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Mar 14 2018 10:15am - 11:15am

Ballroom

Climate Risk and Investment

Climate risk is no longer the 800 pound gorilla in the room; it’s quickly moving out of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) conversations, and into mainstream investment and corporate decision making. What are the roles of corporate policy and practice in measuring and managing this risk? This armchair dialogue, featuring two leading finance-world luminaries, will

Mar 14 2018 10:15am - 11:15am

Room 1

New Strategies, Tools, and Resources to Reduce Water Risk in Business

Water is fundamental to business, and its available volume and quality directly impacts the bottom line. A host of new business tools—from ever-improving data sets, to the Sustainable Development Goals—are helping leaders better value water and manage the risk of scarcity. This session will explore the impact of these new tools, how we can best

Mar 14 2018 10:15am - 11:15am

Room 2/3

The Road to Smart Cities is Data Driven

Last year, the World Council on City Data launched the Dubai Declaration, which reaffirmed open and standardized city data as the “universal language of cities.” This session will examine how private sector leaders are partnering with local governments to put this data to work and help ensure urban centres grow increasingly sustainable, smart, inclusive, and

Mar 14 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm

Room 1

Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy

More than a hundred leading businesses have committed to powering their global operations entirely with renewable energy—and others are close behind. Last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 43 corporates signed long-term agreements for a record 5.4 gigawatts of clean power. That’s enough capacity to displace at least 10 coal power plants. In this

Mar 14 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm

Room 2/3

Bio-economy: Enabling Products of the Future

As global supply chains continue to impact pulp markets, bioproducts are stepping into the fore. North America and the EU have invested in innovation but the jury is still out on where the highest value products and uses will emerge. This session will explore challenges and opportunities for scaling up the bio-economy, through conversations with

Mar 14 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Mindfulness – A Tool for Leaning into Change during Innovative Times

We invite you to attend this session on managing change and the stress that often accompanies times of innovation. By staying attentive and curious about an experience in the present moment and noticing automatic reactions, these reactions can be interrupted: expanding the ability to tolerate uncertainty, build resilience, and problem solve more effectively. Mindfulness can

Mar 14 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Ballroom

Canada’s Sustainable Financial Future

Under the umbrella of UN Environment’s Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, a number of nations are embracing a systemic and inclusive approach to securing the future prosperity of their respective financial sectors. Insurers, banks, pension funds, and other institutional investors are collaborating with state agencies to chart 21st century economies. Learn

Mar 14 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Room 11/12

Life’s a Gas: Examining our Poly-Fuel Future

A transition in fuels is underway. While trusted sources continue to evolve and new varieties are entering the market, costs are volatile and the questions about their environmental and economic impacts keep growing. Low and zero-carbon energy is currently in short supply and the technological barriers to its adoption can be daunting. Mixed and competing

Mar 14 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Room 2/3

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Cars Today

It’s still early days, but local governments  are grappling  with the prospect of  Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared (ACES) vehicles. This panel of corporate and government experts will outline the latest thinking on tomorrow’s mobility of the future and what this means for infrastructure, business and policy making. We’ll touch on the Shared Mobility Principles

Mar 14 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Room 11/12

Global Goals With Gusto: True Stories from SDG Early Adopters

In 2015, the United Nations launched the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and challenged the business world to help end extreme poverty, fight inequality, and protect our planet. Three years later, how are the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, playing out in boardrooms? Hear the inside scoop from early adopters that have placed the goals

Mar 14 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm

Energy: The Trillion Dollar Opportunity

In many markets, new wind and solar generation is already beating coal and gas on price. Renewables are now firmly the energy source of choice for economies rising to the challenge of the Paris Agreement, and eventually all-but decarbonizing their energy systems. To head off the most serious impacts of climate change, the transition must

Mar 14 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Room 1

Traditional and Emerging Sources for Protein: Finding the Balance

A swelling human population is pressuring traditional protein sources; the proliferation of animal protein production and seafood extraction is threatening ecosystems. The hunt is on for alternative protein sources. Can we assume that our consumption of animal proteins will fall, or indeed that it should? Newer proteins require the development of novel value chains, and

