Podcast that highlights how environment, social + governance (#ESG) benefits shareholders, stakeholders + the future of our planet. Notable individuals are interviewed to provide thought leadership, best practices and anecdotes about this fast-changing space.
Hosted by Kendall Titchener.
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Jeffrey Cyr is the Managing Partner at Raven Indigenous Capital Partners. He brings an Indigenous approach to venture capital and investment management, combined with innovation in social finance tools for Indigenous communities in Canada. In this episode we discuss the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Indigenous economy in Canada.
Christina Salmhofer is a Sustainability Strategist at the City of Stockholm. She works in sustainable urban development to help government and industry achieve sustainability goals. Her current focus is the Stockholm Royal Seaport, one of the largest urban development areas in Sweden and Europe. In 2009, Stockholm City Council decided that Stockholm Royal Seaport would become fossil fuel free, and be a role model for sustainable urban development. In this episode we discuss how the city of Stockholm is integrating sustainability and ESG into its urban planning and infrastructure strategy.
Helle Bank Jørgensen is a globally recognized sustainability, climate change, and ESG advisor with 30 years of experience helping global companies and investors turn sustainability into strong and reliable financial results. She’s worked with hundreds of world-leading companies, including IKEA, Nike, and Shell. Helle is the CEO of Competent Boards, which offers the global online ESG Competent Boards Certificate & Designation Program. In this episode we discuss ESG certifications and designations.
Elizabeth Shirt is a recognized energy, sustainability, and clean technology expert. She has spent her career working with industry, innovators, investors, governments and environmental organizations in pursuit of the policy, technical, financial and cultural solutions that will help accelerate a cleaner, more sustainable future. As Managing Director of GLOBE Series, she leads a passionate and highly skilled team that convenes the innovators and changemakers who are accelerating the clean economy. In this episode we discuss the just transition to a net-zero economy. Use the code GREENBULL10 for a discount to #GLOBECapital 2021 April 13-15
Pras Gengatharan is an Investment Specialist with a deep understanding of equities, the construction of investment portfolios and the implementation of strategies for effective portfolio management. He spent 12 years at JPMorgan Asset Management, where he was a Vice President in International Equities and now works in Sustainability at Deloitte UK. Pras lives in the United Kingdom, where he has been collaborating with think tanks, policymakers and activist investors using his expert insights into the world of investment management. In this episode we discuss careers in ESG.
Juvarya Veltkamp is a Director at the Canada Climate Law Initiative. Canada Climate Law Initiative is a research initiative that examines the legal basis for boards and fiduciaries to report on climate risks and opportunities. Prior to this role, she was the Manager of Green Economy Initiatives at the Vancouver Economic Commission where she supported Vancouver's vision to become the ‘Greenest City in the World’. In this episode we discuss how climate change is being integrated into law, policy, and governance.
Kali Taylor is a sustainable development professional and social entrepreneur who has established several new ventures including a global NGO. Kali has worked in areas such as green growth, climate change management, and NGO leadership. She’s currently based in Geneva, Switzerland where she works with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Lab. In this episode we discuss the Sustainable Development Goals and some of the innovative work the United Nations is doing to create global cohesion to tackle some of the world’s most challenging issues.
Kirstie Boyle is the CEO of Envirosoft, a Constellation software company that provides scalable emissions management and ESG reporting solutions. She is a leader and mentor in the technology community and sits on several boards. In this episode we discuss the role of technology in helping companies achieve their ESG goals.
Linda Chipesia is a lawyer who liaises with energy companies who have government permits to develop resources on traditional lands. Linda is the liaison between the Indian Resource Council (“IRC”) and Indian Oil and Gas Canada (“IOGC”). She is also a registered Trapline holder and Treaty 8. In this episode we discuss indigenous relations and sustainable development.
Nick Blitterswyk is the founder of UGE International, a developer of commercial and community solar projects primarily in the US and the Philippines. Nick founded UGE 12 years ago and has seen the renewable energy industry evolve incredibly fast during that time. Now with over 400MW of global experience, the collection of UGE businesses develops, engineers, builds, and finances innovative solar projects around the world. In this episode we discuss the business case for commercial solar and how this fast-growing market provides a unique value proposition for companies and communities.
