Building momentum for a Just Transition in Canada

RI Canada brings together asset owners, investment managers, banks, financial regulators, and data providers who are looking to play a meaningful role in the journey to a sustainable, net-zero economy.

The event is a unique opportunity to flesh out new ideas with fellow senior industry peers and share cutting-edge sustainability thinking to navigate the rapidly evolving responsible investment landscape.

Gain insights from industry-leading asset owners on their ESG allocation strategies, preferences, and strategies in 2024 and beyond.

 

2024 key themes:

  • Navigating transition finance in Canada: What comes next?
  • Incorporating Indigenous perspectives into investment strategies
  • Sustainable Finance and Green Bonds
  • Regulatory and Policy Developments: How are investors preparing
  • Biodiversity and nature: Navigating data collection and stakeholder expectations
  • Investing in net-zero: Aligning investments with the 1.5°C pathway
  • Social investment: Risks, challenges, and opportunities
  • Effective engagement: Stewardship and escalation strategies
  • Sustainability standards and disclosure frameworks

Snapshot of 2023 attendees:

Meet leading asset owners including:

2023 speakers included:

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What can you expect at the forum?

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 incorporating Indigenous perspectives into investment strategies, regulatory and policy developments, the road to net zero, biodiversity and nature, 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 interactive workshops, networking breaks, roundtables and an evening drinks reception.

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 asset owner attendees include BCI, Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan, CDPQ, HOOP, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, OMERS, and many more.

Apply for a complimentary asset owner pass

Complimentary investor passes are limited to foundations, endowments, trusts, insurance companies, single family offices, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds who are actively making fund commitments and do not engage in third-party fundraising activities or collect fees for advisory/consulting services.

Please register your interest and a member of our team will be in touch to confirm your eligibility.

Embed your brand within the institutional investor industry

Responsible Investor Canada provides an opportunity to make connections with an exclusive audience of ESG and sustainable finance decision makers. Share your solutions, collaborate and network with senior-level executives through bespoke sponsorship packages to meet your 2024 business goals.

Enquire about sponsorship

Our 2023 leading advisory board included:

Gina Gambetta

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

Sarah Keyes

CEO, ESG Global Advisors

Katharine Preston

Vice President, Sustainable Investing, OMERS

Adam Scott

Executive Director, Shift: Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health

Julie Segal

Senior Program Manager, Climate Finance, Environmental Defence

Catherine Simard

Senior Director, CDPQ

Bruce Simpson

Partner, AgeTech Capital

Puninda Thind

Finance Nature Lead, Climate Champions Team

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For more information on the agenda or speaking opportunities, please contact Joana Frade.

Joana.F@pei.group | +44 (0)203 879 3893

Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

Responsible Investor Canada 2024 - Day One - Wednesday 11th

Networking
08:00 - 09:00

Registration

Plenary
08:55 - 09:00

Opening remarks

Gina Gambetta
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Gina Gambetta

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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09:00 - 09:50

Plenary 1: Green horizons: Navigating transition finance in Canada

Bruce Simpson, Jennifer Livingstone, Barbara Zvan
  • Defining transition finance and its essential role in Canada’s economy
  • How can transition finance be deployed credibly?
  • How do Canada’s strategies and investments in the energy transition compare with those of the USA and Europe?
  • Is transition finance compatible with net zero commitments?

Moderator: Bruce Simpson, GP, Agetech Capital

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Bruce Simpson

Partner, AgeTech Capital

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Jennifer Livingstone

Vice President, Climate Strategy, RBC

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Barbara Zvan

President and CEO, University Pension Plan

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09:50 - 10:05

Keynote

Gina Gambetta, Charles-Antoine St-Jean

Moderator: Gina Gambetta, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

 

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Gina Gambetta

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Charles-Antoine St-Jean

Chair - CSSB, FRAS Canada

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10:05 - 10:50

Plenary 2: The future of ESG regulation and Canada's standards development

Alison Joutsi, David Andrews
  • Canada’s taxonomy progress
  • CSSB: What are the next steps?
  • How are international ESG standards, such as the CSRD and the SEC’s proposed climate disclosure rules, influencing Canadian ESG reporting and regulation?
  • How can Canadian regulators balance the need for robust ESG standards whilst maintaining global competitiveness?
  • How does the Canadian regulatory landscape currently accommodate the concept of double materiality in sustainability reporting?

