GLOBE Forum was a turning point in the conversation about the clean economy.

Thought leaders from the public and private sectors challenged and inspired us across five key themes: Climate Crisis, Sustainability as Strategy, Energy Transformation, Circular Economy, and Mobilizing Capital.

GLOBE 2020 was also where we turned talk into action: our program was geared toward generating impact, action and outcomes — for business and for the planet.

VIEW SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE

Tuesday Feb 11 2020
08:00 - 09:30 Main Stage: Ballroom A/B

Opening Plenary

The GLOBE 2020 Opening Plenary will inspire, enlighten and accelerate action at a crucial time in the global climate crisis. Join renowned leaders at the forefront of the clean economy who chart the course of opportunities and spark solidarity and action as we kick off a momentous GLOBE Forum!
Speakers
David Wallace-Wells New York Times #1 Best-selling Author of The Uninhabitable Earth
Kate Brandt Sustainability Officer, Google
Larissa Crawford Founder, Future Ancestors Services
Varshini Prakash Executive Director and Co-founder, Sunrise Movement
Mike Gerbis Chief Executive Officer, GLOBE Series and The Delphi Group
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
09:45 - 10:45 Main Stage: Ballroom A/B

Canada’s Energy Transformation: How are We Going to Get There?

  • Energy Transformation
The global energy transformation is underway. But here in Canada, polarized and fragmented debates across province-lines are preventing progress on our Paris commitments and prohibiting a unified Canadian voice on the international stage. Join us for an honest and challenging dialogue with the leaders who must make it happen, as we aim to find common ground and spur action.
Speakers
Martha Hall Findlay Chief Sustainability Officer, Suncor Energy
Andy Chisholm Member of the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance, Board Director, Royal Bank of Canada
Leah Lawrence President and Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Christyne Tremblay Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada
Chad Park Chief Innovation Officer, The Natural Step
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
09:45 - 10:45 GLOBE Salon: MR 109/110

On the Road to Circularity: Comparing Business Models and Transition Strategies of First-Mover Companies

  • Sustainability as Strategy
  • Circular Economy
Canadian companies large and small are rethinking their business strategies to enable circularity in their supply chains. But the road to success is often long, winding and littered with challenges.
Speakers
David Hughes President and Chief Executive Officer, The Natural Step Canada
Frances Edmonds Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada
Melissa Mirowski National Sustainability Manager, Ikea Canada
Henry Stoch National Sustainability Partner, Deloitte
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
09:45 - 11:00 GLOBE Lab: MR 121/122

Realizing a Just Transition in the Climate Crisis: Who, What, and How?

  • Climate Crisis
  • Sustainability as Strategy
An increasing number of actors, Canadian and international, are reaffirming their commitment to meeting the Paris Agreement, focusing on an inclusive approach to climate action and the economy.
Speakers
Irene Lanzinger Former President, BC Federation of Labour
Charlotte Breen Head, Green Economy and Innovation, C40 Cities
George Benson Sector Manager, Built Environment, Vancouver Economic Commission
Susan McGeachie Global Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Hatch
Anne-Beth Skrede Advisor, LO, Landsorganisasjonen i Norge
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
10:45 - 11:15 Burrard Foyer
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
11:15 - 12:15 Main Stage: Ballroom A/B

Why Sustainable Finance is Canada’s Biggest Opportunity

  • Mobilizing Capital
GLOBE 2020 is rich in discussions around emerging innovations, technologies and practices that will help shift Canada, and the world, to a low-carbon future. Yet unresolved questions surround the financing of this meaningful transition.
Speakers
Bruce Lourie President, Ivey Foundation
Guy Cormier President and Chief Executive Officer, Desjardins Group
Barb Zvan Chief Risk and Strategy Officer, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Eric Usher Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
11:15 - 12:15 GLOBE Theatre: MR 118/120

Lightning Talk Series

  • Climate Crisis
Join us for three exciting, back-to-back SPARK Talks on the themes of climate change & innovation.
Speakers
Britt Wray Science Storyteller
Katharine Hayhoe Climate Scientist, Texas Tech University
Umberto Fugiglando Research Manager and Partnerships Lead, Senseable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
11:15 - 12:15 GLOBE Salon: MR 109/110

