Director of Corporate Sustainability
As the Director of Corporate Sustainability at RBC, Sandra leads a team responsible for global strategy and leadership in the areas of environmental and social credit risk management, environmental products and services, bank-wide environmental programs, and external relations related to corporate sustainability issues. In 2012, Sandra was also appointed to head RBC’s new social finance initiative, a $20 million program to foster for-profit enterprises that provide market-based solutions to environmental and social issues.
Prior to entering the banking sector, Sandra was a research scientist with Noranda Inc. in Montreal, and then an environmental consultant in Toronto and Vancouver, specializing in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments for resource sector development projects in Canada and Southeast Asia. She joined RBC in 1997 as a resource sector analyst, and then led the bank’s Environmental Risk Management department from March 2000 to August 2005. Having left in September 2005 to become the Director of Corporate Environmental Programs at another bank, she returned to RBC two years later as the Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs.
From 2005 to 2009, Sandra chaired the North American Task Force of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). Sandra is presently on the advisory boards of Carbon Talks, Toronto Greenhouse, and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, where she also chairs its Grants Committee, and she is a Board member and Finance Committee member at Pollution Probe. She writes a quarterly column on corporate sustainability for Listed Magazine, a magazine for directors and senior executives of Canadian publicly listed companies.
Born in Ottawa, Sandra has an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Sandra is a licensed professional engineer, and earned her CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 2007.
She lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.
Erica Barbosa Vargas,
Program Manager for Social Finance
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Erica holds a Masters in Public Administration – Public and Economic Policy, from the London School of Economics, where she specialized in systems dynamics, institutions for economic development and behavioural public policy. She has 10 years of global professional experience in social, environmental and economic development through social enterprises, primarily in Latin America, Canada and the UK. As a social entrepreneur, she co-founded Educating the Streets-Building Society, an award winning program for capabilities development of working children and youth in Bolivia; co-founded Turnlight, a global community of practice and advisory platform for high-impact social innovation. She sits in the Board of organizations dedicated to social innovation globally. Erica is adviser to leaders in the private, public and community sectors on social finance, shared value creation and impact measurement. She is collaborating researcher with the SSHRC-CURA partnership research on impact investing.
Partner & Global Head of Responsible Investment
Jane Ambachtsheer is Partner and Global Head of Responsible Investment at Mercer Investments, Based in Toronto, Jane joined Mercer’s London, UK office in 2000. She is responsible for developing intellectual capital across a range of responsible investment topics, and advises investors in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Jane was consultant to the United Nations through the development of the Principles for Responsible Investment, which have now been supported by more than 1000 signatories. She is a global advisor to the Carbon Disclosure Project and sits on the finance committee of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.
In 2011, Jane received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Social Investment Organisation. In 2008, Mercer's decision to expand its manager research to include an assessment of manager integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors was awarded "most innovative development" by Investment & Pensions Europe’s ESG Leader Awards. In 2007, Mercer was awarded the Capital Markets Award for Sustainable Investment & Banking, as part of GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence.
Jane is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, where she teaches a graduate course on responsible investment and sits on the University’s Environmental Finance Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and English literature with honours from York University and a Master of Social Science from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to joining Mercer, Jane worked for CEM Benchmarking, in Amsterdam and Toronto.
President and co-founder of Investeco Capita
Andrew Heintzman is President and co-founder of Investeco Capital. Andrew was the Chair of the Premier's Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario from 2008 to 2012, and is currently a member of Ontario's Clean Energy Task Force. He sits on a number of corporate boards, including Lotek Wireless and Rowe Farms. In addition, he is on the board of directors of the Tides Canada Foundation and the Steering Committee of Sustainable Prosperity. He is also an advisor to the Masters of Global Affairs program at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
Andrew is the author of The New Entrepreneurs: Building a Green Economy for the Future, and was co-editor of: Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing Everything; Feeding the Future: From Fat to Famine; and Food and Fuel: Solutions for the Future; all published by the House of Anansi Press. Before Investeco, Andrew was a co-founder and publisher of Shift Magazine.
MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
As a program manager for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Joanna leads the education and engagement initiatives. Since 2008, Joanna has focused on social finance development in Canada with Social Innovation Generation National and now with MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. Initiatives that she is proud to be part of include: the report form the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance, "Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good" in 2010, the annual Social Finance Forum since 2008 and SocialFinance.ca since its inception in 2008.
Joanna has worked in the community sector in Toronto for over 10 years. This experience sparked her interest in finding ways for not-for-profits to diversify their revenue base and opening opportunities for people to get involved in their local economy. Joanna is a graduate from Queen’s University and completed her Master of Education at the University of Toronto. She is currently a board member of TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative.
Co-Founder, B Lab
Former President, AND 1
Bart Houlahan, 44, along with his partners, Jay Coen Gilbert and Andrew Kassoy, co-founded B Lab in 2006. B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) Certified B Corporations: a corporate certification for sustainable businesses and social enterprises that meet higher standards of social and environmental performance and legal accountability; 2) GIIRS Ratings and Analytics: a ratings platform (analogous to Morningstar and Capital IQ) that drives capital to impact investments by assessing the social and environmental performance of companies and funds; and 3) Benefit Corporations: a new, legally-recognized corporate form that changes corporate fiduciary duty, permitting companies to create shareholder value and social value. Prior to B Lab, Bart was President of AND 1, a $250 MM basketball footwear and apparel company. Bart is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and an Advisory Board Member of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at the Fuqua School of Business.
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Interface Canada and Latin America
Claude Ouimet is the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Interface, in Canada and Latin America. Claude’s 24-year career with the company includes roles in both manufacturing and sales.
Interface is deeply immersed in a mission to become a sustainable corporation by leading a worldwide effort to design sustainable manufacturing and development processes by the year 2020. Claude’s mix of manufacturing, sales and marketing knowledge gives him a unique perspective for integrating sustainability throughout the Interface corporate culture. He brings his passion for environmentally- sound practices not only to manufacturing technology and practices, but also to sales strategies and marketing concepts that reflect the company’s eco mission. Claude considers how to green a company from two perspectives: The Mechanical part of Sustainability, and the softer side of sustainability which relates more to culture. In April of 2007, Claude became certified as a ‘Climate Project’ presenter, which qualifies him to share Mr. Al Gore’s powerful and inspirational message. Since 2007, Claude has given more than 170 sustainability related presentations
From 2007 til 2010, Claude was a member of Grupo Santander’s Sustainability Consultative Board (the largest and most influential bank in Brazil), when Mr. Fabio Barbosa was President. In that role, Claude had the opportunity to share experiences with other board members and to demonstrate how the principles of sustainable development can be applied in day-to-day business activities.
In July, 2009, Claude joined the National Business Advisory Council of the David Suzuki Foundation in Canada. The David Suzuki Foundation’s mission is: “To protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and for the future”.
In February, 2010, Claude was invited to join The Natural Step Canada Board. The objective of this organization is to “help communities and businesses take meaningful steps toward sustainability”.
Prior to joining Interface, Claude worked for companies including Peerless Corporation, DomtarArborite and American Biltrite (AMTICO).
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Claude now lives in Newnan, GA with his wife, Anne and two daughters, Shanie and Thalia.
Senior Managing Director and Head of Canadian Property Investments
Senior Managing Director & Head, Canadian Property Investments Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada Phil leads the team which manages Sun Life Financial's $12 billion portfolio of real estate equity and mortgage property investments. Sun Life is one of the most active real estate investors in Canada and the property investment group executes an investment program of $1.5 to $2 billion annually in acquisitions and lending. Phil has been with Sun Life Financial since 1998.
Kevin J. Clarke
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kevin J. Clarke has 30 years of innovation and transformational leadership experience. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Paper he has institutionalized an operating philosophy that is reinvigorating the workforce as he steers the company toward its goal of being the preferred supplier of mechanical printing papers in North America and the Pacific Rim.
Prior to joining Catalyst Paper in June 2010, Kevin held executive roles with Worldcolor (Quebecor World) in the magazine, book and directory divisions over a 28-year career with the company. He was named President of Book and Directory Operations in 2004 and became the Group President of its Publishing Services Group in 2008, leading an integrated global organization of 7,500 employees at 20 manufacturing facilities that produced 1 billion books and 1,600 magazine titles.
He holds a bachelor of science from Niagara University and has served on a variety of community, economic development and industry boards throughout his career. Kevin’s track record in business restructuring, strategy and market development has led to numerous awards, including being named Printing Executive of the Year by the Printing and Imaging Association of New York State.
Kevin is a champion of adaptive change as a pathway to business value creation. He is a frequent speaker on employee empowerment and the need for organizations to continuously anticipate and align with market dynamics.
Frances Edmonds BSc.(Hons), Dip. H&S, CRSP
Director, Environmental Programs
Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.
In her role as Director, Environmental Programs, Frances Edmonds is responsible for overseeing environmental programs and initiatives across HP Canada. This has included assisting HP Canada in launching its many takeback, programs, as well as designing and delivering HPs first sales environmental training program which has been adopted worldwide by HP.
Frances works closely with HP’s many partners to drive sustainability practices across HP’s business and throughout Canada. From championing WWF’s Living Planet @ Work program to creating sustainability reporting contests, Frances seeks new and innovative ways to bring the power of HP to create meaningful change in Canada’s businesses.
She has worked with the industry association, Electronic Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) from its inception, including helping to develop a recycling standard which has been adopted by all provincial hardware recycling programs, and she worked with governments, industry and retailers to establish provincial hardware takeback programs across Canada and currently chairs the Saskatchewan Waste Electronic Equipment Program (SWEEP) board.
Frances has judged the Recycling Council of Ontario’s Waste Minimization Awards for five years and works with many NGOs to promote high standards in recycling and environmental education.
Frances started her career in the UK Government as an enforcer of environmental health and safety requirements. On moving to Canada, Frances worked in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries as Canadian manager of environmental health and safety, before joining HP Canada. Frances has worked in a number of areas for HP including Social Innovation.
Frances has a degree in Environmental science from Bradford University (UK), a post graduate diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
CEO Corporate Knights
Toby is the CEO and co-founder of Corporate Knights, the company for clean capitalism. He is a current board member of The Natural Step Canada. He is also on the advisory board of SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) and the University of Toronto Environment and Finance Committee. He spearheaded the first global ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations in 2005. In 2008, Toby served as press secretary to Ralph Nader. Toby has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in economics, with a minor in international development, including a one-year-stint in 1997-98 in the Belgrade Field Program (LLB in Management Studies) with the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been published in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and Globe and Mail, and is a regular guest speaker on CBC. Toby is committed to cleaning up capitalism with practical tools, intelligence, and insights so that markets work to make the world a better place.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Communications and Government Relations
Andrea is a veteran of the telecommunications industry, with more than 20 years of varied experience in finance, business development, communications and corporate strategy. Today, she leads a national team responsible for the execution of a diverse portfolio comprised of TELUS’ real estate strategy, travel services, employee health and wellness, communications, public affairs, corporate sponsorships, event marketing and media solutions. Andrea’s visionary leadership and stellar results earned her a coveted position on the 2012 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.
Her commitment to creating intelligent and environmentally sustainable work spaces and implementing socially responsible work practices have contributed to TELUS earning national and global recognition that includes Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Canada for a six-year timeframe, the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations, and being named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for 12 consecutive years.
Currently, Andrea is leading the development of TELUS Garden - a $750 million, one million square foot project, featuring a 24-storey LEED Platinum office tower (Canada’s first) and LEED Gold 53-storey residential tower in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Andrea also recently led the design and construction of the award-winning TELUS House Toronto and offices in Ottawa, Quebec City and Fort McMurray.
In 2006, Andrea created and launched Work Styles, an innovative program enabling TELUS employees to work where and when it is most convenient and productive for them. Work Styles creates value for employees, optimizes the utilization of office space and reduces TELUS’ environmental footprint. Andrea’s leadership in this regard has been a key factor in TELUS being one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the past four years.
Complementing her role at TELUS, Andrea is passionate about volunteering in her local community. She is a respected member of the TELUS Calgary Community Board, the Mayor’s Champions of Art Council and the Management Advisory Council of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. Previously, Andrea served on the boards of the Alberta Ballet and the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts.
Andrea earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alberta. She lives in Calgary with her husband and two children who share a love of sports, the outdoors, reading, and movies.
Chief Executive Officer
Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF)
Julia is CEO of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF), an arm’s length agency endowed by the City of Toronto to advance low-carbon solutions for cities. While at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) she led campaigns to address climate change, protect marine turtles and ban toxic chemicals. Julia served as a policy advisor to Ontario Minister of Environment Jim Bradley, and has worked and volunteered with many non-profit organizations including Friends of the Earth, Pollution Probe, Great Lakes United, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. She holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Toronto. Julia is a year-round cyclist, an avid vegetable gardener, and wilderness canoeist.
Co-founder & General Partner, Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund
David Martin (38) is currently the President of Bromart Holdings, which owns and controls 100% of the CSL Group and 100% of Horizon Capital Holdings. The CSL Group, of which David is a Director of the Board and the Chairman of the Corporate Environmental Sustainability Committee, is a Canadian based company headquartered in Montreal with affiliated offices in Halifax, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Burlington, London, Boston, Singapore and Sydney, Australia. The company specializes and controls the world’s largest self-unloading bulk carrier fleet with inland, coastal and deep sea trading capabilities. Horizon Capital Holdings, of which David is the Co-President and CEO, is responsible for Bromart’s non-shipping related investment activities as well as its philanthropic activities. In addition, he is a co-founder and General Partner of the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund (CAPE Fund).
Between 2000 and 2004, David was as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch Canada where he was involved in originating and executing both mergers and acquisitions and financings for numerous public and private companies. In 2004, David left Merrill Lynch to assume responsibilities at Bromart and Horizon Capital Holdings.
David graduated from McGill University with a Joint Honours degree in Political Science and History in 1997. In 2000, he received his MBA from Cambridge University, graduating as a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar (Honorary) and was admitted as a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society.
David has also completed the academic requirements for the Directors Education Program, Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).
David is married to Laurence Duguay, and the couple are the proud parents of their three children, Ethan, Liam and Finn.