CSA Roundtable on ESG-Related Regulatory Issues in Asset Management

Sep 27, 2021
01:00 pm  -  03:00 pm
Virtual Event (Webinar)
Event Details

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) will host a virtual roundtable on environmental, social and governance (ESG) related regulatory issues in asset management.

An expert panel will discuss a number of regulatory issues arising from increased interest in ESG investing from Canadian investors and the investment fund industry. Panellists will address the importance of enhancing ESG-related fund disclosure so that investors are not misinformed about the ESG-related aspects of a fund – known as “greenwashing” - and can make more informed investment decisions. The panel will also explore the benefits and challenges associated with ESG-related fund disclosure from the perspective of asset managers, ESG ratings providers and retail investors.

Panellists include Melanie Adams, Vice President and Head, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, RBC Global Asset Management; Mari Brossard, Senior Manager, Sustainable Investment, National Bank Investments; Jean-Paul Bureaud, Executive Director, FAIR Canada; Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, BlackRock Investment Stewardship, BlackRock; Ian Howard, Executive Director Commercial, Corporate Solutions, Morningstar Sustainalytics and David Rutherford, Vice President, ESG Services, NEI Investments.

The panel will be moderated by Wendy Berman, Vice-Chair, Ontario Securities Commission, include remarks from Hugo Lacroix, Superintendent, Securities Markets, Autorité des marchés financiers and offer audience members an opportunity to pose questions to the panellists. Representatives from various CSA jurisdictions will be in attendance.

The roundtable is open to the public; register and receive a link to watch the webinar live on September 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST. For those unable to watch the live webinar, a transcript and link to watch the video-recording will be available post-event on the OSC website.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Preliminary Agenda

1:00 pm

Opening Remarks
Wendy Berman, OSC
Hugo Lacroix, AMF

1:10 pm

Introduction to Panellists
Melanie Adams, RBC Global Asset Management
Mari Brossard, National Bank Investments
Jean-Paul Bureaud, FAIR Canada
Michelle Edkins, BlackRock
Ian Howard, Morningstar Sustainalytics
David Rutherford, NEI Investments

1:15 pm

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Wendy Berman
Discussion Topics:

  • Investor Risks and Needs
  • Regulatory Gaps
  • Proxy Voting and Shareholder Engagement Disclosure
  • ESG-Related Continuous Disclosure
  • ESG Information in Marketing Materials
  • ESG Ratings and Data Providers
  • Common ESG-Related Terminology

2:25 pm

Questions from the Audience

2:55 pm

Closing Remarks
Wendy Berman

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