Canadian Climate Governance Experts

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Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance

Catherine was named as Executive Director as of July 1, 2018. Prior to that she was Director of Policy Development of CCGG from November of 2012. Prior to joining CCGG, she was a principal at Hugessen Consulting and head of their corporate governance practice. Catherine also has worked as a Vice-President and director of ISS […]

Arlene Strom, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Suncor

Arlene Strom has been with Suncor Energy for 16 years. Since January 2019, Arlene has been in the role of SVP & General Counsel for Suncor. Prior to taking on this role, Arlene led various portfolios including Sustainability, Communications, Indigenous and Community Relations, Government Relations, and Corporate and Oil Sands Legal. Arlene is a board […]

Stephen Kibsey, Investment Stewardship Professional, Concordia and McGill Universities

Stephen has over thirty years experience as an investment professional. Though recently retired, he worked 21 years at the Caisse Depot et Placement du Quebec as analyst, portfolio manager, business unit risk manager, and more recently as a vice-president in the Investment Stewardship group. During his career he also held the position of vice-president of […]

Susan McGeachie, Global Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services

Susan leads Hatch’s global climate change and sustainable development practice with 20 years of experience in this field. She supports clients in addressing the impact of a changing business environment, including climate change-related factors, on projects. Susan develops strategies to help project developers manage shifts in laws and regulations, weather patterns and social impact considerations. […]

Meghan Harris-Ngae, Associate Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability, Ernst & Young

Meghan is an Associate Partner at EY and leads the Climate Change and Sustainability practice for Western Canada. She has over 16 years of combined international and local experience in climate change, EHS, ESG and international government relations. Meghan provides, ESG, geo-political issue advisory, risk and assurance services to multinational clients around the world in […]

Bruno Caron-Partner, Miller Thomson LLP/SENCRL

Overview Bruno Caron’s practice is primarily focused on corporate law, securities, financing, mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, and corporate governance. He is frequently retained as counsel on matters involving business restructuring, statutory arrangements, continuous disclosure requirements and the rules governing shareholders’ meetings. He has also acted as corporate secretary on the board […]

Carol Hansell, Senior Partner, Hansell LLP & Hansell McLaughlin Advisory Inc.

Carol Hansell is the Senior Partner of Hansell LLP. Over her more than 25 years in practice, she has led major transactions for public and private corporations and governments. She now leads an independent firm dedicated to advising boards, management teams, institutional shareholders and regulators in connection with legal and governance challenges. She is regularly […]

David Heurtel, Counsel, Fasken, Environment, Energy and Climate Change Group

David Heurtel is counsel in the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Group. Before joining the firm, David pursued a career with the government of Québec, where he held office as Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change from 2014 to 2017 and as Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness from 2017 […]

Stephanie Bertels, Director, Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability, Beedie School of Business, SFU

Stephanie Bertels conducts leading research at the intersection of governance and sustainability.  She is the Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and leads the Embedding Project (www.embeddingproject.org), a research collaborative between business sustainability researchers and leading global companies that develops practical tools to help companies embed social and […]

Ravipal S. Bains, Associate, McMillan LLP

Ravipal S. Bains is a corporate and securities lawyer at the Vancouver office of McMillan LLP. Ravi has extensive experience of advising boards of directors and senior executives of TSX and NYSE listed companies on governance-related matters such as fiduciary duties, climate risks, and public disclosure. He regularly assists clients in a variety of sectors, […]

Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO and Founder, Competent Boards Inc.

Helle Bank Jorgensen is a sustainability, climate change, and ESG advisor with close to 30 years of experience helping global companies and investors turn sustainability into strong financial results. She has worked with hundreds of world-leading companies including IKEA, Nike, Shell, Unilever, Novo Nordisk and Vestas. She developed the Competent Boards Certificate Program to help […]

Dr. Fenner Stewart, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

Dr. Fenner Stewart is an associate professor at the University of Calgary. He is an award-winning teacher and scholar. Dr. Stewart is the 2020 Dentons Canada LLP Research Fellow in Energy Law and Policy and also a 2020 Research Fellow in Energy and Environment at the School of Public Policy. Dr. Stewart has a Ph.D. […]

Roopa Davé, Partner, KPMG Sustainability Services

Roopa is a partner in KPMG’s Sustainability Services practice. Having trained as an accountant, Roopa focused her career on sustainability because she believes there is a role for business in addressing societal issues like climate change and human rights. She sees an opportunity for organizations and individuals to look beyond the traditional way of doing […]

Amr Addas, Adjunct Professor/Director, Concordia University, Van Berkom Investment Management Program, John Molson School of Business

Amr Addas is an Adjunct Professor and Director of the Van Berkom Investment Management Program and Van Berkom Small Cap Case Competition at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. He is also a member of the Faculty for the Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate (SIPC) program offered by the John Molson Executive Centre (JMEC). […]