Mar 14 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Room 2/3

Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future: Building Urban Resilience

In the wake of devastating hurricanes, fires and floods in 2017, we bring together experts to assess “what does the future of resiliency look like?”. The session will explore lessons learned, share best practices in how communities are identifying and mitigating risks, discuss issues such as the role of the private sector to help society

Mar 14 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Room 11/12

The Bottom Line: Implementing the FSB Task Force Recommendations

Last year, the Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) released its recommendations. More than 230 companies, with a collective market capitalization of more than $6.3 trillion have endorsed the recommendations. How will these companies, and many more listed entities across the G20, implement them and ensure disclosures are consistent and comparable,

Mar 15 2018 8:30am - 9:45am

Ballroom B

Clean Energy Policy: Mitigating Risk, Driving Opportunity

Energy systems transformation can be a messy, chaotic process fraught with uncertainty for workers, companies, and whole economies. This session will view the energy transition through the lens of mitigating risks and maximizing emerging opportunities. From a policy maker perspective, what do we need to do to ensure a smoother, and more just, transition to

Mar 15 2018 8:30am - 9:45am

Room 1

Leveraging the Ratings and Rankings of the ESG Ecosystem

Mainstream research firms are expanding their in-house Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) capabilities and introducing a range of new products and offerings. As a result, companies must navigate an increasingly complex system to accurately communicate their performance to the markets and key stakeholders. This collaborative and engaging session will showcase the latest developments in corporate

Mar 15 2018 8:30am - 9:45am

Room 11/12

The World’s Largest Low-Carbon Market

Of all new global investment in power generation between today and 2040, 28 percent will be spent in China, with a third of the total going into wind and solar. Last fall the country also announced its intention to ban petroleum-powered vehicles outright. Chinese companies are seeking international partners, opportunities and solutions. The session will

Mar 15 2018 8:30am - 9:45am

Room 8/15

Optimizing the Impact of Finance

How can financial institutions create a positive impact while optimizing financial returns? Finance will only flex its social- and environmental-impact muscles when it becomes accessible to everyday investors, savers, and companies. In this interactive workshop, we’ll take a look at how sound financial objectives are also serving societal needs and challenges.

Mar 15 2018 10:00am - 10:15am

Ballroom B

Embracing Systemic Change

Systemic solutions seek to harness the underlying causes of social and environmental challenges. They’re the counterpoint to the “band-aid” approach that may provide immediate relief to a problem, but leaves intact the larger forces that gave rise to it. In this session, the always entertaining Dr Sally Uren, CEO of Forum for the Future, will

Mar 15 2018 10:00am - 11:15am

Room 1

Carbon Pricing: Growing Clubs and Forging Links

Since GLOBE Forum 2016, more than 40 national and sub-national governments have designed or modified their carbon pricing systems. China detailed its national emissions trading scheme, leaders of countries and regions across the Americas signed the “Carbon Pricing in the Americas” declaration, Mexico mandated a national carbon pricing program, and Canadian provincial, territorial, and federal

Mar 15 2018 10:00am - 11:15am

Room 11/12

Energy Futures Collaboration: Indigenous Partnerships to Drive Social, Economic & Ecological Impact

Across Canada and the world, Indigenous governments and communities are playing an increasingly active role in collaboration on energy projects. The Province of Alberta, for instance, has reserved 300 MW of its upcoming 700 MW renewable-power auction for proposals that include Indigenous equity ownership. In this session, we will profile partnerships, projects and ventures, and

Mar 15 2018 10:15am - 11:15am

Ballroom B

Straight From the Top: How Boards Are Responding to Calls for Increasing Disclosure and Purpose

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practice is marching on the boardrooms. Increasingly, investors are scrutinizing companies, institutions, and whole industries under an ESG microscope. For example, more than 100 companies with a collective market cap of more than $3.3 trillion—and financial firms with roughly $24 trillion of assets on the books— have endorsed the recommendations

