Overview

Fueling Growth and Prosperity in the Low-Carbon Economy

Join think and code and the Economic Club of Canada for the first annual Sustainable Business Summit 2016: Canada– Fueling Growth in the Low-Carbon Economy on June 8 in Toronto, Ontario.

Senior business leaders, investors and financial decision-makers, top government officials, influential media observers, and other key stakeholders will discuss how Canadian businesses are responding to climate change, the emergence of the low-carbon economy, and new opportunities in sustainability. 

Find out what these developments mean for investors, and how to take advantage of growth opportunities.  

Discuss disruptive innovations in a rapidly growing number of product and service sectors, from energy, environment, transportation, and hospitality, to fast-moving consumer goods, and many others. 

This essential summit will focus on critical issues, including:

  • How Canadian companies are innovating new sustainable business models and adopting best practices and processes throughout their organizations
  • How developments in these areas affect the business community as a whole, specific industries and sectors, and individual companies
  • Lessons from low-carbon leaders and ecopreneurs
  • Roadmaps for sustainable urban planning
  • Economic policy and fast-changing investment opportunities

Registration is now closed.

Details

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
2:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

Location:
Malaparte Ballroom
350 King Street West
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 6th Floor
Toronto, Ontario

Co-Host:
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Partner:
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Sponsor:
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Agenda

2:00 PM – 2:05 PM     Opening Remarks
Thomas Miller, Diplomatic and Global Business Lead, think and code

2:05 PM – 2:25 PM     Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change: The Role of Business and Finance

Mike Pedersen, Group Head, U.S. Banking, TD Bank Group and President & CEO, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®
In conversation with Pamela Ritchie, Anchor, The Daily Brief, TV Canada

2:25 PM – 3:00 PM     The Face of the “New Economy”: Lessons from Low-Carbon Leaders and Ecopreneurs
This panel will discuss the rise of the sustainable business agenda, with a focus on the low-carbon dimension.  Case studies from pioneers in this space, both established companies and start-ups, will highlight the types of innovation and disruption that are emerging in a wide variety of markets.  The panel will also explore the changing attitudes and behaviors of Canadian consumers as they respond to the challenges of climate change.

Lynn Blodgett, CEO, Bigmoon Power
Dr. Shawn Qu, President and CEO, Canadian Solar
Annette Verschuren, CEO, NRStor
Moderated by Jeremy Van Loon, Calgary Bureau Chief, News

3:00 PM – 3:35 PM     Resource Rich or More Resourceful?  Striking the Right Balance with Natural Resources
Canada’s vast wealth of natural resources contributes significantly to the national economy, creating 1.8 million jobs, delivering more than half of all merchandise exports, and producing 20% of GDP.  Short term, the volatility in commodity markets has raised critical new challenges for businesses and the provinces.  Long term, resource development must increasingly address crucial issues about the impact on indigenous peoples and the environment.  Where will the balance for Canada be found in the natural resource marketplace?

Honourable Frank Iacobucci, Senior Counsel, Torys LLP
Dan Wicklum, CEO, COSIA
Moderated by Danielle Bochove, Mining and Metals Reporter, News

3:35 PM – 3:50 PM The Intersection of Business and Finance in the Low-Carbon Economy
Nicholas Eisenberger, Founder and Managing Partner, Pure Energy Partners
In conversation with Thomas Miller, Diplomatic and Global Business Lead, think and code

3:50 PM – 4:10 PM     Networking Break

4:10 PM – 4:45 PM     Enablers of Change: Economic Policy and Finance for the Low-Carbon Economy
Government economic policy is playing an increasingly vital role in shaping the outlook for innovative low-carbon initiatives.  And interest in sustainable financial innovation is growing as the viability of business is demonstrated to also depend on extra financial (ESG) factors.  Investors are increasingly looking for mechanisms such as green bonds or carbon credits to support clean energy and environmentally sustainable projects, paving the way for a low-carbon future.

