The UNEP FI Regional Roundtable North America will be held in person and virtually on 1 March 2023 in Toronto, Canada. The event will gather 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.

Registration and Attendance:

  • In-person attendance: Due to limited capacity, priority for in-person attendance will be given to UNEP FI members and supporting institutions, but please do register your interest using the “register” button above, and a member of the team will get back to you if your registration has been approved.
  • Virtual: Please use the registration button above to register your interest, and a link will be sent to you closer to the event

The Roundtable is held as part of the GlobexChange Destination Net-Zero event with Globe Series (27 February – 1 March), which is expected to welcome more than 1000 participants looking to accelerate action on achieving net-zero. Sustainable finance thought leaders, experts and professionals will talk about region-relevant topics like regulatory development and ESG, aligning financial flows with nature, considering human rights in finance and more.

Sponsorship:

Highlight your brand, your work and show your support to your peers and the sustainable finance community by sponsoring the event. For more information, contact: roundtable@unepfi.org.

Contact us for any questions or comments at: roundtable@unepfi.org.

Time (EST)
 Sessions on 1 March
09:00 Opening Remarks

  • Liesel van Ast, UNEP FI
09:05 Opening Keynote

  • Christine Bergeron, CEO and President, Vancity
09:15 Regulatory developments for ESG in North America

  • Grant Vingoe, CEO, Ontario Securities Commission
10:00 Break
10:30 Next steps to net zero for financial institutions

  • Joy Williams, Executive Director, Financial Institution Transition Planning, GFANZ
  • John Stackhouse, Senior Vice-President, RBC
  • Sarah Kemmitt, Lead Secretariat, Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA), UNEP FI
11:15 Implementing sustainable practices in banking

  • Johanna Dichtl, PRB Implementation Lead, UNEP FI
12:00 Plenary sessions (in collaboration with Globe Series)

  • Barb Zvan, CEO, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University Pension Plan Ontario (UPP) 
  • Catherine McKenna, Chair UN High-Level Expert Group on Net Zero
  • Guy Cormier, CEO and President, Desjardins Group
  • Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management
  • Mindy Lubber, CEO, Ceres
  • Liesel van Ast, UNEP FI
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Nature is next: integrating biodiversity risks into financial decision making

  • Romie Goedicke, Nature-related risk and disclosure Lead, UNEP FI
14:45 Addressing social risks of climate change

  • Joana Pedro, Social Lead, UNEP FI
15:30 Break
16:00 Developing sustainable insurance roadmaps across North America

  • Ricardo Lara, Insurance Commissioner, California Department of Insurance
  • Butch Bacani, Principles of Sustainable Insurance Lead, UNEP FI
16:50 Closing Remarks
17:00 End of Day 1

 

March 2 – private workshops for UNEP FI members. Please contact us for registrations.

Headline Sponsor:

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 wellbeing of the communities it serves and support a fair climate transition. Vancity aims to be net-zero by 2040 across all mortgages and loans.

 

Panel Sponsor:

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 invitation 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.

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.

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.