Moderator: Alison Joutsi, Principal, ESG Global Advisors

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Alison Joutsi

Principal, ESG Global Advisors

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David Andrews

Senior Legal Counsel - Investments, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

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Networking
10:50 - 11:20

Networking break

Plenary
11:20 - 11:40

Fireside chat

11:40 - 12:25

Plenary 3: Public-private partnerships: Driving the next phase of energy transition

Susan McGeachie, Amy Hepburn
  • How can collaboration between the public and private sectors be improved to facilitate investments in sustainable infrastructure and clean technologies?
  • How can P3s incorporate Indigenous communities and social responsibility into their project planning and execution?
  • What strategies are needed within P3 frameworks to ensure the resilience and adaptation of the real economy?
  • What policy measures can be implemented to incentivize greater private sector engagement and investment in the energy transition?

Moderator: Susan McGeachie, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Global Climate Finance Accelerator

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Susan McGeachie

Co-Founder & Managing Partner / Adjunct Professor (Climate Finance), Global Climate Finance Accelerator / University of Toronto

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Amy Hepburn

CEO, Investor Leadership Network (ILN)

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12:25 - 13:10

Plenary 4: Climate-biodiversity nexus: Closing the gap with sustainable investment

Joy Williams
  • How is the TNFD framework being integrated in Canada? What can investors learn from early adopters?
  • How to leverage data for a nature positive investment?
  • How does nature and biodiversity support net-zero? What are the challenges and opportunities within the context of transition finance?
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Joy Williams

Executive Director, Financial Institution Net-zero Transition Plans, Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ)

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Networking
13:10 - 14:05

Lunch

Stream A
14:05 - 14:50

A1: Decarbonization and credit markets

  • How can investors ensure investments contribute to Canada’s decarbonization goals?
  • How can credit markets be leveraged more effectively to finance decarbonization?
  • What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in scaling up green financing in Canada? How do these compare globally?
  • Canada’s provincial carbon markets – how can we ensure their integrity and effectiveness?
  • What role do private credit markets play in ESG investing and sustainable finance?
14:55 - 15:40

A2: Responsible AI

  • Defining responsible AI and its impact and opportunities on the portfolio
  • Implementing AI through a responsible governance structure
  • How can companies guarantee transparency, fairness, and accountability in their AI systems?
  • Social implications of AI
  • How can AI strategies fit into companies overall ESG framework and long-term sustainability goals?
15:45 - 16:30

A3: ESG Data: Enhancing the investment strategy

  • How is ESG data incorporated into responsible investment decisions?
  • Quantity vs quality: what steps are being used to improve data verification and assurance processes?
  • How are investors needs changing on ESG data?
  • Global ESG reporting and disclosure and what this means for Canadian data users and providers
  • Preparing for emerging data challenges: What are the challenges and lessons learned?
Stream B
14:05 - 14:50

B1: Social responsibility: Risks, challenges, and opportunities

  • What are the social risks that investors should be thinking about?
  • How can investors help alleviate social issues such as DEI, housing crisis, and aging demographics?
  • How are investors measuring and reporting on the social impact of their investments?
  • How can sustainable investments positively contribute to social goals?
  • What are the main challenges of integrating social responsibility into investment decisions?
14:55 - 15:40

B2: Investing in nature: Opportunities in biodiversity

  • What innovative financial instruments and models have shown promise in funding biodiversity conservation efforts? How can these models be scaled or adapted for different contexts?
  • What are the primary risks and challenges investors face when integrating biodiversity considerations into their portfolios, and how can these be mitigated?
  • What are the emerging trends in nature finance, and how should investors position themselves to take advantage of these?
  • How can investors adopt a nature-positive strategy in the portfolio?
15:45 - 16:30

