RI Canada brings together leading banks, pension funds, insurers and financial regulators to pave the way to a sustainable, net-zero economy.
Join your peers to explore what strides are being taken by Canadian institutions on a range of emerging ESG innovations, investment opportunities and showcase best in class strategies.
Hear from senior industry participants and discuss topics including; climate and decarbonisation strategies, mitigating the transition risk for real assets, digesting disclosure and regulatory developments for reporting, the rise of social performance in ESG efforts and the application of the Just Transition concept to ensure the pivot to a more sustainable economy is inclusive, equitable and fair.
Open discussion on the latest ESG strategies
The conference will showcase leading sustainability and ESG strategies by Canada’s companies and institutions. Join sessions on the route to decarbonisation, mitigating the transition risk for existing assets and portfolios, the progress to a standardised set of ESG measurements, the rising of social performance in ESG efforts, and many more.
Build a valuable network
Connect with stakeholders in all aspects of the ESG debate from banks, pension funds, insurers, NGOs, think tanks, and financial regulators. Build lasting relationships and compare best practices with your peers at workshops, networking breaks, evening drinks reception, roundtable discussions and invite-only breakfasts.
Connect with Canadian asset owners and allocators
Hear from asset owners who are looking to increase their exposure to sustainable investments and financial products. Past investors included AIMCO, Aon, BCI, BHP Foundation, CDPQ, CalPERS, Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan, CPPIB, European Investment Bank, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, Manulife, OTPP, PSP, and many more.
- Get in-depth insight on leading climate strategies. Discover how Canada’s leading financial companies are implementing decarbonisation plans and operationalising net zero commitments.
- Stay on top of disclosure and regulatory developments. Digest what progress is being made to a standardised set of ESG measurements as well as developments with leading initiatives such as Canada’s transition taxonomy, ISSB and TNFD.
- Address transition risks. Understand leading efforts to quantify, manage and mitigate climate and transition risks for Real Assets and portfolios.
- Discover investment opportunities for a sustainable economy. Get an overview of opportunities in natural capital, climate and tech, rare metal mining and impact funds.
- Get to grips with the ‘S’ in your ESG strategy. Learn what ‘good’ social performance looks like, address human rights in your company’s sphere of influence and understand how to apply the Just Transition concept.
Connect with responsible investment investors
Anne-Marie Gagnon Manager
ESG – Public Markets
British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)
Senior Manager, Sustainability
Director, ESG Investing
Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan
Vice President Responsible Investment
Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCO)
Head of Canada
Head of Sustainable Investing
Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
RI Canada 2022 - Tuesday 18th
Welcome remarks from Responsible Investor
The initiatives that are moving the needle for sustainability in Canada
- Sustainable Finance Action Council: integrating sustainable finance into standard industry practices
- The Net-Zero Advisory Body: identifying pathways to help Canada achieve net-zero emissions by 2050
- Climate Engagement Canada: finance leaders driving Canada’s transition to net zero
- Update on other initiatives
Can ESG investing in its current guise change the world?
- Defining stakeholder capitalism for the 21st Century
- Can we trust corporations to act in our best long-term interests even when it reduces profits for shareholders?
- Are ESG professionals doing enough to drive fundamental change?
- How should Canada’s banking institutions work with polluting companies?
Coffee & networking
Keynote interview: Driving sustainable finance, the role of the ISSB in Canada Senior representative, IFRS
Engagement, divestment and beyond: How should Canada’s investors & financial institutions engage with its natural resource companies?
- What is investor sentiment in engaging with extractive companies?
- What is the landscape of investment opportunities in climate tech and sustinable energy?
- How are investors deploying capital in climate solution?
- Is divestment about exiting oil and gas or reducing carbon risk?
- How are investors working with corporates on ESG plans?
Progress to ESG disclosure standardisation
- How have disclosure initiatives such as the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) and the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) progressed?
- Will we ever reach a precise ‘financial reporting’ standard on sustainability?
- How far along is progress to harmonising ESG measurement methodologies?
- What frameworks are leading companies using to demonstrate their ESG risk and performance?
- How will ESG data methodology develop in the next 5 years as the practice matures & where is innovation still required?
Managing Director, Sustainable Investing, CPPIBRead bio
Vice President, Head of Responsible Investing, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)Read bio
Vice President, Sustainable Investing, OMERSRead bio
President & CEO, CPA CanadaRead bio
Overview of leading climate and decarbonisation strategies
- What policies are leading institutions implementing as part of their decarbonisation plans?
- What are the most common challenges and headaches faced in implementing a net zero strategy?
- How is progress towards net zero being incentivised?
- How are companies with a net zero commitment going about operationalising this aspiration?
- What role should carbon offsets have as part of a net zero investment strategy?
Quantifying and managing climate risk to real assets
- How mature is climate risk management as a practice across the financial sector?
- How is climate risk being integrated into investment decision-making?
- How are different financial institutions measuring climate risk to their business, operations and assets?
