Building momentum for a Just Transition in Canada

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.

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 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.

Key event themes

  • 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

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

Our leading advisory board in 2022

Anne-Marie Gagnon Manager

ESG – Public Markets

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)

Rachel Horwat

Senior Manager, Sustainability

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Karen Lockridge

Director, ESG Investing

Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan

Alison Schneider

Vice President Responsible Investment

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCO)

Lindsey Walton

Head of Canada

UN PRI

Sarah Takaki

Head of Sustainable Investing

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

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Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

RI Canada 2022 - Tuesday 18th

RI Canada 2022 - Day 1
08:00 - 08:50

Registration

Plenary
08:50 - 08:55

Chair’s opening remarks

Ayman Chowdhury
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Ayman Chowdhury

Head of Secretariat, UN Global Compact Network Canada

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08:55 - 09:00

Chair’s opening remarks

09:00 - 10:00

Keynote panel: Can ESG investing in its current guise change the world?

Mona Naqvi, Tariq Fancy, John Rizio-Hamilton, Bruce Simpson
  • Is ESG fit for purpose?
  • Is the incrementalism of ESG investing sufficient to address the challenges facing society?
  • Can we rely on voluntary compliance to ensure ‘stakeholder capitalism’ takes root?
  • What examples can we point to of genuinely transformative ideas in the market?
  • How can Canada become in leader in the transition to a sustainable economy, at home and overseas?
  • What are the opportunities for Canadian investors and corporations in bringing on a Just Transition and net zero future?
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Mona Naqvi

Global Head of Capital Markets Strategy, S&P Global Sustainable1

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Tariq Fancy

Founder, Rumie

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John Rizio-Hamilton

Partner, New York; Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann

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Bruce Simpson

Senior Advisor ESG, McKinsey

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10:00 - 10:45

The initiatives that are moving the needle for sustainability in Canada

Gina Gambetta, Andrew Brenner, Monika Freyman, Sarah Takaki, Kevin Thomas
  • 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
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Gina Gambetta

Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Andrew Brenner

Director of Investment Management Integration, IFRS Foundation

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Monika Freyman

Vice-President, Sustainable Investing, Addenda Capital

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Sarah Takaki

Head of Sustainable Investing, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

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Kevin Thomas

Chief Executive Officer, SHARE

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10:45 - 11:15

Coffee & Networking

Plenary
11:15 - 11:45

Keynote interview: The importance of aligning the Canadian financial sector with climate commitments

Rosa Galvez, Gina Gambetta
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Rosa Galvez

Senator at the Senate of Canada, Quebec

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Gina Gambetta

Reporter, Responsible Investor

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11:45 - 12:30

Engagement, divestment and beyond: How should Canada’s investors & financial institutions engage with its natural resource companies?

Karen Restoule, Truzaar Dordi, Priti Shokeen, Rosa van den Beemt, Olaf Weber
  • What is investor sentiment in engaging with oil and gas companies?
  • What is the landscape of investment opportunities in climate tech and sustainable energy?
  • How are investors supporting and 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?
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Karen Restoule

Chief Executive Officer, Shared Value Solutions

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Truzaar Dordi

Post-Doctoral Fellow and Vice President, University of Victoria & Canadian Society for Ecological Economics

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Priti Shokeen

Vice President and Director, TD Asset Management Inc.

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Rosa van den Beemt

Vice President of Stewardship, Responsible Investment; BMO Asset Management

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Olaf Weber

Professor and University Research Chair; University of Waterloo

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12:30 - 13:15

Progress to ESG disclosure standardisation

Samantha Hill, Hyewon Kong, Katherine Short, Pamela Steer
  • 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?
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Samantha Hill

Managing Director, Sustainable Investing, CPP Investments

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Hyewon Kong

Vice President, Head of Responsible Investing, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

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Katherine Short

Associate Director, Sustainable Investing; OMERS

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Pamela Steer

President and CEO, CPA Canada

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13:15 - 14:30

Lunch

Stream A:
14:30 - 15:10

Overview of leading climate and decarbonisation strategies

Katherine Tweedie, Shweta Arya, Richard Brooks, Karen Lockridge, Tony Campos
  • What policies are leading institutions implementing as part of their decarbonisation plans?
  • What are the most common challenges and headaches 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?
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Katherine Tweedie