B3: Proxy voting: Making your votes count

Thomas Estinès, Sarah Couturier-Tanoh
  • Vote pre-disclosure: What are the challenges with gaining traction behind certain votes?
  • What elements make a shareholder proposal more likely to be supported by a majority of investors?
  • Shareholder proposal fatigue
  • Workers’ rights proposals and their impact
  • Key takeaways from 2024 proxy season

Moderator: Thomas Estinès, Co-CEO, GIR

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Thomas Estinès

Co-CEO, GIR

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Sarah Couturier-Tanoh

Director of Shareholder Advocacy, SHARE

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16:30 - 18:00

Networking drinks

18:00 - 18:00

End of day one

Agenda

Responsible Investor Canada 2024 - Day Two - Thursday 12th

Networking
08:00 - 09:00

Registration and refreshments

Plenary
08:30 - 09:40

Interactive roundtable discussions

Susan McGeachie
  1. Industrial decarbonization projects – Susan McGeachie, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Global Climate Finance Accelerator
  2. Deforestation
  3. Scope 3
  4. Carbon markets
  5. Water
  6. Methane
  7. Climate adaptation
  8. Climate scenario analysis
  9. ESG fixed income
  10. Critical minerals
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Susan McGeachie

Co-Founder & Managing Partner / Adjunct Professor (Climate Finance), Global Climate Finance Accelerator / University of Toronto

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Stream A
09:40 - 10:25

A4: What makes a credible transition plan?

  • Transition funds: What are the challenges and opportunities in financing transition plans?
  • Assessing transition plans and tracking progress
  • The role of carbon pricing and offsets in transition plans
  • Integrating nature into net-zero transition plans
  • How can cross-sector collaboration enhance the effectiveness of transition plans?
  • What makes a credible plan in the current politicized environment?
10:25 - 10:45

Networking Break

10:45 - 11:30

A5: Navigating climate risk and materiality in Canada

Alison Schneider
  • What are the best strategies to assess and manage climate risks in the portfolio?
  • How should investors approach asset valuation and risk assessment differently to protect their investments?
  • Physical risk vs transition risk
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Alison Schneider

Canadian Representative, CERES

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11:35 - 12:20

A6: ESG bonds: Diversifying beyond green

  • Green Bond Framework – Are green bonds supporting the transition? How can Canada optimize the use of green bonds and loans to fund its transition to a sustainable economy?
  • What are the potential risks and rewards associated with investing in nuclear bonds?
  • How is the Canadian market addressing the risk of ‘greenwashing’ in bond issuances, and what mechanisms are in place to ensure authenticity?
  • Social bonds and a just transition: How are Indigenous communities and projects being integrated into the sustainable bond market in Canada?
Stream B
09:40 - 10:25

B4: Sustainable agriculture and food systems

Colin Saravanamuttoo
  • Exploring the investment potential and impact strategies
  • In what ways can agricultural practices contribute to the energy transition beyond just adopting renewable energy sources?
  • Emissions Disclosure – How can we further reduce emissions in food supply chains?
  • Addressing the material risks of intensive animal agriculture en route to net-zero

 

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Colin Saravanamuttoo

Executive Director and Canada Country Director-World Animal Protection, World Animal Protection

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10:25 - 10:45

Networking Break

10:45 - 11:30

B5: Indigenous impact investment

  • The state of investment in Canada in indigenous land
  • Ensuring indigenous views in investment strategy
11:35 - 12:20

B6: Human rights and the supply chain

Laurence Vigneau
  • Managing supply chain risk: the challenges for investors
  • Bill S-211: what are the biggest challenges in achieving compliance?
  • How can companies go beyond mere compliance to actively promote human rights?​
  • What role does data play in managing human rights risks in supply chains, and how can investors and companies improve their data collection and analysis practices?​

 

