Date(s) - Thursday, November 24, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor), Joseph L. Rotman School of Management,
105 St. George Street
Please join the School of the Environment’s Environmental Finance Committee and the Rotman School of Business on Thursday, November 24th for “Investing in low carbon assets – how to unlock carbon opportunities”.
|Title:||“Investing in low carbon assets – how to unlock carbon opportunities”|
|Joint hosts:||The School of the Environment’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto|
|Location:||Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor), Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George Street|
|5:00-7:30, Thursday, November 24, 2016
5:00-6:30 for panel discussion,
6:30-7:30 for networking reception
|Registration:||$50. Free for current Universityof Toronto students, faculty and staff.|
- Keith Ambachtsheer, Adjunct Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management and President, KPA Advisory Services (moderator)
- Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
- Deborah Ng, Director, Strategy and Risk, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
- Paul Manias, Managing Director, OMERS Platform Investments
Format: (times are approximate)
5:00 Welcoming remarks by Kimberly Strong (Director, School of the Environment and Co-Chair, Environmental Finance Advisory Committee) and Richard Blundell (Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence, Business Sustainability, Rotman School of Management)
5:05 Introduction to the Panel by Keith Ambachtsheer
5:10 Presentations by Dianne Saxe, Deborah Ng, and Paul Manias
5:45 Discussion and debate
6:05 Question and answer session
6:25 Closing remarks by Keith Ambachtsheer
As recently as 2010, climate change was perceived in the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risk Survey to be an emerging risk of moderate likelihood and impact. Three years later, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation became one of the five most impactful risks and, by 2016, it was number one.
The global acceptance of the urgency of this risk brought 195 countries together at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015 to adopt the first ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. This agreement sets out an action plan to limit global warming to below 2°C this century above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C.
How to get there? Shifting government policies, technological advances and more robust data to increase understanding of and ability to predict physical risks will be key. But what policies, technologies and data? And how will we align our own efforts with initiatives from other countries (and even our own provinces!) to ensure we’re ultimately achieving the same global objective?
The University of Toronto presents a candid discussion between representatives from government and Canada’s pension funds to identify strategies for unlocking low carbon opportunities across a range of asset classes and investors. What policy changes can governments make to encourage the massive levels of investment needed to transition to a low carbon economy? And how can investors work with the public and private sectors to protect themselves from today’s number one global risk?
For reference, see The Ambachtsheer Letter, October 2016: GOVERNOR CARNEY ON CLIMATE CHANGE: WHY PENSION PEOPLE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION:
This event was jointly hosted by the School of the Environment’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee and the Rotman School of Management. It was also co-sponsored by the Ivey Foundation and Navigant.
Please note: This program may be eligible toward the Law Society’s CPD Requirement as Substantive Hours. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours. For more information, contact the Law Society of Upper Canada. And, CFA members are eligible to use the sessions in Speaker Series @ Rotman to receive CE credits.
We acknowledge the generous support of this event by the Climate Solutions Group, the Ivey foundation and Navigant/ECOFYS.