to set up a business in Sharjah, allowing transparency, quality and efficiency.

Shurooq officials have said that the objective behind the establishment of this service centre is to add to the business attractiveness of Sharjah by allowing investors to take advantage of the power of a state-of-the-art data and information centre without actually having to build one themselves.

Sharjah’s economy has been diversifying rapidly with steep growth being experienced by non-oil sectors like tourism, healthcare, transport and logistics, light manufacturing, publishing and others. Foreign direct investments into the emirate’s economy grew to $1.63 billion last year.

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