RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

Unleashing the Potential of Responsible Investment

May 28-29, 2024

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Introduction

What to Expect

In the face of polarization and economic disruption, momentum behind responsible investment (RI) is only growing stronger. We have an unprecedented opportunity to unlock the potential of RI in Canada by leading the charge in the development of clear, credible, and globally aligned standards. Investors must continue rising to the challenge and maintain conviction amid ambiguity for the long-term success of our financial systems.

On May 28-29, the Responsible Investment Association (RIA) will host the most influential leaders and visionaries in the Canadian investment industry to discuss the future of RI and ESG.

Don’t miss this opportunity to rise to the challenge!

Where ?

Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC

WHEN ?

May 28-29, 2024

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WHO Attends?

Learn, Develop, network

The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) Conference is the largest gathering of responsible investment (RI) professionals in Canada. The event attracts the most influential leaders in sustainable finance and ESG, providing a dynamic forum for learning, dialogue and cutting-edge insights.

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Align your brand with the largest, most comprehensive gathering of responsible investment professionals in Canada. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristen Sheppard, Director, Membership and Partner Relations at kristen@riacanada.ca.

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Christine Bergeron

President & CEO, Concert Properties; Chair, InBC Investment Corporation; Previous CEO, Vancity Credit Union

Christine has spent her career working with organizations that put people first, leading companies that are building sustainable communities and allocating capital to influence positive change. She is currently the President & CEO of Concert Properties, a diversified real estate development company with a vision of creating resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities across Canada.  She was previously the President & CEO of Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union, and its subsidiary Vancity Community Investment Bank. She is also the inaugural Chair of InBC Investment Corporation, British Columbia’s strategic investment fund focused on triple bottom line returns. She is a board member of Aviso Wealth, and previously served as the North American representative on the UNEP FI’s PRB Banking Board as well as a member of Canada’s Sustainable Finance Action Council.

 

She is widely respected in the sustainable finance community and her leadership has been recognized with awards from Clean50, Influential Women In Business, BC Business Most Influential Women in Finance, BC’s Power 50 and many other publications and institutions over the years. 

Harold Calla, FCPA, FCGA, CAFM

Executive Chair, First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB)

Harold Calla serves as the Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB). One of three institutions created under the Fiscal Management Act, FMB supports First Nations economic development by increasing access to capital markets and providing capacity development support to First Nations in the areas of financial administration law development. This includes optional certification of financial performance and governance systems.

 

A member of the Squamish Nation, Harold returned from many years focused on international business to serve the Squamish Nation as a negotiator in the areas of economic development, land management and finance. He served eight years on the Squamish Council. He has acted as an advisor and an arbitrator for First Nations in Western Canada, including leading the First Nation Summit’s Tax and Fiscal Table in the BC Treaty process.

 

He was instrumental in the development of the First Nations Land Management Act, First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA), First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA), and the First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act. These optional legislative pieces allow First Nations on a sectorial basis the ability to move out from under the Indian Act. He played a central role in the formation of the First Nations Major Project Coalition to support First Nations in participating in major resource projects.

 

Harold is a member of the Board of Directors of Trans Mountain Corporation and the British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. He is a former member of the Board of Fortis BC Inc. where he was the Chair of the Audit Committee. He has completed terms on the Boards of CMHC, Partnerships BC, and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Assembly of First Nations-& Indigenous Services Canada Committee on Fiscal Relations

Harold is a recipient of numerous awards in recognition of excellence in leadership, most recently honoured by the Public Policy Forum at their 2023 Testimonial Dinner. As well, when the C.G.A. Association of Canada celebrated their 100th year in 2008, they recognized Harold as one of 100 CGA’s who, in their view, have made a difference. In August 2012 Harold was awarded a fellowship by the C.G.A. Association of Canada. Harold is a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association and has been awarded the designation of Certified Aboriginal Financing Manager (CAFM).


Most recently, Harold led an FMB delegation to Australia by invitation from the Australian National University. There he presented at and participated in the First Nations Wealth Forum and Marramarra Murru Symposium, and connected directly with Indigenous leaders and communities.

 

On two occasions Harold presented at the United Nations in support of Canada’s recognition of the United Nations Rights of Indigenous People and Canada’s efforts to implement an action plan. The presentation focus was to highlight Canada and First Nations efforts to create Indigenous institutions that support administrative governance and financial management to reduce risk to enable easier access to the capital markets.  

Ian Robertson, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Director and Vice President, Odlum Brown Limited

Ian is a Portfolio Manager, Director, and Vice President of Odlum Brown Limited, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He has a strong interest in the impact of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues on corporate strategy and valuation and is a regular speaker and writer on responsible investment.

As a practitioner Ian integrates ESG considerations into his work with clients. As a researcher (PhD candidate, part-time at the University of Oxford) he examines institutional proxy voting on ESG-oriented shareholder proposals. Ian also combines his practical and academic experience in a UK-based social venture that aims to improve transparency and accountability of proxy voting globally.

Ian holds undergraduate degrees from UBC and graduate degrees from Dalhousie and Carleton universities, as well as a post-graduate diploma from the University of Oxford. He is a longstanding community volunteer and is a past board chair of the Responsible Investment Association, the UBC Foundation, the UBC Alumni Association, and CFA Society Vancouver.