We have aspirations in Canada about transitioning to a low-greenhouse-gas-emissions growth economy. If we’re going to turn those aspirations into achievements, we need to address the barriers slowing that transition—and we need to do it now.

Sustainable Finance | Clean Energy Conference—Investing in Canada will tackle two key challenges: technology barriers and sustainable finance. Together, we’ll put forward actions to overcome those barriers.

The energy system occupies a critical function in our economy. The industrial, energy, building, and transportation sectors all have major roles to play in moving Canada to a clean-growth economic future. That future addresses climate-change impacts, reduces GHG emissions, and fosters resilience without sacrificing economic growth, wealth creation, the environment, or social well-being.

Reconciling these aspirations with market-based decision-making presents both a challenge and an opportunity. The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for a Clean Energy Growth Economy has been conducting research and convening events on key aspects of this journey. It has identified two areas of impediment that need more dialogue among policy-makers, business leaders, and the public. Those areas are;

  • Barriers to the application of technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. The timely development and application of energy-efficient and emission-lowering technologies is critical for Canada to move toward a clean-energy growth economy.
  • Barriers to a supportive, sustainable finance capital market. Implementing sustainable finance will require channelling Canada’s financial sector expertise and ingenuity to meet the challenges posed by climate change.

Sustainable Finance | Clean Energy Conference—Investing in Canada will address both of these barriers. Together, we will identify and develop actions necessary to move forward. After the event, the Conference Board will publish a briefing document summarizing conference discussions and outlining the next steps for Canada to move toward a clean-growth economy. Everyone who registers will have access to a free copy of this briefing via our website.

This conference is aimed at policy-makers, business decision-makers, and others with a strong interest in removing barriers to achieving a clean-energy growth economy.

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Speakers

Barbara Zvan

Chief Risk and Strategy Officer Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Fabio Natalucci

Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital
Markets Department, International Monetary Fund

 
 
Jeanette Patell

Vice-President, Government Affairs and Policy, GE Canada

Jennifer Reynolds

President and CEO
Toronto Finance International

 
 
Michael Crothers

President and Country Chair
Shell Canada

Tom Clark

Chairman, Global Public Affairs


Keynote speakers

Audrey Mascarenhas
Strategies for accelerating growth of Canada’s clean technology sector

President and CEO of Questar Technology
and CEO of ClearPower Systems Inc.


Fabio Natalucci
Climate change risk and global financial stability

Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital
Markets Department, International Monetary Fund


Agenda

Thursday, May 28, 2020

7:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:00 a.m.

Introduction to keynote.

Roger Francis

Director, Energy and Environment Knowledge Centre
The Conference Board of Canada

8:15 a.m.
Keynote 1

We need strategies for Canada to grow its clean technology sector faster. Otherwise, we risk being left behind. There are lots of great ideas out there at various stages of development, and lots of promising research. But they often lack strong policy support or financial backing. Canada needs to ensure new technologies are adopted and deployed—broadly and quickly— to improve energy efficiency, lower emissions, and create export opportunities that build wealth.

Audrey Mascarenhas

President and CEO of Questar Technology and CEO of ClearPower Systems Inc.

8:45 a.m.
Session 1

Canada currently has a wealth of low-carbon technologies developing at all levels, from research and development to pilot-stage pre-commercialization. These technologies won’t succeed without strong business plans to deploy them. If our investment-to-innovation quotient is too low, we need to find out why.

Our objective for this morning will be to identify the biggest obstacles to deploying these technologies. During group discussions, we’ll find ways to remove or significantly lower those obstacles.

Carlos A. Murillo

Framing the technology issue: Introductions + Evidence perspective

Senior Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Michael Crothers

Framework perspective

President and Country Chair
Shell Canada

9:15 a.m.

Session description coming soon.

Moderator

Michael Crothers

President and Country Chair
Shell Canada

Panelists

Jon Dogterom

Senior Vice-President Venture Services, MaRS Discovery District

Jeanette Jackson

Managing Director
Foresight

Jeanette Patell

Vice-President, Government Affairs and Policy, GE Canada

Joy Romero

Vice-President Technology and Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Chair of the Clean Resources Innovation Network

Steve MacDonald

Chief Executive Officer, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)

10:00 a.m.
Networking break
10:15 a.m.
Mock debate 1

Resolution: Letting market conditions decide which clean-energy technologies to support is preferable to choosing winners and losers via government programs and subsidies.

