Full Name
Laura Zizzo
Job Title
Co-founder and CEO
Company
Manifest Climate
Speaker Bio
Laura Zizzo is the founder and CEO of Manifest Climate, with nearly 20 years of experience advising organizations on climate related risk and opportunity. A trained lawyer, Laura started her career with a prominent Bay Street law firm before founding the first law firm in Canada focused on climate change in 2009. In 2015 she founded a strategic consultancy to advise clients on identification, management and disclosure of climate risks and opportunities, Mantle314 (formerly Zizzo Strategy) works with some of Canada’s largest companies, including financial institutions, real estate firms and utilities on climate-related issues. In 2020 Manifest Climate was born, combining the consulting experience of Mantle314 with technology and software to create a climate intelligence platform to scale.
She is a frequent writer and speaker on the move to the low-carbon economy and has become a leading voice on the legal imperative to adapt to climate change. Laura has contributed to numerous research and policy papers on legal liability related to climate change adaptation, the use of existing legal mechanisms to address climate change, and the role of markets and flexibility mechanisms in driving emissions reductions.
Laura has worked in the strategic research division of the Ontario Ministry of Finance and as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Law and International Relations. She is co-founder of the Climate Change Lawyers Network, a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) committee on Environmental Law, a member of the University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee and sits on the board of the Clean Air Partnership. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a law degree from the University of Toronto.
Laura Zizzo