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Event - Sustainable Business Summit: Toronto

This Bloomberg event will take place on September 27, 2017, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM. It will take place at the Art Gallery of Ontario Baillie Court, 317 Dundas St W., Toronto, Ontario.

The Sustainable Business Summit 2016 leveraged Bloomberg’s unrivaled business and markets expertise to convene conversations uniquely focused on the role and opportunities of corporate executives and innovative investors.

The Toronto 2017 conference will discuss global stakes from a uniquely Canadian perspective. Subjects will include:

  • The Low Carbon Transition 
  • Changing Consumer Behaviour 
  • Building Smart, Sustainable Canadian Infrastructure 
  • Increasing Transparency in Sustainability
The summit marks the start of a two-year series of TD-Bloomberg Sustainability Dialogues, which will convene leaders across Canada for a series of conversations on major issues impacting sustainability in business.


1:30 PM Registration

2:00 PM Welcome Remarks

Lee Ballin, Head of Sustainable Business Programs, Bloomberg LP Colleen Johnston, Group Head Direct Channels, Technology, Marketing and Corporate & Public Affairs, TD Bank Group

2:10 PM Spotlight 2050: What will it take for Canada to meet its Paris Agreement commitments?

Craig Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada

2:25 PM Canada's Clean Energy Transition

2:45 PM The Low Carbon Transition: Developing Renewable Energy Sources As Canada continues its transition away from fossil fuels to low and carbon free energy sources, how is it managing the supply, distribution and market demands needed to complete this transformation? As the country becomes increasingly dependent on renewable energy, how will it address the challenges that accompany its integration? How are private sector leaders working with government officials to address the necessary infrastructure needs to enable this continued growth?

David Hickey, CEO, Siemens Wind Power
Richard Cacchione, President of Hydro-Quebec Production, Hydro-Quebec

Moderator: Jacqueline Thorpe, Toronto Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

3:15 PM The Low Carbon Transition: But what about Oil and Gas? As Canada makes the transition to a low carbon economy, what is the role of oil and gas going forward? Short term, the volatility in commodity markets has raised critical challenges for Canadian businesses and the provinces. Long term, resource development must increasingly address crucial issues about the impact on indigenous peoples and the environment. How are the Canadian government and the country’s business leaders working to ensure the responsible development of Canada's natural resources?

John Cook, President and CEO, Green Chip Financial
Tom Rand, Senior Advisor, Cleantech; Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures

3:45 PM Networking Break

4:00 PM Spotlight 2050: Changing Consumer Behavior How do we get Canadian consumers on board with the clean energy transition? What are the challenges in getting public support, both politically and in the consumer market, and how can they be overcome?

Sarah Roberton, Senior Research Associate, Environics Research
Ingrid Thompson, CEO, Pollution Probe

4:20 PM Building Smart, Sustainable Canadian Infrastructure Canada is at the cusp of a major—and essential—rebuilding of its infrastructure. Will that bring transformation to green technologies and more sustainable infrastructure, or are we replacing old technology with old technology? Speakers will break down how Canada is poised to respond to its critical infrastructure needs and discuss how to approach the infrastructure developments the country needs to improve how it looks, operates and competes in the decades to come.

Andy Byford, CEO, Toronto Transit Commission
Dr. John Barrett, President and CEO, Canada Nuclear Association
Cara Clairman, President and CEO, Plug’n Drive
Josipa Petrunic, Executive Director & CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium

4:50 PM Understanding Resiliency through Scenario Analysis Following the recent launch of the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures’ final recommendationss report, speakers overview the scenario analysis approach and share a firsthand perspective on applying it at a company.

Steve Lydenberg, Partner, Strategic Vision, Domini Social Investments
Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group

5:10 PM Spotlight 2050: Insurance and Adaptation How is the insurance industry managing climate change issues from both a pricing and disclosure and a product perspective?

Blair Feltmate, Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

5:30 PM Allocating Capital for the Long Term Financial advisors have begun to see everyone from large institutional investors to millennials weigh the balance between returns and sustainable investment strategies. How are Canadian investors integrating climate factors into their investments?