Christie Stephenson, Executive Director, Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at Sauder School of Business, UBC

Christie Stephenson joined UBC Sauder School of Business in 2016 as the inaugural Executive Director of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics. She previously spent more than 15 years at socially responsible and impact investing firms Sustainalytics (then Jantzi Research Associates), NEI Investments (Ethical Funds) and Purpose Capital (now Rally Assets). At UBC […]

Brian Minns, Vice-President Sustainable Investing, Addenda Capital

Brian is responsible for the continuous improvement of Addenda Capital’s incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes throughout the firm. He also engages with companies, regulators and policymakers on ESG matters in order to promote sustainable development. Member of: Investment Committee Sustainable Investing Committee Career: Addenda Capital: Vice-President, […]

Jeremy Barretto, Partner, Cassels Brock, Business Law Group

Jeremy Barretto is a partner in Business Law Group at Cassels Brock. He offers extensive regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal law experience in obtaining approvals for developments in the renewable energy, electricity, pipeline, oil and gas and mining sectors. Jeremy has negotiated agreements on behalf of project proponents with Aboriginal groups, landowners as well as federal, provincial and […]

Andrea Moffat, Vice President, Ivey Foundation

Andrea Moffat is the Vice President of the Ivey Foundation whose mission is to help create a shared vision for Canada’s future that integrates the economy and the environment, achieves resource efficiency, and fosters innovation and investment for a smarter, sustainable economy.  Previously, Andrea was the Vice President of the Corporate Program at Ceres, where […]

Vincent Felteau, Senior Director, Responsible Investment, Private Markets at PSP Investments

Vincent Felteau is Senior Director, Responsible Investment, Private Markets at PSP Investments. In his role, Vincent leads a team of professionals responsible for the integration of ESG factors in the investment activities and monitoring of PSP Investments’ private market investments. He provides advice to the private market investment groups and senior management on ESG matters, […]

Mark Zelmer, Director, Financial Sector Policy and Regulatory Issues

Mark Zelmer has more than 30 years of experience dealing with financial sector policy and regulatory issues. He served as Deputy Superintendent of Financial Institutions at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) until he retired in 2016. Prior to that, Mark worked for the Bank of Canada and the International Monetary Fund […]

Brenda Heelan Powell, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre

As a science student at the University of Alberta, Brenda’s budding interest in environmental issues grew and she became intrigued by how decisions and laws affecting our environment are made (which led to law school).  Brenda is thrilled to work with the Environmental Law Centre – combining her legal skills with her passion for a […]

Lisa DeMarco, Senior Partner, DeMarco Allen LLP

Lisa DeMarco is a senior partner at DeMarco Allan LLP, she is recognized as a Canadian and international expert in climate and energy law. She has over two decades of experience in law, regulation, policy, and advocacy relating to oil, gas, power and all aspects of climate change. Ms. DeMarco represents several governments and leading […]

Laura Zizzo, Founder & CEO, Mantle314 Inc.

Laura Zizzo is a lawyer and strategic advisor with over a decade of experience leading organizations towards a low-carbon and climate- adapted future through the application of law and policy. Laura started her legal career with a prominent Bay Street law firm before founding the first law firm in Canada focused on climate change in […]

Bryan Buggey, Director, Vancouver Economic Commission

Bryan is a senior executive with more than three decades of experience as a business leader in entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation, management consulting, and economic development. Since 2010, Bryan has been responsible for economic and business development at the City of Vancouver’s Economic Commission. In his role as Director, he has led teams in charge of […]

Amanda Pitre-Hayes, Strategic Planning Manager, David Suzuki Foundation

Amanda Pitre-Hayes leads Strategic Planning for The David Suzuki Foundation, Canada’s largest environmental advocacy organization. She works with the Suzuki family, board, executive, and staff to set the strategic direction of the organization. Amanda has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles at The City of Vancouver, Vancity, Accenture, and The Body Shop Canada. […]

Alison Schneider, Director of Responsible Investing, AIMCo

Alison Schneider- MBA, ICD.D Alison, Director of Responsible Investing, joined AIMCo in 2011. AIMCo is consistently recognized as a top performer by UNPRI, as a Top 25 global asset allocator by New Americas (RAAI) and is a 2019 International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) award finalist.  Alison is a co-founder of GRESB Infrastructure, chairs its advisory […]

Milla Craig, President, Millani

Milla is Founder and President of Millani Inc., an independent advisory firm helping investors integrate ESG issues into their investment decisions and helping companies communicate their material ESG issues to investors. Throughout her career, Milla has worked very closely with senior management and investor relations teams of Canadian publicly-listed companies, as well as financial analysts […]