Managing Director, Ninety One Canada

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Shweta Arya

Associate Portfolio Manager, OPTrust

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Richard Brooks

Climate Finance Director, Stand Earth

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Karen Lockridge

Director, ESG Investing, Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan

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Tony Campos

Head of Sustainable Investment, Americas, FTSE Russell, An LSEG Business

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15:10 - 15:20

Short break

15:20 - 16:00

Quantifying and managing climate risk in private markets

Pratima Divgi, Tomas Dauden, Vincent Felteau, Rachel Horwat, Luke O'Brien
  • 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 investors measuring climate risk to their business, operations and assets?
  • What steps can be taken to mitigate negative climate-related impacts to an investment strategy?
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Pratima Divgi

Head of Capital Markets, CDP North America

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Tomas Dauden

Principal - Responsible Investing, OTPP

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Vincent Felteau

Senior Director, Responsible Investment, Private Markets, PSP Investments

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Rachel Horwat

Director, Decarbonization and Climate Change, Sustainable Investment, Ivanhoé Cambridge

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Luke O'Brien

Director, Financial Services

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16:00 - 16:15

Short break

16:15 - 17:00

Climate transition scenario analysis

Sarah Keyes, Julie Segal, Lisa Eichler, Mark Van Clieaf, Edo Schets
  • 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
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Sarah Keyes

CEO, ESG Global Advisors

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Julie Segal

Senior Program Manager, Climate Finance, Environmenal Defence

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Lisa Eichler

Managing Director Climate & ESG Solutions, Ortec Finance

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Mark Van Clieaf

Managing Director, Future Zero

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Edo Schets

Head of Climate for Sustainable Finance Solutions, Bloomberg LP

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Stream B:
14:30 - 15:10

Addressing human rights in the portfolio

Ayman Chowdhury , Sarah Couturier-Tanoh , Meagan Barrera, Michela Gregory
  • How are investors mapping their exposure to human rights abuses?
  • How are investors engaging with corporates on human rights?
  • What policies and practices are leading corporates implementing to protect human rights within their sphere of influence?
  • How can financial institutions get a handle on their exposure to child and forced labor, and modern-day slavery?
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Ayman Chowdhury

Head of Secretariat, UN Global Compact Network Canada

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Sarah Couturier-Tanoh

Manager Corporate Engagement and Shareholder Advocacy (ESG), SHARE

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Meagan Barrera

North America Researcher and Representative, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

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Michela Gregory

Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Services, NEI Investments 

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15:10 - 15:20

Short break

15:20 - 16:00

Investment and financing opportunities for climate tech

Francisca Quinn, David Bennell, James Wolf, Bryan Murphy
  • 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?
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Francisca Quinn

President and Chief Executive Officer, Quinn + Partners

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David Bennell

Strategic Partner, Brimstone Consulting Group

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James Wolf

Vice President Finance, ARC Clean Technology

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Bryan Murphy

Head of Finance and CFO, Biome Renewables

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16:00 - 16:15

Short break

16:15 - 17:00

Future of biodiversity in investment portfolios

Katie Wheatley, Maggie Childe, Sofía Condés , Clarisse Thornton
  • With COP15 coming up in Montreal, what role can investors play in addressing biodiversity loss?
  • How can investors manage biodiversity risk in the portfolio?
  • Are current methodologies for identifying portfolio exposure to biodiversity risks fit for purpose?
  • Where are the investible opportunities for public markets investors in nature protection and restoration?
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Katie Wheatley

Head of Canada, Signatory Relations; UNPRI

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Maggie Childe

Head of Sustainable Investing, Industrial Alliance Investment Management Inc.

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Sofía Condés

Senior Investor Outreach Manager, FAIRR Initiative

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Clarisse Thornton

Senior Biodiversity Specialist, ESG Policy; Export Development Canada

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17:00 - 18:00

Cocktail Reception

18:00 - 18:30

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Agenda

RI Canada 2022 - Wednesday 19th

08:00 - 08:55

Registration

08:55 - 09:00

Day two chair’s opening remarks

Julie Segal
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Julie Segal

Senior Program Manager, Climate Finance, Environmenal Defence

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RI Canada 2022 - Day 2
09:00 - 10:15

