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Climate Change and Competitiveness in Canada is a four-part education series designed to equip directors with cutting-edge insights and information to help shape their climate governance strategies in a Canadian context.

Register for the series and gain instant access to all four of the 75-minute sessions.


The Climate Change and Competitiveness in Canada education series is ideal for boards of directors of For-Profit, Crown and Not-For-Profit organizations who want to improve oversight of climate change in a Canadian context.


  • Participants will gain an understanding of:
    • Current and emerging climate-associated risks and opportunities
    • What directors need to know about climate change reporting for success
    • The Canadian board’s role in climate strategy creation and implementation
    • The board’s role in enabling innovation and technology as tools for climate change competitiveness


Participants will benefit from the collective insights and experiences of renowned climate change experts and distinguished directors, ultimately gaining the necessary knowledge to enhance their contributions to climate change discussions in the boardroom.

Session 1: Climate-Associated Risks and Opportunities: An Overview of Emerging Issues

  • Gain unique insights on developments related to the most pressing climate-related physical and transition risks, and emerging opportunities, impacting Canadian organizations.   Also, understand how analysis of these risks and opportunities should be addressed at the board level.

    • Understand the factors driving the financial analysis of climate risk
    • Hear unique perspectives on emerging climate-related risks that should be on boards’ radars:
      • Legal and regulatory risks
      • Reputational risk
      • Investment risk related to low-carbon transition
      • Market, products and services risk
      • Physical risks
    • Gain insights on how these risks, and opportunities, are taking shape in different organizations and what they could mean for organizations such as yours

Session 2: Climate Change Reporting for Success: What Directors Need to Know

  • Navigate the myriad of reporting models: the acronyms, the differentiating factors, and what others in your industry are using and why.  Learn how to leverage climate change reporting for various purposes.  Examine real-life disclosures and understand what makes them successful-- walk away with strategies to bring back to your boards.

    • Sustainability and climate-related disclosure and reporting trends advanced by both the Canadian and global investor communities
    • Understand the ecosystem of climate-related projects, task forces and standards boards and determine what is most relevant to your organization:
      • TCFD- Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure
      • SASB- Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
      • CDSB- Climate Disclosure Standards Board
      • GRI- Global Reporting Initiative
      • CDP-Carbon Disclosure Project
      • UN PRI—Principles for Responsible Investment
    • What do robust sustainability performance metrics (and other disclosures) look like in the context of enterprise risk, strategy and financial performance?
      • Large vs. small companies
      • Public vs. private entities
      • For-profit vs. not-for-profit corporations
    • Pricing climate risk from an investor perspective

Session 3: The Canadian Board’s Role in Climate Strategy Creation and Implementation

  • What is the board’s role when it comes to the creation and implementation of climate change strategy?  What questions should directors ask of management, and how can boardroom discussions advance decision making to ensure organizations are optimally positioned on their climate change journeys?

    • Understand the board’s role in the oversight of climate strategy and policy.  How does it intersect with the mandate of management?
    • How can directors effectively engage with management to ensure resilience and sustainability are core organizational values with direct links to corporate culture and purpose?
    • Ensure the board and its committees have the right balance of expertise to address climate change in a holistic manner
    • Develop a list of strategic questions the board should be asking of management and vice versa
    • Executive compensation: how both global and Canadian leaders in this area are incentivizing boards to successfully manage climate change
    • Ensure climate risks are built into the company ERM system using tools such as scenario planning
    • Success stories and lessons learned

Session 4: The Board’s Role in Enabling Innovation and Technology as Tools for Climate Change Competitiveness

  • What is the board’s role in fostering the development of innovation and enabling the use of technologies within an organization?  Learn from Canadian leaders about what is driving their path forward and how the board factors in. 

    • Understand the impact of a fulsome climate change policy on the long-term value of an organization
    • What opportunities are being created as a part of Canada’s COVID-19 resilient recovery and how might different organizations benefit?
    • How organizational leaders are embedding climate resilience through innovation and technology
      • How can directors engage in the process?
    • How investors, shareholders, customers and employees are, and should be, encouraging innovation and the development of technology, and how boards can help enable this
    • Success Stories and lessons learned

Moderator and Panellists (Session 1)

Judy Cotte Headshot
Michelle Edkins Headshot
Radha Curpen Headshot
Denise Carpenter, ICD.D Headshot

Moderator and Panellists (Session 2)

Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA Headshot
Aaron Bennett, CFA Headshot
Kathleen O’Neill, FCPA, FCA Headshot

Moderator and Panellists (Session 3)

Indira Samarasekera, OC Headshot
Ani Hotoyan-Joly, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D Headshot
Catherine McCall Headshot

Moderator and Panellists (Session 4)

Bruce Lourie, Ph.D. Headshot
Dan Zilnik Headshot
Annette Verschuren, OC Headshot
Lynn Loewen, FCPA, FCA Headshot


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