Simon MacMahon, Executive Vice President of Research, Sustainalytics
Robert Walker, Head of ESG, NEI Investments
Barbara Zvan, Chief Risk and Strategy Officer, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Moderator: Kristine Owram, Canadian Stock Market Reporter, Bloomberg News

5:55 PM Spotlight 2050: Where Do We Go from Here?

Dan Woynillowicz, Policy Director, Clean Energy Canada

6:10 PM Closing Remarks and Networking Reception



Craig Alexander brings over 20 years of experience in the private sector as an economic and financial forecaster to the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist. Mr. Alexander oversees the Board’s Economics Department. This group produces macroeconomic forecasts for the Canadian economy, provinces, territories, and industries. It runs centres on global commerce, tourism and municipal studies. There are also networks and centres related to immigration, skills and education policy – areas that have a significant impact on Canadian labour market outcomes. Previously, Craig was Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for TD Bank Group—the second largest bank in Canada and the eighth largest in the United States. Prior to joining the private sector, he spent four years as an economist at Statistics Canada.

Craig is a strong and motivational public speaker who crosses the country each year giving presentations on the state of the economy and policy issues. He is a strong supporter of literacy and a champion of the charitable sector, for which he received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

He is a former two-term president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics and holds a graduate degree in economics from the University of Toronto. Craig joined The Conference Board of Canada in September 2016


Lee Ballin is the Head of Sustainable Business Programs in Bloomberg's Global Sustainability group. Reporting to the Chairman's Office, the team aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and co-develops products and services for the Bloomberg Professional Service, enabling our clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities.

Lee works closely with a cross-functional team conducting life cycle analysis of customer facing equipment, optimizing a complex, global logistics network to minimize carbon output of shipments, and setting paper standards for three magazine publications. Lee's communications team develops best-in-class employee engagement programs, training curriculum for operating departments and Bloomberg's GRI-based Sustainability Report, published annually. He is a frequent panelist at sustainability conferences and events speaking on topics ranging from sustainable supply chains, external reporting and employee engagement.

Lee is a Fellow at the Aspen Institutes Business and Society Program and a graduate of CORO Leadership New York, a civic leadership program. He holds a bachelor's degree in business logistics from Pennsylvania State University Park and a MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business with a focus on finance and sustainability. He is an adjunct professor at the Pratt Institute, focusing on the intersection of Operations Management and Sustainable Business Strategy.


Dr. John Barrett is President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA). His professional career includes Foreign Affairs, National Defence and the Privy Council Office; international organizations such as NATO; and policy think-tanks such as the Canadian Centre for Arms Control & Disarmament.

Before joining CNA, Dr. Barrett was Canada’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, where he chaired the IAEA’s Board of Governors, and was Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization and to the United Nations in Vienna. He has served as Ambassador to Austria and to the Slovak Republic.

Dr. Barrett has a BA (Honours) and MA from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.


In April 2005, Richard Cacchione was appointed President of Hydro-Québec Production. As President of Hydro-Québec Production, he directs all generation activities, including generating station operation and development projects. He is also responsible for electricity sales and trading on wholesale markets. He joined Hydro-Québec in June 2002 as President of Hydro-Québec Équipement and was also President and CEO of the Société d’énergie de la Baie James (SEBJ) between 2003 and 2005. He was in charge of engineering, procurement and construction activities for construction projects.

From 1999 to 2002, Richard Cacchione was involved in IT Businesses. From 1992 to 1999, he worked for Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), where he started as Vice President of Finance and Administration, then became President and Head of Operations of the ADM-Capital subsidiary, followed by Executive Vice President of Operations and Marketing, and finally President of the company. From 1984 to 1992, he worked for the Lavalin Group, initially as Director of Finance, then Director of Finance and Administration, followed by Vice President of Administration and Treasurer. Prior to 1984, he held various positions in companies such as Brown Boveri Canada, Équipements Rocbec, the Coopérative fédérée du Québec and Raymond Chabot Martin Paré.