Carol Liao, Associate Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC

Dr. Carol Liao is an Associate Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law and Director of the Centre for Business Law. She is also the UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, UBC Sauder School of Business. An award-winning teacher and widely published scholar, Dr. Liao is […]

Murray Gold, Senior Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP, Pension & Benefits

Murray Gold a senior Partner in the pension and benefits practice at Koskie Minsky LLP. Murray advises governing boards of public sector and jointly trusteed pension and benefits plans across Canada in regard to compliance and best-practice issues. He counsels the fiduciary boards of public and private sector pension and benefits plans. He has led […]

Poonam Puri, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Appointed to Osgoode Hall Law School in 1997, Poonam Puri is one of Canada’s leading experts in corporate governance, corporate law and securities law. She has served as both Associate Dean and Associate Dean, Research, Graduate Studies and Institutional Relations at Osgoode, and she has also chaired Osgoode’s Faculty Council several times. Professor Puri is […]

Liane Langstaff, Environmental Lawyer, Gowling WLG

Liane Langstaff is a lawyer in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office, practising in the areas of environmental law, land use planning law and indigenous law. Liane has a diverse practice, serving municipalities as well as businesses in the energy, natural resources, manufacturing, consumer goods and clean tech sectors. As an Environmental Sciences (Hons. B.Sc.), Law and […]

Eric St-Pierre, Executive Director, Trottier Family Foundation

Eric St-Pierre has been Executive Director of Trottier Family Foundation since 2016. The Trottier Foundation is one of the largest private philanthropic foundations in Canada and a leading foundation in mitigating climate change. Under his leadership, the Foundation has increased its grants to over a hundred registered charities, transitioned the foundation’s assets towards sustainable investing […]

Mary Buttery, Q.C., Partner, Cassels Brock

Mary Buttery is a partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency Group at Cassels Brock in Vancouver. She has gained national recognition for her involvement in countless significant insolvency files and many prominent litigation matters. Specializing in the area of commercial insolvency and complex, multi-party litigation, Mary represents financial institutions, debtors and creditors, receivers and trustees […]

Peter Spiro, Spiro Law Professional Corp

Peter S. Spiro is both a lawyer and an economist, with many years of experience studying environmental policy issues. He has a strong personal commitment to environmental sustainability:  among other activities, he has been a year-round bicycle commuter for thirty year years. He believes that corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability are not in conflict […]

Peter Chapman, Senior Advisor, Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE)

Peter Chapman has worked for more than 30 years in the field of responsible investment, including corporate engagement, education, community investment and public policy. Peter is a Senior Advisor to the Shareholder Association for Research and Education and a consultant to institutional investors. He serves as Trustee of the QUBE Foundation and an alternate commissioner […]

Jennifer King, Partner, Gowling WLG

Jennifer King is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and a member of the firm’s Environmental Law Group.  Jennifer’s current practice focuses on strategic regulatory advice and litigation involving a wide array of complex environmental, land use planning and Indigenous issues. These matters include environmental assessments, complex development applications and approval regimes involving the […]

Karen Fellowes, Q.C., Senior Counsel Advocacy Group and Western Canadian Leader Restructuring & Insolvency Group, Stikeman Elliott

Karen Fellowes, Q.C. is  Senior Counsel  Advocacy Group, and the Western Canadian Leader  national Restructuring & Insolvency Group for Stikeman Elliott. Her practice is based in Calgary and Vancouver, and she is able to service clients throughout Western Canada. She specializes in protecting the interests of banks, secured lenders, unsecured creditors, landlords and tenants, debtors, […]

Colin Brousson, Partner, Restructuring and Insolvency Group, DLA PIPER

Colin Brousson is a Partner at DLA PIPER and a member of their Restructuring and Insolvency Group. He has an extensive record of representing major stakeholders in corporate restructuring engagements in various industries. He acts for all parties affected by the insolvency process including: debtors, lenders, purchasers, secured and unsecured creditors, and directors, as well […]

Simon Senécal, Portfolio Manager, Responsible Investment, AlphaFixe Capital Inc.

Founded in 2008, AlphaFixe Capital Inc. is a leading investment manager specialized in fixed income serving primarily institutional clients. Signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2009, AlphaFixe is a proud supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and launched Canada’s first dedicated Green Bond Fund. Green Bonds are a tangible solution for […]

Sara Hastings-Simon, Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

Sara Hastings-Simon is a Research Fellow at the University of Calgary. Her research is focused on low carbon energy transitions at the intersection of policy, business and technology. Dr. Hastings-Simon was previously Senior Fellow at the Pembina Institute where she founded the Business Renewables Centre Canada, a modern marketplace where corporations and institutions can learn […]

