2022 Agenda

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Registration Open

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Keynote: The Impacts of Climate Change on Investing: Why ESG is Dominating Investment Portfolios

Perhaps this year, more than ever,  conversations around climate change have intensified, and companies have taken bold stances on decarbonization, sustainability, and other important initiatives. These environmental & social shifts have deeply impacted ESG investing, and pension fund managers and institutional investors have taken notice of this rapidly growing investment opportunity. This session will examine how climate change is shaping the future of ESG & Sustainable Investing. 

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM | Panel: The ESG Blindspot: A Look into Supply Chain Disruptions & Reporting

Supply chain disruptions continue to be a growing concern across the economic landscape, and ESG Investing is not exempt from the possible negative impacts of supply chain issues. One of the biggest challenges investors are facing when monitoring these impacts, is that supply chain metrics can be somewhat ambiguous, and there continues to be a severe lack of a unified reporting standard. Speakers in this session will examine some of the issues within supply chain monitoring when it comes to ESG Investing, and how to avoid being blindsided by bad supply chain partners. 

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM | Spotlight Session I

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM | Afternoon Networking Break

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM | Spotlight Session II

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM | Fireside Chat: The Role of CSR in Investing

Across the corporate world, there is a growing recognition that good corporate behavior promotes stronger management, enhances stakeholder relationships and creates better-performing companies in the long term. Enterprise level organizations continue to allocate resources and funding to CSR initiatives, and are seeing  impressive returns as a result. In this session, speakers will discuss where Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Investing merge, and how investors can leverage the unique opportunity within CSR to grow their ESG portfolio. 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Networking Reception

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | Registration & Welcome Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Keynote: The Case for Standardization: The Urgent Need for an Industry Standard

Over the past decade, the critical importance of ESG has become more mainstream, and with that, organizations have seen a shift from ESG being a choice, to an economic demand. However, while we know of the critical importance of ESG, many organizations are often left bewildered when it comes to reporting, monitoring, and measuring their environmental & social impact. ESG professionals are taking notice that there is an immediate need to streamline and standardize disclosures. This session will examine what it will take to create an “industry standard” for measuring your ESG performance. 

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM | Panel: A Regulatory Update: How New Legislation will Shape Your Investment Strategy

During this session, panelists will do a deep dive into recent legislation updates, what we can expect to see from the Biden administration, as well as Canadian public policy. They will also discuss how policy is shaping the investment landscape, updates from the COP26 conference, and tackle the complexities of ESG rating agencies and what role they will play moving forward. 

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM | Morning Networking Break

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Spotlight Session III

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM | Panel: Sustainable Infrastructure & The Future of ESG

Sustainable infrastructure preserves, restores, and integrates the natural environment, including biodiversity and ecosystems. It supports the sustainable and efficient use of natural resources, including energy, water, and materials. This critical infrastructure is pivotal to the future of sustainable sourcing, and becoming more 

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM | Spotlight Session IV

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM | Panel: Impact Investing and Your Portfolio

The practice of impact investing is perhaps best defined by core characteristics: intentionality; use of evidence and impact data in investment design; management of impact performance; and contribution to the growth of the industry. In this session, panelists will discuss the overall performance of Impact Investing, the key difference between ESG and Impact Investing, and what we can expect to see in returns in the near future. 

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM | Spotlight Session V

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM | Panel: Navigating Workforce Equity: Strategically Executing DE&I Initiatives

Social change continues to dominate headlines, and be at the forefront of business leaders minds. Senior leaders, and their stakeholders, are waking up to the advantages of driving sustainable change within their organizations. However, the question becomes, how do we take these ideas, and move them into a scalable action plan? How do leaders execute intentional DE&I strategies within their organizations that move beyond a box checking exercise? During this session, we will bring together experts to discuss building actionable strategies, and sustainable implementation for years to come. Gain takeaways, listen to the successes and challenges of your peers, and leave with a roadmap for your DE&I program.

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM | Networking Reception & Offsite Dinner

Thursday, April 7, 2022

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | Registration & Welcome Breakfast

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM | Panel: The Critical Importance of Transparency: Why Partnering With LP/GP Can Benefit Your Bottom Line

ESG factors can impact the performance of portfolios to varying degrees across companies, sectors, regions, asset classes and through time. Disclosure of carbon emissions remains a critical piece to the overall success of ESG Investing, and the future of Impact investing. This session will examine how LP/GPs can best serve investors in the practice of measuring and reporting their ESG impacts, and how an organization's accurate disclosures can increase its return on investment. 

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM | Spotlight Session VI

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Spotlight Session VII

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM | Morning Networking Break

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM | Panel: Highlight Emerging Markets: From Green Bonds to Sustainable Debt, Exploring New Investment Opportunities

Over the past decade, annual global energy transition investment (renewable energy, CCS, electrified transport, hydrogen, electrified heat, energy storage) has almost doubled, from $290b to $501b. These uniquely positioned energy types have catapulted into mainstream, and have investors and pension fund managers excited for the future of sustainable investing. This session will highlight promising trends in renewable energy investing and explore untapped opportunities for investors looking to expand their portfolios. 

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM | Closing Keynote: The Future of Energy Investing

With pension fund managers like CDPQ  making bold commitments to decarbonization, and organizations moving towards the use of renewable energies at a rapid pace, many economists, business leaders and investors are left questioning the future of fossil fuels. With Canada's rich history in fuel sourcing, it is hard to imagine - and frankly - not a sustainable concept, to think the oil and gas industries are finished.  In the closing session of CAiP ESG, speakers will tackle one of the most complex and controversial topics on the top of everyone's mind. What's to become of oil and gas? 

1:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Close of Conference