Interactive roundtable discussions

Anne-Marie Gagnon, Rachel Horwat, Lauren Muusse, Mark Podlasly, Lindsey Walton
  1. Practical steps to getting to net-zero – Rachel Horwat, Director, Decarbonization and Climate Change, Sustainable Investment, Ivanhoé Cambridge
  2. How ESG practitioners can influence senior management – Katherine Short, Associate Director, Sustainable Investing, OMERS
  3. Developing social performance within an ESG strategy – Mark Podlasly, Director of Economic Policy and Initiatives, First Nation Major Projects Coalition
  4. Responsible investment in fixed income – Anne-Marie Gagnon, Manager, ESG – Public Markets, BCI
  5. Unpacking financial leverage and human rights in value chains – Lauren Muusse, Investor Engagement Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance
  6. Harnessing the power of collaborative engagement- Lindsey Walton, Head of Americas, UN PRI
  7. Environmental Justice in RI: Inter-generational & International – Julie Segal, Senior Program Manager, Climate Finance, Environmental Defence
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Anne-Marie Gagnon

Manager, ESG - Public Markets, BCI

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Rachel Horwat

Director, Decarbonization and Climate Change, Sustainable Investment, Ivanhoé Cambridge

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Lauren Muusse

Investor Engagement Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance

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Mark Podlasly

Director of Economic Policy and Initiatives, First Nation Major Projects Coalition

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Lindsey Walton

Director of Americas, UNPRI

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Stream A
10:15 - 11:00

Utilising ESG data to enhance investment strategy

Lauren Muusse, Sean Cleary, Catherine Isabelle, Franca Wolf
  • Comparing ESG data for public and private companies
  • Why a comprehensive approach assesses data across the E, S & G
  • Where are conventional ESG datasets missing the full picture?
  • How can investors make the most of new sources of information: geospatial data, artificial intelligence, big data?
  • How are investor requests changing on data?
  • To what extent is ESG data a source of alpha?
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Lauren Muusse

Investor Engagement Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance

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Sean Cleary

Chair, Institute for Sustainable Finance

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Catherine Isabelle

Senior Director, Responsible Investment, PSP Investments

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Franca Wolf

Senior Analyst, Corporate Risk Analytics, Verisk Maplecroft

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Stream B
10:15 - 11:00

How should pension plans engage with their members on ESG?

Andrea Nemtin, Amy Hepburn, Adam Scott, Bill Young
  • 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?
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Andrea Nemtin

Executive Director, Social Innovation Canada

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Amy Hepburn

CEO, Investor Leadership Network (ILN)

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Adam Scott

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

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Bill Young

Founder, Social Capital Partners

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11:00 - 11:30

Break

Stream A
11:30 - 12:15

Including Indigenous Peoples in a just transition

Karen Restoule, Joseph Bastien, Mark Prystupa, Mark Podlasly
  • 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?
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Karen Restoule

Chief Executive Officer, Shared Value Solutions

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Joseph Bastien

Project Manager, Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative, SHARE

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Mark Prystupa

General Manager, Indigenous and Community Relations, Suncor

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Mark Podlasly

Director of Economic Policy and Initiatives, First Nation Major Projects Coalition

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12:15 - 13:00

Social impact in Canadian real estate

Jim Clayton, Garth Davis, Heather Tremain, Tsering Yangki, Lisa Williams
  • 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?
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Jim Clayton

Director, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure York University

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Garth Davis

Managing Partner, New Market Funds

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Heather Tremain

Chief Executive Officer, Options For Homes

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Tsering Yangki

Head of Real Estate Finance and Development, Dream Unlimited

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Lisa Williams

Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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Stream B
11:30 - 12:15

The rise of sustainability-linked financing solutions

Alexandria Fisher, Anne-Marie Gagnon, Matt Price, Jason Taylor
  • 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?
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Alexandria Fisher

Sustainable Finance Manager, Global Risk Institute

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Anne-Marie Gagnon

Manager, ESG - Public Markets, BCI

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Matt Price

Director of Corporate Engagement, Investors for Paris Compliance

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Jason Taylor

Managing Director, Sustainability Advisory &; Finance; National Bank Financial

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12:15 - 13:00

Pushing sustainability in public companies: governance, lobbying and voting strategies

Sofía Condés , Lesley Marks, Catherine McCall, Catherine Simard, Jennifer Stevenson
  • 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?
  • To what extent will voting against specific directors be a trend in the future as a tool of influence?
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Sofía Condés

Senior Investor Outreach Manager, FAIRR Initiative

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Lesley Marks

Chief Investment Officer, Equities, Mackenzie Investments

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Catherine McCall

Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG)

