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The global financial system is still recovering from the near collapse of the international banking system and major economic upheavals that have brought several countries to the brink of insolvency. In these uncertain economic times, financial institutions, venture capital firms, and even entire governments have recognized the benefits of risk avoidance, responsible investment, and insurance coverage. Recognizing the important role that the financial sector will play in the post-Kyoto world, this theme will explore the relationships between finance, sustainable development, capital markets, and the green economy.


Sustained Growth and Sustainability: Re-engineering the Economic Model

Time: Wednesday, March 14 10:30 - 12:00

The current economic model appears increasingly unsuited to deliver sustained growth and development. As such, long-term sustainability objectives have moved up the policy agenda in recent years. How are new ecological economic models filtering into traditional ways of doing business? How can investors who desire short-term rewards be encouraged to support projects with longer-term horizons? How can business and finance leaders, policy-makers, and regulators work together towards a new economic model?

Paul Clements-Hunt, Founder, The Blended Capital Group, Switzerland (Moderator)
Yannick Glemarec, Executive Coordinator, Global Environment Facility & Director of Environmental Finance, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USA
Michael Jantzi, CEO, Sustainalytics, Canada
Matthew Kiernan, Founder and Chief Executive, Inflection Point Capital Management, Canada
Pierre Ouillet, Vice President of Finance, Resources & Operations, University of BC, Canada

Climate Adaptation: Building Resilience through Risk Management and Insurance

Time: Wednesday, March 14 15:30 - 17:00

How should companies and governments be preparing for the rising risks from a changing climate? What financial tools are available to help build long-term resiliency and what insurance products exist to buffer against the risks? This session will explore ways that the public and private sectors can work together to address climate change adaptation opportunities and risks.

Blair Feltmate, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo & Chair, Climate Change Adaptation Project, Canada (Moderator)
Sarah Potts, Los Angeles City Director, Clinton Climate Initiative / C40 Cities Leadership Group, USA
Mark Way, Head of Sustainability Americas, Swiss Re North America, USA
Robert Wesseling, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, The Sovereign General Insurance Company, Canada
Jeff Williams, Director of Climate Consulting, Entergy, USA

The Clean Technology Continuum: Financing Innovation from Early-Stage Through to Commercialization

Time: Thursday, March 15 08:30 - 10:00

Clean technology represents a diverse range of products designed to greatly reduce or eliminate negative ecological impacts and promote the responsible use of natural resources. How are innovative clean technology companies getting their products from the test bench to the marketplace? This session will explore the financial angle to the clean technology development continuum, from early stage through to commercialization, and will explore some of the biggest emerging opportunities in the clean technology sector.

Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group, USA (Moderator)
John Coburn, Managing Director, XPV Capital Corporation, Canada
Fran├žoise Faverjon-Fortin, Vice President of Infrastructure and Environment, Export Development Canada
Sally Gutierrez, Director of Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster, US Environmental Protection Agency, USA
David Harris Kolada, Vice President of Corporate & Market Development, Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Environmental & Social Risk Management: What Your Bank Wants to Know

Time: Friday, March 16 08:30 - 10:00

Banks are increasingly incorporating social and environmental factors in their screening of corporate clients, and the reasons for these actions and the implications for businesses can vary widely depending on the financial institution. Screening for environmental and social risks for project finance is reasonably developed. However, as more banks enact new policies and procedures that require evaluation of a client's environmental, social, and governance performance before advancing corporate loans, how are these policies being implemented and what are the implications for the broader business community?

Toby Heaps, Co-founder & President, Corporate Knights Inc., Canada (Moderator)
Andy Broderick, Vice President of Community Investment, Vancity, Canada
Paul Clements-Hunt, Founder, The Blended Capital Group, Switzerland
Arnaud Cohen Stuart, Manager of Business Ethics, ING Groep, the Netherlands
Sandra Odendahl, Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs, Royal Bank of Canada

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