Peter Arcese, Professor, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

Peter Arcese is FRBC Chair of Applied Conservation Biology in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences and Faculty of Forestry.  Peter works on the ecology and genetics of animals and plants, the persistence of small populations, and the design and management of nature reserves.  Peter graduated in Zoology from the University of Washington and […]

Andrew MacDougall, Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph

Andrew MacDougall, Associate Professor, environmental ecology, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph. His research tests how human-based global environmental change transforms fundamental ecological processes in both terrestrial and aquatic communities, focusing on several trophic levels (plant, insect, vertebrates including freshwater fish) and spatial resolutions (local to global). His research is centered in farmlands of […]

Professor Sharon Mascher, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary

Sharon is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Western Australia. For the last decade Sharon’s teaching and research has focused on international and domestic climate change law particularly as it relates to corporate liability, carbon pricing and carbon disclosure. Her recent […]

Greg Crowe, President & CEO, Silver One Resources Inc.

Mr. Crowe has over 30 years’ experience in the exploration and mining sector. This includes extensive exposure to precious and base metal projects throughout North and South America, Asia and Africa. Mr. Crowe has worked with major mining companies and has served as a Director and Executive of several junior and development stage resource companies. […]

Mona Forster, Strategic Consultant, Foran Mining Corporation

Mona M. Forster is a passionate advocate of the mining and mineral exploration sector with over 30 years of experience in the industry.  She is currently consulting to industry clients, providing corporate development and strategic advisory services.  Ms. Forster possesses a broad understanding of issues facing the mining industry, gained through experience in mine operations, […]

Kevin Thomas-CEO, Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE)

Kevin Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of the Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE). For 20 years SHARE has been a Canadian leader in responsible investment services, providing shareholder engagement, proxy voting, research and education, and policy advocacy to a growing network of Canadian pension plans and other institutional investors with more than […]

Rosalie Vendette, Sustainable Finance Expert

Rosalie Vendette is a sustainable finance expert with more than 15 years of experience. Rosalie has developed a breath of knowledge from the various positions she held and initiatives she managed within the responsible investment community. From 2009 to 2019, she was the leading responsible investment figure at Desjardins and coordinated the implementation of the […]

Eli Angen, Principal, Responsible Investing, Strategy and Risk, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Eli Angen is a Principal on the Responsible Investing team at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He provides subject matter expertise on climate change and energy transition. He supports the integration of climate change risk and opportunity considerations throughout the investment lifecycle, leads the portfolio carbon footprinting and total fund climate change risk measurement, and […]

Jennifer Longhurst, Partner, Davies LLP

Jennifer Longhurst is a partner of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP practicing in the M&A, Capital Markets, Corporate/Securities, Corporate Governance, Finance and Mining groups. Jennifer advises acquirers, targets, investors and boards on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, private equity matters, corporate governance, and shareholder activism and engagement. A trusted adviser to public […]

Roger Beauchemin, President & CEO, Addenda Capital

Roger is responsible for leading the growth and management of the firm, and for overseeing the development and execution of its strategic plan. He also chairs the Executive Committee and is a member of Addenda Capital’s Board of Directors. Roger is recognized and appreciated for his great passion and visionary leadership. On the Board since: 2015 […]

Gildas Poissonnier, Director, Sustainability and Responsible Finance, Desjardins

À la tête de l’équipe d’experts en développement durable et finance responsable de Desjardins, Gildas Poissonnier supporte l’ensemble du groupe financier – incluant le secteur bancaire, le financement, l’assurance de dommages, l’assurance de personne, et le placement – sur deux aspects : 1) l’intégration progressive des enjeux environnementaux, sociaux et de gouvernance dans les décisions […]

Michel Brutti, Investment Professional

Michel Brutti is an experienced Investment Professional with a demonstrated history of strong performance working in the investment management industry. He has managed investments for financial institutions as well as private family offices. He is a strong business development professional with a passion for responsible and impact investing, with skills in team building, relationship management […]

Neil Pegram, Vice President of Capital Markets ESG, Measurabl

My work is focused on engagements and product development for capital markets such as institutional real estate investors (pension funds, sovereigns, and endowments) and also providing products for building owners, operators and asset managers particularly in Canada and USA. I am an advisor and speaker on industry-leading sustainability disclosure, green real estate, GRESB, and responsible […]

Cynthia Williams, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Cynthia Williams (Osler Chair in Business Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada, and Professor of U.S. Corporate and Securities Law, the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) Professor Cynthia Williams joined Osgoode Hall Law School on July 1, 2013 as the Osler Chair in Business Law, a position she also held from 2007 to 2009; […]

Janis Sarra, Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC

Dr. Sarra’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of corporate finance, banking law, corporate governance, securities law, contracts, commercial insolvency law, and law and economics. Dr. Janis Sarra was appointed UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor in 2014 for a five-year term.  The UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor is awarded to a professor who has made […]