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Catherine Simard

Senior Director, CDPQ

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Jennifer Stevenson

Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Dynamic Funds, part of Scotiabank Asset Management

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13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

Plenary
14:00 - 14:45

Investors’ views on impact investing

Stephanie Emond, Jamie Cooper, Belissa Rojas, Ellen Quigley , Jim Walker
  • Can impact be achieved through public markets?
  • How are Canadian institutional investors viewing the proliferation of impact funds around the world?
  • 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, especially pension funds, considering the potential conflict of interest with returns-first investment mandates?
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Stephanie Emond

Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, FinDev Canada

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Jamie Cooper

Portfolio Manager, Dream Impact Fund, Dream Unlimited

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Belissa Rojas

Impact Measurement & Management Lead, SDG Impact Team; UNDP

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Ellen Quigley

Senior Research Associate in Climate Risk & Sustainable Finance at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) and the Special Adviser (Responsible Investment) to the Chief Financial Officer, University of Cambridge

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Jim Walker

Partner, Align3 Capital Partners

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14:45 - 15:30

Cutting through the froth: how well is Canada addressing diversity and inclusion within its institutions?

Lindsey Walton, Susan Golyak, Bonnie Foley-Wong, Solène Hanquier, Heather Mak
  • 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 in terms of DEI performance, momentum and progress
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Lindsey Walton

Director of Americas, UNPRI

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Susan Golyak

Senior Manager, BCI

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Bonnie Foley-Wong

Sustainable Investment Leader, Mercer Canada

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Solène Hanquier

ESG Strategies Leader, Desjardins Global Asset Management

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Heather Mak

Co-founder, Diversity in Sustainability

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15:30 - 16:00

End of conference

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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.

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

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Shweta Arya

Associate Portfolio Manager, OPTrust

Shweta Arya is an Associate Portfolio Manager at OPTrust where she leads the design and implementation of the fund’s climate strategy across all asset classes, including real estate, infrastructure, private equity, and public market investments. She… Read full bio

Meagan Barrera

North America Researcher and Representative, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Meagan Barrera is the North America Researcher and Representative for the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre where she covers business & human rights issues in the North America region. Meagan served as the Human Rights Advocacy Coordina… Read full bio

Joseph Bastien

Project Manager, Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative, SHARE

Joseph is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, and has over 15 years of experience working with Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada and internationally. He has also advised municipal, provincial, federal, and… Read full bio

David Bennell

Strategic Partner, Brimstone Consulting Group

David Bennell is a leading ESG and Sustainability management professional with 25 years of experience with corporations and investors, as well as many of the world’s top NGOs and philanthropic foundations. He is an investor and limited partner in a d… Read full bio

Andrew Brenner

Director of Investment Management Integration, IFRS Foundation

Andrew Brenner is the Director of Investment Management Integration at the IFRS Foundation, where he helps investors and investor-adjacent service providers integrate the SASB Standards into their products and processes. SASB Standards enable organiz… Read full bio

Richard Brooks

Climate Finance Director, Stand Earth

Richard Brooks is the Climate Finance Director at Stand.earth where he heads a team working to reform the financial sector with a particular focus on banks and pension funds. Stand.earth coordinates the Climate Safe Pensions Network and manages the G… Read full bio

Tony Campos

Head of Sustainable Investment, Americas, FTSE Russell, An LSEG Business

Tony leads the SI business and product development in the Americas region, working closely with FTSE Russell’s asset manager and asset owner clients. Tony joined the company in 2004 and prior to his current role managed the global ESG research and en… Read full bio

Maggie Childe

Head of Sustainable Investing, Industrial Alliance Investment Management Inc.

In her role as Head of Sustainable Investing at iA Investment Management, Maggie is responsible for providing leadership in advancing the iA Investment team's sustainable investing strategy and organizational capacity and advancing iA’s stewardship e… Read full bio

Ayman Chowdhury

Head of Secretariat, UN Global Compact Network Canada

Ayman Chowdhury is the Head of Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Network Canada (UNGCNC), the Canadian Local Network of the United Nations Global Compact. Ayman is an experienced business sustainability advocate with expertise in advising and mana… Read full bio

Jim Clayton

Director, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure York University

Jim Clayton is a Professor, the Timothy R. Price Chair and Director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure in the Schulich School of Business at York University. The Centre aims to be a global leader in teaching, research and en… Read full bio

