Sustainable Finance Summit

May 14 - 15, 2023 

New City Gas
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2024 speakers 

Discover the internationally renowned speakers who will take part in the 2024 edition

Ulrich Adom

Chief Financial Officer, Aluminum, Rio Tinto

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David Atkin

Chief Executive Officer, UN PRI

David Atkin is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI is a UN-supported organisation, with more than 5,000 signatories who collectively represent over US $121 trillion in AUM. He is responsible for the PRI’s global operations. David previously served as the Deputy CEO for AMP Capital and prior to that spent almost 13 years as the CEO for Cbus Superannuation Fund, where he saw membership grow from 500,000 to over 750,000 and AUM rise to AUD $55 billion. David has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University for his work in the sustainable finance field, was awarded the Fund Executives Association Ltd (FEAL) Fund Executive of the Year in 2017 and was presented with an Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) Life Membership in 2020.   

Grégoire Baillargeon

President, BMO Quebec and Vice Chair, BMO Capital Markets

Appointed President of BMO, Quebec and Vice Chair, BMO Capital Markets, in November 2022, Mr. Baillargeon has been with the Bank of Montreal since 2004. A trained lawyer working as a business banker for nearly 20 years, Grégoire has been actively involved in our community, including as past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Club of Montreal and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and Finance Montréal’s Board of Governors. Grégoire also supports many organizations working to reduce social and economic inequality, including as a Board member for Centraide of Greater Montreal and Chair of the Board of academic perseverance organization Youth Fusion.

Passionate about the energy transition and the fight against climate change, Mr. Baillargeon recently joined the advisory board of Volt-age: Electrifying Society, a research program at Concordia University, and also serves on Carbon Removal Canada’s advisory board. Under his leadership, BMO became the first bank to join the Montréal Climate Partnership, as well as the launch of conVERTgence, two movements aimed at accelerating decarbonization and integrating sustainable business practices in the city.

Amy Brachio

Global Vice Chair, Sustainability, EY

Amy has over 20 years of experience serving large, diversified organizations in risk management. She advises our clients on internal audit, cybersecurity risk management, enterprise risk transformation and complying with regulatory requirements.

She speaks frequently on risk management topics including enterprise risk management, risk and emerging technology and cybersecurity.

Amy received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Alabama.

How Amy is building a better working world

Amy helps leaders achieve their strategic objectives and build agile, risk-aware organizations, equipped to make better decisions. She is focused on the advancement of Diversity and Inclusiveness and was recognized as our 2013 Working Mother of the Year. She was also selected as one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2017 Women Worth Watching.

Conor Chell

National Leader ESG Legal Risk & Disclosure, KPMG Canada

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Pratima Divgi

Head of Capital Markets, North America, CDP

Pratima Divgi is the Head of Capital Markets, CDP North America. In her role, she leads engagement with the financial sector to measure and manage their climate and environmental impact, guiding them toward more sustainable practices.

Previously, Pratima was the Director for CDP’s regional offices in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Before that, she spent 17 years in finance, most recently in private equity with Aberdeen Standard Investments. Besides her investment role at Aberdeen Standard, she was also a part of the private equity ESG working group which developed the ESG policies and implementation mechanisms for their Asia-Pacific private equity investments.

Emmanuel Faber

Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)

Emmanuel Faber was appointed as the inaugural Chair of the International Sustainability Standards 
Board in December 2021, effective 1 January 2022. He is well-known for his passion for 
sustainability and his leadership positions at multi-national food products company Danone for the 
past 20 years. He joined the company in 1997 as Chief Financial Officer, Strategy, and served as 
its Chief Executive Officer from 2014, as well as Chair of the Board from 2017 until 2021. He 
became a partner at Astanor Ventures in October 2021.

Faber has lived and held senior leadership positions in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. He 
has founded and chaired several international organisations and initiatives, including the One 
Planet Business for Biodiversity coalition and the G7 Business for Inclusive Growth 
coalition―co-chaired with the OECD Secretary General. He initiated Danone Communities, a social 
business initiative providing funding to bring nutrition and water access for vulnerable 
communities, as well as the Livelihoods Venture, which provides funding for ecosystem restoration 
and the development of sustainable farming in emerging economies.

Prior to joining Danone, he held roles as Chief Financial Officer and later Managing Director at 
Legris Industries. He also has experience from investment banking at Baring Brothers and as a 
consultant at Bain & Company.

He holds a Master’s degree in business administration from HEC Paris, France.

Amy Hepburn

CEO, Investor Leadership Network Secretariat

As CEO of the Investor Leadership Network Secretariat since 2020, Amy Hepburn is charged with designing and delivery the long-term strategy of the ILN and representing the Network in collaboration with global stakeholders.

