The Bumpy Road to ESG Integration?

ESG and sustainability are big topics at our upcoming 3rd annual Challenge of Change Forum. And our latest research shows there will be plenty to talk about.

New Keynote: Stephen Poloz on Canada’s Energy Future

We are getting ready for the 3rd annual Challenge of Change Forum, happening in Vancouver from October 13-15. Our agenda addresses the important themes and issues Canadian plan sponsors are dealing with right now, including Canada’s energy future and where it fits for Canadian plan sponsors focused on ESG and sustainability.

Jennifer Coulson

The Four “I”s – BCI’s ESG Strategy

Keeping with the theme of highlighting our 2021 Challenge of Change Forum speakers, we also spoke to Jennifer Coulson, Vice-president, ESG and Public Markets. Jennifer will be joining a panel on ESG and how they have surfaced important discussions among pension investors about the boundaries of fiduciary duty when it comes to how the companies they invest in do business. Is it time to grow beyond the ESG conversation and view sustainability as a core component of portfolio risk management?


Offense and Defense: GIC’s Sustainability Framework

Recently, we sat down (virtually, of course) with Rachel Teo, an upcoming keynote speaker at the 2021 Challenge of Change Forum happening in Vancouver from October 13-15. Rachel is Senior Vice-president, Head, Futures (Research) Unit, with GIC in Singapore. Rachel will be presenting a case study of GIC’s approach to sustainable investing and, in advance of the event, she offered us some insights into GIC’s sustainable investing framework.

Stewart Beck

Investing in China – Considerations for Canadian Asset Owners

The Canadian Leadership Congress is proud to announce our Challenge of Change keynote speaker, Stewart Beck, President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. In advance of our event which is being held in Vancouver from October 13-15, we talked to Stewart about Joe Biden, human rights, and the opportunities and risks when investing in China.

Julie Cays On Her Retirement, Leadership and Investing

After a long career in the pension space, Julie Cays, chief investment officer at the CAAT pension plan, announced her retirement this spring.
We caught up with Julie recently to get her thoughts on what she has learned in the business and how her view of leadership and investing has changed over the years, especially during COVID-19.

Is Impact Investing Ready For Pension Investors?

Impact investing was a top theme at this year’s Challenge of Change Forum in Montreal from October 1-2. And while there has been growing interest in the topic over the last few years, the question for pension investors remains—is it possible to reconcile doing good with the risk-adjusted returns they need to meet their pension obligations?

Building Better Pension Boards: How Should You Engage Your Trustees?

At the Canadian Leadership Congress, we’re all about starting conversations that matter to Canada’s pension leaders—our virtual Challenge of Change event was no exception.

Before the conference, we reached out to Canadian pension fund CEOs and CIOs to provide their questions on the main themes covered during our two-day event, including governance and leadership.

We then fielded questions from our delegates in order to get them the answers they need to address their challenges.