The RIA’s Quebec ESG Symposium: A French-Language Virtual Event

November 11th, 2021 | RIA Staff

We are pleased to introduce the 2021 Québec ESG Symposium, an all-French language event covering timely topics in the field of responsible investment, hosted on November 23rd, 2021. The full-day virtual event will include 4 sessions on topics such as the state of sustainable finance in Québec and Canada, practical challenges in achieving net zero, the implications of a just transition for investors, and more!

The RIA is collaborating with the PRI as its official event partner. The agenda for the Québec ESG Symposium was developed in collaboration with an Advisory Council composed of RIA members based in Québec, PRI Québec committee members, and Finance Montréal. We hope you will join as we host these important and insightful industry dialogues!

AGENDA

COP26: Highlights + What’s Next for Investors?

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) promises to be an important moment in 2021. What will come out of it and what should investors expect? This session will allow us to take stock, and prepare for the energy transition conversations that will follow later in the day.

Achieving Net Zero by 2050: Addressing the Practical Challenges

Commitments to the transition to a low-carbon economy are multiplying, both among companies and investors. Among these commitments are promises to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 or 2050. What is required to meet these commitments and what do they imply for companies and investors?

Sustainable Finance in Quebec and Canada: What’s the State of Play, and What’s Next?

Sustainable finance is developing at a fast pace in Canada. Industry initiatives are becoming more structured, and collaboration with governments is starting. This discussion will provide an update on the progress of the work of the Quebec financial marketplace, as well as the work that is beginning within the Sustainable Finance Action Council, a group set up by the federal government to follow up on the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance.

A Just and Equitable Transition: What Does it Mean for Investors, Workers, and Indigenous Communities in Canada?

The energy transition is getting a lot of attention, especially when it comes to greenhouse gas reduction. But the transition will also have an impact on workers and communities. What will be the consequences of the adoption of Bill C-15, which aims to harmonize Canada’s laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? How can we mitigate the negative impacts on affected individuals and groups? The transition seems to be increasingly divisive in Canada. How do we reconcile the positions of Quebec and Alberta?

The Retail Market in Quebec and Canada: Key Issues and Developments

The savings products available to individual investors are increasing, as is the skepticism of some towards them. How can individual investors navigate this? What will be the impacts of the new voluntary disclosure standards and other measures envisaged in the coming years in this market? This session will cover these questions and more.

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RIA Staff

Responsible Investment Association

The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is 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.