“The Trillion Dollar Shift”: 5 Key Trends Changing the ESG Investing Landscape in 2019 - 2020
Date & Time
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:05 PM
Marc Gauthier Katharine Preston Deborah Ng Erica Barbosa Vargas Hannah Skeates
The “Trillion Dollar Shift” is the winner of the Gold Axiom Business Book Award for 2019.  And for good reason:  natural disasters triggered by climate change have doubled since the 1980s, violence and armed conflict now cost more than 13% of GDP, social inequality and youth unemployment is worsening around the world and climate change threatens the global population with tremendous environmental and social problems.  Opportunities now abound for business and capital to unlock markets which offer endless potential for profit while working towards sustainable development goals.  Astute institutional investors realize this is the way of the future — and that ESG is an essential component of every investment decision.  In this session, learn:
  • Why has sustainable finance become such a front-burner issue across the global financial community?
  • What are the 5 key trends changing the ESG landscape in 2019 to 2020?
  • How are institutional investors - both large and small alike - successfully Integrating ESG  considerations into their portfolios
  • How ESG considerations can mitigate risk - and provide higher ROI
  • What does every institutional investor need to do to understand and integrate ESG into its portfolio?
  • The unique sustainable bond issue by Concordia University- and what every investor in Canada can learn from this ground-breaking development
Moderator: Deborah Ng, Director, Strategy & Risk - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Speaker: Marc Gauthier, Treasurer & Investment Officer - Concordia University 
Speaker: Erica Barbosa, Director of Solutions Finance - The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation
Speaker: Katharine Preston, VP, Sustainable Investing - OMERS
Speaker: Hannah Skeates, Global Head of Environmental, Social & Governance - Wells Fargo Asset Management