Tom Clark

Moderator

Chairman, Global Public Affairs

Jean-Francois Perrault

FOR

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Scotiabank

Rick Smith

AGAINST

Executive Director
Broadbent Institute

10:45 a.m.
Table discussion 1

Each table will discuss the impediments to technology adoption in Canada, reflect on the information they have heard, and develop an action aimed at eliminating one obstacle.

Roving moderators

Carlos A. Murillo

Senior Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Babatunde Olateju

Senior Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Michael Crothers

President and Country Chair
Shell Canada

11:30 a.m.

Each table will share their action item with the entire group. These actions will build the foundation for the technology framer to use in their closing remarks at the end of the day.

12:00 p.m.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. The implications of climate change for global financial stability are a key concern for the IMF. In this keynote, Dr. Natalucci will consider the kinds and scope of mitigating action that may be required. Central banks and financial regulators are starting to factor in climate change, but policy-makers and investors need to understand the physical and transition risks associated with deep greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Fabio Natalucci

Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund

1:00 p.m.
Keynote 2

Session description coming soon.

Roger Francis

Introduction to keynote

Director, Energy and Environment Knowledge Centre
The Conference Board of Canada

1:30 p.m.
Session 2

Three factors are crucial to the economic and environmental success of a clean-growth economy: available capital, the allocation of that capital, and access to risk management tools. Sustainable finance targets them all.

The recent Government of Canada Report of the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance—Mobilizing Finance for Sustainable Growth described sustainable finance as a field devoted to “channeling financial sector expertise, ingenuity, and influence toward the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change.” As that report points out, we need to find ways to adjust behaviours and increase the appetite for sustainable finance in Canada.

Our objective for the afternoon is to identify the biggest obstacles to sustainable finance. During group discussions, we’ll find ways to remove or significantly lower those obstacles

Babatunde Olateju

Framing the finance issue: Introductions + Evidence perspective

Senior Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Tiff Macklem

Framework perspective

Dean, University of Toronto Rotman School of Management

2:00 p.m.
Panel

With the framework and evidence in place, we will take a deeper look into sustainable-finance challenges in Canada from multiple perspectives.

Moderator

Tiff Macklem

Dean, University of Toronto Rotman School of Management

Panelists

Jamie Bonham

Director, Corporate Engagement
NEI Investments

John Pak

Managing Director, Global Power and Infrastructure, National Bank Financial

Jennifer Reynolds

President and CEO
Toronto Finance International

Barbara Zvan

Chief Risk and Strategy Officer
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Sarah Thompson

Director, Sustainable Finance,
RBC Capital Markets

2:45 p.m.
Networking break
3:00 p.m.
Mock debate 2

Resolution: Climate-change risks and opportunities should be quantified, standardized, and reflected in companies’ balance sheets. Regulators must ensure that these measures are mandatory.

Kevin Carmichael

Moderator

National Business Columnist, Financial Post

Andrew Hall

FOR

Director, Sustainable Finance
TMX Group

Mary Anne De Monte-Whelan

AGAINST

Member
Ontario Securities Commission

3:30 p.m.
Table discussion 2

Each table will discuss the challenges faced by sustainable finance in Canada, reflect on the information they have heard, and develop an action aimed at eliminating one obstacle.

Roving moderators

Carlos A. Murillo

Senior Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Babatunde Olateju

Senior Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Tiff Macklem

Dean, University of Toronto Rotman School of Management

4:15 p.m.

Each table will share their action item with the entire group. These actions will build the foundation for the technology framer to use in their closing remarks at the end of the day.

4:45 p.m.

Michael Crothers and Tiff Macklem will return to present the top three actions required to move Canada forward in the areas of technology adoption and sustainable finance. Make your opinions heard by participating in this interactive session using the event app.

Conference Chair

Roger Francis

Director, Energy and Environment Knowledge Centre
The Conference Board of Canada

Framers

Michael Crothers

President and Country Chair
Shell Canada

Tiff Macklem

Dean, University of Toronto Rotman School of Management

5:00 p.m.
Roger Francis

Director, Energy and Environment Knowledge Centre
The Conference Board of Canada

5:15 p.m.
Adjournment

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Eric Denhoff

Deputy Minister,
Alberta Climate Change Office

Caroline Lee

Caroline Lee

Energy Policy Analyst,
Environment and Climate Change Unit, International Energy Agency

 
 
Mark Jaccard

Mark Jaccard

Professor, Sustainable Energy,
School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

Bill Whitelaw

Bill Whitelaw

Chief Executive Officer, June Warren-Nickle’s Energy Group, Managing Director of Evaluate Energy

 
Tonio Sadik

Tonio Sadik

Director, Environment,
Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

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