Mr. Cacchione obtained an accounting degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1978. In 2003, he was named a Fellow (FCGA) by CGA-Canada, the highest distinction awarded by the association. He holds a CGA diploma from the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA) and the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada.

In addition to being a member of these associations, he sits on boards and he is also actively involved in other charitable organizations.


Karen Clarke-Whistler is an environmental scientist who is widely recognized as a thought leader in environmental business matters. Prior to joining TD she spent more than 15 years consulting to a diverse base of clients in North and South America, Europe and Africa.

Karen is responsible for developing a program that embeds an environmental perspective into TD’s core business strategy. As a result, TD is recognized as a North American environmental leader and as a global climate leader.

Through Karen’s leadership TD has been able to demonstrate a strong positive link between the environment and the economy. TD’s numerous innovations include being the first North American-based bank to be carbon neutral, development of net zero energy branches, creation of low carbon product offerings, and being the first Canadian commercial financial institution to issue a green bond. Collaboration with TD Economics has resulted in a series of papers on the green economy.

Karen’s has been named one of the 2014 and 2016 Clean16 for her outstanding contribution to clean capitalism within the financial services sector. She supports a number of groups focused on environmental innovation and collaborative problem-solving, including the Boreal Leadership Council, Business Network for Sustainability, Private Sector Advisory Board to the Network Centres of Excellence (NCE) and Canada's Ecofiscal Commission – she serves as an advisor to Canada’s Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Karen holds a master’s degree in land resource science from Canada’s University of Guelph and a bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Toronto.


John is an investment management executive, entrepreneur and registered portfolio manager. He co-founded Greenchip Financial Corporation in 2007 and is currently President and CEO. Prior to Greenchip, John was President and COO of the MaRS Discovery District, where he led corporate development and strategy from 2001-2005. John has also held executive positions at AIM Funds Management Inc. and BPI Financial Corporation. placeholder-bio BLAIR FELTMATE, HEAD, INTACT CENTRE ON CLIMATE ADAPTATION, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

As Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre), Blair's primary interest is to de-risk Canada relative to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The Intact Centre's website can be found at


As the Head of the Siemens Gamesa Business in Canada, David Hickey is responsible for the overall strategic management, direction and leadership for all activities in Canada.

Prior to being appointed to his current role in December 2016, Mr. Hickey was the Vice President of the Wind Power and Renewables Division of Siemens Canada. Mr. Hickey joined Siemens in 2001, and has held various leadership roles across the Wind Power Generation portfolio with an emphasis in Project Management in Canada and the United States, including Head of Proposals for the Americas region with Wind Power and Renewables based out of Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Hickey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. He is a tireless advocate of clean and affordable energy, and a staunch supporter of Canada’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.

You can follow Mr. Hickey on Twitter @david_hickey50


Colleen Johnston is currently Group Head Direct Channels, Technology, Marketing and Corporate & Public Affairs, TD Bank Group as of January 2, 2016. Prior to this she was Group Head Finance, Sourcing and Corporate Communications, and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group.

Colleen began her career in 1982 with Price Waterhouse. She spent 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior positions, including CFO of Scotia Capital. She joined TD in March 2004 as Executive Vice President, Finance Operations, and was promoted to the senior executive team a year later in November 2005 as a Group Head and CFO.

Colleen graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor of business administration. She received her chartered accountant designation in 1984 and in 2006 was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), the highest designation conferred by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, recognizing her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities

Colleen has received numerous top industry honours as a senior finance executive – she was recognized by Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women three years in a row and inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2007. Colleen was named “Best Chief Financial Officer” in October 2009 by Canadian Business magazine, and in 2011, for the third year in a row, was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker. In 2012, Colleen was recognized as Canada’s CFO of the Year, an award that is presented annually by Financial Executives International Canada, PwC and Robert Half International. In 2013, Colleen was awarded the Catalyst Canada Honours in the Business Leader Category

Colleen is on the boards of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Shaw Festival and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business at York University. She previously served as Chair of the Board for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Bridgepoint Health and the ShareLife Corporate Campaign. At TD, she is actively involved in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as a founding member of the Women in Leadership Committee.