Sean Cleary

Chair, Institute for Sustainable Finance

Dr. Sean Cleary is a Professor of Finance at Smith School of Business, Queen's University. He is the Chair of the Institute for Sustainable Finance based at Smith, as well as the founder and Academic Director of the Master of Finance program. He is a… Read full bio

Sofía Condés

Senior Investor Outreach Manager, FAIRR Initiative

Sofía joined the FAIRR Initiative in April 2021 as Senior Investor Outreach Manager. She leads FAIRR’s investor outreach efforts in francophone and hispanophone countries and supports outreach activities globally. She also coordinates FAIRR’s involve… Read full bio

Jamie Cooper

Portfolio Manager, Dream Impact Fund, Dream Unlimited

Jamie Cooper oversees all aspects of the Fund's financial and impact performance. Dream Impact Fund is one of the worlds first open-ended real estate funds dedicated exclusively to UN Sustainable Development Goal #11 - Sustainable Cities and Communit… Read full bio

Sarah Couturier-Tanoh

Manager Corporate Engagement and Shareholder Advocacy (ESG), SHARE

An expert in corporate research and advocacy, Sarah advices on issues such as decent work, human rights, corporate lobbying and supply chain due diligence. With a background in non-financial auditing, she has also published several issue briefs on cu… Read full bio

Garth Davis

Managing Partner, New Market Funds

Garth Davis is a Founder and Managing Director at New Market Funds, a specialized fund manager that takes an integrated approach to deliver market competitive investment performance with long-term community benefit. Garth has spent more than 25 years… Read full bio

Truzaar Dordi

Post-Doctoral Fellow and Vice President, University of Victoria & Canadian Society for Ecological Economics

Truzaar Dordi is an Aspiration 2030 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria, working in the fields of climate finance, energy policy, and sustainability transitions. Truzaar holds a Doctorate in Sustainability Management from the University… Read full bio

Lisa Eichler

Managing Director Climate & ESG Solutions, Ortec Finance

Lisa Eichler, Managing Director Climate & ESG Solutions at Ortec Finance, dedicating her efforts to mainstreaming climate change and broader sustainability topics across the investment decision process by integrating scientific data and methodolo… Read full bio

Stephanie Emond

Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, FinDev Canada

Stéphanie Émond is VP and Chief Impact Officer at FinDev Canada’s, overseeing the Impact Enablement team responsible for development impact, technical assistance, environmental and social risk management and thought leadership. Stéphanie is chair of… Read full bio

Tariq Fancy

Founder, Rumie

Tariq Fancy previously served as the Chief Investment Officer for Sustainable Investing at BlackRock in 2018 and 2019, where he was responsible for integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations across the investment activities… Read full bio

Vincent Felteau

Senior Director, Responsible Investment, Private Markets, PSP Investments

Vincent Felteau is Senior Director, Responsible Investment, Private Markets at PSP Investments. In this role, Vincent leads a team of professionals responsible for the integration of ESG factors into PSP Investments' private market investment activit… Read full bio

Alexandria Fisher

Sustainable Finance Manager, Global Risk Institute

Alexandria is a Sustainable Finance Manager for Global Risk Institute (GRI.) She is an ESG specialist with over a decade of experience integrating data to shape opportunities and mitigate risks to inform investment decisions and strategy across insti… Read full bio

Bonnie Foley-Wong

Sustainable Investment Leader, Mercer Canada

Bonnie Foley-Wong leads Mercer’s Sustainable Investment team in Canada. As Sustainable Investment Leader, she works closely with clients to help them be more intentional with their investments, to achieve their sustainability and impact goals. Bonnie… Read full bio

Rosa Galvez

Senator at the Senate of Canada, Quebec

Rosa Galvez is an environmental engineer, an independent senator at the Senate of Canada since 2016, and the President of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change of ParlAmericas, a network of parliamentarians from the Americas. She was a professo… Read full bio

Gina Gambetta

Reporter, Responsible Investor

Gina joined RI in 2020 after graduating from Goldsmiths, University of London, with an MA in journalism. Since then, she has developed expertise in biodiversity and human rights.

