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Join in on Responsible Investment events across Canada!

Responsible Investment Week is dedicated to education and awareness about responsible investment (RI). The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is coordinating a week of events across Canada to promote learning about environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues that affect investments.



Join hundreds of responsible investment professionals across Canada in a week of networking and education. Learn more.


Lead a local event to engage your network, with cross-promotion from the RIA, about RI topics of your choosing. Learn more.


Celebrate the achievements of Responsible Investing in Canada by sharing insights, education and experiences. Learn more.


RI Week Events | October 23-27, 2017

Please note additional events and event details will be added as available.

Monday, October 23

Market Open | Responsible Investing: What’s Next for Market Development?

8:00AM-9:30AM, TORONTO | Hosted by Neo Exchange

Responsible investing (RI), which refers to the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions, has made significant gains in recent years, now accounting for approximately 38% of AUM in Canada and 26% globally. While we must celebrate these achievements, much work remains to be done to enhance current RI practices and to enable full market participation.
This panel of experts will explore the following questions and more:
  • Implementation: What additional information/resources would be helpful for practitioners of responsible investment?
  • Policy: What public policies or regulations could enhance RI market growth and development?
  • Demand: What is needed to further stimulate demand for RI in both institutional and retail markets?
  • Exchanges: How can stock exchanges play a role in RI market development?

Tuesday, October 24

The Changing Face of Responsible Investment

7:00AM-8:30AM, EDMONTON | Hosted by AIMCo & University of Alberta

University of Alberta School of Business Dean Joseph Doucet invites you to join us for a panel discussion on Responsible Investment featuring Stan Magidson, Chair and CEO, Alberta Securities Commission; Arlene Strom, Vice President, Sustainability and Communications, Suncor Energy Inc; and Alison Schneider, Director, Responsible Investment, AIMCo.
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ESG: The Future of Investing

7:30AM-10:00AM, TORONTO | Hosted by MSCI & CETFA

The world of investing is changing. Investors today are faced with an unprecedented task of deciding how to manage their portfolios in the face of an increasingly complex and shifting global landscape. From environmental issues such as climate change and water scarcity, to the rise of populism and policy deregulation, the need to manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks has never been greater.
These global headwinds, coupled with the need to not only do good but do well, are leading investors to look for new ESG product solutions. Join MSCI ESG Research Executive Director and Head of ESG Research & Development Laura Nishikawa for a CETFA breakfast event to discuss the current drivers of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing, trends in global ESG adoption and solutions for fixed-income and equity asset managers and asset owners.

Webinar: Investing in Equality and Emerging Themes – Gender Diversity, Electric Vehicles and Cyber Security

2:00PM-3:00PM, ONLINE | Hosted by Evolve Funds

Gender diversity, automobile innovation and cyber security are three topics that are intersecting in Canadians’ daily lives. Research has shown that gender diversity leads to better corporate performance; the automobile industry is poised to undergo the biggest transformation in a lifetime; and cybercrime continues to increase globally affecting millions of people. 
In this webinar, we will be joined by Diana van Maasdijk, co-Founder & Executive Director at Equileap, who will share the firm’s extensive Gender Scorecard which ranks companies based on 19 criteria of gender balance and gender equality. Equileap was created to accelerate progress towards gender equality and cut the 118 years the World Economic Forum currently estimates it will take for equality to be achieved at present rates of change. We will also be joined by Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve Funds, who will provide an overview of the emerging electric vehicle and cyber security trends and how Canadian investors are now able to invest in these topics through three first-to-market ETFs. 

WISE, 30% Club Canada & CIBC: Investors’ Role in Diversity 

5:00PM-8:00PM, TORONTO | Hosted by WISE, 30% Club & CIBC

Research by CIBC “The Harsh Truth” has found that greater diversity is associated with stronger results. Since 2008, S&P/TSX members with Women on Boards outperform those that do not. However, corporate Canada has been slow to improve female representation at the highest levels. Last year, a review by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) found that just 12% of board seats were occupied by women.
30% Club Canadian Investor Group recently published a joint Investor Statement calling on companies to do more to bridge the diversity gap, and that investors should help drive this effort.

Award Ceremony of the FSI-PRI Scholarship for the Best Quebec-based Research on Responsible Investment

5:30PM-7:30PM, MONTREAL | Hosted by IFD & PRI

The aim of the FSI-PRI scholarship is to recognize the best Quebec-based research on Responsible Investment. Launched in the fall of 2014, the annual scholarship is awarded to the student who submits the best graduate-level research paper.

Investment, Inequality, Gender: How Investors Can Meet the Challenges of Inequality and Gender Around the World.

6:00PM-9:00PM, TORONTO | Hosted by Oikocredit

Join us on October 24th during Responsible Investment Week and World Development Information Day for an evening of conversation with Brittany Lambert, Women’s Rights Policy and Advocacy Specialist for Oxfam Canada. She will talk about how investors and citizens can step up to reduce gender inequality and make the world a better place.

Reconciliation: A New Relationship for Investors.