Born in Vancouver, Colleen currently resides in Toronto with her husband. She enjoys travelling, reading and an active lifestyle.


Mr. Lydenberg provides strategic vision and direction to guide the firm’s policies, procedures, and daily practices. He exercises oversight of the integration of Domini’s social and environmental standards into its research processes and into its communications with shareholders in the Domini Funds, the corporations these Funds invest in, and the public. Mr. Lydenberg previously served as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer, Vice President of Domini Funds, and was a co-founder of the Domini 400 Social Index, the first index to utilize social and environmental standards.

Mr. Lydenberg has been active in researching the social and environmental performance of corporations since 1975. Mr. Lydenberg was a co-founder of KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. and served as its research director from 1990 to 2001. From 1987 to 1989, he was an associate with Franklin Research and Development Corporation (now known as Trillium Asset Management). For 12 years he worked with the Council on Economic Priorities, ultimately as director of corporate accountability research.

Steve has written numerous publications on issues of corporate social responsibility. He is the author of Corporations and the Public Interest (Berrett-Koehler, 2005), coauthor of Dilemmas in Responsible Investment (Greenleaf, 2011), Investing for Good (Harper Collins, 1993), coeditor of The Social Investment Almanac (Henry Holt, 1992), and coauthor of Rating America’s Corporate Conscience (Addison-Wesley, 1986), and has published a variety of papers on the philosophy and practice of sustainable investing. Mr. Lydenberg is a founding director of the Institute for Responsible Investment and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.

Steve holds a B.A. in English from Columbia College and an M.F.A. in theater arts from Cornell University, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Simon MacMahon is Head of Research at Sustainalytics and is a member of the company’s executive team. He oversees all ESG research and the management of Sustainalytics’ ESG products. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, professional certification from the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and is a certified Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) trainer. He is a board member of the Responsible Investment Association.



Josipa G. Petrunic is the Executive Director & CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). She is leading the formulation of several national transportation technology trials related to zero-emissions transportation and “smart vehicles” innovation, including the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial, the Pan-Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstration & Integration Trial and the Canadian National Smart Vehicle Demonstration Project. Dr. Petrunic has built up CUTRIC’s consortium to include more than 100 private and public sector companies and organizations across Canada. Previously, she served as the lead researcher in electric vehicle policy studies at McMaster University, and as a senior research fellow at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom in Science and Technology Studies and the history of mathematics and engineering. She completed her PhD in the History of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) as a Commonwealth Scholar, after completing a Master's of Science in Science and Technology Studies (STS), also as a Commonwealth Scholar. She previously completed a Master's of Science in Political Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism at Carleton University. Before pursuing graduate studies, Dr. Petrunic worked as a journalist at the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Edmonton Journal. Dr. Petrunic continues to lecture in Globalization Studies at McMaster University as part of the Institute for Globalization, and she lectures in interdisciplinary research methods as part of the Master’s of Arts in Integrated Studies program at Athabasca University


Tom Rand is a global thought leader with a recognized record of extraordinary achievement in the promotion of a low carbon economy. A green entrepreneur, investor, advisor, public speaker, and author, Rand’s ambition is to help bring clean technology to life.

Currently Rand is Managing Partner at the privately-back ArcTern Ventures and Senior Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto, Canada where he helps the next generation of cleantech companies grow to global leadership. Rand is founder and director of VCi Green Funds, a seed and venture capital fund in the low- carbon sector; co-developer of Planet Traveler, the “greenest hotel in North America”; and sits on the Board of Directors of a number of Cleantech companies and organizations.