Susan Golyak

Senior Manager, BCI

A responsible investing professional with 20 years’ experience in the institutional investment industry, Susan joined the public markets team at BCI in 2016. BCI’s public markets program manages a global portfolio of fixed income and public equity in… Read full bio

Michela Gregory

Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Services, NEI Investments 

Michela Gregory is Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Services at NEI Investments. As part of NEI’s longstanding corporate engagement programme, Michela spearheads dialogues with companies across a number of sectors including tech,… Read full bio

Solène Hanquier

ESG Strategies Leader, Desjardins Global Asset Management

Solène Hanquier is the ESG Strategies Leader at Desjardins Global Asset Management (DGAM), in charge of designing and implementing the responsible investment strategy. She has worked in the responsible investment and sustainable development field for… Read full bio

Amy Hepburn

CEO, Investor Leadership Network (ILN)

Amy Hepburn is the CEO of the Investor Leadership Network, a 2018 G7-born group of 14 asset managers and asset owners with over $10 trillion assets under management who are committed to sustainability and long-term growth. Amy is a recognized impact… Read full bio

Samantha Hill

Managing Director, Sustainable Investing, CPP Investments

Samantha Hill is a senior leader in CPPIB's Sustainable Investing team, where she oversees global activities to consider material environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters in engagements with public and private companies and leads the team’s… Read full bio

Rachel Horwat

Director, Decarbonization and Climate Change, Sustainable Investment, Ivanhoé Cambridge

Rachel Horwat is Senior Manager, Sustainability at Ivanhoé Cambridge and leads the company’s net zero carbon strategy and approach to climate change risks and resilience. She also supports investment teams in evaluating and strengthening the ESG impa… Read full bio

Sarah Keyes

CEO, ESG Global Advisors

Sarah is a chartered accountant and an ESG and climate change expert with over a decade of work experience as a thought leader, consultant, facilitator, and auditor. She regularly presents to Executive teams and Boards of Directors on the link betwee… Read full bio

Hyewon Kong

Vice President, Head of Responsible Investing, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

Hyewon Kong is a vice president and Head of Responsible Investing at the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO), which manages over $70bn of Ontario public-sector pension funds, where she leads environmental, social and governance (ESG)… Read full bio

Karen Lockridge

Director, ESG Investing, Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan

Karen Lockridge is the Director, ESG Investing at Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan, which is one of Canada’s largest single employer-sponsored pension plans, with nearly $30 billion in assets under management. Karen is responsible for developing… Read full bio

Heather Mak

Co-founder, Diversity in Sustainability

Heather Mak is the co-founder of Diversity in Sustainability and an independent sustainability/ESG consultant. With 15 years working in sustainability in North America, UK and Europe, she co-founded Diversity in Sustainability in 2020 to equip curren… Read full bio

Lesley Marks

Chief Investment Officer, Equities, Mackenzie Investments

Lesley Marks, Senior Vice President, Investment Management is Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Equities for Mackenzie Investments. She oversees approximately 110 investment professionals who are involved in the day-to-day management of Mackenzie fun… Read full bio

Catherine McCall

Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG)

Catherine McCall is the Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, a not-for-profit organization representing Canada’s leading institutional investors. As Executive Director, Catherine is responsible, together with the Board of… Read full bio

Lauren Muusse

Investor Engagement Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance

Lauren is the current Investor Engagement Lead at the World Benchmarking Alliance. She specializes in using data driven insights to drive change in the financial sector. She drives an engagement and action strategy amongst Investors and is expanding… Read full bio

Mona Naqvi

Global Head of Capital Markets Strategy, S&P Global Sustainable1

Mona is Global Head of ESG Capital Markets Strategy for S&P Global Sustainable1. Previously, Mona was Senior Director, Head of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Product Strategy, North America at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI).… Read full bio

Andrea Nemtin

Executive Director, Social Innovation Canada

Currently, the Executive Director of Social Innovation Canada, Andrea Nemtin, has spent her career leading complex organizations and initiatives focused on creating positive social and environmental progress through strategic philanthropy, media and… Read full bio

Luke O'Brien

Director, Financial Services

Luke is a Director in the Global Markets function of Persefoni, focusing on Financial Services. He works across our customer, account, technical specialist and product teams to support delivery of Persefoni’s Climate Management and Accounting Platfor… Read full bio

Mark Podlasly

Director of Economic Policy and Initiatives, First Nation Major Projects Coalition

Mark Podlasly (Nlaka’pamux Nation, Cook’s Ferry Band) is the Director of Economic Policy at the First Nations Major Projects Coalition. He has over 25 years of experience in the development of capital projects connected to energy, natural resources,… Read full bio