The Business Challenge and Opportunity of Unchecked Consumption

  • Sustainability as Strategy
  • Circular Economy
Our current consumption patterns have brought us close to, and in some cases beyond, our planetary limitations. If it remains unaddressed, unchecked consumption threatens to put a brake on business growth and the four-fold growth in GDP anticipated by 2050.
Speakers
Kevin Moss Global Director of the Business Center, WRI
Lilah Horwitz Creative Lead, EILEEN FISHER Renew
Katrina Shum Sustainability Manager, North America, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Drummond Lawson Director, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Arc’teryx Equipment, Inc.
Rena Nickerson General Manager, SodaStream Canada
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
12:15 - 13:15
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
13:15 - 13:45 Main Stage: Ballroom A/B

Leadership Armchair Dialogue: Sarah Chandler, Apple

  • Sustainability as Strategy
  • Circular Economy
Apple has boldly demonstrated the art of delivering truly innovative products that influence progress across the corporate landscape. In GLOBE’s feature armchair, The Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy's Global Director David McGinty talks with Sarah Chandler, Apple's Senior Director of Operations, Product Development and Environmental Initiatives, about how Apple is rethinking materials and paving the way for breakthrough carbon-free manufacturing methods.
Speakers
Sarah Chandler Senior Director of Operations, Product Development and Environmental Initiatives, Apple
David McGinty Global Director, Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE)
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
13:15 - 14:15 GLOBE Salon: MR 109/110

Closing the Loop with Circular Cities

  • Climate Crisis
  • Circular Economy
Responsible for three quarters of economic activity and greenhouse gas emissions, cities have the power to create a low-carbon circular economy.
Speakers
Toby Heaps Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Corporate Knights Inc.
Naheed Nenshi Mayor of the City of Calgary
Dr. Shannon Bouton Global Executive Director, Sustainable Communities, McKinsey.org
Gregor Roberston Global Ambassador, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
13:15 - 14:15 GLOBE Theatre: MR 118/120

Nature as a Solution: Discover the Benefits for Your Business

  • Climate Crisis
  • Sustainability as Strategy
Nature-based solutions play a vital role in decarbonisation, establishing climate resilient societies, creating jobs and addressing biodiversity crises. For industry, these holistic and cost-effective solutions represent an emerging opportunity to complement and amplify traditional CSR initiatives.
Speakers
Megan Leslie Chief Executive Officer, WWF Canada
Tim Faveri Vice President, Sustainability and Shared Value, Maple Leaf Foods
Kevin Groh Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communication, Management Board, Loblaw Companies Limited
Bonnie Lei Head of Global Strategic Partnerships - AI for Earth, Microsoft
Daniel O’Brien Partner, Sustainable Business Solutions, PwC
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
13:15 - 14:15 GLOBE Lab: MR 121/122

The Bioeconomy: A Critical Foundation to Canada’s Low Carbon Transition

  • Circular Economy
  • Mobilizing Capital
Canada’s late to the dance with its Bioeconomy Strategy, released in the summer of 2019. Yet Canada’s enviable natural resource wealth positions us favourably to capitalize on value-added products and services, from biofuels, bio-based textiles, chemicals and bioplastics.
Speakers
Luis Rochartre Director, Forest Solutions Group, WBCSD
Guido Wimmers Associate Professor, UNBC
Josef Pommerening Business Development Manager, Munich Re America
Blair Hogan President and Chief Executive Officer, Gunta Business
Sandy Marshall Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
13:45 - 15:15 Main Stage: Ballroom A/B

Leadership Armchair Dialogue: Dr. Fisk Johnson, SC Johnson and Lasse Gustavsson, Ocean Wise

  • Sustainability as Strategy
  • Circular Economy
From its progressive renewable energy and manufacturing waste ambitions to its commitment to source 100 percent of natural raw materials from sustainably managed forests by 2020, SC Johnson continues to establish a legacy of corporate environmental leadership.No small feat for an industry-leading manufacturer of household consumer brands and one of America’s oldest family-owned businesses. Captain […]
Speakers
Fisk Johnson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SC Johnson
Lasse Gustavsson President and Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Wise
Velma McColl Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
14:30 - 15:30 Main Stage: Ballroom A/B

Resilient Infrastructure in a Changing Climate: The $90 Trillion Global Opportunity

  • Climate Crisis
  • Mobilizing Capital
In the next fifteen years, an estimated $90 trillion USD will be needed in infrastructure investment for climate safe growth. Due to the lock-in effects of our infrastructure choices, the New Climate Economy has referred to the next two to three years a global “use it or lose it” window on climate action.
Speakers
John Haley Chief Executive Officer, Willis Towers Watson
The Honourable Catherine McKenna Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Government of Canada
Manish Bapna Executive Vice President and Managing Director, WRI
Brock Carlton Chief Executive Officer, FCM
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
14:30 - 15:30 GLOBE Lab: MR 121/122

Climate Inaction on Trial: The Future of Litigation, Youth Advocacy and Industry Response

