“Investing in low carbon assets – how to unlock carbon opportunities”


Please join the School of the Environment's Environmental Finance Committee and the Rotman School of Business on Thursday, November 24th for “Investing in low carbon assets – how to unlock carbon opportunities”. 

Doors open at 5:00 with a panel discussion from 5:30-6:30 followed by a networking reception from 6:30-7:30.  


As recently as 2010, climate change was perceived in the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risk Survey to be an emerging risk of moderate likelihood and impact.


Three years later, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation became one of the five most impactful risks and, by 2016, it was number one.

The global acceptance of the urgency of this risk brought 195 countries together at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015 to adopt the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. This agreement sets out an action plan to limit global warming to below 2°C this century above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C.


How to get there? Shifting government policies, technological advances and more robust data to increase understanding of and ability to predict physical risks will be key.


But what policies, technologies and data? And how will we align our own efforts with initiatives from other countries (and even our own provinces!) to ensure we aren ultimately achieving the same global objective?


The University of Toronto presents a candid discussion between representatives from government and Canada’s pension funds to identify strategies for unlocking low carbon opportunities across a range of asset classes and investors. What policy changes can governments make to encourage the massive levels of investment needed to transition to a low carbon economy? And, how can investors work with the public and private sectors to protect themselves from today’s number one global risk?


For reference, see The Ambachtsheer Letter, October 2016: Governor Carney on Climate Change: Why Pension People Should Pay Attention: 



Join us on Thursday, November 24.  Doors open at 4:15 with a panel discussion from 5:00-6:30 followed by a networking reception from 6:30-7:30. Location is the Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor), Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George Street. 



Keith Ambachtsheer, President, KPA Advisory Services (moderator)

Paul Manias, Managing Director, OMERS Platform Investments

Deborah Ng, Director, Strategy and Risk, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario 


Registration now open at this LINK

Full program located  HERE    


Please note: This program may be eligible toward the Law Society's CPD Requirement as Substantive Hours.  Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours. For more information, contact the Law Society of Upper Canada. And, CFA members are eligible to use the sessions in Speaker Series @ Rotman to receive CE credits.

We acknowledge the generous support of this event by the Climate Solutions Group, the Ivey foundation and ECOFYS.





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2016 Thought Leadership Event: Update from the 2016 Marrakech UN Climate Negotiations: Conference Highlights


Please join us at 5:30 p.m. on November 23, 2016 for the University of Toronto's School of the Environment 2016 Thought Leadership Event, presented by the School's Environmental Finance Advisory Committee. The topic of this year's event is an Update from the 2016 Marrakech UN Climate Negotiations: Conference Highlights & Considerations for Canada and the Provinces Under the Paris Agreement.


The Paris Agreement to combat climate change enters into force on November 4, 2016, days before the international community meets in Marrakech for the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (COP22) and the First Meeting of Parties under the Paris Agreement (CMA1). In close collaboration with provinces, particularly Quebec and Ontario, Canada’s Federal Government played an important role in shepherding through key elements of the Paris Agreement, including aspects related to markets and “cooperative approaches”. Ontario’s new cap-and-trade program, to be linked with Quebec and California's market in 2018, will not only assist Canada in reaching its climate target but also illuminate the power of cross-border carbon markets and “cooperative approaches”.

In the wake of the US election, the panel will also share considerations and thoughts on a President Trump world, including outlooks for the Clean Power Plan, the Paris Agreement, and potential for cooperation and markets at home and abroad.  


Join us to hear these international and Canadian climate policy and finance experts, some of whom will be on the ground in Marrakech for the two-week climate conference, report on the developments from the meeting and its implications for Canada and Ontario.



Katie Sullivan, Director, The Americas & International Climate Finance, IETA


Erik Haites, President, Margaree Consultants and Advisor to UNFCCC on Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance


Lisa DeMarco, Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP


The Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment & Climate Change 

Robert Page, IETA Fellow; Board Chair of the ISO 14000 international environmental standards board (Geneva); member of the Climate Action Group to the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change


Moderator: Gray Taylor, Counsel, Climate Solutions Group and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, School of the Environment


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



A networking reception will follow.


Registration fee: $99.00 plus HST.  Register HERE on Eventbrite.  Proceeds of the event will be distributed to both the Rodney White and Skip Willis Undergraduate Scholarships.  


Join us on Wednesday, November 23rd. Event registration opens at 4:30 p.m., session 5:30-7:30, reception 7:30-8:30.  Location is the Main Dining Room, Faculty Club, University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks Street.



