Wednesday, November 28, 2018
TMX Gallery
The Exchange Tower
130 King Street West
Toronto, ON


Program Outline

 8:45 AM     Registration

 9:15 AM     Welcome Remarks

 9:20 AM     ESG and It's Increasing Importance to Issuers

ESG is having a significant effect on investing with $2.13 trillion AUM dedicated to sustainable investments in Canada alone. We will highlight its prevalence in capital markets globally; current trends; and its importance to issuers and investors.

Speaker: Julie Desjardins, Desjardins & Associates Consulting, Inc.

10:00 AM    An Overview of Key Frameworks
There are a number of ESG frameworks that issuers can use to highlight the ESG efforts of their company, including SASB, TFCD, CDP and GRI. We will examine these frameworks and review the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you determine the best fit for your company.

Speaker: Sarah Keyes, Principal - Research Guidance and Support, CPA Canada

11:00 AM    Networking Break

11:15 AM    How ESG Research Firms Fit In
Institutional investors are relying more heavily on research firms as sustainability performance increasingly becomes part of the core data institutional investors require for their investment analysis. Hear from an ESG research firm on what information they are looking for from issuers, why it is relevant and how that information is used in establishing ratings.

Speaker: Simon MacMahon, Executive Vice President, Research Products, Sustainalytics 

12:15 PM   Lunch

 1:15 PM     How ESG is Driving Investment Decisions
Institutional investors are increasingly using ESG data in their investment decision making. Hear how ESG factors are changing investor behaviour and expectations, the impact on investment decisions and how a new generation of investors is driving the demand for sustainable investments.


Judy Cotte, VP & Head, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment, RBC Global Asset Management
Hyewon Kong, Associate Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc. 
Walter Viguiliouk, Responsible Investing, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)

 2:30 PM     ESG Reporting Trends - Sponsored by The Works Design Communications
The evolution of ESG reporting has been rapid and diverse, with multiple frameworks, standards and communication platforms adding to the complexity. However, as investor demands for ESG disclosure increases and become more sophisticated, some issuers are leading the way. They are connecting both financial and sustainability impacts to their broader business strategy and delivering this information through integrated campaigns. Learn best practices in ESG reporting and hear from issuers on the frameworks they use, on collaborating with IROs and corporate communications professionals and on telling their story effectively - to their people and to the street.


Lorie Brière, Principal, The Works Design Communications

 3:30 PM   Telling your ESG Story & Integrating it Into Your IR Program
Your ESG story is more important than ever. How do you ensure you are telling it in a way that captures investor attention while delivering the information they need? Once you have your ESG story, how do you incorporate it in to your IR program? Hear IR success stories and lessons learned from incorporating ESG into IR programs.


Christian Del Valle, Director, Corporate Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement, Goldcorp Inc.

 4:30 PM    Networking Cocktails - Sponsored by Q4 Inc.

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