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

Room 2

Dubai Advantage: From Future to Reality

Dubai’s commitment to a smart and sustainable future has transformed the city into a global innovation hub, supported by continued Government investment in physical, digital and soft infrastructure, hosting of the world “EXPO 2020 Dubai” and accelerating the adoption of disruptive technologies, making Dubai the perfect location for foreign companies with equally ambitious expansion or innovative start-up plans.

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.

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.

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

Room 8

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.

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

Ballroom A

Blockchain and its Emerging Role in the Clean Economy

What exactly is blockchain and how can it help to reduce environmental impact? This interactive dialogue will begin by clearly illustrating this distributed ledger technology.

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 leaders inked the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

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

Room 11

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.

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

Room 8

Harnessing Next Generation Innovation

Making youth engagement a focus in any policy development or technology initiative will accelerate action across the board and cultivate a generation of champions for the future we want and need.

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.

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

Room 2

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.

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.

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

Ballroom B

Digitalization – New Systems New Thinking Driving Sustainability 4.0

In our increasingly digital world, big data, machine learning, material science and other new technologies serve as important tools that catalyze and drive sustainability forward.  But put them together as part of a broader system, and new opportunities emerge that accelerate innovation, increase efficiency, reduce material loss and protect human health.

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.

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

Room 2

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.

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

Room 11

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?

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

Room 2

SPARK Talk – 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.

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

Ballroom B

Beyond Clean Capitalism

“Clean Capitalism” was the topic when, in 2014, Robert F. Kennedy Jr and Wal Van Lierop last sparred at the GLOBE Series. In the talk the two debated the pace at which technological change needed to happen moving towards a reduced carbon world.

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

Ballroom A

Hacking the Future: How AI Can Boost Resiliency and Improve Conservation

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.

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

Room 1

Green Dragons and Entrepreneurial States: Combining Public and Private Initiative to Unleash Clean Innovation

Clean innovation is critical to the competitiveness of every sector, but unleashing it isn’t easy. It takes a smart mix of private initiative, far-sighted investment, and entrepreneurial government action. A venture capitalist (and dragon), a resource/cleantech CEO, a policy entrepreneur, and an international economic expert share the latest global thinking and business insights on how to build a cleaner, smarter economy.

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

Room 2

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.

Mar 15 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Room 8

Energy Reimagined: Rethinking Business Strategies to Navigate the Transition

Traditional business and operating models in all sectors are adapting to an evolving energy ecosystem. New businesses and operating systems will emerge across the value chain, covering all facets of energy production, transportation, consumption and conservation.

Moderated by EY, this workshop will feature panellists from a variety of sectors to share lessons learned. In breakout sessions, we’ll also explore:

– What will the critical impacts of the energy transition on Canada’s business community be, and how can businesses win given the future of energy?

– What environmental and technological drivers will shape the new energy ecosystem?

– How can we move to a model that is more inclusive, affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable?

– How do we make the energy future an investable value proposition?

– What role will the financial sector and proceeds from carbon pricing schemes play?

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.

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.

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

Room 1

Clean Technology in Canada: Public Sector Support for Innovation

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.

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

Room 11

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.