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Impact Live - Standardized ESG reporting and disclosure: Implications for Canadian business

Jun 4, 2024 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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The ESG Series: Standardized ESG Reporting and Disclosure: Implications for Canadian Business

Ivey Business School presents Impact Live The ESG Series

In the evolving landscape of global business, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors are becoming increasingly influential, and for some, controversial. To equip Canadian leaders with the knowledge and strategies necessary to navigate this dynamic terrain, Ivey is proud to host a series of virtual Impact Live events addressing the key considerations of ESG. The second event in the series looks at the impact of standardized reporting frameworks.

The lack of comparable data has been a key barrier to assessing the sustainability performance of firms, especially for investment decision-making. The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) was established to unify existing reporting and disclosure frameworks, with the goal of enabling standardized decision-relevant information for investors. The ISSB has now published its first two disclosure standards for climate and sustainability, which came into effect in January 2024. The Canadian Sustainability Standards Board (CSSB) has now proposed draft Canadian Sustainability Disclosure Standards (CSDS) that align with the global ISSB standards but with modifications to serve the Canadian public interest.

At the second livestream event in the Impact Live ESG Series, a panel of experts will explore these significant advancements and discuss the potential impact of these standardized reporting frameworks on financial markets and individual businesses.

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Meet the panellists

Lisa French - Vice-President, Sustainability Standards, Canadian Sustainability Standards Board

Lisa FrenchLisa French, Vice-President of Sustainability Standards at the Canadian Sustainability Standards Board, has an accomplished background in standard-setting and framework development. Previously, as Chief Technical Officer at the Value Reporting Foundation, she contributed to the International Integrated Reporting Framework. Lisa's diverse professional experience includes roles with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 3M Canada, Metso Minerals, and Ford Motor Company of Canada. Notable achievements include engagements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, White House Forum on Business Innovation, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Michael Jantzi - Member, International Sustainability Standards Board

Michael JantziMichael Jantzi is a notable leader in the sustainability field, with more than three decades of experience in responsible investment and sustainable finance. He is currently a part-time member of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). Previously, he was Managing Director of ESG Strategy at Morningstar, and is renowned as the founder and former CEO of Sustainalytics and Jantzi Research. His board and committee service includes the Value Reporting Foundation, Principles for Responsible Investment, the Independent Review Committee on Standard Setting in Canada, and the MakeWay Foundation. Michael has a Master of International Relations degree from Dalhousie University.

Nadine de Gannes, HBA ’09 - Assistant Professor, Managerial Accounting and Control and Sustainability

Nadine de GannesNadine de Gannes, HBA ’09, is Faculty Director of the HBA Program and an assistant professor in Managerial Accounting and Control and Sustainability at Ivey. She holds a master’s degree and PhD in Accounting from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an HBA from Ivey. Nadine brings a unique sociological perspective to her research and teaching – exploring interrelationships between accounting, power, and perceptions of worth. Having initially researched executive compensation and pay benchmarking practices, Nadine now concentrates on integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics into executive compensation, internal control systems, and organizational culture.

Meet the moderator

Matthew Lynch - Associate Director, Ivey Centre for Building Sustainable Value

Matthew LynchMatthew 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.


The ESG Series, Event #1

Don't miss the first event in the Impact Live ESG series, The ESG Agenda: Where to from here?, on Thursday, May 23, 12-1 p.m.