April 18, 2013: 

Producing Fossil Fuels with Hydraulic Fracturing: Evaluating the Global and Local Risks and Opportunities of Fracking.


December 4th, 2013:

2014 and Beyond: Is Your Business Ready? A Leadership Discussion.  

May 26, 2014

A special thanks to all of our speakers for their contributions and to an excellent session on green bonds.  We are pleased to share the following presentations. 

1. Green Bonds , presented by Bill Tharp

2. Considering Green Bonds: Some Key Elements , presented by Gray Taylor 

3. KPMG Third-Party Assurance of Green Bonds , presented by Bill Murphy

4. TD Bank - Green Bonds , presented by Peter Walker and Karen Clarke-Whistler 



September 23rd, 2014:

Canadian Real Estate and Sustainability Performance. Are Canadian Real Estate Assets at Risk of Losing Investors Due to Lack of Sustainability Performance?   

Register HERE .   



Michael Brooks, CEO of Real Property Association of Canada, (REALpac)  

Ted Kesik, Associate Professor, Building Science, Faculty of Architecture. University of Toronto  

Anthony De Francesco , Executive Director and Head of IPD Australia & New Zealand

Urs Uhlmann, CEO, Zurich Global Corporate Canada 



November 18th, 2014: 

Thought Leadership Panel:

"The Impacts of Climate Change, Adaptation and Resiliency on the Insurance Industry and Business Community".  

Please join on us on November 18, 2014 at the Faculty Club of the University of Toronto at 5:30 p.m. for the University of Toronto's School of the Environment 2014 Thought Leadership Event presented by the School's Environmental Finance Advisory Committee. The topic of this year's event is "The Impacts of Climate Change, Adaptation and Resiliency on the Insurance Industry and Business Community".  

We are delighted to announce that our thought leadership speaker will be Kathy Bardswick, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Co-operators Group Limited and Chairperson of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. She will address the need for insurance companies and the business community to work in close harmony with governments, non-governmental organizations and civil society generally to build resiliency into Canadian infrastructure and economic arrangement.  

With the insurance industry reeling from apparently ever increasing costs of extreme weather (witness the Calgary flood, the Toronto flood, the Toronto ice storm, the Angus, Ontario tornadoes, etc.), Kathy's presentation will be timely and provocative.  In particular the inadequacy of responses to date to climate change adaptation requirements, including from governments and provincial institutions will be explored.

The panel, moderated by Toby Heaps, the President of Corporate Knights, will include Blair Feltmate, Director of Sustainability Practice and Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo.  

Following the discussion and a robust Q&A session is the presentation of the inaugural Rodney White Environmental Studies Scholarship and the second Skip Willis Undergraduate Scholarship.

A networking reception will follow. 

Register HERE.


Toby Heaps, President of Corporate Knights

Confirmed Speakers:

Kathy Bardswick, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Co-operators Group Limited

Blair Feltmate, Program Director and Associate Professor, Sustainability Practice and Chair, Climate Change Adaptation Project at the University of Waterloo


Tuesday, November 18, 2014 


$99.00 plus HST.  Proceeds of the event will be distributed to both the Rodney White and Skip Willis Scholarships.

Event Time:        

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.   Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. 


Faculty Club, University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks St.

Networking Reception:           

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

If you cannot attend, please consider a donation.  


November 24th, 2014

The Climate Change Agenda: Canada, the Canadian West, Business, Markets and the Future .


Please join IETA and the Environmental Finance Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto's School of the Environment as we examine The Climate Change Agenda: Canada, the Canadian West, Business, Markets and the Future. In support of The Errick (Skip) Willis Undergraduate Scholarship.

A networking reception will follow.

Date:               Monday, November 24th, 2014

Time:               5 – 9 p.m.  

Location:         The Ranchmen’s Club

                      710-13th Avenue S.W. Calgary, T2R 0K9

Cost:         $99.00.  Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Errick(Skip) Willis Undergraduate Scholarship.

About the Scholarship:   

The Skip Willis Undergraduate Scholarship was created in honor of Errick "Skip" Willis by his family and friends.  Skip was an internationally recognized expert in climate change, a valued member of the Environmental Finance Committee and an instructor with the School of Environment’s Carbon Finance program.  Skip was a frequent guest lecturer for numerous undergraduate and graduate courses, and a generous mentor to students.  The award honors his commitment to civil discourse and progress on climate change issues. 

If you cannot attend, please consider a donation. You can also download the pledge form HERE

Register at Eventbrite.  





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