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Sep 21 2021

CABE Conference: How Sustainable Finance is Shaping the Future

Sustainability is an increasing focus across the global economy– and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are changing the global investment landscape. This has led to a surge in interest but also confusion as to what constitutes sustainable finance. Many initiatives are underway to address an urgent need for a coherent global approach to the quality and integrity of investments that address ESG issues. Peter Young will discuss how the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is responding to this need and review current global initiatives to develop standards and guidance designed to support sustainable finance and organizations adopting ESG-related best practices. Katharine Preston will discuss how pension funds in Canada are evolving their sustainable investing practices and incorporating ESG and climate risk.

Peter Young Chairperson, ISO/TC 322 Sustainable Finance Committee Peter Young

Peter Young has spent many years working with businesses and governments on sustainability issues. He believes in the role of standards to promote sustainability and chairs the International Standards Organisation Committee on Sustainable Finance (ISO/TC322), and the Strategic Advisory Group for the equivalent UK programme. He co-founded and chaired two third sector organisations in the UK promoting the case for the environment and sustainability – the Aldersgate Group, an economy wide think tank, and the Broadway Initiative.

Katharine Preston Vice President, Sustainable Investing, OMERS Katharine Preston

Katharine Preston joined OMERS in August, 2019 as Vice President, Sustainable Investing. In this role, she assists OMERS with evolving its sustainable investing practices and liaises with OMERS investment, risk and communications teams on matters such as ESG integration, climate risk, and stakeholder communications and reporting.

Prior to joining OMERS, Katharine served as Director, Responsible Investing at OPTrust, an Ontario-based public sector pension plan. At OPTrust, Katharine was instrumental in defining a strategy for integrating ESG factors into investment practices and leading the development of a Climate Change Action Plan. Prior to joining OPTrust, Katharine held positions with Innovest Strategic Value Advisors (now part of MSCI) and Stantec Inc.

Katharine holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering from McGill University, as well as an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She also holds a Certificate in Fundamentals of Alternative Investments from the Chartered Alternative Investment Management Analyst Association (CAIA).

Event Details

Sep 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST

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Public Attendee List

  • Richard Guertin
  • Ming Her
  • Judith McWhinney
  • Antonia Prlic
  • Inbal Marcovitch
  • Terence Smyth
  • Christopher Kuchciak
  • David Sevigny
  • Charles St-Arnaud
  • Doug Norris
  • Sandra Dunn
  • Aaron Aerts
  • Narendra Budhia
  • Jiangnan Ji
  • Jim Whitestone
  • surinder Suri
  • Joseph Macaluso
  • Bonnie Lemcke
  • Stephen Verhaeghe
  • Anastasiia Iepitrop
  • John Gerritsen
  • Erik Johnson
  • Marina Savchenko
  • Kevin Carmichael
  • Paul Jacobson
  • Todd Godfrey