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The Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious endeavor by the UN and the world’s nations to grapple with some of the most vexing problems facing humanity. The goals seek to eliminate poverty and hunger and transform communities around the globe by 2030. This panel looks at the growing role for impact investing in achieving this bold agenda.
Helle Bank Jørgensen, Head of Global Compact Network Canada, the Canadian Chapter of the United Nations Global Compact
Karim Harji, Co-Founder and Director at Purpose Capital, a leading advisory firm on impact investing
Eugene Ellmen, Canadian Director for Oikocredit, one of the largest private investors in development finance in the world
Jean-François Obregón, ESG Analyst at Sustainalytics, a global leader in sustainability research & analysis, serving investors & financial institutions with responsible investment solutions
After a short panel discussion, we’ll open the floor to the audience for questions, conversation and dialogue. A cash bar and reception will follow.
This event is sponsored in coordination with RI Week 2016, organiazed by the Responsible Investment Association.
Helle Bank Jorgensen is a globally recognized expert on how to combine sustainable development and successful business. She is a Board Facilitator for the UN Global Compact Board Program, President of Global Compact Network Canada, CEO & Founder of B.Accountability and the chair of eRevalue.
Helle was behind the world’s first Green Account, the world’s first Integrated Report, the world’s first holistic responsible supply chain program and has advised many of the companies that are today known as leaders in Sustainable businesses. She was among the first few in the world and the first in North America to receive the Certificate of Achievement for passing the GRI G4 exam. Prior to founding B.Accountability, a certified Women Owned Business that helps companies be successful by being accountable, Helle worked 19 years for PwC, and hereof 11 years as a partner leading the Sustainability and Climate Change teams in Denmark and in the US. Helle is also a renowned speaker and the author of many thought-leading articles and books.
Karim Harji is a co-founder and Director at Purpose Capital, an impact investment advisory firm that works with investors and intermediaries to design, implement and evaluate impact investment strategies. He co-authored the strategic assessment of the Rockefeller Foundation’s $40m Impact Investing Initiative, and the comprehensive market review, ‘Accelerating Impact: Achievements, Challenges and What’s Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry’. He was a member of the Impact Measurement Working Group of the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce, and is currently on the Boards of the Responsible Investment Association and CanadaHelps.
Eugene Ellmen is National Director, Canada for Oikocredit. Oikocredit is a global investor in three major sectors: financial inclusion, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. With total assets of more than €1 billion, Oikocredit is one of the world’s largest private investors in development finance. Eugene manages Oikocredit’s National Support Office in Canada.
Prior to joining Oikocredit in January 2013, Eugene served for 13 years as Executive Director of the Social Investment Organization (now known as Responsible Investment Association), Canada’s membership network for responsible investment.
He is an author and writer on responsible investment, and has won two awards for his work: the Social Investment Organization Distinguished Service Award, granted in recognition of his contributions to the responsible investment industry; and the Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award for work and dedication in sustainable and ethical business practices.
Jean-François is an ESG Analyst at Sustainalytics covering the Financials sector. As part of an Environment Canada climate change project, he advised governments in Latin America on strategies to scale-up low-carbon. At the Canadian Urban Institute, he expanded an LED streetlight program into the province of Québec. He also worked at Corporate Knights, where he contributed to environmental, social and governance reports. Jean-François has an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University and holds the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) designation.