Date(s) - Tuesday, November 20, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
41 Willcocks St.
Keynote Speaker: Andy Chisholm, member of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance and board of directors of the Royal Bank of Canada
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Please join us on November 20th, 6:00-9:00 pm, for the annual University of Toronto’s Willis and White Thought Leadership event: Can sustainable finance hubs mobilize the vast sums of capital needed to meet global climate targets? with keynote speaker Andy Chisholm, member of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance and board of directors of the Royal Bank of Canada.
Around the world the importance of directing capital to support the creation of a sustainable economy has become clear. Many finance centres are moving to capture the opportunity to participate in satisfying that need, thereby securing the benefits that will come from the new forms of financial products and services (e.g., green bonds, emissions trading, and sustainability directed lending), and to preserve the competitiveness of their existing finance businesses. The Canadian government-appointed Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance is working hard to make the connections for Canada and Toronto Finance International is actively engaged to represent and organize the Toronto financial community to benefit from the growth opportunities in this emerging space. Representatives from these two organizations will be joined by a world-renowned leading authority on green finance from China and the Canadian director of a new (to Canada) bank promising for an insightful discussion of international perspectives on the challenges and potential pathways for our city and wider national economy.
6:00-6:30 pm: Registration and Reception
6:30-6:45 pm: Opening Remarks by John Robinson, Interim Director, School of the Environment; Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and School of the Environment; and Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability, University of Toronto.
Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Susan McGeachie, Global Director of Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Hatch; and Adjunct Professor, School of the Environment, University of Toronto.
6:45-7:15 pm: Keynote Speaker: Andy Chisholm, member of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance and board of directors of the Royal Bank of Canada.
7:15-8:00 pm: Panel Discussion with:
- Win Bear, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank (Canada);
- Jennifer Reynolds, President and CEO, Toronto Finance International;
- Yao Wang, Professor and Director General, International Institute of Green Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing;
- Toby Heaps (Moderator), CEO and co-founder of Corporate Knights Inc., and publisher of Corporate Knights.
8:00-8:15 pm: Closing Remarks by Hugh O’Reilly, President and CEO of OPTrust.
8:15-8:45 pm: Professor John Robinson to introduce Willis and White Scholarship presenters Scott Willis and Susan White, followed by scholarship award presentations to students.
Tickets for this event are available for $99. To purchase tickets, please visit our Eventbrite page here.
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Organized by the Environmental Finance Advisory Committee of the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto.