Past Events


Lunch Conference: Kick-starting the green infrastructure transition and uncovering value for investors in real estate

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Workshop 3: What impact for the sharing economy?

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Lunch Panel: ESG – Value-Creation or Value-Salvation?

Integrating ESG considerations in the investment and risk governance framework. ESG factors are gaining in importance in today’s financial decisions and have a growing effect on investment performance. Whether through value-creation or value-salvation, ESG investing has emerged as an alpha factor in improving the risk/reward profile of different investments. On April 25th, the FSI teamed up with… View Article


Lunch Conference with Tim Lane, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada: Climate Change and Canada’s Economic Future

On March 2nd, the Finance and Sustainability Initiative welcomed Timothy Lane, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada to Montréal’s Club Saint James to discuss the impacts of climate change in a speech entitled: Thermometer Rising – Climate Change and Canada’s Economic Future. Opened by François Boutin-Dufresne, FSI Board Member and Strategist, Economics and Global… View Article


Workshop 2: Taxing and Regulating the Sharing Economy

On February 15th, the FSI was delighted to host a workshop to learn about the different aspects of taxing and regulating the sharing economy. Since much of the sharing economy’s transactions happen online, we first heard from Luc Godbout, Director of the Department of Fiscal Studies at the University of Sherbrooke’s École de gestion, who… View Article


FSI Competition for Best Sustainability Report

The 2017 FSI Awards for Best Sustainability Report ceremony was held to a packed audience at Club St-James on January 25. For this 4th edition of the competition, 12 prizes were awarded: All companies that are part of the S&P/TSX Composite Index and that had produced a sustainability report on September 30 were automatically eligible for… View Article


Workshop 1: Defining the sharing economy and its main social and ethical challenges

On the 10th November 2016, FSI hosted three panelists to present different aspects of the sharing economy. Our first speaker, Guillaume Lavoie, City Councillor for the district of Marie-Victorin in the borough of Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie started the discussion with a broad stroke definition of what the sharing economy is to different players. Guillaume went… View Article


Lunch Conference with Chris Ragan from Ecofiscal : Investing in an Ecofiscal Policy World

On October 25th, the IFD-FSI was delighted to host the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, the vibrant and affable Prof. Christopher Ragan.  The lunchtime talk focused on Investing in an Ecofiscal Policy World: The Impacts and Opportunities of Putting a Price on Carbon. Summary Chris Ragan reminded the audience of the meaning of carbon pricing… View Article


FSI-PRI Scholarship Award Ceremony

FSI-PRI Scholarship: The winner of the 2016 FSI-PRI Scholarship for Best Research on Responsible Investment is Ms. Salma Ktat as part of a collaboration between the University of the Antilles and Guyana and Chair of Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development at UQAM’s École des sciences de la gestion (ESG).  She was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for her… View Article


Cocktail Conference with Paul Shrivastava from Future Earth : Emerging Planetary Risks and Opportunities

On September 28, 2016, Dr. Paul Shrivastava, Executive Director of Future Earth, opened FSI’s 2016-2017 season by providing an engaging and informative presentation on Emerging Planetary Risks and Opportunities. Dr. Shrivastava’s presented an overview of the current context of emerging planet-wide risks, introduced Future Earth’s innovative Knowledge-Action Networks and highlighted the importance of risk informed… View Article


Breakfast Conference with Prof. Eccles: The integrated reporting movement and fiduciary duty

The FSI is very proud to have hosted a breakfast conference with Professor Robert G. Eccles in Montreal on April 13, 2016. Robert G. Eccles is a professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, as well as Chairman of asset management firm Arabesque Partners.  He is also the Founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting… View Article


Workshop 2: The risks associated with a carbon footprint and how to manage them

Participants of this second workshop on the “Financial solutions for a changing market” were able to see that climate change and the GHG emissions that are responsible for it constitute very real risks and are henceforth part of the key issues that both corporations and institutional investors must content with. To date, one of this… View Article


Inter-Association Cocktail

On March 10th, FSI members joined those of CFA Montréal and the Emerging Managers Board at a cocktail organized by CFA Montréal… The perfect occasion to meet finance professionals and to exchange on current issues – including responsible investment!    


FSI Awards for Best Sustainable Development Report

The 2016 FSI Awards for Best Sustainable Development Report ceremony was held to a packed audience at Club St-James on January 29. For this 3rd edition of the competition, seven prizes were awarded.


Workshop 1: Measuring the carbon footprint

The carbon footprint is a measure of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to the activities, products or services of a private or public organization. With a group of portfolio managers, sustainable development managers, risk managers, and other finance professionals, the speakers of our first workshop discussed why and how to measure these emissions, and how companies… View Article


FSI-PRI Competition for Best Research on Responsible Investment

The award ceremony for very first FSI-PRI Scholarship for Best Research on Responsible Investment took place as part of the PRI Québec Network’s second conference on responsible investment, which was held on November 10, 2015, in Montreal. The winner of the very first FSI-PRI Scholarship for Best Research on Responsible Investment is Ms. Édith Breault, holder of a Master… View Article


Investing Responsibly- Developing Sustainably: Moving to the Core

  A distinguished panel of speakers shared their reasons for deciding to invest responsibly-develop sustainably, and how it is impacting their business model and performance.