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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.

Our Mandate

The Institute is at the intersection of sustainability and finance. Our Mission is to align mainstream financial markets with Canada’s transition to a prosperous sustainable economy. Read more


Sustainable Investing

Find opportunity and manage risk

April 15-17, 2020

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Mark Carney

“As long as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise and with them climate-related financial risks, central banks, supervisors, and financial institutions will continue to raise the bar to address these climate-related risks and to ‘green’ the financial system. We need collective leadership and action across countries and we need to be ambitious.”

Mark Carney
Governor, Bank of England

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.

December 1, 2019

Mark Carney to lead UN effort to get finance industry to deal with risks of climate change

Mark Carney, a Canadian who headed the Bank of Canada from 2008-2013 and is currently the Governor of Bank of England "will lead a push by the United Nations to make the financial sector take full account of the risks posed by climate change, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday."

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November 19, 2019

Opinion: Climate Proofing Canada's Economy

"Canada cannot wait to establish the expertise required to navigate successfully to a low-carbon economy. If we delay, others will shape Canada’s economic future for us." The Globe and Mail published an opinion piece by Jim Leech, Chancellor of Queen’s University, former President and CEO of the Ontario Teachers'​ Pension Plan, and a member of the advisory board for the Institute for Sustainable Finance, and Sean Cleary, BMO Professor of Finance at Smith School of Business and the executive director of the Institute of Sustainable Finance.

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