Date: March 9, 2022

Time: 11:45am - 12:30pm EST

Cost: Free

Language: English

Location: Virtual

View a recording of the event here.

In November 2021, Smart Prosperity Institute, in partnership with Corporate Knights and The Natural Step Canada , published the Canadian Pensions Dashboard for Responsible Investing, a navigational tool to increase ambition for a sustainable, inclusive future.

The report accompanying the dashboard found that while there have been positive developments towards sustainability in the pension sector, there are still challenges. 

Highlights from the report:

  • The 3 largest pension funds in Canada, with AUM of more than $1 trillion, have committed to net-zero emissions 
  • Canada’s 12 largest pension fund managers now have more than $160 billion invested in self-defined low-carbon solutions, representing more than 7% of total assets ($2 trillion)

On March 9, a panel of experts convened to reflect on the current state of Canadian pensions and discuss the path to making them greener, faster. In particular, they focused on answering three key questions:

  1. Why should climate change matter to pension funds?
  2. What is green investment and what isn’t?
  3. How much is enough with green investment targets?

Toby Heaps, CEO, Corporate Knights

Welcome Remarks
Eric St. Pierre, Executive Director, Trottier Family Foundation

Summary Findings
Derek Eaton, Director, Public Policy Research and Outreach, Smart Prosperity Institute

Expert Panel
Keith Ambachtsheer, President, KPI Advisory Services

Alison Loat, Managing Director, Sustainable Investing And Innovation, OPTrust

Ellen Quigley, Senior Research Associate, Centre For The Study Of Existential Risk, University Of Cambridge

Rosalie Vendette, Sustainable Finance Expert, DecodESG

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This event was inspired by conversations related to the report, Canadian Pensions Dashboard for Sustainable Investing: A navigational tool to increase ambition for a sustainable, inclusive future, published by Smart Prosperity Institute in November 2021.


Supported by

Trottier Family Foundation