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Laurence Vigneau

Senior Advisor, Stewardship Investing, CDPQ

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Networking
12:20 - 13:00

Lunch

Plenary
13:00 - 13:20

Keynote

13:20 - 14:10

Plenary 5: Effective engagement strategies for sustainable investing in Canada

  • Active ownership vs passive ownership
  • How do you achieve impact in engagement and measure success?
  • Brown stripping vs engagement: How are Canadian investors engaging with the oil and gas sector?
  • How has the landscape of Canadian engagement evolved in recent years?
14:10 - 15:00

Plenary 6: Investing in zero: Finances and strategies of climate change

Katharine Preston, Alex Side
  • Scale of investment necessary to reach 1.5C: What are the challenges and opportunities for investors?
  • How are asset owners approaching provincial decarbonization efforts in their portfolios?
  • What is keeping investment senior leadership up at night in 2024?
  • How are asset owners and asset managers coping with growing geopolitical uncertainties? What challenges are they facing?
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Katharine Preston

Vice President - Sustainable Investing, OMERS

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Alex Side

Senior Principal, IMCO Infrastructure (Investment Management Corporation of Ontario)

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15:00 - 15:00

End of conference

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2023 sponsors included:

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Connect with responsible investment investors

African Development Bank
AGF Investments
AIMCo
Alberta Investment Management Corporation
Allegra Wealth
Allianz Global Investors
Allstate Investments
Alphinity investments
AMP Capital
Aon
Atlantic Bank
Aviva Canada
AXA Investment Managers
Axia Real Assets
Baillie Gifford
Banister & Company
Bank of America
Bank of Canada
Banque Nationale Investissements
BC Pension Corp
BCI
BentallGreenOak
BHP Foundation
BlackRock
BlueOrchard
BMO
BMO Global Asset Management
BNP Paribas
British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)
Brookfield
Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Brookfield Properties
BTG Pactual
CalPERS
Canada Climate Law Initiative
Canada Life
Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan
Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
Capstone Infrastructure
CDPQ

Hiroshi Komori

Senior Director, Stewardship & ESG, GPIF

RI events around the world have been beneficial to catch up on ongoing ESG issues and network with great people.

Andrea Palmer

ESG Lead, PGGM

I appreciate the quality of the delegates and the conversations. It’s the go-to venue to gauge developments in ESG integration.

Network at Canada's leading responsible investment event

Build lasting relationships and compare best practices with your peers.

RI Canada conference is back at Chelsea Hotel Toronto in September. Join over 300 top-level investors, fund managers and sustainable finance professionals for two days of networking at the must-attend event to learn, share, and debate ESG opportunities and challenges.

Building relationships at RI Canada isn’t just about exchanging business cards; it’s about finding common ground and shared goals. Collaborations forged here can be the cornerstone of future projects and initiatives.

The in-person networking experience

Meet industry thought-leaders

Connect with the ESG community at the forefront of shaping sustainable finance in Canada. Engage with investment professionals, regulators, academics, NGOs, and lawyers who are driving meaningful change in the industry.

15+ hours networking

Connect in-person with the ESG community at our interactive workshops, panels, private breakfasts, debates, and evening drinks reception. Every moment at RI Canada is a chance to forge valuable connections.

Connect with Canadian asset owners

Hear from asset owners who are looking to increase their exposure to sustainable investments and financial products. Past asset owner attendees include AXA, Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan, CDPQ, HOOP, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, United Church of Canada, and many more.

Connect with active investors

African Development Bank
AGF Investments
AIMCo
Alberta Investment Management Corporation
Allegra Wealth
Allianz Global Investors
Allstate Investments
Alphinity investments
AMP Capital
Aon
Atlantic Bank
Aviva Canada
AXA Investment Managers
Axia Real Assets
Baillie Gifford
Banister & Company
Bank of America
Bank of Canada
Banque Nationale Investissements
BC Pension Corp
BCI
BentallGreenOak
BHP Foundation
BlackRock
BlueOrchard

Be recognised as driving the future of sustainable finance

Responsible Investor Canada provides an opportunity to make connections with an exclusive audience of ESG and sustainable finance decision makers. Share your solutions, collaborate and network with senior-level executives through bespoke sponsorship packages to meet your 2024 business goals.

