2023 Agenda

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

1:00 PM - | Registration Opens


1:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Opening Keynote: The Impact of Geopolitical Risks and Uncertainty on ESG

This year has seen an increased amount of global climate crises and political turmoil. This keynote will examine how this geopolitical uncertainty is affecting ESG factors and sustainable investing, including the impact of sanctions on oil and gas, the EU energy crisis, climate risks on supply chain, and what the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation means for Canada. 

SpeakerLois Tullo, CFO/CCO/CRO, Risk Management Faculty, Global Risk Institute


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Spotlight Session 1


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Spotlight Session 2


3:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Networking Break


3:30 PM - 4:15 PM | Case Studies in Carbon Reduction: Transition Pathways and Carbon Action Updates

Institutional investors and asset managers have made commitments to Net Zero in carbon emissions, but what do those commitments look like in action? This panel will provide case studies of success stories, as well as discuss carbon zero updates and innovative transition pathways strategies that go beyond the “divest or engage” model.

Moderator: Alexandria Fisher, Sustainable Finance Manager, Global Risk Institute

Speakers:
Kristian Knibutat, VP Impact Investing, The Atmospheric Fund
Juliet Rennick, Energy Policy Analyst, Pollution Probe


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


4:45 PM - 5:30 PM | Making an Impact: Investing with Intentionality

Investors have moved beyond impact investing as merely an ESG checkmark, and are now looking to be more engaged and intentional with their investments. This session will explore how investors identify relevant ESG issues during portfolio construction, the importance of examining the impact their company has on social and environmental climates, and how they set measurable goals to maximize returns while decreasing their carbon footprint.

Moderator: Eric In, Director of Investments, Dragonfly Ventures

Speakers:
Martin Bélanger, Director, Investments, Western University
Marc Gauthier, University Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer, Concordia University
Adaora Ogbue, Investment Strategy, Equality Fund


5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Networking Reception


6:30 PM - 9:00 PM | VIP Dinner


Wednesday , March 8, 2023

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | Registration/Networking Breakfast


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Keynote: Going Global: Sustainable Investing in International and Emerging Markets

Investors often look abroad for new investment opportunities. International investments face unique ESG challenges, including lack of standardized regulation and data transparency, to shifting political powers in emerging markets. This keynote will address the risks and rewards of international investing, and examine just how sustainable ESG investments really are in a constantly changing political climate.


9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Spotlight Session 4


10:00 AM - 10:45 AM | Not So Private: ESG Transparency and Practices in Private Equity and Venture Capital

Private equity continues to be a lucrative investment, but the returns often come with risks to ESG factors. The push for stronger ESG metrics led to the ESG Data Convergence Initiative, but investors still face challenges with impact investing in private markets. This session will ask and answer the questions around these issues, including: How can investors ethically invest in international funds with the geological shocks and government changes, should private equity firms be investing in more social impact funds, and how are ESG metrics being measured in venture capital?

Speakers:
Leah Nguyen, Chief Investment Officer, InBC Investment Corp.
Megan Maltby, Manager, Accelerator Programs & Investor Relations, Invest Ottawa
Kookai Chaimahawong, ESG Partner, UpperStage Capital


10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Networking Break


11:15 AM - 11:45 AM | Spotlight Session 5


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM | The Social is ESSential: DEI Best Practices and Talent Retention Strategies

The Social aspect of ESG is often overlooked as investors focus on sustainable investing and the stakeholders demand more transparency in governance, but companies cannot afford to overlook this essential component. Join us for this panel where DEI experts will advise on actionable strategies for effective DEI initiatives, how to implement these initiatives with intentionality, and the need for intersectionality in measuring DEI metrics. This panel will also provide successful examples of how companies are retaining talent and keeping their employees engaged.

Speakers:
Michael Kaneva, Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, OPTrust
Brandy Ryan, Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Canada Post


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM | Spotlight Session 6


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Networking Lunch


2:00 PM - 2:45 PM | The Grass Isn’t Greener: Polarization, Politics and the Rise of Anti-ESG Laws

While many institutional investors now consider ESG table stakes, the acronym is not without controversy. The issues are more polarizing than ever, with the rise of anti-ESG laws and corporations claiming political agenda to push back on ESG initiatives. How is this affecting the decisions investment managers are making? How are ESG advocates rising to these challenges, and how are they combating greenwashing? What is the negative impact of polarization on governance, as there cannot be standardization without harmonization? This session will discuss these questions and more!

Moderator:
Heather Lang, Principal, ESG Global Advisor
Speakers:
Julie Segal, Senior Manager, Climate Finance, Environmental Defence
Devika Shah, Executive Director, Environment Funders Canada
Imre Szeman, Director, Institute for Environment, Conservation, and Sustainability,  University of Toronto Scarborough


2:45 PM - 3:15 PM | Spotlight Session 7


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


3:45 PM - 4:30 PM | Building Resilience: Innovations in Sustainable Infrastructure & Climate Stress Tested Real Estate

Join us for this informative panel where industry experts will present case studies in sustainable infrastructure, provide examples of innovations in climate stress tested real estate, and offer solutions on how to mitigate climate related risks, both physical and transitional.

Speakers:
Vincent Felteau, Senior Director, Responsible Investment, Private Markets, PSP Investments
Erkan Yonder, Associate Professor of Real Estate and Finance at Concordia University - John Molson School of Business
Iva Parisi, Director, Private Markets Investment Risk & ESG, IMCO


4:30 PM - 5:15 PM | Rules and Regulations – ESG & Sustainable Investing in a Changing Regulatory Landscape

Governance is now being pulled into the spotlight as stakeholders are applying more pressure on institutional investors to be transparent in their ESG data, increase diversity in their trustee boards and executive teams, and to expand sustainable allocation. This panel will deep dive into the changing regulatory landscape, including how regulatory mandates are affecting investors, the governance implications of evolving social issues, how to close data gaps, and the need for assurance in ESG audits.

Moderator: Natalia Back, Manager of ESG Reporting and Disclosures, Canada Post

Speakers:
Sanjeev Dhawan, Senior Legal Counsel, Hydro One Networks Inc.
Rekha Menon, Deputy Director, Anglican Church of Canada - Pension Office


5:15 PM - 5:45 PM | Keynote: Outlook: The Future of Sustainable Development and Impact Investing

ESG factors will continue to play a prominent role for companies and investors in the upcoming years. This keynote will provide predictions on Net Zero commitments, the outlook of carbon exit strategies, and some of the trends and troubles that will define the future of impact investing and sustainable development.

Speaker:
Kristina Inrig, President & CEO, Sustainable Capacity Foundation


5:45 PM - | CAiP ESG & Sustainable Investing Forum Concludes