: Sustainable Investing Conference: Effects of Climate Change on Investment Decisions

Conference Agenda

April 19 - 20, 2016
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
1209 Marginal Road

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Registration and Welcome Reception

5:45 – 7:00 p.m.

Keynote Address
Dr. Gernot Wagner
Lead Economist, Environmental Defense Fund and Co-Author of "Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet" (presentation)

Dr. Wagner will speak to the impact of climate change on economies, governments and investors and how the economic environment could shift in the next 30 years as a result.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pier 21: Canadian Museum of Immigration
1055 Marginal Road

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks - Honourable Margaret Miller, Minister of Environment

9:10 – 10:10 a.m.

Government and Regulatory Climate Change Initiatives
Summary of global and Canadian governmental regulatory climate change initiatives and how they are affecting investors.


10:10 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Investment Opportunities and Risks
These sessions will present opportunities that result from client change within sectors, investment strategies, asset classes and how the asset mix needs to evolve as a result of climate change. These sessions will also identify key risk management considerations when implementing investment decisions that are directly impacted by climate change.

Public Markets

Facilitator: Chad King, Manager of Investment Operations, Nova Scotia Pension Services Corporation


  • Vincent Roy, Managing Director of Scientific Active Investment Group, BlackRock
  • Aaron Bennett, Senior Research Analyst, Jarislowsky Fraser
  • Cindy Rose, Head of SRI Research, Aberdeen Asset Management
11:30 – 12:15 p.m.
Public Companies' Innovation - Strategic Discussion
  • Bill Murphy, Leader of Climate Change & Sustainability Practice, KPMG Canada
  • Wayne O'Connor, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Emera Inc.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.


Climate-related Innovations

Presenter: Stephanie Thorson, Viking Strategies (presentation)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Private Markets
Facilitator: Rodney McDonald, CMC, LEED AP Principal, Avison Young (presentation)


 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.Break/Networking

 2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Asset Allocation

Presenter: Karen Lockridge, Principal and Pension Actuary, Mercer (presentation) (additional materials)


 – 3:45 p.m.
Capital Market Leadership and Next Steps

Presenter: Andrea Moffat, Vice President, Ivey Foundation (presentation)

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