Derek Burleton, Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group
Chris Erickson, Founder and General Partner, Pangaea Ventures Ltd.
Ryan Pollice, Head of Responsible Investment, Mercer Canada
Moderated by Emily Chasan, Sustainable Finance Editor, Brief

4:45 PM – 5:20 PM     Cities of the Future: Roadmaps for Sustainable Urban Planning
Approximately four billion people, more than half the world’s population, now live in cities, and that number is forecast to grow to more than six billion by the year 2045.  Building sustainable cities has become one of the most important challenges of the 21st century, especially in two key areas: managing the built environment, and transforming the transportation industry.   Forward-looking changes in cities are the necessary foundation for global progress.

Dan Corns, CEO, Magnovate
Gord Hicks, President, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner & Executive Director, City of Toronto
Moderated by David Scanlan, Managing Editor—Canada, News

5:20 PM – 5:40 PM Moving to the Low-Carbon Economy: Challenges and Opportunities
Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
In conversation with Josh Wingrove, Economy/Politics Reporter, Canada, News

5:40 PM – 5:55 PM The Big Pivot: Innovation and Value Creation in a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open and Connected World
Andrew Winston, Author and Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies

5:55 PM – 6:00 PM     Closing Remarks
Rhiannon Traill, President & CEO, The Economic Club of Canada
Lee Ballin, Team Lead, Sustainable Business and Finance

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM     Networking Reception

 

Speakers

  • Lynn Blodgett-Photo_100x139
    Lynn Blodgett, CEO, Bigmoon Power

    On January 1, 2015, Lynn Blodgett founded Bigmoon Power. A company dedicated to developing a new technology to harness the moon's power through the tide and to develop a new, more sustainable business model in renewable energy.

    On December 31, 2014, Lynn Blodgett retired from Xerox Corporation.

    Blodgett was appointed to president of Xerox Services in January 2012. Prior to this appointment, he was president and chief executive officer of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., A Xerox Company. He served as the leader of ACS - Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. - since November 2006. He was appointed a corporate executive vice president of Xerox when the company acquired ACS in February 2010.

    Blodgett was instrumental in building ACS into the world's largest diversified business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology (IT) services company with $6.5 billion of annual revenue and 78,000 people worldwide. In 2009, he was inducted in the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals' Hall of Fame for his work to transform the industry.

    Prior to his appointment of president and CEO, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer. In this position, he was responsible for the company's broad-based business process outsourcing and information technology operations and solutions delivered to commercial and government markets.

    Blodgett is a pioneer in the BPO market. In 1983, he and his brother co-founded Unibase, a data entry company acquired by ACS in 1996. The acquisition expanded ACS' capabilities in the relatively new BPO services arena. ACS created an entire service segment dedicated to delivering superior BPO solutions, and today this business unit is core to ACS' complete BPO service offerings. ACS has consistently grown and now delivers comprehensive BPO and IT solutions to all major industries and supports client operations in 100 countries.

    Blodgett attended Brigham Young University and the Utah Technical College.

  • Dan Corns-Photo_100x139
    Dan Corns, CEO, Magnovate

    Dan Corns has been an entrepreneur for 17 years and is the founder and CEO of Magnovate Transportation. He founded Magnovate in 2012 to commercialize a revolutionary maglev transportation technology called Magline which makes maglev practical and affordable by abandoning heavy trains in favour of autonomous lightweight vehicles that transport people and goods on urban and inter-city high-speed networks. In 2014, Magnovate was selected to Alberta Venture magazine’s list of Alberta’s 25 Most Innovative companies. Magnovate is the epicentre of an industrial consortium that includes Lockheed Martin, PCL Construction and Stantec; all working together to deliver on the promise of 21st Century transport and enable new models of commercial-residential connectivity, transit oriented development, urban revitalization and land value capture possibilities.

    Previously, Mr. Corns was CEO of Groundswell Developments where he led a number of highly acclaimed urban revitalization projects including “Vision for the Corner”, which was picked by the City of Edmonton as one of 50 developments featured at the “Dream Big Edmonton” economic development conference. In 2005 he helped initiate the envisioning process of the Edmonton downtown east revitalization project, “The Quarters”, which has turned into an urban revitalization success story resulting in billions of dollars of new projects, including the recently announced 63 story Stantec tower. For this, and other urban revitalization initiatives, Mr. Corns was nominated by his peers as a candidate for Alberta’s Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs in 2007.

