Financing the 21st Century

Investment, Infrastructure and Innovation

Through candid, high-level discussions, GLOBE Capital explores how to mobilize and accelerate the capital necessary to sustain our communities, transform our infrastructure, and future-proof our economy.

Delegates will discover tools and approaches for capitalizing on the opportunities in the clean economy – how to scale-up clean innovation and deal flow, reduce risk, and move money into the emerging economy.


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08:15 am - 9:30 am
Opening Plenary
Amanda Lang at GLOBE Capital in Toronto, April 4-5, 2017
Amanda Lang Anchor BNN Bloomberg
Dr. Barbara Buchner Executive Director, Climate Finance Climate Policy Initiative
Matt Arnold Global Head of Sustainable Finance JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Susan Uthayakumar Portrait
Susan Uthayakumar President Schneider Electric
Mike Gerbis CEO GLOBE Series, The Delphi Group
John Beck at GLOBE Capital in Toronto, April 4-5, 2017
John M. Beck Founder and Executive Chairman Aecon Group Inc.
09:30 am - 9:45 am
Networking Break

In April 2018, the Government of Canada announced the formation of the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance to consult with Canada’s financial market participants on issues related to sustainable finance. In October 2018, the Panel released their interim report, followed by a series of consultations throughout the fall. Through their consultations, the Expert Panel heard time and again that it is difficult within an interconnected system for individuals and companies to act alone. A more systemic, proactive, coordinated and strategic approach is required by industry leaders to facilitate the required investment in resilience and mitigation. After the Expert Panel delivers its recommendations to policymakers, how can all actors be encouraged to follow through and how can progress be measured? Join the discussion in this interactive session with the panel members.

Barbara Zvan Chief Risk and Strategy Officer Ontario Teachers'​ Pension Plan
Andrew Chisholm Member of the Board of Directors Royal Bank of Canada
Andrea Moffat Vice President Ivey Foundation

The concept of the circular economy is causing traditional forms of manufacturing and capital to rethink supply chains for the 21st century. This dialogue will identify investment opportunities being created in an increasingly circular economy from extraction to innovation to manufacturing.

Ashley Larson Yesayan
Ashley Yesayan Vice President Revolution Growth
Henry Saint Bris President ANSA
Andrée-Lise Méthot Founder and Managing Partner Cycle Capital Management
Brendan Seale Head of Sustainability IKEA Canada
Martin Aares Managing Director Closed Loop Partners
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Networking Coffee Break
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Investment in resilient infrastructure continues to move slowly, with major asset owners seeing more risk than opportunity. This expert panel will explore how a focus on resilience can entice large investors and how systematic collaboration can ease fragmentation present in project funding across Canada. Join this session to understand how key players are building scale and moving past discussion and enabling the growth of resilient infrastructure in Canada.

Lisa Dickson Associate Principal, Director of Resilience for the Americas Arup
John Vincent Senior Managing Director, Head of Project Finance Sun Life Investment Management
Alex Kaplan Head, North America and Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships Swiss Re
Nicole Martin Senior Director, Sustainable Finance, Corporate & Infrastructure Ratings S&P Ratings
Dr. Maryam Golnaraghi Director of Extreme Events and Climate Risk The Geneva Association
Sponsor(s) for this session:
Kingsmill Bond New Energy Strategist Carbon Tracker
Peter Tertzakian Executive Director ARC Energy Institute
Shachi Kurl Executive Director Angus Reid Institute


Across the globe, in large cities and small communities alike, many of the same questions are being raised as leaders plan for the future: How can we design more resilient, sustainable infrastructure? How can we better utilize our existing infrastructure? How will these decisions affect our economy and our planet? How will they affect our children? Are we doing everything possible to ensure a better future for everyone?

Join Bloomberg and TD Bank Group for this latest edition in our groundbreaking series of executive conversations that concentrate on creating and maintaining sustainable urban centers. This series brings together leaders from the business, finance, and non-profit sectors to tackle tough questions and offer collaborative answers. We’ll discuss best practices for sustainable infrastructure design, how to improve existing facilities and systems, and how to coordinate effectively in order to achieve these goals while creating future value for all. A Bloomberg moderator will lead the discussion among the group. The conversation is sponsored by TD Bank Group.

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12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch – Decarbonizing Canadian Pension Plans: The Role of Public Equities
Martin Rich Co-founder and Executive Director Future-Fit Foundation
Deirdre Cooper Portfolio Manager, Global Environment Investec Asset Management
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Fossil fuels continue to dominate the global energy landscape. Oil, gas, and coal combined account for over 85% of the energy used globally in transportation, heat, and power. The key question for investors and companies across sectors now is: how rapid is this change and are they positioned to succeed?

This session will highlight the positions of business leaders, the finance community, and solutions providers in the transition to a low carbon economy. We’ll shed light on the opportunities, how risk is managed, and the implications for investors.

Geeta Sankappanavar Co-Founder and President Grafton Asset Management
Lindsay Patrick Managing Director & Head, Sustainable Finance RBC Capital Markets
Bruce Hogg Managing Director, Head of Power and Renewables CPP Investment Board
Prit Kotecha Portrait
Prit Kotecha Director Refining and Logistics Suncor Energy
Shawn McCarthy National Business Correspondent The Globe and Mail 

Solar, wind, electric vehicles, and the batteries that support them dominate clean energy headlines. However, some of the greatest investment opportunities are found in the supply chains that make it all possible. From the manufacturers of variable speed motors and power management electronics to the advanced materials clean energy equipment is made from – this panel will dive into the soaring demand for upstream technologies often overlooked by mainstream investors and the media. Join us to learn which upstream investment opportunities sink to the bottom and which rise to the surface.

William Page Senior Portfolio Manager Essex Investment Management, LLC
David Richardson, CFA - Portrait
David Richardson, CFA Executive Director, Client Service and Business Development Impax Asset Management
Mark Senn Director, Cleantech Team Export Development Canada (EDC)
John Cook President Greenchip Financial Corp.
03:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Networking Coffee Break
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From regionally diverse GHG emissions regulation to trade policy and pricing, North America is facing turbulent times. How do corporate decision makers, regulators, and industry leaders perceive the status quo and its impacts on the innovation and infrastructure sectors? In this session, we examine innovative leadership models that look beyond short-term policy, jurisdictional myopia, and trade uncertainty to uncover long-term strategies that boldly advance the clean economy.

Roxanna Benoit Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Enbridge Inc.
Alessia Falsarone Managing Director PineBridge Investments
Katie Sullivan Managing Director IETA
Lisa DeMarco Senior Partner DeMarco Allan LLP

AgTech is considered by some investors to be the next major deployment of cleantech capital. The high social and business value associated with food production and the potential for innovation to enhance productivity, improve efficiency, and reduce waste, have captured the attention of the investment community. The agriculture value chain is ripe for disruption from sensor deployment and digitization to facilitate precision agriculture, robotics, and other emergent applications from field to table. Our panel will examine where  innovation is seeded and harvest those opportunities for capital to grow.

Jordan Solomon President and CEO Ecostrat
Denise Hockaday Canada Business Lead The Climate Corporation
Dr Tyler Whale
Dr. Tyler Whale President Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
05:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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