Matt Price

Director of Corporate Engagement, Investors for Paris Compliance

Matt Price holds a BA from McGill and a Masters from York. He has over 20 years' experience in the non-profit sector both with NGOs and with charitable foundations. He is a published author with UBC Press on the subject of campaigns. Investors for Pa… Read full bio

Mark Prystupa

General Manager, Indigenous and Community Relations, Suncor

Dr. Mark Prystupa earned his Ph.D. in geography with research in Indigenous participation in resource decision making. He went on to be a university professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury. He left academia to take a position with the Governmen… Read full bio

Ellen Quigley

Senior Research Associate in Climate Risk & Sustainable Finance at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) and the Special Adviser (Responsible Investment) to the Chief Financial Officer, University of Cambridge

Dr Ellen Quigley is a Senior Research Associate in Climate Risk & Sustainable Finance at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) and the Special Adviser (Responsible Investment) to the Chief Financial Officer, both at the University o… Read full bio

Francisca Quinn

President and Chief Executive Officer, Quinn + Partners

With 25 years in corporate strategy and sustainability, Francisca has a track record of assisting large corporations to conceptualize and implement industry leadership initiatives and excel in ESG disclosure. Her work with global institutional invest… Read full bio

Karen Restoule

Chief Executive Officer, Shared Value Solutions

Karen Restoule is CEO at Shared Value Solutions, an environmental and community development consulting firm that works with Indigenous communities towards self-determination, building on a prior role where she worked with First Nations leadership to… Read full bio

John Rizio-Hamilton

Partner, New York; Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann

John Rizio-Hamilton is a partner at BLB&G and one of America’s top shareholder litigators. He works on the most complex and high-stakes securities class action cases, and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of institutional investor clien… Read full bio

Belissa Rojas

Impact Measurement & Management Lead, SDG Impact Team; UNDP

Ms. Rojas works with the UNDP SDG Impact team as Impact Measurement & Management lead. She brings over 20 years of experience in sustainability and impact, advising private sector enterprises, impact investors, development banks, and foundations… Read full bio

Edo Schets

Head of Climate for Sustainable Finance Solutions, Bloomberg LP

Edo Schets is the Head of Climate for Sustainable Finance Solutions at Bloomberg. He previously worked at the Bank of England, where he helped design and run the BoE's climate stress test and led the development of the NGFS climate scenarios. Edo als… Read full bio

Adam Scott

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

Adam is a climate change expert with extensive domestic and international experience in policy, energy and finance, as well as campaign design and execution. He has a lifelong commitment to supporting the transition to a zero carbon economy in Canada… Read full bio

Julie Segal

Senior Program Manager, Climate Finance, Environmenal Defence

Julie works as Senior Manager, Climate Finance at Environmental Defence, where she advances climate-related financial policy and regulation. She previously managed a portfolio of impact investments at the McConnell Foundation. Her career combines sus… Read full bio

Priti Shokeen

Vice President and Director, TD Asset Management Inc.

As Head of the ESG Research and Engagement Team, Priti works to promote sustainable investments within the firm and throughout the industry. Her Team aligns the firm’s ESG approach to inform internal and external stakeholders on ESG issues across man… Read full bio

Catherine Simard

Senior Director, CDPQ

Catherine Simard is Senior Director, Sustainable Investing at CDPQ. The Sustainable Investing group ensures that environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters are considered in investment analyses and engages with portfolio companies on these is… Read full bio

Bruce Simpson

Senior Advisor ESG, McKinsey

Bruce Simpson is a global leader on ESG/Purpose, helping companies deliver superior long term shareholder returns and positive societal impact, through their core business. Bruce retired from McKinsey as a Senior Partner in early 2021 after a 33 year… Read full bio

Pamela Steer

President and CEO, CPA Canada

Pamela is the president and CEO of CPA Canada. Prior to assuming this role, she was the chief financial and corporate strategy officer at Payments Canada. She also served as chief financial officer and head of finance and employer services for the Wo… Read full bio

Jennifer Stevenson

Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Dynamic Funds, part of Scotiabank Asset Management

Jennifer Stevenson joined Dynamic in 2010 as a Vice President & Portfolio Manager, focused on the global energy industry, and member of the Dynamic Equity Income Team. Her coverage entails both traditional and renewable energy, and the businesses… Read full bio

