Natural Resources

Customized Program for Natural Resources

If you're interested in natural resource sectors (ie., energy, mining/minerals, forestry, food systems and/or water), then these sessions may be of interest to you.

The Big Picture: Megatrends, Innovation and Collaboration for a Prosperous Planet

Dynamic leaders share their personal insights and expertise around the power of innovation and collaboration and chart the course on business, environment and development trends.  

Valuing Nature: The Business Case and Innovative Methods for Eco-Asset Management

A growing group of business, community, and organizational leaders now recognize that protecting, enhancing, and restoring natural capital is essential to business success, sustainable economies, and high quality of life. This session will showcase leading strategies for optimizing the value of natural capital, and will spotlight how business decisions impact natural capital assets and, in turn, organizations and stakeholders. Emerge with a compelling, up-to-date understanding of the links between natural capital protection and the bottom line. 

Food Security and Innovation: Scaling up to Meet the Challenge

By 2050, the world’s population will crest nine billion—a 34 percent increase over today’s total. Five years ago, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization predicted that humans will by then need to produce 70 percent more food than we do today. This past year alone, investors moved some USD $2.06 billion into agricultural technology start-ups. These numbers will continue to grow. This session will explore the role of emerging agricultural technologies and small scale start-ups in scaling up food solutions to feed the world.

Water Integrity: Infrastructure & Innovation

This session brings a solutions-oriented outlook on water security trends to ensure access to water and catalyze economic growth. Join leading experts to learn how investment, emerging models of delegated water governance, innovation and technology deployment are scaling solutions and addressing water scarcity.  Take away key insights on how cross sector partnerships create opportunities for sustainable business and effectively conserve, manage, and distribute this vital resource. 

Supply Chain Innovation & the Value of Collaboration

Supply chain disruptions can really ding performance. How are leaders collaborating with upstream suppliers to implement solutions across the full value chain? Explore how risk management processes and innovation can create competitive advantage and boost profits. The session will address global supply chain risks, such as resource-commodity scarcity, energy and fuel price fluctuations, and human rights issues. Join thought leaders as we map out the evolution of supply chain management maturity cycles and explore leading strategies in traceability, supply cost reduction, and collaboration.

Quantum Leaps in Natural Resource Efficiency

Natural resources, including minerals, water, energy, and land, form a basis for human society. The availability of critical resources at a competitive price is understandably a fast-growing concern for business, industry and government worldwide. This session will address these pressing concerns and the subsequent call for wiser resource use and improved patterns of production and consumption. Hear from the experts on the future of a bio-based economy, innovations in mining, and forestry.

The Future is Transparency: The Democratization of Business and the Environment

This session will look at how big, open data, crowdsourcing platforms, and social media are changing the transparency and reporting landscape.  In this interactive session, speakers will showcase how their emerging business tools and platforms are capturing a multi-dimensional view of material issues and closing the gaps between regulators, companies, and the public.

Disruptive Innovation & Technology: What will it Really Take to Move the Needle on Climate?

Research has shown that our current approach to today’s climate change challenges isn’t moving the dial far enough or fast enough. Game changing innovation and investments in disruptive new businesses hold invaluable potential to help reverse climate change and the associated ominous impacts. How can we accelerate innovation to bend down the carbon curve? 

Future Proof Strategies & the Energy Company Transformation

A tectonic shift in the global energy market is well underway. How are corporate executives addressing the risks and seizing the potential opportunities that come with this change? Learn about the future proof strategies being adopted by energy companies at the bleeding edge of the transformation.

The Transition to a Clean Energy Economy: How fast will it happen?

The transition to a clean energy economy is gaining significant momentum. At the same time, modelling and projections are often based on historical data making them poor predictors for the actual rate of future change. Gain insights based on three different clean economy transition trajectories on the key factors, policy actions, and indicators to watch.   

The Future of Electricity & Grid Infrastructure: Powering the 21st Century Economy

Grids are getting smarter, but so are customers. Thanks to the sharp drop in installed solar panel costs, in many parts of the world the model of a large, centralized—and typically fossil-fueled—utility is unraveling. How are enlightened power providers responding to this shift and the others that are currently roiling the energy landscape? How will grids grow more resilient and better adapted to tomorrow’s variable-output sources? Our experts weigh in.

Financial Inclusion & Fiscal Reform: A Global Perspective on Enhancing Sustainable Prosperity

Over the past two decades, economic growth has lifted more than 660 million people out of poverty. Approaching related issues through a global lens, foremost speakers will look at how financial inclusion, the way we tax, regulate, and encourage fiscal reform can have a positive impact from a social and environmental perspective. This applicable session will also share a practical toolbox on the role of innovation in improving social, economic, and environmental prosperity.

The Carbon Bubble: Managing Financial Risks of Stranded Assets

Recent science suggests that the lion’s share of fossil reserves must stay in the ground if the earth is to keep below two degrees of warming. How are investors and pension fund managers responding to the potential for stranded assets? What is the balanced approach to risk analysis and capital management? How can we promote synergy between corporations, policymakers, technology companies, capital markets, investors, analysts and rating agencies?

Wild Weather Forecast: Tackling the 'New Abnormal’ in Canada’s Natural Resource Sector

More frequent and costly severe weather – from prolonged droughts to intense precipitation events – has become the “new normal” in Canada and beyond. Industry, governments and communities alike are grappling with this emergent source of risk for good reason. The cost of natural catastrophes worldwide is dramatically on the rise, introducing new and elevated risks to employee safety, infrastructure, supply chains, operational continuity and social license to operate.  Leading natural resource development companies, industry associations, academic institutions and government agencies are taking severe weather more seriously.  This interactive session provides a timely opportunity to learn, share ideas and collaborate on the latest developments in this area.  Come join us!


Scaling Up Impact: Innovative Cross-Sector Partnerships Driving Sustainability

Business won’t solve big global challenges without multiple actors in the room and around the table. But how do they get there, and what conditions need to be in place that ensure these cross-sector collaborations remain productive? Learn from those who have been there before, and who have set up partnerships that have had strong social, ecological, and business outcomes. Lean how well-designed partnerships boost accountability and innovation.

Indigenous Communities: Moving from Reconciliation to Action

It’s time to restore and empower relationships between Indigenous communities and businesses.  This session will explore the necessary characteristics, cultural mechanisms, and processes essential to creating a restorative and empowering engagement strategy. Distinguished speakers will also share tangible examples of successful sustainability and stakeholder engagement efforts, as well as examine how we can appropriately engage indigenous peoples to become partners and leaders in sustainable business enterprises. Join the dialogue on best practices for building worthwhile partnerships and fostering leadership and equity opportunities for indigenous communities, which are essential for the future resilience of our nation’s social and economic fabric.

The Road from Paris & Climate Prosperity: How Carbon Action Can Re-Energize Economies

Hear from government and policy-makers on the commitments agreed to at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris and the actions required to move the agenda forward from both business and policy perspectives. The GLOBE Climate Plenary will highlight low carbon technology projects, climate change policy, and fair regulatory systems which encourage equality and ensure climate action. Emerge with the latest insights on how businesses, investors, and governments can take the next critical steps to advance climate action.

Ramping up to 100% Renewable Energy: Insights from Corporate Leaders

An increasing proportion of leading companies are committing to 100 percent renewable energy because over the long haul it just makes business sense. This session offers renewable-energy insights from policy and commercial perspectives. Gain practical advice from leading companies that have locked down their future energy supplies. What are the key enablers, strategies, dynamics, and capacities required?