The benefits of sustainable consumption are gaining attention among responsible investors, lenders, businesses and consumers. But it can be difficult to know how to lighten your personal footprint on the planet. In the next episode, Riana Topan, Campaign Manager at the Humane Society International Canada and founder of sustainable living website, Earth Wise discusses the lifestyle choices you can make to do your part and live a more sustainable life.
Tara Weber is the Western correspondent with BNN Bloomberg. Based in Alberta, much of her coverage focuses on the province’s oil and gas sector and its impact on the Canadian economy and abroad. In this episode we explore how companies are telling their sustainability stories to the media.
Rebeka Breder has been in the animal protection movement and law for over thirty years. She operates an animal law firm based in Vancouver, the only one of its kind in Western Canada. In this episode we discuss topics such as humane-washing, ag gag laws and why animal welfare is a material issue that, if not addressed, has sustainability and legal implications for businesses. *Disclaimer: The content provided in this episode is for general information purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal advice or opinions of any kind.
Milla Craig is the founder and president of Quebec-based, Millani. Milla helps pension funds, investment managers and public companies understand sustainable investing and sustainable business. In this episode we explore how Responsible Investing is being integrated into capital markets.
Dr. Wal Van Lierop is the Executive Chairman and Founding Partner of global venture capital fund, Chrysalix. Based in Vancouver, he launched Chrysalix in 2001 and is recognised for his expertise and thought leadership in industrial innovation, energy and cleantech. In episode 10 we discuss how VC’s screen for ESG in the companies they invest in, and why Wal is advocating for a shift from ESG to GSE.
Randy Findlay discusses the board’s role in helping companies achieve sustainability. Randy retired in 2006 as president, director, and co-founder of Provident Energy Trust, an energy income trust based in Calgary that grew from $40M to $4.5B in five years. He’s board chair of Pembina Pipelines and a director of Superior Plus. He is a past director of numerous public and private companies and holds an ICD designation. In this episode we explore the role governance plays in achieving corporate sustainability.
Rosa Rivero of Responsibility Matters joins us to discuss the fundamentals of ESG reporting. Rosa has led the development of sustainability reports for corporations across a variety of industries, including oil and gas, electric/gas utilities, fertilizers, chemicals, and heavy equipment. Today we discuss ESG reporting frameworks and materiality assessments.
Peter Leighton of RE Royalties joins us to discuss green royalty financing. RE Royalties finances investments made in renewable energy generation, energy efficiency management and sustainable infrastructure. In this episode we explore how and why this innovative finance company specializes in the growing renewable energy market.
We’re joined by a member of Suncor’s ESG and Sustainability team, Patrycja Drainville, to discuss ESG in Canada’s energy sector. In many ways, Canada’s energy sector is leading the way in ESG. As one of Canada’s largest organizations, I’m excited to explore Suncor’s environmental, social and governance approach.
We’re joined by the CEO of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Paulina Cameron. COVID has shifted more emphasis on ESG performance, particularly on the S. In this episode we explore the S in ESG - Social factors. Social factors consider how organizations treat stakeholders such as employees, customers, local communities and suppliers. This episode focuses specifically on the importance of diversity and inclusion.
A conversation with the CEO of Foresight Cleantech Accelerator, Jeanette Jackson. Foresight is a cleantech ecosystem accelerator that’s developing a world-class cleantech industry across Canada. Jeanette’s a multi-award winning sustainability champion, a sought-after public speaker, and an advisor to the cleantech industry. On this episode we discuss the state of the cleantech industry and how companies can integrate ESG factors and impact into their business models. View Foresight’s BMC+impact canvas here https://foresightcac.com/blog/view/impactplanning/
We’re joined by Sarah Keyes at ESG Global Advisors. I wanted to talk with Sarah because there’s few people who formally work specifically in the ESG space in North America. And there’s a growing realization that ESG criteria can have an impact on the long-term success of a company. Companies that manage these factors often experience lower risk, lower cost of capital, better operational performance and better share price performance over the longer term. We discuss how these factors impact performance and how to bridge the gap between companies and investors.