- What steps can be taken to mitigate negative climate-related impacts to asset valuations?
Climate transition scenario analysis
- Update on the work of Bank of Canada and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI)
- Capturing climate risks to the economy and financial system
- Considering other risks including physical risk and interaction between physical and transition risks
Opportunities and risks in transition critical minerals
- Outlining the scale of the opportunity in Canada
- What are the main ESG challenges and risks associated with rare metal mining?
- What is the forecasted demand of rare metals across different sectors?
- How sustainable are rare metal supply chains at present?
Investment and financing opportunities for climate tech
- What are the best examples of climate transition investments in Canada?
- Which technologies are game-changing in the clean economy transition?
- To what extent will institutional investors need to take on VC-type risk to gain exposure to support emerging climate technologies?
- How mature are hydrogen and carbon capture and storage businesses?
Natural capital investment opportunities
- What types of investments can be natural capital assets in Canada?
- What is the return/risk profile of natural capital assets, and how scalable are these strategies?
- To what extent should carbon credits be a part of a net zero portfolio claim?
- To what extent should forestry and other organic carbon capture investments be a part of climate strategy?
RI Canada 2022 - Wednesday 19th
Developing social performance within an ESG strategy
- How mature are metrics and measurement when it comes to social issues?
- How to assess social performance and turn it into alpha?
- What frameworks are different financial institutions using to gauge their social risk?
How are investors and regulators increasingly looking at human rights?
- What policies and practices are leading organisations implementing to protect human rights within their sphere of business influence?
- What can be learnt from efforts to address human right issues in corporate supply chains?
- How can financial institutions get a handle on their exposure to human rights abuses such as child and forced labor, and modern-day slavery?
Utilising data to enhance investment strategy
- Comparing ESG data for public and private companies
- How to avoid drowning in ESG data
- How are investor requests changing?
- How can investors make the most of new sources of information: satellite data, artificial intelligence, big data?
- To what extent is ESG data a source of alpha?
How should pension plans engage with their members on ESG?
- To what extent should beneficiaries have a voice on sustainable investments?
- How and at what stage should beneficiaries be involved
- What is holding back the democratization of sustainable investment strategy?
- Comparing Canada to Europe and the rest of the world on this
- To what extend is beneficiary activism a growing trend and a concern for pension plans?
Including Indigenous Peoples in a just transition
- What does a just transition mean for indigenous communities in Canada?
- Co-investment opportunities with indigenous communities
- What will be the consequences of the adoption of Bill C-15?
Social impact in Canadian real estate
- How can social considerations be leveraged for value creation in real estate?
- What are the best examples of different housing impact investments such as affordable housing, supported housing and highly adapted housing?
- What are the revenue models supporting sustainable housing projects and how viable are they?
- What opportunities exist for collaboration with indigenous peoples in ownership and development of real estate projects?
The rise of sustainability-linked financing solutions
- Are Canadian banks creating credible ESG incentives to their borrowers?
- What are some of the more innovative models being applied in the market by Canadian institutions?
- To what extent are sustainability finance solutions able to move the needle on SDG achievement?
- What is the role of ‘catalytic’ subsidised capital in blended financing structures for nascent technologies?
Pushing sustainability in public companies: governance, lobbying and voting strategies
- How are leading public equities investors going about driving sustainability in their portfolios?
- To what extent are we seeing credible incentives on ESG performance being tied to executive pay in?
- How are investors influencing public companies through their voting strategy?
Canadian investors’ take on impact investment market
- How are Canadian institutional investors viewing the proliferation of impact funds around the world?
- What is the appetite of Canadian investors to allocate to impact funds?
- What are the main concerns of institutional investors when assessing whether to invest into impact?
- What are the best examples of impact funds and how are they deploying capital in Canada?
- How are investors considering the potential conflict of interest with returns-first investment mandates?
Cutting through the froth: how well is Canada addressing diversity and inclusion within its institutions?
- How much progress has been made by corporate Canada in all forms of diversity?
- To what extent are investors pressuring companies? Have they got their own house in order?
- Comparing Canada to other parts of the world
Roundtable Discussions/Practical workshops
- Integrating biodiversity into financial decision making
- Practical steps to getting to net-zero
- How ESG practitioners can influence senior management
End of conference
Build lasting relationships and compare best practices with your peers.
Meet Canada’s sustainability leaders
Network with active asset owners, banks, insurers in the industry. Benefit from also our expansive and multistakeholder community who will be in attendance throughout the conference.
Network in-person (finally!) in Toronto
Connect with your peers at interactive workshops, networking breaks, evening drinks reception, roundtable discussions and invite-only breakfasts.
Build new connections
Our past attendees included AIMCO, Aon, BCI, BHP Foundation, CDPQ, CalPERS, Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan, CIBC Asset Management, CPPIB, Credit Suisse, European Investment Bank, Future Fund, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, Ivanhoe Cambridge, Manulife, OTPP, PSP.