    Mr. Corns serves as a Board member of the Alberta Council for Technologies and Urban Systems, an organization that uses a systems-level approach to assist the public sector with adopting disruptive technologies such as automated transportation and super-conducting power distribution backbones. He lives in Edmonton and enjoys kiteboarding, surfing and spending time with his wife Jane and their three daughters.

  • Chris Erickson-Photo_100x139
    Chris Erickson, Founder and General Partner, Pangaea Ventures Ltd.

    Chris is the founding general partner at Pangaea Ventures Ltd. and has been working with advanced material companies for over twenty years.  Chris has considerable experience helping companies with strategic planning, strategic alliances, mergers, divestitures, corporate governance and other business dealings.  Until 2000, Chris was a partner with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, one of Canada’s pre-eminent business law firms, specializing in environmental and corporate law. Chris is based in Vancouver and sits on the boards of several portfolio companies. Chris has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto and a B.Comm from the University of Calgary. Pangaea Ventures was established in 2000 and is considered one of North America’s leading advanced material venture capital firms. It has offices in Vancouver and New Jersey.

  • Gordon Hicks-Photo_100x139
    Gord Hicks, President, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions

    Gord Hicks joined Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions in 1997 and held a number of Executive roles until being promoted to President in 2006. As a LEED-accredited Professional and someone who cares deeply about our planet, Gord is dedicated to supporting and advocating for the highest environmental standards in the real estate industry. Gord has served on the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council and has been a long standing board member of Al Gore’s “The Climate Reality Project Canada”, a not-for-profit organization that promotes awareness of climate change and encourages societal change to reduce our carbon footprint.  Under his leadership Brookfield GIS was named by Maclean’s Magazine, as one of Canada’s Top 30 Greenest Companies from 2010-2014.

    In 2012 he became a founding member of the Corporate Knights Council for Clean Capitalism, and has been actively involved in working with governments to introduce policies to enable the advancement in the Green Building industry.  

    In 2014 Gord was recognized as one of Canada’s Green 16 Leaders, by the Clean 50, and in 2015 he was honored by Corporate Knights as Canada’s Greenest CEO.

    Gord believes that businesses and their leaders need to serve society by supporting the communities in which they operate.  He leads by example and has co-chaired the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Leaders for the Cure program since 2009, in which he was a founding member.  He is also a Director on the Uxbridge Hospital Foundation Board.  He encourages team members from Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions to actively participate in corporate social responsibility initiatives each year. These initiatives raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities across Canada on an annual basis.

    In 2015 he and his wife Linda co-founded Cam’s Kids Foundation, in memory of their son Cameron, an organization supporting youth in learning how to cope with anxiety.

    Over the last 10 years Brookfield GIS has broadened its offerings and become a global leader in the provision of Real Estate Management Services while contributing significantly to the reduction of its’ clients environmental footprints and improving the communities in which they operate.

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    Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City of Toronto

    As Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer is committed to creating places where people flourish.  Over the past decade Jennifer has been repeatedly recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners and OPPI for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities.  Most recently, Jennifer was named as one of the most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life magazine and one of the most powerful people in Canada by MacLeans Magazine.  

    Her planning practice is characterized by an emphasis on collaborations across sectors, and broad engagement with municipal staff, councils, developers, business leaders, NGO's and residents associations.  Her priorities include implementing a divisional strategic plan, leading an Official Plan review process, refining public consultation to provide more access to city building conversations, a renewed focus on evidence based transit planning, midrise development on the City of Toronto's many avenues, and overseeing development review for over 4000 applications annually.

    Jennifer is the founder of Project Walk, which premiered its first short film in 2011, as an official selection at the TIFF.  In 2012 Jennifer debuted her first TED talk, Walk to School and in 2013 she delivered her second, Own Your City.  Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (combined honours English and Philosophy) and has a Master in Environmental Studies (Politics and Planning) from York University.

