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October 27, 2011 – Forum for Financial Executives – Toronto, Ontario

The bottom line on managing climate change risks and opportunities: A forum for financial executives

The NRT in partnership with the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) hosted a half-day forum for financial executives on climate change adaptation and the business community. This forum was part of the NRT’s work on its Policy Pathway Report for Climate Impacts and Adaptation (Report #5 in the Climate Prosperity series).

This forum explored the business case for action to manage and adapt to the effects of climate change. Participants heard which questions capital market players (e.g. regulators, investors, lenders and insurers) are asking about firms’ exposure to climate risks and heard about tools and strategies leading companies are using to seize business opportunities and manage risks stemming from a changing climate.


Managing the business risks and opportunities of a changing climate: A primer for executives on adaptation to climate change



Elizabeth Atkinson
Manager-Policy, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
Natural Resources Canada

Andrea Baldwin
Associate Principal

Tima Bansal
Executive Director
Network for Business Sustainability

Ian Bragg
Associate Director, Research, Policy & Institutional Services
Social Investment Organization

Sherri Brillon
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
EnCana Corporation

Nicholas Cheung
National Practice Area Leader – Sustainability
The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

Michael Conway
Chief Executive & National President (Toronto Chapter)
Financial Executives International Canada

John Coyne
Vice President & General Counsel
Unilever Canada Inc.

Julie Desjardins
The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

Jimena Eyzaguirre
Senior Policy Advisor
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Rachel Faulkner
Administration & Logistics
National Round Table on the Environment and Economy

Blair Feltmate
Associate Professor and Director, Sustainability Practice
University of Waterloo

Eleanor Fritz
Director, Compliance & Disclosure
Toronto Stock Exchange

Brian Kelly
Interim Advisor, Climate Change Office of the CAO
Region of Durham

Matthew Kiernan
Chief Executive Officer
Inflection Point Capital Management

Patricia Koval
Torys LLP

Gordon Lambert
Vice-President Sustainable Development
Suncor Energy Inc.

Pam Laughland
Knowledge Director
Network for Business Sustainability

Suzanne Loney
Policy Advisor
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Leslie Markow
Chief Financial Officer
Solutions4CO2 Inc.

Jo-Anne Matear
Assistant Manager, Corporate Finance
Ontario Securities Commission

David McLaughlin
President & Chief Executive Officer
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Doug Morrow
Senior Associate
ICF Marbek

Sandra Odendahl
Director, Corporate Environmental Affairs
Royal Bank of Canada

Kathleen O’Neill
Manager, Strategic Policy
Ontario Ministry of Environment

Robert Slater
NRTEE Vice-Chair
Adjunct Professor, Environmental Policy
Carleton University

Barb Steele
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Network for Business Sustainability

Gregor Robinson
Senior Vice-President, Policy
Chief Economist
Insurance Bureau of Canada

Jason Thistlethwaite
Project Manager, The Climate Change Adaptation Project:  Canada Research Coordinator,
The institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction University of Waterloo

Barbara Turley-McIntyre
Director, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship
The Co-operators Group Ltd

Jeffrey Williams
Director of Climate Consulting
Entergy Corporation

Bob Willard
Author & Speaker
The Sustainability Advantage

Laura Zizzo
Zizzo Allan Climate Law LLP

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