Sustainable finance: Investing in better buildings.
(1 GBCI CE HOUR)
Eliminating barriers to retrofit financing is critical to foster a healthy retrofit economy. Learn how financial lending institutions and instruments in the building construction and retrofit industries can play a critical role in increasing the pace and depth of our built environment’s much needed transition.
Attend the Lunch plenary to gain unique insight into how Canada’s financial services industry can aid market and product development that supports and encourages investment in climate resilience and low-carbon growth, while at the same time maximizing their financial returns.
- Anna Murray, Vice President, Sustainability & EHS, Bentall Kennedy and Co-chair of the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) group will share key findings of the Global Real Estate Investor ESG Survey, the largest ESG-focused survey of global real estate investors ever conducted.
- Bryan Purcell, Vice President, Policy and Programs, TAF, whose work focuses on accelerating decarbonization of the built environment through development of innovative policies, programs, and business solutions will explain how incentives and products can enable deep retrofits.
- Andy Chisholm, Director, Royal Bank of Canada, who was invited by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Finance to be a member of the Expert Panel for Sustainable Finance will discuss key conditions that must be in place in order for capital to flow.
This session will be moderated by Amy Erixon, Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young’s Global Investment Management practice.
Anna Murray has spent her career advancing corporate sustainability around the globe at major multinationals. She is Vice President, Sustainability & EHS at Bentall Kennedy, one of the largest global real estate investment advisors with ~$49 billion of assets under management. Anna holds a Master of Business Administration and a law degree.
Anna has been awarded Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Top 100 Women in Canada and the Making a Difference for Women Award. She is the founder of the non-profit Young Women in Energy and is the co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Investment Committee Property Working Group.
Andrew Chisholm is a member of the Board of Directors of Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to that he spent most of his career at Goldman Sachs & Co, which he joined in 1985 in New York. He served in a variety of progressively more senior leadership roles within the organization during his 30 year career including as Senior Strategy Officer of the firm globally from 2012 - 2014, as Head or co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in both London and New York from 2002 - 2012, and as co- Chair of the Firmwide Commitments Committee (primarily overseeing the firm's equity underwriting activities) from 2011 - 2015.
He is currently a member of the Federal government’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance.
He holds a B. Comm from Queens University (1981) and graduated with an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University in 1985. He is Chair of the Ivey Business School Advisory Board, is a Board Member of Evergreen, and sits on the Advisory Board of ArcTern Ventures. He lives in Toronto with his family.
Bryan Purcell is the Vice President of Policy and Programs at The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), an award-winning public agency and impact investor dedicated to addressing climate change in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Bryan’s work focuses on accelerating decarbonization of the built environment through development of innovative policies, programs, and business solutions. Bryan has been instrumental in designing and testing innovative financing options for energy efficiency in buildings. Notable examples include TAF’s Green Condo Loan for new construction, and the non-debt Energy Savings Performance Agreement through which TAF has financed major retrofits in 20+ buildings housing over 2500 households. Through the award-winning TowerWise Program, many of these buildings serve as living labs to advance understanding of the impact of retrofits on carbon emissions, indoor air quality, and occupant comfort. Bryan has also been a key contributor to the development of the Toronto Green Standard and Zero Emissions Buildings Framework.
Amy Erixon is an industry expert in real estate technology, greening strategies and smart cities. She leads Avison Young’s Global Investment Management practice, which is active across all major and select speciality property types in North America and Europe.
Prior to joining Avison Young, she was CEO of IGRI, a full-service development and investment firm that built the first LEED-certified projects across Canada in the mid 2000s. With more than 35 years of industry experience, she has acquired, developed and repositioned portfolios valued in excess of $9 billion, and completed large-scale rezoning and development projects in numerous North American cities. Amy Erixon serves as an educational counsellor for MIT and sits on the Ontario Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and is a member of Avison Young’s Executive Committee.
A graduate of MIT in city planning and real estate development, she is an active speaker, blogger and publisher of topical reports and white papers. Follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter
@ErixonAmy, and YouTube. Her blog can be found at blog.avisonyoung.com