  • Ryan Pollice-Photo_100x139
    Ryan Pollice, Investment Consultant and Regional Business Leader, Responsible Investment Team, Mercer

    Ryan is the Canadian Business Leader for Mercer’s Responsible Investment team, based in Toronto. Ryan consults to pension plans, endowments and foundations on the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in their investment decision-making and governance processes. Ryan regularly leads ESG education sessions and investment beliefs workshops to help investment committees evolve their thinking on a range of responsible investment issues – from ethical investing to climate risk and ESG risk management.

    Prior to joining Mercer in March 201, Ryan worked as a consultant to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment secretariat in London. Prior to this Ryan worked for an environmental engineering firm. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master of Environment and Resource Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) designation.

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    Rhiannon Traill, President and CEO, The Economic Club of Canada

    Rhiannon founded The Jr. Economic Club of Canada to inspire Canadian youth to become financially literate. The program A Day on Bay was launched in the fall of 2011, followed by the launch of Bay Street Boot Camp in 2012 and to date has accepted over 10,000 students from across the province of Ontario and granted over $60,000.00 in academic scholarships. Mrs. Traill has successfully developed three financial literacy tool kits to aid educators in teaching important financial skills to high school students. The Jr. EC toolkit “Your Money, Your Wellness, has now been successfully delivered in over 75% of the classrooms in Ontario. In September 2014, Mrs. Traill launched Jr. ECTV, a television program that provides a platform for young Canadians to talk about important issues. Mrs. Traill serves as the show’s host, writer and community producer. The program airs once a week and has included such high profiles guests as The Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minster of Finance, Craig Alexander, Former Chief Economist of TD Bank & The Right Honourable John Turner, Former Prime Minister of Canada . The Jr. Economic Club have been nationally recognized by Canada’s Late Minister of Finance, The Honourable Jim Flaherty. Mrs. Traill has appeared numerous times on BNN and CTV News to speak about the success of the program and the importance of financial literacy.

    Rhiannon Traill is also the President & CEO of The Economic Club of Canada. Each year, more than 100 key policy makers and business leaders seek out The Economic Club of Canada to make major keynote addresses. In past years, guests have included such high-profile figures as Senator John McCain; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine; Francois Hollande, President of France, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California. Mrs. Traill has successfully expanded Economic Club operations across Canada, making it the only National Public Policy Platform in Canada. The club now successfully stages events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Moncton.

    In 2013 Rhiannon was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Women’s Executive Network in the Telus Future Leaders category. In 2015 Rhiannon was once again named one of The Top 100, in the Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters category. She is also on the Toronto committee for Canadian Blood Services Campaign for All Canadians which is a charity working to set up a National Public Umbilical Cord Blood Bank in Canada. In 2014 and 2015, Rhiannon was elected to Ryerson University's Board of Governors where she is responsible for the governance of the university; control of its property and revenues and the conduct of its business and affairs. She is also a musician, golfer, runner and a Ryerson University graduate. She currently resides in Markham with her husband Eric and her sons Luke and Bennett.

  • Dan Wicklum-Photo_100x139
    Dan Wicklum, CEO, COSIA

    Dan has been the Chief Executive of COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance) since March 2012.

    Prior to joining COSIA, Dan occupied various senior positions for Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada including Director General of Wildlife and Landscape Science, Director General of Water Science and Technology, and Director of Strategic Alliances. Dan has a vast range of experience in sustainable development. He was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Federal Minister of Natural Resources and the Government House Leader, and he launched and was the Executive Director of The Canadian Forest Innovation Council.

    Dan has a BSc. in Biology (University of Guelph, 1990), a MSc. in Aquatic Ecology (University of Calgary, 1994) and a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology (University of Montana, 1998). After completing his graduate education, Dan took a faculty position as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Montana. Dan is a Board member of the Canada Water Network (NCE) and the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation, and serves on the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producer Responsible Canadian Energy Advisory Committee.

    Dan’s initial career was as a linebacker in the CFL, playing with both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1988) and the Calgary Stampeders (1989-91).

