Responsible Investment Association

Canada's industry association for responsible investment


RIA Members include asset managers, asset owners, advisors, and service providers who support our mandate of promoting responsible investment in Canada’s retail and institutional markets. Our institutional members collectively manage over $42 trillion in assets.

organizational members
Asset Managers, Asset Owners & Service Providers
individual members
Advisors, Consultants & Other Professionals

Our Mandate

The RIA has five strategic priorities for driving the adoption of RI in Canada’s retail and institutional markets. Review our progress in our 2022 annual report.

  • EDUCATE – Promoting industry and market education about all RI strategies
  • CATALYZE – Playing a leadership role in catalyzing market development and integrity
  • ADVOCATE – Advancing a policy/regulatory environment conducive to RI
  • BUILD – Building brand and reputation as the hub and leading voice of RI in Canada
  • GROW – Growing financial and human capital resources to strengthen capacity


The RIA’s predecessor, the Social Investment Organization (SIO), was established in 1990 to advance socially responsible investing (SRI) in Canada. The SIO played a central role in building and developing SRI in Canada for 23 years.

In 2013, the SIO was rebranded as the Responsible Investment Association to evolve with the industry and to encompass the broader scope of responsible investing, which incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into the selection and management of investments.

RIA in Action

The RIA runs many programs, projects, events and initiatives to deliver on its mandate of advancing responsible investment in Canada. Review the RIA's progress in our 2022 annual report.
Education & Networking Events
  • We host the annual RIA Conference to provide education on the latest issues & trends in the field of responsible investing.
  • We also host smaller events such as ESG Product Knowledge for Retail Advisors Event Series.
  • We coordinate the Fall Forum Series, collaborating with members and partners across Canada to host events throughout the fall.
  • We conduct research for the annual Canadian Responsible Investment Trends Report to track the growth and development of responsible investing in Canada.
  • We release quarterly reports on the performance of RI funds.
  • We also conduct the annual RIA Investor Opinion Survey to track individual investors’ interest in RI and related issues.

Our Team

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Alexandra (Allie) Chapman
Senior Manager, Education and Event Operations
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Ady Jonsohn
Vice President, Content Development and Delivery
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Alacia Michaud
Bilingual Education and Events Administrator
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Mark Montpetit
Director of Learning and Program Development
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Sukanya Natu
Bilingual Member and Partner Relations Coordinator
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Damiano Passarelli
Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist

Board of Directors

Solène Hanquier
Senior Director & Head of Responsible Investment
National Bank Investments Montreal, Quebec
Jackie Ramler
Portfolio Manager & Branch Manager
Raymond James Ltd.
Adelaide Chiu
VP, Head of Responsible Investing & ESG Services
NEI Investments
Anna Murray
Managing Director, Global Head of ESG
SLC Management
Geordie Hungerford
Chief Executive Officer
First Nations Financial Management Board
Nalini Feuilloley
Director, Responsible Investment
BMO Global Asset Management Toronto, Ontario
Marie-Justine Labelle,
Responsible Investment Practice Lead
Desjardins Montréal, Quebec
Carol Smith
Financial Advisor
Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network Toronto, Ontario
Roger Beauchemin,
President & CEO
Addenda Capital Montreal, Quebec
Lisa Becker,
University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation Toronto, Ontario
Milla Craig
Founder and President
Millani Inc. Montréal, Quebec
Johnny Fansher
Responsible Investment Specialist
iA Investia Financial Services Inc. London, Ontario
Kelly Gauthier
Rally Assets Toronto, Ontario
Daphne King
Vice President, National Accounts and Strategic Sales Initiatives
iA Clarington Investments Toronto, Ontario
Melanie Adams,
VP & Head, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment
RBC Global Asset Management (GAM) Toronto, Ontario
Karrie Van Belle
Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer
AGF Investments Inc. Toronto, Ontario
Barbara Zvan
President and Chief Executive Officer
University Pension Plan Ontario Toronto, Ontario
Stephen Erlichman
Fasken Toronto, Ontario
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EC Executive Committee
GPC Governance Policy Committee

In the Press

RIA News

Working Group

Advancing RI Through Peer Learning

The RIA serves as Secretariat for an institutional Canadian RI Working Group. The purpose of this Working Group is to leverage diverse networks and expertise to facilitate peer learning regarding responsible investment, and to help achieve the common goal of growing the RI industry. The Working Group is participant-driven and focuses on topics decided by the participants. Participants include CIOs, Portfolio Managers, Researchers, Analysts, VPs, Directors, Managers and other decision-makers from asset management firms and asset owners such as foundations and endowments.