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In 2014, we launched our certification program for Responsible Investment Advisors and Professionals. We offer two designations, which earn you CE credits and demonstrate your expertise to potential clients. Both of our designations are included in the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada  (IIROC) directory.

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The Responsible Investment Association has launched the PRI Academy in Canada. It is increasingly important to understand how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors affect shareholder and stakeholder value. As a result, demand for professional ESG training is increasing. The PRI Academy meets this demand.

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We are pleased to launch the Responsible Investment Knowledge Hub to provide education and raise awareness of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues that affect investment decisions. Our RI Basics page introduces readers to key concepts, issues, and trends in the field of responsible investment.

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Investment opportunities in Canada’s emerging aquaculture industry @ Torys LLP
Oct 7 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

The University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee invites you to join us for a lively discussion on Investment Opportunities in Canada’s Emerging Aquaculture Industry.

The objective of this seminar is to build awareness of Canada’s aquaculture sector, and its responsible development, within Toronto’s investment community.

Discussion Themes

  • Responsible natural resource development.
  • Is aquaculture a climate change solution? 
  • Risks and opportunities for investors, e.g., emerging standards and associated costs, growth potential, etc.

The Committee is delighted to announce that it has assembled thought leaders with expertise in this rapidly emerging topic.


Dr. Grimur Valdimarsson, Senior Advisor to the Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, former Director of the Fish Products and Industry Division, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He will bring the perspective of activities relating to fish production, utilization and trade, safety of products, and appropriate technologies. 

Dr. Valdimarsson appears courtesy of the International Visits Program of the Icelandic National League of North America and the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto.

Prof. Martin Krkosek, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto. He will bring practitioner perspectives from his work with Canada’s west coast aquaculture industry, as well as leading / desired practices through his collaboration with researchers in Norway.

Leon Raubenheimer, Managing Partner and Founder of ZED Financial Partners, an Investment and Merchant Bank based in Toronto. Its main investment is in Akvatech AS, a company based in Norway, which is commercializing solid wall, closed contained salmon farming technology in Northern Europe.  He will discuss opportunities and barriers to investment.

David Smith, David Smith, a globally recognized leader in business sustainability, was formerly VP Sustainability of Sobeys, Inc. where he led its sustainable seafood direction, from global supply chains to consumer marketing. He has spoken at sustainable seafood conferences in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, France, US, and Canada, and was a member of the Canadian Seafood Value Chain Roundtable and the US Sustainable Seafood Working Group. Prior to Sobeys, he was VP Marketing of Whole Foods Market, Austin, TX. As principal, he currently is growing Orion Global Business Sustainability Consultants (Orion GBSC), which focuses on accelerating business growth profitably and responsibly, directly with the private sector as well as advising NGOs, trade associations, and governments on how to facilitate and enable it.

Doug Blair, an economist with RIAS Inc., which helps companies deal effectively with the many challenges that can arise in the field of regulation and government policy, and helps Canadian industries demonstrate the value and benefits of their activities, products and services to a broad range of stakeholders, including the Canadian public, consumers, politicians, regulators, the media, and other stakeholders. Doug has worked closely with the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance for the past four years to identify industry growth projections, and factors influencing the investment climate for aquaculture. 

Moderated by Susan McGeachieAdjunct Professor, Environmental Finance and Sustainable Investing, School of the Environment, University of Toronto. Market Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY.

Putting a Price on Carbon @ Webinar
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Today, many countries and over 20 cities, states and provinces use carbon pricing mechanisms or are preparing to implement them. And a growing number of business leaders support carbon pricing as an effective way to incentivize low-carbon growth and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Through the UNGC platform Caring for Climate, now more than 40 companies have become Carbon Pricing Champions pledging to align with the UN’s Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing.

In the lead-up to COP21 in Paris in December 2015, UN Global Compact seeks to mobilize companies – large and small – to become Carbon Pricing Champions.

We therefore would like to invite you to join the webinar to learn about the international momentum and why more and more companies are becoming Carbon Pricing Champions – and the benefits they are experiencing.

Acting on Climate Change: Extending the Dialogue Among Canadians @ Hart house music room, University of Toronto
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
On October 8th, the Global Compact Network Canada’s multi-sector Environment Working Group will help launch the collection of texts “Acting on Climate Change: Extending the Dialogue Among Canadians” compiled by Sustainable Canada Dialogues. The Global Compact Network Canada’s Environment Working Group has contributed to a chapter in this document and Helle Bank Jorgensen will be the Master of Ceremony for the Launch.
The launch of this collection of texts will include a brief introduction to Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a panel presenting a subset of contributions related to First Nations, Energy, Labour and Climate Policy and a “call to action” from youth representatives. 


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