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Eric Usher

Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

Eric Usher Heads the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, UNEP FI, a global partnership bringing together the UN with a global groups of banks, insurers and asset managers working to develop the sustainable finance and responsible investment agendas. Eric oversees governance, strategy and day-to-day management of UNEP FI’s work programme and global network development. Over the years UNEP FI has established some of the most important sustainability oriented frameworks within the finance industry, including the Principles for Responsible Investment (2006), the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (2012) and now just launched in 2019 the Principles for Responsible Banking.

Since joining in 2015, Mr. Usher has focused on accelerating the deep integration of sustainability risks into financial practice, including addressing climate change, natural capital loss and human rights abuses, as well as building out the frameworks for positive impact finance needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Eric sits on several industry bodies including as UN representative on the Board of the Principles for Responsible Investment, and as a member of the Governing Board of the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, of the Evaluation Council of the French sovereign green bond and the board of the impact fund REPP Africa.

Prior to leading UNEP FI, Mr. Usher has over twenty years of experience in the low carbon sectors, spanning technology commercialisation in Canada, solar rural electrification in Morocco and financial sector development across emerging markets. During 2011, Mr. Usher worked on the establishment of the Green Climate Fund and led efforts to create its Private Sector Facility. Eric has been an editor of the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report published annually with Bloomberg and was lead author for finance of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources. Earlier in his career, Eric was General Manager of a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco.

 

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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.

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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

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.

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Speakers
Eric Usher Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
Andy Kochar Portfolio Manager and Head of Credit, AGF Investments Inc.
Roxana Benoit Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Enbridge