  • Climate Crisis
Recognizing the enveloping climate crisis as an imperative challenge and defining issue of our lifetime, we explore litigation as an emerging tool to affect policy change for those at the forefront of ardent climate action.
Speakers
Liane Langstaff Environmental Lawyer, Gowling WLG
Larissa Parker Law student, Winner of The Economist’s Open Future Essay Competition
Lisa DeMarco Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP
Sebastian Ennis Associate, Arvay Finlay LLP
Nadine Nakagawa City Councillor, City of New Westminster
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
14:30 - 15:30 GLOBE Theatre: MR 118/120

The Future of Work in a Digitized World

  • Sustainability as Strategy
The world in which we work is rapidly evolving. And as we see automation, digitization, AI and robotics advance, the speed and direction of change could be bewildering. The promise of increased productivity will be accompanied by broader impacts on wages, employment opportunities and the very nature of our work.
Speakers
Saurabh Sanghvi Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
Dana Stephenson Co-founder, Director of Academic Partners, Riipen
Olivia Norton Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Sanctuary.ai
Robyn Seetal Co-founder, The Mindful Scholar
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
15:30 - 16:00 Burrard Foyer
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
16:00 - 17:00 Main Stage: Ballroom A/B

Faceoff: The Energy Panacea?

  • Energy Transformation
As universal energy demands rise alongside escalating climate concerns, active pursuit of the clean energy transformation has begun. Despite well-intentioned policy initiatives, significant investment in renewables and rapidly growing awareness of the perils posed by climate change, we are yet to witness a meaningful shift in the global energy nor are we anywhere close to achieving the Paris commitments.
Speakers
Peter Tertzakian Executive Director, ARC Energy Research Institute
John Gorman President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nuclear Association
Steve Laut Executive Vice-Chairman, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
Josée Guibord Chief Executive Officer, Evolugen by Brookfield Renewable
Catherine Abreu Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
16:00 - 17:00 GLOBE Theatre: MR 118/120

Unpacking TCFD: Progress, Prospects and Seeing Both Sides on Disclosure

  • Climate Crisis
  • Sustainability as Strategy
  • Mobilizing Capital
In light of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) efforts, we explore how these recommendations have impacted corporate performance in disclosing climate risks and setting forward-looking targets.
Speakers
Eric Usher Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
Andy Kochar Portfolio Manager and Head of Credit, AGF Investments Inc.
Matt Toohey Global Lead, Sustainability, TransAlta
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
16:00 - 17:30 GLOBE Salon: MR 109/110

The Era of Enhanced Ambition: Global Climate Leadership & Cooperation

  • Climate Crisis
  • Mobilizing Capital
The call for global climate action is hitting a critical peak, and 2020 is a crucial year for international climate policy. However, policy alone will not be enough to create the ambitious action needed to meet this call.
Speakers
Katie Sullivan Managing Director, IETA
Kelley Kizzier Associate Vice President for International Climate, Environmental Defense Fund
Dr. Maryam Golnaraghi Director of Extreme Events and Climate Risk, The Geneva Association
Eric Whan Director, GlobeScan
Dave Sawyer Chief Economist, Institute for Canadian Climate Choices
Duncan Van Bergen Vice President, Nature Based Solutions, Shell
Catherine Stewart Director General, Multilateral Affairs and Climate Change, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
16:00 - 17:30 GLOBE Lab: MR 121/122

Social Purpose from the Ground Up: How to Define and Activate Social Purpose in Business

  • Sustainability as Strategy
In September 2019, 181 members of the US Business Roundtable (BRT) signed a Statement of Purpose endorsing stakeholder-inclusive purpose for corporations, indicating a departure from the shareholder-focused mentality that has dominated the corporate sphere for decades. This dynamic session will put you at the forefront of social purpose in business. First, hear from leaders from Ikea, ALDO Group and Nature's Path who will share their pivot to purpose, along with the drivers, benefits and challenges.
Speakers
Coro Strandberg President, Strandberg Consulting
Valérie Martin Vice President, Communications, Culture and CSR, ALDO Group
Eri Mathy Head of Growth and Innovation, IKEA Canada
Arran Stephens Founder and Chair, Nature’s Path Foods
Mary Ellen Schaafsma Director, Social Purpose Institute
Tuesday Feb 11 2020
20:30 - 01:00 Commodore Ballroom

GLOBE After Dark

Join us on Feb. 11 for GLOBE After Dark — the biggest party we’ve ever thrown. It’s our 30th anniversary and we’re ready to celebrate 30 years of big deals, big ideas and big impact.