The UNEP FI Regional Roundtable North America was held on 1 March 2023 in Toronto, Canada. The event gathered over 200 UNEP FI members and supporting institutions, as well as the wider sustainable finance community including regulators, civil society, policymakers and academia to discuss the state of play and define the future of sustainable finance in the region.
The Roundtable was held as part of the GlobexChange Destination Net-Zero event with Globe Series.
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Sessions on 1 March
|09:15||Regulatory developments for ESG in North America
|10:30||Next steps to net zero for financial institutions
|11:15||Implementing sustainable practices in banking
|13:00||Plenary sessions (in collaboration with Globe Series)
|14:00||Nature is next: integrating biodiversity risks into financial decision making
|14:45||Addressing social risks of climate change
|16:00||Developing sustainable insurance roadmaps across North America
|16:50||A Legal Framework for Impact: making the case for sustainability impact goals
|17:00||End of Day 1|
March 2 – private workshops for UNEP FI members. Please contact us for registrations.
Vancity is Canada’s largest community credit union with more than 560,000 member-owners and $33 billion in assets plus assets under administration. As a financial co-operative, Vancity and its members use finance as a force for change to build a clean and fair world.
With a deep-rooted focus on financial inclusion and a long-standing commitment to environmental leadership in the finance sector, Vancity uses the tools of banking to reduce barriers to broaden economic participation, improve the well-being of the communities it serves and support a fair climate transition. Vancity aims to be net-zero by 2040 across all mortgages and loans.
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Co-operators exists to strengthen the financial security of Canadians and their communities. This is their mission and their social purpose. As a leading Canadian financial services co-operative, Co-operators offers multi-line insurance and investment products, services, and advice to build financial strength and security.
With over $56 billion in assets under management, Co-operators provides financial solutions and security through property and casualty (P&C) insurance, life insurance, investment management, institutional asset management, and brokerage operations.
Areti Bank is a purpose-driven team of experts in finance united by a shared mission of creating a more sustainable world for the generation to come. We are a bank for people who care about the role their money plays in the world. We strongly believe in offering a new kind of bank with a focus on partnering with our clients to create a more sustainable future. At Areti Bank we are aware of the challenges that the planet faces today. We are invited to be part of the solution, to create a more sustainable world through banking. We want to make sure the generation to come inherits a more livable planet.
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with more than 90,000 employees around the world, the Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD offers a full range of financial products and services to over 27 million customers worldwide. TD Group is recognised for sustainability leadership, and since 2014, TD Bank Group remains the only Canadian bank listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.
CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution. Through its four strategic business units — Canadian Personal and Small Business Banking, Canadian Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, U.S. Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, and Capital Markets — CIBC provides a full range of financial products and services to 11 million individual, small business, commercial, corporate and institutional clients in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.
CIBC summarises their sustainability strategy to include aspiring to be a leader in environmental performance, understanding stakeholders are engaged and impacted by the critical issues related to the environment and engaging all stakeholders to focus efforts on initiatives where they can have a positive impact, and which are consistent with their client-focused strategy including responsible financing and investing, green products and Services and managing their footprint.
Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management
President & CEO, Vancity
Insurance Commissioner of Maryland
TCFD Programme Lead, UNEP FI
President & CEO, Desjardins Group
Implementation Guidance Team Lead
Chief External Relations Officer and Head of Impact Strategy, Vancity
Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, Amalgamated Bank
Associate Vice President, Environment, Government and Industry Relations, TD Insurance
Romie Goedicke den Hertog
Co-Head, Nature, UNEP FI
Head of Stewardship, Americas, BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM)
Lead Secretariat, Net-Zero Banking Alliance
Senior Policy Analyst, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Insurance Commissioner, California Department of Insurance
Chair, UN Secretary-General’s High-level Expert Group on Net-Zero Commitments
Deputy Director, Financial Institutions Lead, Shift Project
Director, Environment & National Issues, Environment, Government & Industry Relations, TD Insurance
Vice President, Sustainability & Citizenship at The Co-operators
Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, RBC
Senior Counsel, Sustainability, BMO Financial Group
Liesel van Ast
Membership and Regional Co-ordination Manager
CEO, Ontario Securities Commission
Yasmina Vucina Banjanin
Chief Sustainability Officer, SVP Strategic Partnerships, Areti Bank
Head of GRM P&C Climate and Sustainability, AXA
Executive Director, Financial Institution Net-zero Transition Plans, GFANZ
Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development - ESG, National Bank of Canada
CEO and President, University Pension Plan Ontario (UPP)