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    Derek Burleton, Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group

    Derek is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists that provides leading analysis on the Canadian economy and financial markets. Each year, he travels extensively across Canada, speaking at more than 50 events on economic and financial developments. As a respected commentator, Derek has been quoted by many media outlets – including the Globe and Mail, Financial Times and the Economist. He also is frequently interviewed on the radio and television.

    Derek maintains a strong interest in Canadian public policy issues, and has written substantive reports on health care sustainability, education and immigration reform. He participates in a number of advisory and steering committees both internal and external to TD Bank Group and currently serves on the Board of the Toronto Association of Business Economists (TABE).

    Derek Burleton received his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.

    Derek has fifteen years of experience as an economist in the financial industry.

  • Nicolas Eisenberger-Photo_100x139
    Nicholas Eisenberger, Managing Partner, Pure Energy Partners

    Nicholas Eisenberger is a pioneer of the clean economy. As a successful entrepreneur, investor, strategist, and highly regarded speaker and author, Nicholas has worked for two decades to advance the clean technology industry. Nicholas is the founder of Pure Energy Partners, a venture catalyst firm that invests in high potential clean economy companies and actively works to accelerate their commercial success. Eisenberger is also a co-founder of the CREO Syndicate, a network of family office investors focused on opportunities in the clean economy, a co-founder of SuperCollider, a new investment platform focused on early stage Cleanweb companies using digital technologies to transform how we use energy and resources, and a board member of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the leading national umbrella organization for the alternative energy industry. Previously, Nicholas was Managing Principal of GreenOrder, which he and his partners established as one of the most influential corporate sustainability strategy firms and sold in 2008. Called one of the "go to guys" in the clean economy by Fortune, Nicholas is widely recognized for his groundbreaking work with global companies such as GE, whose multi-billion dollar ecomagination initiative Nicholas played a key role in guiding from its launch.

  • Greg Fergus-Photo_100x139
    Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

    Greg has worked as a policy advisor and senior policy advisor in a number of ministerial offices. He has also worked at all levels of the Liberal Party of Canada, including as National Director, where he introduced change and innovation that made the Party more efficient, restoring it to today’s modern appeal.

    He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Aylmer Arms Residence and a member of the parish council for a parish within his riding. In the past, he has been vice president of a neighbourhood association, amongst other contributions. He has also been involved with elementary and secondary school committees and sports teams and with organizations defending regional interests.

    Greg holds two Bachelor’s Degrees – one in Social Science and one in International Relations. He has also undertaken studies at the master’s level in international relations. Over the past 25 years, he has worked in both the private and public sectors, with not for profit organizations and in the academic sector.

  • Frank Iacobucci-Photo_100x139
    Honourable Frank Iacobucci, Senior Counsel, Torys LLP

    Frank Iacobucci joined Torys as Counsel in September 2004 after retiring as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. As Counsel, Frank advises government and business on important legal and policy matters. His work includes guidance, advice and support to clients of Torys and members of the firm.

    Frank has received numerous awards, honours and other recognitions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy. Frank has been awarded honorary degrees from Lakehead University (2014), University of Western Ontario (2009), McMaster University (2008), University of Trinity College at the University of Toronto (2005), York University (2005), Queen’s University (2005), University of Waterloo (2003), Università della Calabria (Cosenza, Italy) (2003), McGill University (2003), Law Society of Upper Canada (2000), University of Victoria (1996), University of Ottawa (1995), University of British Columbia (1989) and University of Toronto (1989). He is also an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of St. John’s College, Cambridge. On October 2, 2009, Frank was awarded the Justice Medal for lifetime achievement from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. He was appointed an Honorary Witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in April, 2014. He was also appointed a Companion in the Order of Canada in July 2007. In 2010 he was inducted into the Italian Walk of Fame and in 2012 awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.