Enquire about sponsorship

Accommodation

 

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Asset owners at RI Canada 2024

The Responsible Investor Canada provides an unrivalled platform for asset owners investing in ESG and sustainable finance.

A limited number of complimentary passes for the event are available for asset owners. Check out the benefits of joining the conference and learn who among your peers attends. Apply for a complimentary pass for you or your team now.

What to expect?

Network with your peers

Enrich your network, build lasting relationships, and exchange valuable perspectives with your investor peers through investor-only breakfasts, networking breaks, lunches and much more.

Gain expert insights

Hear from our industry-leading speaker line-up, discover the latest trends and stay aligned with future innovations in the market.

Stay aligned to developments and opportunities

Discover remarkable investment opportunities and leverage ESG expertise focused on regulation, human rights, biodiversity, net zero and more.

Meet with the best and brightest funds

Connect and arrange one-to-one meetings with the biggest and best ESG managers in the market.

Asset owners at RI Canada 2024

Explore the conference benefits and find out which of your peers will be attending. 

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Connect with active investors

Alecta
AP2
Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK)
Border to Coast Pensions Partnership
Brunel Pension Partnership
Cambridge Associates
Children's Investment Fund Foundation
Church of England Pensions Board
Friends Provident Foundation
Irish Life
Local Pensions Partnership
MP Investments
NEST Corporation
Nestlé UK Pensions
Nordea Life & Pension
Scottish Widows
Wellcome Trust
The Health Foundation
London Pensions Fund Authority
BBC Pension Trust
Folketrygdfondet
British Airways Pension Investment Management
Folksam
ING
VBV Pensionskasse
LGIM
Cambridge University Endowment
Migros Pension Fund
Caisse des depots et Consignations
Baloise
Strathclyde Pension Fund
GPIF
San Francisco Employees' Retirement System
OMERS
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
State of New Jersey
New York City Comptroller
Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
HOOPP

Apply for a complimentary asset owner pass

Complimentary investor passes are limited to foundations, endowments, trusts, insurance companies, single family offices, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds who are actively making fund commitments and do not engage in third-party fundraising activities or collect fees for advisory/consulting services.

Please register your interest and a member of our team will be in touch to confirm your eligibility.

Apply for a complimentary pass

For more information on the agenda or speaking opportunities, please contact Joana Frade.

Joana.F@pei.group | +44 (0)203 879 3893

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David Andrews

Senior Legal Counsel - Investments, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Youssef Aroub

Senior Principal - Sustainable Investing, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

Bruce B. Simpson

GP, Agetech Capital

Sarah Couturier-Tanoh

Director of Shareholder Advocacy, SHARE

Thomas Estinès

Co-CEO, GIR

Gina Gambetta

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

Lila Han

Director, Sustainable Investing, OMERS

Amy Hepburn

CEO, Investor Leadership Network (ILN)

Samantha Hill

Managing Director - Sustainable Investing, CPP Investments

Alison Joutsi

Principal, ESG Global Advisors

Michael Kelly

Chief Legal & Sustainability Officer, OMERS

Jennifer Livingstone

Vice President, Climate Strategy, RBC

Susan McGeachie

Co-Founder & Managing Partner / Adjunct Professor (Climate Finance), Global Climate Finance Accelerator / University of Toronto

Bertrand Millot

Head of Sustainability, CDPQ

Katharine Preston

Vice President - Sustainable Investing, OMERS

Colin Saravanamuttoo

Executive Director and Canada Country Director-World Animal Protection, World Animal Protection

Alison Schneider

Canadian Representative, CERES

Alex Side

Senior Principal, IMCO Infrastructure (Investment Management Corporation of Ontario)

Polina Sims

Managing Director - Head of Investment Strategy, Sustainability and Asset Management, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

Charles-Antoine St-Jean

Chair - CSSB, FRAS Canada

Laurence Vigneau

Senior Advisor, Stewardship Investing, CDPQ

Joy Williams

Executive Director, Financial Institution Net-zero Transition Plans, Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ)

Barbara Zvan

President and CEO, University Pension Plan