5:00PM-7:30PM, VANCOUVER | Hosted by  SFU Beedie School of Business & UBC Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics

The Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability at SFU Beedie School of Business and the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC Sauder School are co-hosting a panel event as part of Responsible Investment Week. The panel will discuss the role Canadian investors can play in supporting public companies as they work to build new relationships with Indigenous communities in Canada.

Join Stephanie Bertels, Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability, and Christie Stephenson, the Executive Director of the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, and panelists from Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Callison & Hanna law firm, SHARE (the Shareholder Association for Research and Education), and Teck Resources. 

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Wednesday, October 25

What is the ESG Outlook for the Oil & Gas and Utilities Sectors?

8:00AM-10:30AM, TORONTO | Hosted by Sustainalytics

To celebrate Responsible Investment Week in Canada, Sustainalytics cordially invites you to a breakfast seminar examining the ESG risks and opportunities for the oil & gas and utilities sectors. The oil & gas industry is under intense pressure due to carbon legislation, while the increasing use of renewables is likely to pose challenges to companies in the utilities sector.
Please join Sustainalytics’ Associate Research Director Michelle McCulloch, and Senior Research Associate Luke Raftis as they offer insight into what actions leading companies are taking to transition to a low carbon economy and what investors should be looking at beyond emissions.

ESG Afterwork: RIA Fall 2017 Social

5:00PM-8:00PM, TORONTO | Hosted by RIA & NEI Investments

Join us for a glass of wine and an appetizer in celebration of Canada’s 4th annual Responsible Investment Week. Network with responsible investment professionals and enjoy vibrant discussions about recent trends and issues in the field. We are pleased to welcome Chris Nickerson, Senior Vice President with NEI Investments, who will deliver remarks on “RI: Changing the Narrative.”

Thursday, October 26

WEBINAR: How to Invest Responsibly as an Individual

12:00pm-1:00pm, ONLINE | Hosted by ELFEC

Do you want to incorporate environmental and/or social concerns into our investment portfolio? Join us for a free webinar to get answers to the questions “How can an individual investor be a responsible investor? What options are available, and what are the steps to take”?
Brian Barsness, CIM, Director of Investment Services at Kindred Credit Union will provide the expertise and insights into how to become a Responsible Investor.

Quebec Symposium on Responsible Investment | Colloque québécois de l’investissement responsable

9:00AM-5:00PM, MONTREAL | Hosted by PRI Quebec

For this 4th edition, Réseau PRI Québec offers a one-day conference, Responsible Investment in a Complex World. The diversified program aims to raise investors’ awareness of emerging ESG issues and discuss how best to integrate these considerations into investment decisions and active share ownership programs.

Facilitated by former Radio-Canada journalist Pierre Craig, and bringing together local and international panelists, this symposium is intended to be a place of awareness, education and sharing.


Cocktails with Evolve Funds – Canada’s Innovative ETF Issuer

4:30PM-6:00PM, TORONTO | Hosted by Evolve Funds

Join Evolve Funds for cocktails and appetizers to celebrate Canada’s newest Innovative ETF Issuer.

Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve Funds, will provide guests with an introduction to their extensive suite of actively-managed and first-to-market thematic ETFs, including Canada’s first Gender Diversity ETF: Evolve North American Gender Diversity Index ETF (TSX:HERS).


Addenda Cocktail Reception | Quebec Symposium on Responsible Investment

5:00PM-7:00PM, MONTREAL | Hosted by Addenda Capital

Addenda Capital will host a cocktail dinner as part of the Quebec Symposium on Responsible Investment and Responsible Investment Week. Conference guests and speakers are invited to join Addenda as the conference day comes to an end.


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RI Week 2017 Partners

Evolve Funds
30% Club
SFU - Beedie School of Business
Addenda Capital
NEI Investments
UBC - Sauder
PRI Quebec
University of Alberta
Oikocredit Canada
Aequitas NEO Exchange Inc.

Become an RI Week Partner

Do you, your employer, or any of your affiliate organizations wish to support responsible investing? Great! We invite you to host an event to promote learning about ESG issues and responsible investment. These events may focus on responsible investment trends and approaches more broadly or any environmental, social or governance issue. They may be geared to explicit constituents groups or more broadly/publicly oriented.

Learn More About Becoming an RI Week Partner

If you are interested in hosting an RI Week event or would like more information, please contact RIA Director of Programs Julie Ambachtsheer: [email protected]


Our Sustaining Members

Addenda Capital
Thomson Reuters

IA Clarington

Associate Members

Horizons ETFs
Duca Credit Union
CIBC Mellon
FTSE Russell
Libro Credit Union
First Calgary Financial
State Street Global Advisors
Mackie Research
Investors Group
Mackenzie Investments
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

Supporting Members

Stewart Investors
Greenchip Financial
RE Royalties
Purpose Capital
Evolve ETFs
Etho Capital
Starboard Wealth Planners
The Smallwood Harvey Financial Group
Cash Management Group | Canaccord Genuity
The Wooding Group
Blue Heron Advisory Group