    Frank has had a distinguished career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. He began his career in 1964 as a lawyer at Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood in New York, where he practised corporate and securities law. In 1967, he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was a professor of law there until 1985. He also served as Vice-President, Internal Affairs at the University of Toronto from 1975 to 1979 and Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he was Vice-President and Provost of the University. In 1985, Frank was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada; in 1988, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada; and in 1991, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. During his career, Frank was also a Commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission from 1982 to 1985, and Counsel to the Estey Commission in 1974. Biography | Toronto The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, CC, QC, LLD, LSM | Biography 2 In June 2005, Frank was appointed by the Government of Canada as its representative to lead discussions toward a fair and lasting resolution of the legacy of Indian residential schools. In November 2006, Frank was appointed by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General as a member of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario. He is past Chairman of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. In December 2006, he was appointed Commissioner to lead an inquiry into the conduct of Canadian officials regarding certain individuals. He also was appointed by the Government of Ontario to lead discussions that resulted in a Framework Agreement between Grassy Narrows First Nation and the Ministry of Natural Resources. In 2011, he was appointed by the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario as an Independent Reviewer to provide a report on the process for including individuals living in First Nations reserve communities on the province's jury roles. He is representing the Province of Ontario in its negotiations with the Chiefs of the Matawa Council on the Ring of Fire and in 2014 submitted his report following an independent review of various matters for Chief Blair of the Toronto Police Service relating to police encounters with mentally or emotionally disturbed persons. He has also conducted numerous arbitrations and mediations.

  • Mike Pedersen-Photo_100x139
    Mike Pedersen, Group Head, U.S. Banking, TD Bank Group and President and CEO, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®

    As Group Head U.S. Banking, TD Bank Group, and President & CEO, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, Mike is responsible for leading TD’s retail and commercial banking operations in the U.S.

    Prior to joining TD in 2007, Mike worked in London, England, where he was responsible for Barclays’ global private bank and two other international businesses. Before joining Barclays, Mike spent 12 years at CIBC, where he held senior executive roles in retail and business banking.

    Mike graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1984 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and obtained his Master of Industrial Relations degree from the University of Toronto in 1988.

    Throughout his career, Mike has been actively involved in community causes focused on strengthening local service organizations and driving deeper engagement around sustainability and environmental initiatives.

    Mike is also a former Chairman of the Canadian Bankers Association.

    Mike and his wife Martha live in Philadelphia with their three children.

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    Dr. Shawn Qu, President and CEO, Canadian Solar

    Dr. Qu has been chairman, president and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar since founding the company in 2001. Through his leadership Canadian Solar became a public listed company on NASDAQ in 2006 and has since firmly established itself among the top ranked manufacturers of solar photovoltaic products globally.
     
    Prior to founding Canadian Solar, Dr. Qu held various positions in product engineering, business development and strategic planning at ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Inc. and its solar subsidiary Photowatt International S.A. Prior to ATS Dr. Qu was a research scientist at Ontario Power Generation where he worked as a process leader in its solar product commercialization team.
     
    In 2011 Dr. Qu became a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, one of the most prestigious universities in China. Dr. Qu has published research articles in academic journals including IEEE Quantum Electronics, Applied Physics Letter and Physical Review. He received a Ph.D. in material sciences in 1995 from the University of Toronto, focusing on semiconductor superlattice and optical effects. He also holds a Master of Science in physics from University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Science in physics from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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    Annette Verschuren, CEO, NRStor

    Annette Verschuren, a native of North Sydney, Nova Scotia has taken her wealth of unique experience and well-rounded skill-set in finance, operations and leadership and applied it to public, private and non-profit ventures throughout her career. In July 2012, Annette oversaw the creation of NRStor Inc. as Chair and CEO. Within 24 months the Company had opened the first commercial grid-connected energy storage flywheel installation in Canada.  She has been and influencer of policy and worked to create a market for advanced energy storage in Ontario.  Formerly the president of The Home Depot Canada and Asia, Annette grew Canadian operations from 19 to 179 stores between 1996 and 2011. She also led The Home Depot’s entry into China between 2006-2009. Prior to her career at The Home Depot, Annette served as the president and co-owner of Michaels of Canada (arts & crafts) 1993-1996. Annette began her career as a development officer with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a coal mining operation, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She then worked with the Canada Development Investment Corporation as executive vice-president, privatizing crown corporations, before joining Imasco Ltd. as vice-president, corporate development. Annette currently sits on the board of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Air Canada, Saputo and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. Annette volunteers her time with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH), the Conference Board of Canada and also serves as the Chancellor of Cape Breton University. Annette served as a member of the North American Competitiveness Council, part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. She was also a member of Finance Minister Flaherty’s Economic Advisory Council, a group of 11 Canadian business leaders charged with advising the Government of Canada on the global economic crisis. Most recently, Annette was appointed Chair of the Federal Government’s Expert Panel for the Venture Capital Action Plan. In 2011, Annette received the highest civilian honor as an Officer of The Order of Canada for her contribution to the retail industry and Corporate Social Responsibility.

