Addressing Climate Change through Corporate Decision Making and Sustainable Investment Strategies

Each year the JD/MBA Students’ Association at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business hosts a conference that explores prominent themes and issues at the intersection of law, business, and public policy. The annual conference is a celebration and a learning platform that brings together students, alumni, and industry professionals working in Toronto’s legal and business communities. This year, the conference centers around the theme of climate change risks and opportunities, including sustainable investment and corporate governance strategies.

Eventbrite - Climate Resilience: The Business and Law of Climate Change & Sustainability

Keynote Address
Fireside chat with Canada Infrastructure Bank

Frédéric Duguay, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Sashen Guneratna, Managing Director, Investments

Sara Alvarado, Head of Risk

Moderator: Sherena Hussain,
Professor, Schulich; Academic Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Fellowship Program

Sustainable Investment Strategies in Canadian Capital Markets

The sustainability panel will explore how participants in Canada’s debt and equity capital markets are implementing sustainable investment strategies in order to mitigate climate change-related risks. Panelists will include business and legal professionals working in Canada’s pension plans, asset management firms, and law firms specializing in shareholder activism and fund support.


Michael Kelly, EVP, GC, OMERS

Cynthia Williams, Professor, Osgoode

Heather Crawford, GC and Chief Compliance Officer, Fengate Capital

Murray Gold, Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP

Sarah Powell, Partner, Davies LLP

Corporate Governance Strategies in Response to Climate Change-Related Risks and Opportunities

The corporate governance panel will explore how Canadian companies can mitigate the risk of climate change on their individual companies and stakeholders by implementing good corporate governance strategies. It will also explore what opportunities exist to help firms take advantage of changing markets and new capital sources through improved corporate decision making.


Edward Waitzer, Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP; Professor, Osgoode

Anton Tabuns, Senior Advisor, Mantle 314 Consulting

Tyson Dyck, Partner, Torys LLP

Andrew Disipio, Associate, Bennett Jones LLP

Sarah Powell, Partner, Davies LLP