Monday Minute Chat Series
How Can Canadian Pension Funds Build Sustainable Portfolios?
October 25, 2021 | 12:00 PM, EDT
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We’ve all heard about the Great Transition underway in the global economy as the world works to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. But how will it change the investment landscape, and what impact will the push for a sustainable future have on pension portfolios? In this Monday Minute, we look at the future of sustainable investing, including the after effects of COVID‑19, the themes driving change, and the challenges of implementing this in a Canadian pension context.
Katharine Preston
Katharine Preston
VP, Sustainable Investing
About Katharine
Vishal Bane
Vishal Banè
Associate Portfolio Manager
AGF Investments
About Vishal
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Katharine Preston
Vice President, Sustainable Investing  |  OMERS
Katharine joined OMERS in 2019 as VP of Sustainable Investing. Her responsibilities include helping OMERS evolve its sustainable investing practices; and liaising with OMERS investment, risk and communications teams on matters such as ESG integration, climate risk, and stakeholder communications and reporting.

Prior to joining OMERS, Katharine served as Director, Responsible Investing at OPTrust, an Ontario‑based public sector pension plan. At OPTrust, Katharine was instrumental in defining a strategy for integrating ESG factors into investment practices and leading the development of a Climate Change Action Plan. Earlier in her career, she held positions with Innovest Strategic Value Advisors (now part of MSCI), and Stantec Inc.

Katharine holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering from McGill University, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She also holds a Certificate in Fundamentals of Alternative Investments from the Chartered Alternative Investment Management Analyst Association (CAIA).
Vishal Bane
Associate Portfolio Manager  |  AGF Investments
Vishal Banè is an Associate Portfolio Manager focusing on AGF’s sustainable investing strategy. Vishal brings a strong background in conducting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis through his prior experience of working in ESG Research at MSCI Inc. As such, he also helps in evaluating the ESG risks and opportunities for the fund’s strategy. Vishal joined AGF in 2017 as an Analyst and has nearly a decade of progressive industry experience, having worked previously with the National Stock Exchange of India and MSCI Inc.

Vishal is a Chartered Accountant (national merit‑holder) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a CFA® charterholder and holds a Master of Science in Finance from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
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