This session is eligible for 5.5 Compliance credits from IIROC accreditations.
Keynote: A Sustainable Finance Taxonomy: What it is, Why it Matters, and the Path Ahead
President and Chief Executive Officer
University Pension Plan Ontario
Session One: The Pathway To Net Zero – The Risks and Opportunities
The Government of Canada is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Find out how organizations are identifying, assessing, managing, and mitigating the business risks as well as the opportunities associated with net zero.
Managing Director, Head – Institutional Clients Group, Sustainable Finance Lead, Global Banking & Markets
HSBC Bank Canada
Deputy Chair – Capital Markets
CIBC Capital Markets
Vice President – Sustainability
Director – Technical Net Zero Lead
Session Two: Investing Under an ESG Regime
Meeting the expectations of ESG while managing portfolios to maximize returns seems to be a paradigm that is impossible to manage. How does ESG truly impact investment decisions? Are firms under pressure to divest portfolios of investments that do not meet ESG standards? How does this impact their obligations as fiduciary? Learn how this panel of experts finds the right balance.
Head – Responsible Investments
BMO Global Asset Management
Head – Sustainable Finance, Products and Strategy
Session Three: Canadian Public Sector Issuers – Frameworks and Options to Access Markets
All levels of government as well as public sector organizations are mobilizing capital in support of their wide-ranging climate and environmental objectives, aided by strong domestic and international demand for sustainable investment issues. Many public issuers are updating and overhauling their green bond and ESG frameworks to provide more clarity, transparency and reliability to investors and the markets.
Executive Vice President
Casgrain & Company Limited
Director – Enterprise Sustainability
Senior Portfolio Manager – Foreign Reserves Management, and ESG Initiatives
Bank of Canada
Senior Manager – Funding and Foreign Exchange, Capital Markets Division
Ontario Financing Authority (OFA)
Session Four: Investing In The Future, For The Future – Transition Financing
Green finance alone is not enough. Innovative financing solutions are required to support Canada’s natural resources and other carbon-intensive industries that are not green to transition towards greener forms of production. With a rise in accusations of “greenwashing”, transition finance has become one of the most hotly debated topics within sustainable finance. Panelist will discuss the current state of transition financing in Canada, and the challenges and opportunities.
Executive Director – Sustainable Finance
CIBC Capital Markets | CIBC
Director – ESG Solutions
ESG Global Advisors
Erin Boeke Burke
Director and Lead Analyst – Sustainable Finance
S&P Global Ratings
Spotlight on Biodiversity: The Missing Piece of the ESG Puzzle
The climate change focus has been on reducing carbon emissions; however, the biggest impact on climate change will come from unraveling and collapsing biodiversity, natural capital and ecosystems.
Senior Sustainable Finance Manager
HSBC Bank Canada
Head – Responsible Investment
Desjardins Investments Inc.
Session Five: ESG: Transparency Matters
Clear, easy to understand messaging around ESG has become a brand differentiator and is central to building trust with investors, employees, and consumers. Find out how firms are defining and communicating their ESG goals and achievements to shape public discourse before outside voices do so.
General Manager – Investor Communication Solutions
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Global Chief Sustainability Officer
Director – Investment Research, Canada
Director – Capital Markets
NATIONAL Public Relations