December 4, 2019 | Toronto

Canadian Sustainable Investment Forum

Sustainable investing and finance are a crucial part of institutional investing platforms, putting capital to work in service of long-term environmental, social and governance initiatives. We’ll convene senior leaders and investors for conversations about how ESG investing, impact investing and sustainable finance tools can maximize performance and provide important positive social impact.

December 4 - Wednesday

8:00 am

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome Remarks

9:10 am

The Future of Impact Investing

The place of impact investing in current portfolios is hard to ignore. Institutions are taking a much stronger stance when it comes to things like ESG, so-called “sin stocks”, and mission-based companies. And given the recent decision by the United States Business Roundtable to expand the primary concern for corporations beyond simply increasing value for shareholders, it appears many companies are paying attention. But impact investing as a definitional term leaves much to be desired, and there is much more to unpack beyond “making the world a better place.” In this panel, we’ll take a deeper dive into impact investing, talk to some top investors about how they’re defining the term for themselves and their clients and peek around the corner to see how some of the latest trends might play out over the near- to long-term.


  • Nalini Feuilloley

    Director, Responsible Investment Team, BMO Global Asset Management

  • Kelly Gauthier

    Managing Director of Impact Advisory, Rally Assets

  • Kurt Reiman

    Managing Director, Chief Investment Strategist for Canada, BlackRock


9:40 am

Bloomberg Intelligence Presents: ESG in Your Portfolio

Bloomberg Intelligence analysts showcase the latest data on ESG investing, getting behind the numbers to reveal the biggest trends, and show where certain sectors are headed in terms of their impact.

10:00 am

In Conversation With Kristi Mitchem, CEO, BMO Global Asset Management

We’ll sit down with BMO GAM chief executive officer Kristi Mitchem for an in-depth conversation about sustainable investing and what she sees as the biggest opportunities in the space.


10:25 am

The Sustainable Finance "Green Rush"

Green bond sales have hit record numbers and the race is on when it comes to the $136 billion green bond market. As banks grapple with a slowdown in traditional engines of growth such as lending and trading, they’re seeking to capitalize on a boom in green finance. Global green bond sales have already beaten last year’s record $135 billion well before the end of 2019, and issuance of the securities has more than quadrupled in the past five years. The sales boom is being driven by corporations and governments raising funds to invest in initiatives to meet largely environmental goals. We’ll sit down with top financiers to take a closer look at this robust market, and whether the momentum can survive the current turbulent monetary climate.


10:55 am

Closing Remarks


Dan Barclay

CEO & Group Head, BMO Capital Markets BMO

Nalini Feuilloley

Director, Responsible Investment Team BMO Global Asset Management

Kelly Gauthier

Managing Director of Impact Advisory Rally Assets

Halina von dem Hagen

Global Treasurer and Head of Capital Management Manulife

Kristi Mitchem

CEO BMO Global Asset Management

Kurt Reiman

Managing Director, Chief Investment Strategist for Canada BlackRock

Elizabeth Wallace

Senior Manager, Funding & Foreign Exchange, Capital Markets Division Ontario Financing Authority

Jacqueline Thorpe

Toronto Bureau Chief Bloomberg News



Established in 1817, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $839 billion and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers. BMO is the 8th largest bank in North America as measured by assets.