Amy is a recognized impact investing expert and social entrepreneur with deep expertise on gender lens social investments and the care of children in crises. In this capacity, she has spent 20 years driving social change globally in the private, non-profit and public sectors through the creation of unique public/private partnerships and investing for high impact social returns.

Her partners consist of visionary leaders and influencers, governments, social entrepreneurs, non-profits, forward thinking companies, foundations and venture philanthropists seeking innovative solutions to persistent social issues.

Amy was a Delegate on the first G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council created by Prime Minister Trudeau, and an active member of the NationSwell Council and The Global Women’s Forum on Economy and Society.

She has Faculty appointments at Duke University and George Washington University where she teaches
on social impact, gender equality, the care of children in crises, human rights and humanitarian action.

Bertrand Millot

Head of Sustainability, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Bertrand Millot leads the Stewardship Investing team, which is 
responsible for defining and implementing CDPQ’s strategic 
directions, including integrating ESG factors into all activities and 
deploying the climate strategy. His responsibilities have three 
aspects: helping investment teams structure impactful investment 
opportunities (particularly with regard to social, climate and 
energy transition investments); managing risks related to ESG, 
climate change and reputation and contributing to the 
organization’s outreach in collaboration with the CDPQ Global 
team.
Mr. Millot is one of the architects of CDPQ’s climate change 
strategy and a seasoned investor in infrastructure and corporate 
debt in emerging markets, fields where ESG considerations have 
historically been at the forefront. At CDPQ since 2015, he 
previously held various positions in risk management and 
stewardship investing, including Business Unit Risk Manager for 
the Fixed Income, Capital Solutions and Cross-functional Risk 
portfolios. He also served as Head of Climate Risk and Issues
and led the Stewardship Investing team. 
Before joining CDPQ, Mr. Millot was CEO and CIO at Cordiant 
Capital, an emerging market corporate debt fund 
manager. Earlier in his career, he was active in infrastructure 
project finance with the European Bank for Reconstruction and 
Development in London, U.K. and with BNP Paribas in Paris, 
France.
Mr. Millot holds an MBA from McGill University, a Master’s in 
Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers in 
Paris and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors 
(ICD.D designation).

Yves Ouellet

President and CEO, Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF)

Yves Ouellet has been President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) since August 21, 2023, a position to which he was appointed by the Government of Québec for a five-year term. He also sits as a non-independent member of the organization’s board of directors.

As President and CEO, Mr. Ouellet is responsible for direction and management of the AMF and performs the functions and exercises the powers relating to the administration of all laws governing participants in Québec’s financial sector.

As a regulator, the AMF works to ensure financial sector integrity and efficiency in order to protect consumers of financial products and services. It acts impartially in the interests of the public, professionals, businesses and institutions. Its activities include, among other things, regulation of the insurance, securities and derivatives sectors, the distribution of financial products and services, and deposit institutions.

Since entering the public service in 1991, Mr. Ouellet has held multiple strategic positions. He started in 1994 at the Ministère des Finances, where he held management positions beginning in 1997. He became Director, Ongoing Analysis and Strategic Projects at the Ministère du Conseil exécutif in 2001. He was appointed Associate Secretary General, Priorities and Strategic Projects in 2006. He continued in that position until June 2012, when he was appointed Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife. He served as Secretary of the Conseil du Trésor from September 2012 to April 2017 and Chief Information Officer from October 2014 to June 2016.

In May 2017, Mr. Ouellet was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Société québécoise des infrastructures. In October 2018, he was appointed Secretary General and Clerk of the Conseil exécutif, a role he occupied until his appointment to his current position.

Mr. Ouellet holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in economics from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He also sits on the boards of the Collège des administrateurs des sociétés and the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations.

       

Charles-Antoine St-Jean

Chair, Canadian Sustainability Standards Board (CSSB)

Charles-Antoine St-Jean comes to the CSSB with extensive standard-setting and leadership experience, most recently serving as the Regional Director – Americas with the IFRS Foundation®. In this position, he assisted with the implementation of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) operations in Montreal, QC. 

Charles-Antoine's career was mostly spent with Ernst & Young (EY), retiring as a National Managing Partner in June 2017. Mid-career, he served as Comptroller General of Canada for several years before returning to EY. He has served as the (Interim) President and CEO of CPA Canada, where he initiated and led the bid proposal that led to the ISSB choosing Canada as the location from where it develops new standards. 

Charles-Antoine also served as Chair of Canada’s Public Sector Accounting Board, the Ontario Government Internal Audit Committee, and many not-for-profit boards.


 

Richard Tipper

Chief Scientific Officer, Econometrica; CEO, Resilience Constellation

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Abdulla Zaid

Vice-president, MSCI Research, MSCI

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