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Deb Abbey - Chief Executive Officer

In the early 90s Deb was the first Project Director of The David Suzuki Foundation. Since then, she has been a pioneer in the Responsible Investing industry in Canada, where she created the first investment management firm to focus exclusively on Responsible Investing. Her company Real Assets was eventually acquired by IA Clarington and lives on under the ‘Inhance’ name. Deb is the co-author of ‘The 50 Best Ethical Stocks for Canadians – 2001 Edition’ and the author of ‘Global Profit and Global Justice: Using Your Money to Change the World’ – 2004.

Deb is an Honourary Director of the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association and sits on the board of the ForestEthics Solutions Society. Deb was Vice-President of the Board of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility from 1997 – 2001.

Get in touch with Deb: [email protected]
Phone: 1-416-461-6042 ext-1

Wendy Mitchell - Financial Controller

As Financial Controller, Wendy is responsible for managing all aspects of the RIA’s financial processes. Her focus is on providing accurate financial reporting and insightful planning support to the Executive Director and the Board.

With a background in both finance and resource management, Wendy has provided support to non-profit organizations for well over 20 years. She has provided financial and strategic planning support to Canadian Business for Social Responsibility since 2003. Wendy is passionate about working with organizations to improve their triple bottom line.

Get in touch with Wendy: [email protected]
Phone: 1-416-461-6042 ext-2

Dustyn Lanz - Chief Operating Officer; Head of Communications and Member Affairs

Dustyn Lanz is Chief Operating Officer of the Responsible Investment Association (RIA), and Head of Communications and Member Affairs. He is quoted regularly in the national media as an expert on responsible investing. He is also a frequent public speaker at some of Canada’s leading business schools and investment conferences. In 2014, he helped to launch Canada’s first financial designations for advisors with expertise in responsible investing. His written work has been published by leading academic journals and think tanks in Canada and internationally. In 2016 he received a Clean50 Emerging Leader Award for his contributions to responsible investing in Canada. 

Get in touch with Dustyn : [email protected]
Phone : 1-416-461-6042 ext-3
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Rachel Wood - Communications and Events Coordinator

As the Communications and Events Coordinator, Rachel supports the management and development of RIA's internal and external communications, including all online platforms. She is also responsible for coordinating the logistics and onsite management of the RIA's event activities.

Rachel has a diverse background in communications and events, with time spent working at an NGO, public relations agency, and digital marketing agency. She is strongly passionate about advocating for human rights and contributing to positive social change on a global scale. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts, with a Specialization in Global Culture Studies and Major in Psychology from Western University. She also graduated with a Leadership and Development Certificate.

Rachel enjoys spending her time in the beautiful outdoors, hiking, cycling, and overall, meeting interesting people. Feel free to connect with her over LinkedIn.

Get in touch with Rachel: [email protected]
Main: 1-416-461-6042 x4

Julie Ambachtsheer, CFA, RIPC - Director of Programs

Julie is Director of Programs for the Responsible Investment Association. Having undertaken a variety of roles in the investment industry - including portfolio management, trading, and performance measurement - Julie is excited to apply this background to her work with RIA and to advocate for responsible investing in Canada.

Julie earned her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2003, and recently earned her Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) Level 1, given her interest in helping individuals develop investment plans that align with their personal beliefs. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art History from York University. Julie’s interest in financial literacy has led her to volunteer with Junior Achievement and ABC Life Literacy. Julie spent eight years with Bissett Investment Management (part of Franklin Templeton), and shorter terms with TD Bank and Acorn Financial Planning.

In her spare time Julie enjoys playing tennis, traveling and watching her two young kids discover the wonders of life.

Get in touch with Julie: [email protected]
Main: 1-416-461-6042 ext-6

Daria Smeh - RIA Conference Support

Daria is currently supporting with the 2017 RIA Conference.

Daria brings 8 years of experience as a senior evaluator, and over 10 years of professional experience in evaluation or social and environmentally responsible projects and organizations. Daria's core strengths include engaging stakeholders across sectors in SRI analysis and discussions, devising monitoring frameworks, designing data collection methods and approaches, spearheading data collection, developing evaluation workplans/schedules; devising performance measurement frameworks and measuring effectiveness. She and has spearheaded projects for a range of sectors environmental, health and social service agencies, governments and private companies. Daria is authentically a systems thinker. She approaches projects from a holistic perspective and applies her comprehensive knowledge and experience across sectors worldwide to effective change in the projects she spearheads and collaborates on. Daria is founder and CEO of measureME, a unique monitoring and evaluation consulting firm focused on advancing projects in social and responsible investment.

Get in touch with Daria: [email protected].


Our Sustaining Members


Addenda Capital

Associate Members

HighView Financial Group
CI Investments
Russell Investments
TD Bank Group
Franklin Templeton
Leede Jones Gable Inc.
Jarislowsky Fraser
The CUMIS Group
The Co-operators
Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital
CIBC Wood Gundy
Vigeo Eiris
BMO Global Asset Management
Aequitas NEO Exchange Inc.
Fiera Capital
Encasa Financial
Bullion Management Group Inc.
Global Alpha Capital Management
Vancity Credit Union
Servus Credit Union
Groupe Investissement Responsable
Guardian Ethical Management
ClearBridge Investments
La Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins
Assiniboine Credit Union
Amundi Asset Management
Alterna Savings
Kindred Credit Union
Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management
IA Clarington Investments

Supporting Members

SAGE Investment Advisors
Etho Capital
Starboard Wealth Planners
The Smallwood Harvey Financial Group
Cash Management Group
Taylor Remy Brown Investment Group
The Wooding Group
Blue Heron Advisory Group