Vancouver Conference – Oct. 18, 2017

Directors’ Risks in Light of Climate Change: What Should Directors Do? What Must Directors Do?

October 18, 2017

Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver

Co-hosted by the Centre for Business Law, Peter A. Allard School of Law and the Commonwealth Climate Law Initiative


8:00 am Continental breakfast

8:30 am Welcome and overview of the day Dr. Janis Sarra, UBC

8:40 am Keynote: Dr. Ben Caldecott, Director, Sustainable Finance Programme, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford, Climate Risk and Stranded Assets: Implications for Canada

9:20 am Fiduciary Obligation and Climate-related Financial Risk

Chair: Dr. Janis Sarra, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Peter Rozee, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Legal Affairs, Teck Resources Limited, Vancouver
Sarah Barker, Minter Ellison, Melbourne, Australia
Catherine McCall, Director of Policy Development, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, Toronto
Robert Yalden, Senior Partner, Osler, Montréal, & Adjunct Professor, McGill Faculty of Law

10:40 am Tea/coffee break

11:00 am What Climate Disclosure Do Investors Expect? What Climate Disclosure Do Regulators Require? Is the FSB’s Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure Framework Going to Close the Gap?

Chair: Dr. Cristie Ford, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver


Professor Cynthia Williams, Osler Chair in Business Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto
Judy Cotte, Head of Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, RBC Global Asset Management, Toronto
Jo-Anne Matear, Manager, Corporate Finance, Ontario Securities Commision, Toronto
Professor Mary Condon, Associate Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto

12:30 pm Lunch

1:15 pm The Potential Financial Risks of Climate-change in the Insurance Sector

Paul Kovacs, CEO, Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation

1:45 pm Best Practices in Sustainable Accounting

Davinder Valerie, Director Strategy, Risk & Performance Research, Guidance & Support, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

2:15 pm Leadership in Addressing Climate-related Financial Risk. What are leading investors and issuers in Canada doing to transition to a low-carbon economy?

Chair: Andrea Moffat, Vice-President, Ivey Foundation, Toronto

Susan Golyak, Manager, ESG Integration, Public Equities, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation
(bcIMC) Victoria
Bob Walker, Vice-President, ESG Services, NEI Iinvestments, Vancouver
Peter Chapman, Executive Director, Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE)

3:45 pm Wrap-up: Professor Cynthia Williams, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto

4:00 pm Event ends