Executive SDGs Online Panel Series

Leveraging the SDGs to Achieve a Sustainable and Competitive Canadian Economy Post-COVID-19

Executive SDGs Roadshow - Engaging Board Members and Executives in Delivering the 2030 Agenda via a Series of Online Panel Discussions

ESG Competent Boards has partnered with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Global Compact Network Canada to engage Board Members and Executives in Delivering the 2030 Agenda. We have received support from the Government of Canada’s SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Funding Program to conduct five online panel discussions to discuss how to leverage the SDGs to achieve a sustainable and competitive Canadian economy post-COVID-19.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program.

Past Events:

Session 1 | Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth

Applicable SDGs:

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Esteemed Canadian leaders will discuss:

  • Can increasing the number of Canadians with relevant skills and promoting inclusive industrialization be utilised to achieve a sustainable and competitive economy?
  • How can Canadian business leaders leverage the SDGs?

August 25, 2020

1:30 – 2:30 PM ET

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Keith Martell

President & CEO, First Nations Bank of Canada

Mairead Lavery - President and Chief Executive Officer, Export Development

Mairead Lavery

President & CEO, Export Development Canada

Wes Hall

Dr. Wesley Hall

Executive Chairman & Founder, Kingsdale Advisors

Helle Bank Jorgensen - CEO Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO & Founder, ESG Competent Boards

Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C.

President & CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Ani Hotoyan-Joly - FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Ani Hotoyan-Joly

Independent Corporate Director

Session 2 | Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure

Applicable SDGs:

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Esteemed Canadian leaders will discuss:

  • Can strengthening the capacity of all countries for national and global health risks be utilised to achieve a sustainable and competitive economy?
  • How can Canadian business leaders leverage the SDGs?

August 26, 2020

1:30 – 2:30 PM ET

Huguette Labelle C.C., Ph.d., LL,D - Vice-Chair, International Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Member, Advisory Group to the OECD Secretary-General on Anti-Corruption and Integrity, Former Chancellor, University of Ottawa, former Chair, Transparency International and former Board Member, the UN Global Compact

Huguette Labelle, CC, PhD, LLD

Chair, Advisory Board for Senate Appointments

John M. Beck

Chairman, Aecon Group Inc.

Amy Hepburn

CEO, Investor Leadership Network

Marc Parent

President & CEO, CAE

Helle Bank Jorgensen - CEO Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO & Founder, ESG Competent Boards

Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C.

President & CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Session 3 | Natural Resources and Sustainable Growth

Applicable SDGs:

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Esteemed Canadian leaders will discuss:

  • Can facilitating access to clean energy research and technology, and strengthening resilience to climate-related hazards, be utilised to achieve a sustainable and competitive economy?
  • How can Canadian business leaders leverage the SDGs?

September 1, 2020

1:30 – 2:30 PM ET

Bruce Lourie, Ph.D

President, Ivey Foundation

Gill Winckler

Non-Executive Director, Pan American Silver Corp, West Fraser Timber Ltd, and FLSmidth & Co.

Marcelo Lu

President, BASF Canada

Tabatha Bull

President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C.

President & CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Helle Bank Jorgensen - CEO Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO & Founder, ESG Competent Boards

Session 4 | Adopting Technology and Innovation

Applicable SDGs:

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Esteemed Canadian leaders will discuss:

  • Can upgrading the technological capabilities of industrial sectors and encouraging innovation be utilised to achieve a sustainable and competitive economy?
  • How can Canadian business leaders leverage the SDGs?

September 8, 2020

1:30 – 2:30 PM ET

Andy Chisholm

Member of the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance, Board Director, Royal Bank of Canada

Annette Verschuren, O.C. - CEO and Chair, NRStor Inc., Chair to the Board of Directors, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Board Member, Air Canada, Board Member, Saputo Inc., Board Member, Canadian Natural Resources Limited & Chair, MaRS Discovery District | Chef de la direction et présidente de NRStor inc., présidente de Technologies du développement durable Canada

Annette Verschuren, O.C.

CEO and Chair, NRStor Inc., Chair, Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Tima Bansal

Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability, Ivey Business School

Janet De Silva

President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade; Board Member, Intact Financial Corp. and Blue Umbrella Ltd; Canada’s Representative, APEC Business Advisory Council

Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C.

President & CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Helle Bank Jorgensen - CEO Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO & Founder, ESG Competent Boards

Session 5 | International Policy and Trade

Applicable SDGs:

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SDGs goals

Esteemed Canadian leaders will discuss:

  • Can international policy and trade be utilised to achieve a sustainable and competitive economy?
  • How can Canadian business leaders leverage the SDGs?

September 15, 2020

1:30 – 2:30 PM ET

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Marc-André Blanchard

Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global, Canada’s Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Dr. Ailish Campbell

Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Business Development

Toby Heaps

CEO & Co-Founder, Corporate Knights Inc.

Tabatha Bull

President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Helle Bank Jorgensen - CEO Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO & Founder, ESG Competent Boards

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

View the video which prompted these online events:

Hear from 36 Canadian leaders to better understand how companies, boards, and executives are demonstrating leadership on the SDGs.