Green Economy Perspectives Presents – Karen Clarke-Whistler: Shifting The Market

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9 March, 2016

Green Economy Perspectives Presents – Karen Clarke-Whistler: Shifting The Market8:00am to 9:00am
CSI Spadina

Join the Sustainability Network on March 9th to hear TD Bank’s Chief Environment Officer Karen Clarke-Whistler’s perspectives on the green economy.

2016 is signaling a shift in tone and rhetoric towards the green economy. Following the Paris Agreement, where 195 countries at COP21 sought to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C, the Canadian Government has announced plans for a Pan-Canadian framework for combatting climate change to hit our own 2030 targets, and provincial and municipal governments are putting plans into action to further this goal, including carbon pricing. Despite this momentum, sizable gaps exist between targets set and the pace and scale of tangible efforts underway. The behaviours and outputs of Canada’s private sector will play a key role in moving the green economy forward and closing this gap. What needs to happen to ensure that businesses and industries make the necessary shift towards sustainability while ensuring our economic prosperity? What challenges will we face and what opportunities must be seized in order for Canada’s private sector to thrive in the emerging green economy?

Join a candid conversation between TD Bank’s Chief Environment Officer Karen-Clarke-Whistler and Mike Morrice, Executive Director of Sustainability CoLab, where Karen will offer her personal insights as one of Canada’s sustainability thought-leaders operating within the financial sector, exploring how she reconciles the urgency to change business as usual with the often opposing forces of the market.

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About the Speakers

Karen Clarke-Whistler has been TD’s Chief Environment Officer since 2008, responsible for developing and leading the bank’s environmental strategy, which has been key to its rise to the top of the league tables for environmental performance in the North American banking sector. Under Karen’s leadership, TD became the first North American-based bank to be carbon neutral, and has leveraged insights into the low carbon economy to generate more than $7Billion in green financing. An environmental scientist who is widely recognized as a thought leader, Karen has been named one of Canada’s Clean16 for her outstanding contribution to clean capitalism.

Mike Morrice has spent his career galvanizing community-led transitions to a greener economy. He founded Sustainable Waterloo Region in 2008 and then Sustainability CoLab, which he now leads, in 2012. Sustainability CoLab is building the low-carbon economy in cities across Ontario.

Paul Bubelis is Executive Director of the Sustainability Network which hosts the series and he will MC.

Green Economy Perspectives is part of the Economic Literacy Project which offers training and outreach to ENGOs to help Canadians transition toward a green economy. The Economic Literacy Project is supported by a grant from the Ivey Foundation.

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