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Will Canada’s economy be left behind by the green wave?

Join moderator Antony Currie and a panel of experts for a candid and lively conversation about Wexit, climate change and what’s next for the Canadian economy in 2020. 

Canada’s vast stores of natural resources have served its economy well. But its oil reserves, the third-largest in the world, are among the dirtiest to extract. The country also has the longest coastline in the world and is warming faster than anywhere else on the planet.

The Trudeau administration and the central bank are trying to address climate risk, but it’s slow going. And the recent federal elections have made the task harder reducing the Liberal Party to a minority government and excluding it almost entirely from power in the resource-rich western provinces, where talk of Wexit is rising.  

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

4:00pm - 4:30pm: Registration and Welcome Drinks
4:30pm - 5:30pm: Panel Discussion
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Networking Reception

333 Bay Street, 29th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2R2


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Dan Barclay
CEO, Bank Of Montreal Capital Markets
Dan Barclay was appointed CEO & Group Head of BMO Capital Markets in November 2018. In this role, he is responsible for BMO Financial Group’s interactions with corporate, institutional and government clients worldwide.

Previously, Dan was Co-Head, Global Investment & Corporate Banking (I&CB) where he oversaw relationships with corporate and government clients, including equity and debt underwriting, corporate lending and project financing, mergers and acquisitions advisory services and global trade and banking. Dan has over 27 years of investment banking experience in a broad range of industries. He joined BMO’s investment banking group in 2003 as a Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions group, and in 2009 was named Head of Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2014 he was appointed Head of Investment & Corporate Banking Canada and International. Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Barclay spent 13 years in investment banking at a global and Canadian investment dealer.

Dan serves on BMO Financial Group’s Executive Committee and chairs BMO Capital Markets’ Operating and Executive committees.

As a proud supporter of the United Way, Dan acted as past co-chair of the BMO Capital Markets Employee Giving Campaign and is a recipient of the Women in Capital Markets Champion of Change Award (2016). He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
Toby Messier
CEO, Aquantix

Toby Messier co-founded Aquantix in 2017. Aquantix is a Montreal startup that leverages AI, satellite and geographic data to predict water supply problems and other material corporate risks and their financial impacts to allow institutional investors to make more responsible and secure investments.

Margaret Eve Childe
Director, ESG Research & Integration, Manulife Investment Management

Margaret Childe is the Canada ESG Head at Manulife Asset Management. She is responsible for working collaboratively and proactively with Manulife AM’s Canada-based investment teams on ESG integration, identifying and managing ESG risks and opportunities for Canadian portfolios. Margaret also works on global ESG integration projects and methodologies for ESG product development, and represents Manulife AM’s ESG capabilities among the local investment community.

Previously, Margaret was a senior manager of ESG advisory services at Sustainalytics, where she helped asset owners and investment managers in Canada and the US to develop and implement sustainable and responsible investment strategies, including ESG integration and impact investing solutions. Prior to that, Margaret managed RBC Capital Market’s collateral management desk and was an associate on the Global Equity Linked Products desk. Earlier in her career, Margaret worked for Save the Children and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Margaret is fluent in French.
Barbara Zvan
Chief Risk & Strategy Officer, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Barbara Zvan is the Chief Risk & Strategy Officer for the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. She leads the Strategy & Risk team in supporting the Plan Sponsors in plan design decisions; the Board in determining the appropriate benchmarks and risk appetite; and the Investment division in designing a long-horizon total fund strategy. She drives the fund’s responsible investing and climate change risk management strategy and directs the organization’s enterprise and operational risk management approach.

Ms. Zvan is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and holds an Institute of Corporate Directors designation and a Master of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. She serves as the chair of the International Centre of Pension Management and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s Investor Advisory Group, and on the boards of the Global Risk Institute, the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and the Chilean water utilities Esval (Essbio) S.A. She was one of four members of the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance, which delivered its final recommendations in June 2019, and is an honouree of Canada’s 2020 Clean50.
Antony Currie
Associate Editor, Reuters Breakingviews

Antony Currie has more than a decade of experience as a financial journalist, having worked with Euromoney since 1996, most recently as a U.S. editor. He has worked on assignments in the major financial centres of Europe and the US and written stories on capital markets, global economies and the investment banking industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in German language and literature and a master's degree in politics and international relations from the University of Bristol.