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    Andrew Winston, Author and Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies

    Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges. Andrew’s first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling over 100,000 copies in seven languages. Inc. Magazine included Green to Gold on its all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own. His new book, The Big Pivot, provides a practical roadmap to help leaders build resilient, thriving companies and communities in a volatile world. He is also author of the Harvard Business Review Magazine cover story, “Resilience in a Hotter World.” His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever. His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at the Boston Consulting Group and strategy and marketing roles at Time Warner and MTV. Today, Andrew is also a highly respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands at high-profile events like TED with an entertaining message of practical optimism: the world’s challenges are great, but business has the tools, resources, and creativity to build a prosperous world. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale. 

Moderators

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DANIELLE BOCHOVE, MINING AND METALS REPORTER, BLOOMBERG NEWS

Danielle covers the North American metals and mining space for News out of Toronto. Before joining she worked as a national television and radio host for CBC News, hosted her own daily business program on BNN, and spent nine years with Reuters in Chicago, Tokyo and London where she covered the Asian Economic Crisis and the launch of the euro. She majored in International Relations and English Literature at Trinity College and studied Journalism at Ryerson University. She is a Senior Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History.

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EMILY CHASAN, SUSTAINABLE FINANCE EDITOR, BLOOMBERG BRIEF

Emily Chasan is the editor of 's weekly Sustainable Finance Brief. She covers trends in corporate sustainability and corporate governance and provides actionable insights for investors on sustainable, responsible and impact investment strategies.

She was previously a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal's CFO Journal, which she helped launch, and a senior correspondent at Reuters where she covered accounting, law, hedge funds, manufacturing, and the U.S. stock market. She led the wire service's team of bankruptcy reporters during the financial crisis from 2008 to 2010.

She has won two Front Page Awards from the Newswomen's Club of New York and in 2012 was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors' "Directorship 100" list of people most influential on corporate boards of directors.

Emily graduated from Tufts University cum laude with a degree in Economics and International Relations. You can follow her on twitter @echasan.

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PAMELA RITCHIE, ANCHOR, THE DAILY BRIEF, BLOOMBERG TV CANADA

Pamela Ritchie is an experienced financial reporter skilled at hosting fast-paced, live, breaking-news programs through the opening and close of trade. Ritchie regularly interviews industry titans such as CEO of TD Bank, Bahrant Masani, CEO of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Michael Sabia, Founder of Barrick Gold, Peter Munk, and Canada’s Finance Minister, Bill Morneau. Prior to joining TV Canada, Ritchie anchored BNN’s flagship morning show 'The Street'. With access to so many top lawmakers, and with her particular interest in The Middle East and International Affairs, Ritchie brings a unique perspective when discussing today's political economy and its impact on the market.

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DAVID SCANLAN, MANAGING EDITOR—CANADA, BLOOMBERG NEWS

David Scanlan is the News Managing Editor for Canada and is responsible for news coverage in the country. Based in Toronto, he oversees news bureaus in Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Scanlan joined in 1996 as the company’s first reporter in Bogota, Colombia. He then worked as bureau chief for Lima, Sao Paulo and Madrid, before returning to his hometown of Toronto in 2003. Prior to joining , Scanlan was a business and features reporter at the Ottawa Citizen. He also worked for the CBC, The Economist, The Financial Times, Miami Herald, Tortonto Star and Maclean's magazine.

He has received accolades and scholarships from the Committee to Protect Journalists, Canadian Association of Journalists and the Ottawa Community Group.

He holds a B.A. in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa.

