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The Institute for Sustainable Finance is a multi-disciplinary network of research and professional development that brings together academia, the private sector, and government to shape Canada’s innovations in sustainable finance.

Professional Development

Sustainable Investing - Virtual Program

Learn sustainable investing strategies that are transforming finance.

This program will provide the key components and considerations for sustainable investing and ESG assessment, including deeper dives into integrating ESG into securities selection and portfolio management processes, and best practices for stewardship and engagement.

ISF Briefing Note: Financing Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

A new briefing note from the ISF clarifies the challenge of financing adaptation and resilience infrastructure to protect Canadians from the effects of climate change, and proposes a plan to find the solutions.

Partial Disclosure: Assessing the state of physical and transition climate risk disclosure in Canada

A new ISF study takes a close look at the state of climate-related risk disclosures by Canadian firms and finds they are often lacking in terms of quantity and quality.

A Closer Look at the GHG Protocol

A new report by the ISF and CPA Canada finds that while the GHG Protocol has been wildly successful, its expanded role in securities law requires a rethink.

What is Sustainable Finance?

The Canadian Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance defines it as: capital flows, risk management activities, and financial processes that assimilate environmental and social factors as a means of promoting sustainable economic growth and the long-term sustainability of the financial system.

In its simplest form, this means aligning our financial systems and services to promote long-term environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. Learn more about Sustainable Finance through our Primer Series.

Ryan Riordan, Distinguished Professor of Finance at Smith School of Business and director of research at the Institute for Sustainable Finance explains sustainable finance.

2021 in review:
ISF’s stock continues to rise

The past year has been a time of growth and change for the Institute for Sustainable Finance.

From opening the TSX to attending COP26, we have been where the action is, helping mobilize capital to fight climate change. Our hard-hitting research has informed decision makers in finance, industry and public policy. We captured the attention of the media, and led a lively discussion on social media. And we have contributed significantly to making sustainability a mainstream issue that investors and firms must pay attention to.

We hope you enjoy this video tribute to the many accomplishments of our great team. For more on ISF’s activities and accomplishments, check out our latest Progress and Impact Report.


February 1, 2023

The Oil & Gas Sector: Key Challenges Facing Canada and Potential Solutions, Part 3

The ISF invites you to join us on February 7 at 11AM EST, for Part 3 of our free webinar series, "The Oil & Gas Sector: Key challenges facing Canada and potential solutions", moderated by Peter Tertzakian. Peter’s guest panelists will be Rhona DelFrari of Cenovus Energy, and Jonathan Arnold of the Canadian Climate Institute, who bring a wealth of expertise on energy economics and sustainability to the table. Register now for this informative and engaging session, titled “Potential Solution to Reinvestment”.

February 1, 2023

New ISF grant to fund research into financing sustainable agriculture

Thanks to the generosity of the McCall MacBain Foundation, the Institute for Sustainable Finance (ISF) has been able to offer additional funding for a research project by members of the Canadian Sustainable Finance Network (CSFN). The McCall MacBain 2022 CSFN Grant has been awarded to the team led by Dr. Phoebe Stephens of Dalhousie University and Dr. Sean Geobey at the University of Waterloo for their research into how best to invest in reducing the negative environmental and social impacts associated with agriculture in Canada, including high levels of GHG emissions.