The ESG agenda is at a critical moment. Amidst new regulations, evolving disclosure requirements, and turbulent political environments, global firms face mounting pressure to adapt and perform. Given these challenges, how can Canadian business leaders effectively navigate the complexities of ESG and position their organizations for success?

At The ESG Agenda: Where to from here?, a panel of experts will explore the current “state of play” in ESG and major developments that are shaping the sustainability landscape for business and finance. The panel will answer the question: how will this evolving ESG agenda inform leadership on sustainability moving forward?

About the speakers

Roopa Dave (1)

Roopa Davé

HBA ’04 - Partner, ESG and Climate at KPMG
Roopa Davé, HBA ’04, is a partner at KPMG Canada’s ESG Services practice and brings more than 18 years of expertise in delivering ESG and climate services across diverse industries. Originally a chartered accountant, Roopa now specializes in ESG and climate strategy, helping clients set targets, devise implementation plans, and establish performance indicators and compliance programs. In addition, Roopa is the Canadian partner champion for KPMG’s ClimateIQ tool, a Climate Expert for the Canadian Climate Law Initiative, a member of the Board of Directors for YWCA of Greater Vancouver, and a 2020 recipient of WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada award in the Emerging Leaders category.
Patricia Fletcher

Patricia Fletcher

Chief Executive Officer, Responsible Investment Association
Patricia Fletcher is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate governance and continuing education. As Chief Executive Officer at the Responsible Investment Association, Patricia spearheads initiatives to promote responsible investment in Canada. Previously, as Vice President of Education at the Institute of Corporate Directors, she pioneered numerous ESG-focused programs for Canada’s director community, as well as establishing Chapter Zero Canada, the Canadian chapter of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative. A sought-after leader, Patricia has held senior roles at the Canadian Institute, the Hay Group, and the Institute for International Research.
Payarali Jamal

Pyarali Jamal

MBA ’98 - ESG and Sustainable Finance Specialist
Pyarali Jamal, MBA '98, has worked on ESG issues for over 20 years. Early in his career he worked at two Canadian banks before joining EY Corporate Finance Canada where he led the Renewable Energy and Cleantech practice. He spent 10 years in various roles in the EY Transaction Advisory Services group in Canada, the UK, and in their Global offices in London. Since leaving EY he has advised numerous firms on governance, strategic planning, operations, and ESG integration, and has led a London-based circular economy business. Pyarali has advised private equity and private credit asset managers on ESG governance, due diligence, reporting and regulations (e.g. SFDR, CSRD, EU Taxonomy). Pyarali has conducted over 35 ESG workshops, and has sat on the boards of two UK impact investment organisations. He is a coalition member of the International Platform for Climate Finance, a member of the Advisory Council for the Ivey Business School's Centre for Building Sustainable Value, and a member of the the Sustainability Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He holds two master degrees and several qualifications in sustainability and ESG investing.
Diane Laure Arjalies

Diane-Laure Arjaliès

Associate Professor, Managerial Accounting and Control, General Management, and Sustainability, Ivey Business School
Diane-Laure Arjaliès is an associate professor of Managerial Accounting and Control, General Management, and Sustainability and founder of the Sustainable Finance Lab for the Centre for Building Sustainable Value at the Ivey Business School. Her boundary-pushing research and teaching focuses on transforming financial markets toward sustainability through innovative approaches and collective actions. Diane-Laure is working on an extensive conservation finance research program, aiming to channel capital toward protecting ecosystems. She has earned numerous awards and accolades for her work in responsible investing, impact assessment, integrated reporting, and alternative currencies.
Matthew Lynch (1)

Matthew Lynch

Associate Director, Ivey Centre for Building Sustainable Value
Matthew Lynch, Associate Director of Ivey’s Centre for Building Sustainable Value, brings more than 20 years of sustainability experience; collaborating with international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Previously, he held leadership roles at the World Council on City Data and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. With an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London; a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge; and a First Class Honours Degree in Environmental Engineering; Matthew is a distinguished expert in advancing sustainable practices.
  • Tags
  • Critical issues
  • Sustainability
  • Evolution of work
  • Diane-Laure Arjaliès
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