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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.

Update on Corporate Canada’s GHG Disclosures and Target Setting

A new report by the Institute for Sustainable Finance updates the findings of its popular 2021 review of TSX Index firms’ GHG emissions disclosures, targets and plans. Much has changed in a year but Corporate Canada still must “up its game”

The Physical Costs of Climate Change, A Canadian Perspective

An ISF assessment of the physical risks to Canada from higher levels of global warming finds potential costs of up to $5.5-trillion by the end of the century if we don’t take action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

ISF Report: Canada Must Change Gears, Move Faster on Sustainable Finance

ISF launches a new report assessing Canada’s progress to scale sustainable finance and bolster Canadian competitiveness.

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. You’ll be hearing a lot more from us in 2022.


June 16, 2022

Climate-related disclosures primer and video interview with Nadeem Velani

“Measuring and reporting data ultimately is a way to hold companies accountable.” For the latest in ISF's Video Primer Series, ISF Chair Dr. Sean Cleary interviews Nadeem Velani, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Canadian Pacific Railway, on why it’s important for corporations to disclose greenhouse gas emissions, the various standards for disclosures and challenges with reporting, and the benefits in terms of access to capital, talent retention, and capacity to plan for net zero. To learn more about Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, read the article and check out the interview video.

June 15, 2022

Accounting, audit and assurance standards oversight councils announce Canadian Sustainability Standards Board: FRAS Canada

"As the pace of progress in sustainability disclosures continues to accelerate, this week the Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC) and Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council (AASOC) mutually approved the formation of the Canadian Sustainability Standards Board (CSSB)." FRAS Canada stated in a press release.