Sarah Roberton is Vice President, Corporate and Public Affairs at Environics Research. She uses research insights to help clients understand and communicate more effectively with their audiences, whether they are stakeholders, customers or the public. Sarah leads the company’s energy-environment practice, and is director of Environics’ Canadian Environmental Barometer, a biannual national study which provides clients with ongoing public opinion intelligence on energy, natural resources and the environment.


After a multi-faceted career of more than 20 years in various roles in the energy, environmental and infrastructure sectors, Ingrid joined the Pollution Probe team in 2016. Ingrid is leading the strategic evolution of Pollution Probe, as it approaches its 50th year of working to improve the health and well- being of Canadians by advancing policy that achieves positive environmental change.

While a senior advisor in the Ontario government, Ingrid took lead roles on files including the implementation of Drive Clean, an overhaul of Ontario air quality standards, the response to the Walkerton e-Coli crisis and resulting preventive measures, and the initial development of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Most recently, Ingrid worked in Europe as a change management professional for a number of blue-chip companies, helping them to plan and navigate change and transformation programs.

In her free time, Ingrid is an avid reader and enjoys travel and scuba diving.


Jacqueline Thorpe is Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News in Toronto, where she wrangles a team of 15 journalists covering markets, financial services, mining, telecom and technology, real estate and the First Word service of breaking news and insights. Prior to that, she worked at Canada’s Financial Post newspaper for 13 years, as deputy managing editor as well as the paper’s economics columnist and reporter. Jacqueline worked for Reuters in London and Toronto in the 1990s and is a graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @jthorpe11.


Robert Walker is the Vice President of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Services for NEI Investments. NEI manages Canada’s largest responsible investment mutual fund family.

Robert leads a nine person team implementing NEI’s Responsible Investing Program, a set of activities designed to contribute to the creation of long term sustainable value for investors.

Robert has 25 years of experience building the responsible investment industry in Canada. He currently serves on the board of directors of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a top 10 global environmental think tank, and the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), an investor network created to advance effective corporate governance practices worldwide. Robert is also a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.


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


Dan Woynillowicz is the Policy Director of Clean Energy Canada, an initiative of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. Clean Energy Canada works to accelerate our nation’s transition to clean and renewable energy systems. They do so by telling the story of the global shift to clean and low-carbon energy sources and conducting original research, hosting dialogues, and inspiring and informing policy leadership.

An accomplished analyst and advocate, Dan has significant knowledge and experience in the field of energy and environmental policy, and has authored numerous studies and articles on clean energy and climate change policy. His recent publications include Mining for Clean Energy, which explores the role for Canadian metals and minerals in the global transition to clean energy, and The Transition Takes Hold: Tracking the Energy Revolution 2017. He regularly provides policy advice to government, testifies before regulatory and legislative bodies, and comments on energy issues for a wide range of media outlets. Dan holds degrees in environmental science and management, and conducted graduate research into corporate climate change strategy in the energy sector as a Social Science and Humanities Research Council scholar at Royal Roads University.


Barbara Zvan and her team provide liability and risk expertise focused on long-term Total Fund investment strategy, risk management and the governance framework. Ms. Zvan and her team are also charged with ensuring the Plan is sustainable, and that the funding risk is aligned to the Board's Risk Appetite Statement.

Ms. Zvan joined Ontario Teachers' in 1995 as an assistant portfolio manager and has risen to positions of increasing authority. As Chief Risk & Strategy Officer, she leads the Strategy & Risk team in supporting the Plan Sponsors in plan design decisions and the Board in determining the appropriate benchmarks and risk appetite. Ms. Zvan and her team provide input and risk insights to the Investing teams and create an effective risk management framework to underpin it. In addition, Ms. Zvan drives the responsible investing and climate change risk management and strategy for the Fund and directs the Enterprise and Operational Risk Management approach for the organization.

Ms. Zvan is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and holds an M.Math from the University of Waterloo. She is the Chair of the International Centre of Pension Management (ICPM) and serves on the boards of Cadillac Fairview, Global Risk Institute and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance.

She was honoured as one of Canada's 2008 Top 40 Under 40.

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