Canada’s Responsible Investment Association Appoints Patricia Fletcher as Incoming CEO

January 16th, 2022

Toronto, Ontario – January 18, 2022 – The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia (Pat) Fletcher as incoming Chief Executive Officer, effective February 7, 2022. Patricia will succeed former CEO Dustyn Lanz, following a successful four-year tenure in the role and eight years of service to the organization.

“The past few years have been a transformative period for responsible investing and for the RIA. Our organization has demonstrated strong momentum of growth in terms of membership, staff and meaningful industry impact,” said Roger Beauchemin, Board Chair, Responsible Investment Association. “Pat brings the proven leadership skills and experience needed to help the RIA advance and build on that momentum. My fellow Directors and I welcome her as CEO and look forward to working with her and the broader team to achieve the RIA’s mission and vision.”

Patricia joins the RIA most recently from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) where she served as Vice President, Education, and previously held senior roles at the Canadian Institute, the Hay Group and the Institute for International Research. She is an accomplished executive in the corporate governance and continuing education industries with more than 20 years of experience in leading commercial information businesses and teams committed to creating content that is impactful and of value, combined with a track record of growing revenues and optimizing operations for success.

“There are few more dynamic conversations than sustainable finance and the role capital can play in Canada’s just transition to a net zero economy,” said Patricia Fletcher, incoming RIA CEO. “I am thrilled to be joining the RIA and working with the membership, leadership team and board to lead the organization during this exciting phase of market development and growth.”

The RIA’s leadership transition is taking place following several years of membership and program growth. Patricia will lead the RIA team towards continued success in pursuit of the RIA’s mission to grow responsible investment (RI) in Canada by advancing the policy and regulatory environment, deepening industry education, and supporting market development, as presented in its five strategic priorities:

  • EDUCATE – Promoting RI education for the industry and the broader market.
  • CATALYZE – Catalyzing market development and promoting market integrity.
  • ADVOCATE – Advancing a policy/regulatory environment that is conducive to RI.
  • BUILD – Building its brand and reputation as the hub and leading voice for RI in Canada.
  • GROW – Growing its financial and human capital resources to strengthen its capacity.

About the Responsible Investment Association (RIA)

The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is Canada’s industry association for responsible investment (RI). The RIA aims to drive the growth and development of RI in Canada, with a vision to align capital with sustainable and inclusive development as codified in the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our members include asset managers, asset owners, advisors, and service providers who support these objectives. Learn more at 

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Nick Buccheri
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Responsible Investment Association
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