Sarah Takaki

Head of Sustainable Investing, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Sarah Takaki is the Head of Sustainable Investing at the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), where she leads the Sustainable Investing program. Sarah was a member of the secretariat of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance established… Read full bio

Jason Taylor

Managing Director, Sustainability Advisory &; Finance; National Bank Financial

Jason Taylor is a Managing Director in National Bank Financials’ Sustainability Advisory and Finance team (‘SAF’). In addition to integrating sustainability into its capital markets activities, the team supports clients in the design of sustainabilit… Read full bio

Kevin Thomas

Chief Executive Officer, SHARE

Kevin Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of the Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE). SHARE is a leader in responsible investment services, providing shareholder engagement, advisory, leadership development, and policy advo… Read full bio

Clarisse Thornton

Senior Biodiversity Specialist, ESG Policy; Export Development Canada

As a senior biodiversity specialist and policy advisor at EDC, Clarisse actively seeks opportunities to promote nature positive financial flows through the integration of biodiversity topics into organizational strategies and initiatives, and through… Read full bio

Heather Tremain

Chief Executive Officer, Options For Homes

Under Heather’s leadership, Options has become Canada’s largest developer of affordable ownership housing and grown its development pipeline to over $1 Billion. Since joining Options, Heather has been a champion of affordable homeownership and has he… Read full bio

Katherine Tweedie

Managing Director, Ninety One Canada

Katherine Tweedie leads the Canadian business for Ninety One, working with institutional investors, consultants and stakeholders across the region. She joined the firm in 2012 to develop the Investment Institute, Ninety One’s strategic partner and gl… Read full bio

Rosa van den Beemt

Vice President of Stewardship, Responsible Investment; BMO Asset Management

Rosa leads BMO’s GAM Stewardship approach, such as engagement with investee companies, proxy voting, and public policy advocacy on ESG topics to create positive long-term change on behalf of end clients. She actively represents BMO GAM’ at industry c… Read full bio

Jim Walker

Partner, Align3 Capital Partners

Mr. Walker recently joined Align3 to focus on impact investing with a specific focus on providing capital to facilitate increased employee ownership of U.S. based companies. Prior to that, Jim was Head of Private Markets at Healthcare of Ontario Pens… Read full bio

Lindsey Walton

Director of Americas, UNPRI

Lindsey currently works at the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) as their Director of Americas. The PRI aims to bring responsible investors together to work towards sustainable markets that contribute to a more prosperous world for all.… Read full bio

Olaf Weber

Professor and University Research Chair; University of Waterloo

Olaf Weber is a Professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development. In addition, he holds the position as the University of Waterloo's Research Chair in Sustainable Finance and is Senior Fellow of CIGI. His research and teaching inter… Read full bio

Katie Wheatley

Head of Canada, Signatory Relations; UNPRI

Katie Wheatley serves as Head of Canada for the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), and is based in Montreal, Quebec. The PRI brings responsible investors together to work towards sustainable markets that contribute to a more… Read full bio

Lisa Williams

Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Lisa Williams is leading CMHC’s corporate strategy to achieve its bold aspiration: by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. In this role, Lisa is responsible for key drivers of this strategy, including C… Read full bio

Franca Wolf

Senior Analyst, Corporate Risk Analytics, Verisk Maplecroft

Franca Wolf is a Senior Analyst in Verisk Maplecroft’s Markets team, where she is responsible for research and analytics relevant to equities and corporate debt investments. Franca works closely with institutional investors and global banks to suppor… Read full bio

James Wolf

Vice President Finance, ARC Clean Technology

James Wolf serves as Vice President - Finance at ARC Clean Energy where he leads fundraising and investor relations. James has over 15 years experience in cross-border finance and private equity investments. James previously held positions at Deutsch… Read full bio

Tsering Yangki

Head of Real Estate Finance and Development, Dream Unlimited

Tsering Yangki is Head, Real Estate Finance and Development, for Dream Unlimited Corp., Dream Impact Trust and Dream Office REIT spanning a diverse portfolio ranging from condominium, purpose-built rentals, office, retail development and income produ… Read full bio

Bill Young

Founder, Social Capital Partners

Bill Young is the founder and Chairman of Social Capital Partners (SCP) a non-profit, social finance company started in 2001. Throughout its history SCP has facilitated thousands of jobs for people who face employment barriers through social enterpri… Read full bio

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