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Shaping the Future of Sustainable Finance: Institute for Sustainable Finance Launch

  •   November 19, 2019
  •   SmithToronto, 200 Front St. W, Suite 3020, Toronto, ON
6:00pm Registration

Welcome | Dr. Sean Cleary, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Finance and BMO Professor of Finance at Smith School of Business

Opening remarks | Andy Chisholm, RBC Board of Directors and member of the Canadian Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance

Industry remarks | Accelerating Sustainable Finance in Canada: Research Gaps, Barriers and Opportunities

  • Sue Lemon, CFA Toronto
  • Jennifer Reynolds, Toronto Finance International
  • Dustyn Lanz, Responsible Investment Association
  • Craig Stewart, Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • Gigi Dawe, CPA Canada
7:30pm Networking and light refreshments
ISF launch

Join us for the launch of the Institute for Sustainable Finance – the first-ever cross-cutting and collaborative hub in Canada that fuses academia, the private sector, and government with the singular focus of increasing the country’s sustainable finance capacity.

Based at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, the ISF will invest in education, professional training, research and partnerships to help create the critical conditions for Canadian leadership on sustainable finance.

Building Canada’s capacity to lead

We are at a pivotal moment in Canada where we can both protect our markets and investments from risk while refocusing them to tap into new and unprecedented opportunities.

The new Institute for Sustainable Finance is seizing on this critical opportunity and leading the way by developing world-class sustainable finance expertise to shape the financial system for Canada’s future.

The transition to a low-carbon economy is already underway. Global players are currently leading on the way in sustainable finance, defining the tools and writing the rules that will determine how capital flows. Canada has the means and the opportunity to be an innovation shaper – not taker – to inform these decisions to benefit our economy.

The ISF will fill the gap of relevant data, expertise and business-oriented solutions for sustainable finance. By aligning financial knowledge and tools with climate change imperatives, we will foster Canada’s leadership in the shift to a low-carbon global economy.

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