Mar 15 2018 10:15am - 11:15am

Room 2/3

Textiles and Ocean Pollution: Science and Industry Tackle a Global Issue

Ocean plastic pollution represents a global crisis. And microplastics – the tiny particles that make up plastic – contaminate our lakes, rivers and oceans, as well as land-based environments. Recent research suggests that the shedding of microfibres in laundry from synthetic garments may represent a growing contribution to microplastic pollution. This has industry, business and

Mar 15 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm

Ballroom A

The Grand Tour: A Showcase of the World’s Most Innovative and Resilient Infrastructure

Architects, planners, engineers, and designers are responding to the climate resilience challenge with tremendous innovation and creativity. This session will showcase some of the most interesting projects from around the globe in a series of short, highly visual, high-impact presentations.

Mar 15 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm

Room 1

Scaling Cleantech Through Innovative Financing

The cleantech sector’s dominant venture-capital financing model hasn’t historically demonstrated strong performance, but new sources of public and private capital may be on the way. This session will showcase the latest innovative financing models and mechanisms for enhanced cleantech development and uptake, especially in emerging markets.

Mar 15 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm

Room 2/3

The Circular City: Closing Loops and Creating Jobs

Cities are engines of economic growth. They are also voracious consumers of energy and resources, and producers of waste. Recognizing these inherent challenges, a growing movement of government, academics, NGOs, and private sector leaders are exploring circular economy models that would seek to decouple growth and development from the consumption of finite resources. In this

Mar 15 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm

Room 11/12

The 2 Degree World: The Future of Stranded Assets

Many energy executives now accept that we cannot continue to build large-scale fossil-fuel infrastructure projects if we are to also remain on a 2 degrees pathway. What do investors expect oil and gas companies should do with these high-cost assets? Should they unload them to protect shareholder value? Highlighting recent reports from Carbon Tracker and

Mar 15 2018 2:15pm - 2:30pm

Room 2/3

The Roots of Climate Skepticism: Research-Based Strategies to Build Support for Climate Action

According to recent surveys, just 54 percent of Americans understand that climate change is mostly caused by human activity. We can assume that a significant portion of your investors, customers, and employees still believe that the jury is out on the causes of, and solutions to, climate change. What’s driving this? What motivates people to

Mar 15 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Ballroom A

Hacking the Future: How AI Can Address Climate Change and Boost Resiliency

Data can help tell us about the health of our planet, including the conditions of our air, water, land and the well-being of our wildlife. But we need help converting this ocean of data into actionable intelligence. Enter AI, which can observe environmental change at a global scale, convert the raw data into useful information,

Mar 15 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Room 2/3

Global Positions on Climate Policy: Who’s Leading the Charge?

With shifting geopolitical priorities, new leadership is appearing on the climate horizon. Hear from jurisdictions at the forefront of climate action at the sub-national level, including in the United States and within emerging markets. This dialogue will highlight the policies and  collaborations that are helping nations deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement.

Mar 15 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Ballroom B

Energizing 21st Century Electricity Markets

Today’s electricity systems reflect yesterday’s model. Utilities set up grids to serve large, centralized, mostly fossil fuel fired generation plants, far from load centres. But the future will be renewable, distributed, and more resilient. What needs to happen to get there? This session will explore how business, regulators, utilities, and consumers will shape 21st century

Mar 15 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Ballroom A

CFO Leadership in the Transition to a Sustainable, Low Carbon Economy

The International Energy Agency estimates the need to invest about $1 trillion USD per year in clean energy and related technologies to keep civilization on a 2 degrees pathway. The private sector will commit a substantial proportion of the necessary capital, in partnership with governments. This CFO panel will discuss the role that the private

Mar 15 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Room 1

Clean Technology in Canada: Public Sector Support for Innovation

Sponsorship: JAM Group (BDC, EDC, GAC, and SDTC) With its 2017 budget, the Government of Canada began an audacious economic renewal initiative. The new Innovation and Skills Plan prioritizes innovation in clean technology and high technology. The strategy aims to improve access to financing, encourage investment, grow exports and support technology demonstration. This session features