Please note: This program may be eligible toward the Law Society's CPD Requirement

as Substantive Hours. It is not accredited for Professionalism Hours. For more

information, contact the Law Society off Upper Canada. 

To learn more about the scholarships or to make a donation, please see this LINK   








Katie Sullivan serves as IETA's Director of The Americas and International Climate Finance. On behalf of IETA’s 160+ business members – and alongside dozens of global partners, including the World Bank, UNFCCC, EDF and OECD – Katie leads efforts to inform climate policy and carbon pricing initiatives across North and South America. She also manages IETA’s growing work on global aviation and financial instruments to leverage and scale low-carbon private capital. Katie’s a member of the University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Committee, Ivey Foundation’s Climate Advisory Committee, and the Climate Advisory Group to Ontario’s Minister of Environment & Climate Change. Prior to IETA, Katie worked with ICF International, where she managed Canada’s Industry-Provincial Offsets Group and authored UNEP’s compendium on “Green Financial Products & Services”. Katie holds a MA (Distinction) in Environmental Policy & Development from Sussex University (UK). 


Erik Haites is the President of Margaree Consultants Inc. He has worked on emissions trading systems since the PERT demonstration project in Ontario in 1996. He has contributed to designs of greenhouse gas emissions trading programs for Alberta, Australia, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. Erik has been an advisor/consultant to the UNFCCC on numerous matters, including the Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance, a summary of which is going to the Marrakech COP as an annex to the report of the Standing Committee on Finance.


Lisa DeMarco is the senior partner of DeMarco Allan LLP, a Toronto based boutique law firm.  She has over two decades of experience in law, regulation, policy and advocacy relating to energy and climate change. She represents several governments and leading energy clients in a wide variety of natural gas, electricity, pipeline, and energy storage matters before various regulatory tribunals, including the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board. She is ranked by Chamber’s Global as one of the world’s leading climate change lawyers and regularly attends and advises on United Nations Climate negotiations. She is ranked and repeatedly recommended by Lexpert, Expert Guide, International Who’s Who and Chambers Canada as a leading energy (oil and gas) and environment lawyer. She was appointed to the Premier of Ontario’s now completed Climate Change Advisory Panel and continues to serve as an appointed member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force and Climate Action Group. Ms. DeMarco is a member of the Board of Directors of Ontario Power Generation and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund Investment Committee. She is currently on the editorial board of the Carbon and Climate Law Review.


Gray Taylor is the General Counsel and a Principal of the Climate Solutions Group and is the principal of Gray Taylor Law. Gray was identified in Chambers Global, the leading lawyer rating journal, as "being universally recognized as the godfather of Canadian climate change law". He is the past Chair of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, a former director of IETA and a member of the Environmental Finance Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto's School of the Environment. He is the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Environment at the School of the Environment. 


Robert (Bob) Page was educated at Queen's and Oxford. His academic career included Trent University (Environmental & Resource Studies) and University of Calgary (Dean of Environmental Design). His business career included 10 years as VP Sust. Dev. for the TransAlta Corporation as well as regulatory work. He has direct experience in emissions trading. He was the founding Vice Chair then Chair of IETA and now Fellow. He was an environmental advisor to the NAFTA negotiations and other environment and trade work. His public service includes former Chair of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy and former board member of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency. He is currently board chair of the ISO 14000 international environmental standards board (Geneva) and a member of the Climate Action Group to the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. As board member for two Canadian corporations and two scientific bodies he has served on finance and audit committees. As a resident of Calgary, Alberta he is an enthusiastic mountain hiker and sports spectator as well cottage owner and canoeist in Buckhorn, Ontario with his wife Jocelyne.



       We acknowledge the generous support of this event by the Ivey foundation and ECOFYS.


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Around the globe, initiatives to price carbon, including cap-and-trade systems, are proliferating at a rapid pace. The shifting evolution of carbon markets, including potential new markets, market mechanisms, and market participants are occurring at an almost dizzying rate, including across Canada.


Join The University of Toronto, School of the Environment’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee for a lively and comprehensive update on all of these developments and more in Ontario, across Canada and beyond.


We will be joined after lunch for special Keynote Remarks and brief audience discussion with Ontario’s Minister of Environment & Climate Change, The Honourable Glen Murray.


Friday, June 3rd, 2016. $49.00 plus HST. 

Event Time:     

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. 


Torys LLP, 79 Wellington St. W 33rd Floor, TD Tower South 


Refreshments:   Breakfast & Lunch Provided  


We will also explore the Environmental Finance Advisory Committee's comment letter on Ontario's new cap and trade legislation and regulations.  That document is located at HERE.

Program Agenda is HERE.