Session Information

Impact Investment for Generations: Hitting the “Sweet Spot”

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Format: Panel Discussion

Impact investing is booming globally. What’s the potential for social enterprises to deliver Profit while also generating People and Planet outcomes? Join leading experts from the global impact investment community as they debate the current state of the global impact investment markets, prevailing challenges, and future agendas. Be inspired as leaders showcase the current geographical breakdown of both social and environmental investment projects and explore how we can increase the pipeline of ground-breaking projects and achieve durable impact for many generations to come.

Topic Speakers

As the Director of Social Innovation and Integration at RBC, Sandra leads a team responsible for global strategy and leadership in the areas of environmental and social credit risk management, environmental products and services, bank-wide environmental programs, and external relations related to corporate sustainability issues. 

In 2012, Sandra was also appointed to head RBC's new social finance initative, a $20 million program to foster for-profit enterprises that provide market-based solutions to environmental and social issues. 

Prior to entering the banking sector, Sandra was a research scientist with Noranda Inc. in Montreal, and then an environmental consultant in Toronto and Vancouver, specializing in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments for resource sector developments projects in Canada and Southeast Asia. She joined RBC in 1997 as a resource sector analyst, and then led the bank's Environmental Risk Management department from March 2000 to August 2005. Having left in September 2005 to become the Director of Corporate Environmental Programs at another bank, she returned to RBC in 2007 as the Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs. 

From 2005 to 2009, Sandra chaired the North American Task Force of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). Sandra sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, where she also chairs it Grants Committee, and she is a Board member and Finance Committee member at Pollution Probe. She writes a quarterly column on corporate sustainability for Listed Magazine, a magazine for directors and senior executives of Canadian publicly listed companies. 

Born in Ottawa, Sandra has an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Sandra is a licensed professional engineer, and earned her CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 2007. 

She lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.  

 

Mark Tulay is the Executive Director for CECP’s (www.cecp.co) Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) which seeks to address short-term market constraints that inhibit corporate strategies and investments to build resilient businesses and sustained long-term value.  The SII is developing a new platform to enable CEO’s, corporate directors, and institutional investors to discover in common approaches, tools and other mechanisms to achieve long-term value for investors, relevant stakeholders and broader society. 

Mark serves on the Board of Director’s and was a formerly COO for the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR).  He is the Founder and CEO of Sustainability Risk Advisors which advises institutional investors and multinational corporations on the metrics and measurement of corporate sustainability performance. 

Mark has served in leadership roles in sustainability initiatives for over 20 years, focusing on advancing the metrics, materiality and measurement of corporate sustainability performance.  Mark has built complex and enduring partnerships between multinational companies, NGOs, sustainability experts and institutional investors.  As Program Director and the first employee of Ceres, he was involved in the early stages of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He worked at the Nature Conservancy, where he led the leadership phase of a $60 million campaign to protect over a million acres of critical habitat in Massachusetts.

Mark served in leadership research and organizational development positions at several sustainability research and ratings firms as well as investment firms, including Citizens Funds and KLD. He was the Head of Sustainability Research and Ratings for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and RiskMetrics (now MSCI).

Mark is a frequent speaker on ESG issues and conferences from Dubai, Europe to South Korea. He has written extensively on the investor response to the BP Deepwater Horizon spill and on the role of standards to accelerate the integration of environmental, social and corporate governance factors in investment decisions. His coverage on sustainability issues includes Fortune Magazine, Forbes, The Washington Post, Business Ethics, Boston Globe, Greenbiz.com, and NPR.  He is currently writing a white paper with on Sustainability Ratings 2.0: The Transition to Sustainable Markets.

Mark serves on the Advisory Boards for Cornerstone Capital Group, and holds an MBA from Northeastern University. 

GISR website:   www.ratesustainability.org

Twitter: MarkTulayESG
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mtulay

Lenora Suki, CFA, CAIA, LEED AP, manages Product Strategy for Bloomberg’s Sustainable Finance activities. Lenora's emphasis is on extending Bloomberg's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) product and other sustainable finance efforts across asset classes to help Bloomberg clients understand a comprehensive range of investment risks and opportunities. She is currently working on projects in fixed income, real estate, and private equity, as well as initiatives at the intersection of philanthropy and product strategy, such as green and social bonds, impact investment and data science applications.

Before Bloomberg, Lenora founded Smart Cities Advisors, an affordable housing and urban regeneration advisory firm for emerging markets. In 2002, she joined the Earth Institute at Columbia University as an Associate Director advising on sustainable development.

Prior to Columbia, Lenora was regional fixed income strategist at Santander Investment and emerging markets analyst at OFFITBANK, now Wells Fargo. Lenora also worked at the World Bank in the Treasury, Europe and Central Asia and in private sector development.

Lenora earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a BA in Government from Pomona College and a BA in economics from the University of Houston. She serves on the Board of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation as a member of the finance and fund development committees. She also holds the CFA, CAIA and LEED AP designations.