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Canadian Climate Governance Experts

Welcome to our experts network. Effective governance is the key to managing your company or your pension fund’s climate change risks and opportunities. Connect with us to learn more about our experts!

 About the Initiative

The Canadian Climate Governance Experts is an initiative organized by Peter A. Allard School of Law at University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, Toronto.  This unique speakers program will run for two years effective September 2019, as your source of knowledge on effective governance of climate change.

Our Canadian Climate Governance Experts are volunteers who can speak to your board of directors or board of trustees on climate-related financial risks and strategies for effective governance.  Our experts are a highly qualified group and come from a variety of professional backgrounds. They include lawyers, accountancy professionals, economists, legal scholars, and capital markets specialists.

 Get in Touch

The process is simple. Contact our program manager, Joanne Forbes, with a request for a specific speaker, or to ask about the best person to come speak to your board.  She will arrange a preliminary meeting between the Climate Governance Expert and the CEO or CFO of your organization to discuss climate governance issues specific to your organization. That meeting will help us shape the specific presentation that allows your board to expand its leadership and knowledge on climate change. The presentation to the board will be 30-60 minutes in length, with plenty of time for exchange of ideas.

For speakers located in your region, there is no cost for this service. If you would like an expert from another part of Canada, you may need to cover part of their travel and accommodation as our funding is limited.

 About Us

The Canadian Climate Governance Experts is part of the Canadian Climate Law Initiative, of which Dr. Janis Sarra (UBC Law) and Professor Cynthia Williams (Osgoode Law) are principal co-investigators, engaged in research on climate governance, disclosure, fiduciary obligation and legal duties.  They are also the Canadian Principal Investigators of the global Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative, hosted by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. The Canadian Climate Law Initiative is funded through the generous support of the Ivey Foundation, the McConnell Foundation and the North Growth Foundation under the auspices of the Clean Economy Fund.