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JEREMY VAN LOON, CALGARY BUREAU CHIEF, BLOOMBERG NEWS

As Calgary bureau chief, Jeremy van Loon helps coordinate coverage of the Canadian energy industry as well as writing about energy, environment and politics for customers on the terminal, website and magazines. Prior to relocating to Canada in 2011, he was based in Berlin where he covered renewable energy and environmental topics. He was a 2010 National Center for Atmospheric Research journalism fellow, and has won awards from SABEW Canada and the Native American Journalist Association. He joined in 2000 as a reporter in Frankfurt covering the stock market, auto manufacturers and airlines. Van Loon graduated with a BA from the University of Victoria, Canada and holds an MSc degree from the University of London in environmental management.

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JOSH WINGROVE, ECONOMY AND POLITICS REPORTER, CANADA, BLOOMBERG NEWS

Josh Wingrove covers Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian politics for News, and is based in Ottawa. He worked previously at The Globe and Mail.

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Founded in 2003, The Economic Club of Canada (The EC) has earned a prestigious reputation for hosting quality events and important policy discussions across Canada. The EC’s mission is to bring members and guests face-to-face the leaders of today.

Each year, more than 100 key policy makers and business leaders seek out The EC to make keynote addresses. Speakers have included such high-profile figures as Senator John McCain; Francois Holland, President of France; Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine; the Premiers of Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba; and numerous Federal and Provincial Cabinet Ministers.

Audiences are drawn from the most senior levels of Canadian business, industry and government. Membership is open to all who share a passion for important issues of the day.

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The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves more than 24 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in TD Ameritrade; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with approximately 10.7 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$1.1 trillion in assets on April 30, 2016. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

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Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions is a leading provider of integrated real estate management services, including facilities management, project delivery services, energy and sustainability solutions, building performance management, workplace advisory and management, and real estate services. We manage 150 square feet of property and infrastructure for our clients. Further information is available at www.brookfieldgis.com. Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions is a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $200 billion of assets under management. For further information, go to www.brookfield.com.

Videos


Opening Remarks
Thomas Miller, Diplomatic and Global Business Lead, think and code


Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change: The Role of Business and Finance
Mike Pedersen, Group Head, U.S. Banking, TD Bank Group and President & CEO, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®



The Face of the "New Economy": Lessons From Low-Carbon Leaders and Ecopreneurs
Lynn Blodgett, CEO, Bigmoon Power; Dr. Shawn Qu, President and CEO, Canadian Solar; Annette Verschuren, CEO, NRStor; Moderated by Jeremy Van Loon, Calgary Bureau Chief, News


Resource Rich or More Resourceful? Striking the Right Balance with Natural Resources
Honourable Frank Iacobucci, Senior Counsel, Torys LLP; Dan Wicklum, CEO, COSIA; Moderated by Danielle Bochove, Mining and Metals Reporter, News



The Intesection of Business and Finance in the Low-Carbon Economy
Nicholas Eisenberger, Founder and Managing Partner, Pure Energy Partners; In conversation with Thomas Miller, Diplomatic and Global Business Lead, think and code


Enablers of Change: Economic Policy and Finance for the Low-Carbon Economy
Derek Burleton, Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group; Chris Erickson, Founder and General Partner, Pangaea Ventures Ltd.; Ryan Pollice, Investment Consultant and Regional Business Leader, Responsible Investment Team, Mercer; Moderated by Emily Chasan, Sustainable Finance Editor, Brief



Cities of the Future: Roadmaps for Sustainable Urban Planning
Dan Corns, CEO, Magnovate; Gord Hicks, President, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions; Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner & Executive Director, City of Toronto; Moderated by David Scanlan, Managing Editor—Canada, News


Moving to the Low-Carbon Economy: Challenges and Opportunities
Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; In conversation with Josh Wingrove, Economy/Politics Reporter, Canada, News



The Big Pivot: Innovation and Value Creation in a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open and Connected World
Andrew Winston, Author and Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies


Closing Remarks
Rhiannon Traill, President & CEO, The Economic Club of Canada; Lee Ballin, Team Lead, Sustainable Business and Finance

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