Karen Clarke-Whistler

Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group

As TD's “other CEO”, Karen has been instrumental in helping TD become both a global environmental leader, and the first North America-based carbon neutral bank. Her recent list of milestones includes establishing TD Forests, producing, through TD Economics, key papers on natural capital and the value of urban forests, and becoming the first commercial bank in Canada to issue a $500 million green bond, whose proceeds are being used solely for green initiatives in Canada. The focus of the investments is in projects that contribute to the low-carbon economy. This and more contributed to TD being declared “Best Green Bank, North America” by U.K.-based Capital Finance International

Pauline D'Amboise

Secretary General & Vice President, Governance and Social Responsibility, Desjardins Group

Under Pauline’s leadership, Desjardins transformed their environmental policy from a simple guideline in to a highly sophisticated, fully integrated operation. Today, the credit union boasts a dedicated advisory green team, a social responsibility report (GRI4), a full range of eco-responsible financial products and services, green building initiatives, responsible sourcing and the support of university research in the fields of social responsibility and cooperatives. By leveraging a partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, Pauline was able to situate Desjardins as a local powerhouse for change through their assistance in launching SWITCH, an environmental alliance in Quebec City with the goal of accelerating the city's transition to a green economy.

Philip Gillin

Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Canadian Property Investments, Sun Life Financial

The chair of Sun Life’s International Sustainability Council, Phil promotes a vision of operationalizing sustainability across the enterprise. He established a strategy of owning real estate assets that have a sustainable footprint achieved through proactive management of their effects on the environment. In doing so, Sun Life’s Canadian real estate investments portfolio achieved a 13% decrease in GhG emissions intensity since 2010 and 66% of existing buildings have been awarded either LEED or BOMA BESt certifications. Under Phil’s direction, Sun Life also became the first major life insurance company in Canada to join the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

Lisa Lafave

Senior Portfolio Manager, Real Estate, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Unless building owners support sustainability measures when making investments, our buildings will continue to be one of the largest producers of GhGs. Thankfully HOOPP is taking action. Lisa spearheaded and oversees HOOPP’s sustainability program for its $9B, 180+ property, 40 million sf, real estate portfolio. To date, HOOPP has reduced its carbon footprint by 18,200 tonnes and decreased energy and water consumption by 5 and 3% respectively. Lisa is also driving sustainability in the real estate industry by establishing the LEAP Awards and Conference, participating in and promoting GRESB, and establishing a Canada-wide portfolio sustainability committee and commercial building labelling program.