Mar 15 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Room 2/3

The Internet of Water: Putting Data Analytics to Work

Up to 40 percent of water sent through city systems may be lost to leaks along the way due to aging infrastructure. Just as Internet of Things companies have entered the energy-management marketplace, cities and utilities are turning to networked smart devices to address the water infrastructure deficit. What does the “Internet of Water” look

Mar 15 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Room 11/12

Carbon Negative: Technologies at the Forefront of Innovation

It is not sufficient to decarbonize our energy systems. To reduce the worst impacts of climate change, we also need to effectively capture carbon at the source, or remove it from the atmosphere altogether. This session will report on the latest technologies, models, and solutions that are tackling this issue, and explore opportunities and barriers

Mar 16 2018 9:00am - 10:00am

Ballroom

Is the Future the For-Good Company?

If you aren’t already embedding strong social and/or environmental objectives in your business—or if you’re already there, but want to your company to more tightly integrate purpose with profit—then you won’t want to miss this session. In a spirited discussion, experts will share their insights into how to create a purposeful corporate culture that sticks.

Mar 16 2018 9:00am - 10:00am

Room 1

How to Forge a Circular Economy Supply Chain

This dialogue will bring together circular-economy experts to share their insights on how to forge a supply chain that will reduce costs, manage risks, enhance supply security, and foster innovation. We’ll address strategies to engage suppliers, metrics to measure impact, and the ingredients of successful industry collaborations. Attendees will take away practical strategies to inform

Mar 16 2018 9:00am - 10:00am

Room 2/3

What It Takes to be a High-Performing Company in a Post-Paris Agreement World

The extraction and processing of natural resources is a key driver of the North American economy. Uncertain geopolitical dynamics, finite resources, and significant environmental challenges are changing the rules of the game. The ability to navigate this landscape is the mark of true leadership. Listen in as dynamic private-sector leaders share insights, best practices and

Mar 16 2018 9:00am - 10:00am

Room 8/15

Attracting Foreign Direct Investment: Leveraging Canadian Capacity in a Globally Competitive Market

The global low-carbon transition presents special challenges for Canada and other small market economies These nations need to hold and expand their foreign trade and investment strengths to hang onto economic benefits. This interactive panel will examine how Canada is positioning itself to face these challenges and take advantage of the growth of the green

Mar 16 2018 10:30am - 11:30am

Room 2/3

Turning Tides: Mitigating Ocean Plastics From All Angles

Each year, approximately eight million tonnes of plastic packaging makes its way from retail and other industries into our oceans. Global plastics production is expected to double in the next decade. As a global community, we’ve only just begun to address some of the low-hanging fruit, such as microbeads. What’s next? This session focuses on

Mar 16 2018 10:30am - 11:30am

Room 11/12

Skills Innovation: Navigating the Shifting Economy

An organization is only as good as the people it trains, attracts, and retains—and the same adage applies to entire economies. As the world shifts to a clean, technologically advanced economy, how can Canadian business leverage its strengths, build the skills and expertise of its people, and grow our climate of innovation to effectively compete

Mar 16 2018 10:30am - 11:30am

Room 8/15

Communication Strategies to Support Sustainability in C-Suite Decision-Making

The business case for your company’s sustainability initiatives is likely rock-solid. But unless you clearly convey your strategies, objectives, key performance indicators, and are reporting in plain language, you could be risking your hard-earned progress—and your company’s competitive edge. In this workshop, we’ll outline strategies and review case studies on how to effectively share and

Mar 16 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Ballroom

The World Energy Outlook

Leading governments and the largest companies in the world consider the International Energy Agency’s modeling and research the gold standard. The Paris-based agency’s work informs policy-making, planning and major infrastructure investment decisions, and has also identified sustainable development pathways. In this armchair dialogue, László Varró, the agency’s chief economist, will outline his analysis of the