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 2021 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 2021 annual report.
Educational & 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 Afterwork and educational events such as ESG Breakfasts.
  • We coordinate Responsible Investment Week in Canada, collaborating with members and partners across Canada to host events throughout a week typically in the fall.
  • We also host webinars and do an annual national tour to reach our members across Canada.
Professional Development
  • We offer several courses and three financial credentials for our members: Responsible Investment Specialist (RIS), Responsible Investment Advisor Certification (RIAC), Responsible Investment Professional Certification (RIPC).
  • We also partner with members to support their internal events to educate staff and clients about responsible investing.
Industry Collaboration
  • We act as Secretariat for the Toronto RI Working Group, Vancouver RI Working Group and Policy Stewardship Group to facilitate peer learning and industry collaboration.
  • We also host the RIA Network listserv – a communications tool for RIA Members to contact other RIA Members for collaborative opportunities.
  • We conduct research for the biennial 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.
Digital Communications
  • We host the RIA website at to promote education about responsible investing.
  • We also leverage social media @riacanada to share RI news and enhance outreach to the investing public.
  • We also host an online magazine to share news, views, and industry developments from RIA members and industry experts.
Media Relations
  • As part of our effort to raise awareness of responsible investing and raise the profile of RIA members, the RIA is regularly quoted by industry and mainstream media outlets.
  • In addition to media coverage, the RIA CEO also writes a regular column for Investment Executive and places strategic op-eds in various reputable media outlets
  • We engage with regulators and government to advance the development of responsible investing in Canada.

Our Team

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 Groups

Advancing RI Through Peer Learning

The RIA serves as Secretariat for institutional RI Working Groups in Toronto and Vancouver. The purpose of these Working Groups 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 Groups are participant-driven and focus 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.

The Toronto RI Working Group meets on a quarterly basis. It is composed of Co-Chairs, a Steering Committee, a Secretariat and over 70 professionals who participate in numerous Work Streams focused on various RI issues. Work Streams have included: Shareholder Engagement; Impact Investing; ESG Integration; Climate Change; and Transparency & Accountability. The Working Group also engages with CFA Societies and the CFA Institute around responsible investing.

The larger Working Group meets quarterly, and the smaller Work Streams typically meet more frequently. The Work Streams provide updates to other participants at the quarterly Working Group meetings.

View the Toronto RI Working Group charter here. If you wish to learn more about the Toronto RI Working Group, please contact us:

Toronto Steering Committee

  • Hyewon Kong (Co-Chair)
    Associate Portfolio Manager
    AGF Investments
  • Brian Minns (Co-Chair)
    Manager, Sustainable Investing
    Addenda Capital
  • Karen Lockridge
  • Michael Jantzi
  • Rosa van den Beemt
    ESG Analyst
    NEI Investments
  • Nalini Feuilloley
    Director, Responsible Investment
    BMO Global Asset Management
  • Sarah Takaki
    Senior Director, Responsible Investing

The Vancouver RI Working Group is composed of a wide range of professionals working in the field of responsible investment. The Vancouver Group started in summer 2016 and meets on a bi-monthly basis.

If you wish to learn more about the Vancouver RI Working Group, please contact us at: