Getting Climate Change on the Board Agenda: Directors share their strategies

Directors are increasingly aware that policymakers and regulators view management of climate-related financial risks as a core business issue. The question is how to get the board's attention on issues facing the company or the sector in which it operates given the rapidly developing knowledge on physical and transition risks arising from climate change. The panel will share their insights and strategies for getting climate change on the board agenda, will discuss the legal obligations of directors in this respect, and will share principles and best practices that can effectively guide board decisions.


12 PM - 12:05 PM
Welcome & Introduction
by Deborah Rosati
12:05 PM - 12:40 PM
Moderated panel discussion
Moderated by Liane Langstaff
12:40 PM - 12:55 PM
12:55 PM - 1 PM
Conclusion and Thank You
by Deborah Rosati

Moderator & Panelists

  • Liane Langstaff (Environmental Lawyer at Gowling WLG)

    Liane Langstaff

    Environmental Lawyer at Gowling WLG

    Liane Langstaff is an environmental lawyer in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practicing in the areas of environmental litigation, environmental assessments, land-use planning, and climate change. She draws upon her technical background in Environmental Sciences and her joint JD/MBA to advise her clients.

    Liane frequently acts on cutting-edge environmental issues. She represented the Canadian Public Health Association in its intervention in the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional cases before the Courts of Appeal of Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan and the Supreme Court of Canada. As a Climate Governance Expert with the Canada Climate Law Initiative, she presents to corporate boards and corporate audiences on the duties of directors and officers to address the risks and opportunities of climate change.

    Liane regularly gives lectures to law and urban planning students and was a co-instructor of the 2019 J.D. Environmental Law course at Osgoode Hall Law School. She writes extensively about developments in environmental law and co-authored A Guide to Canada's Impact Assessment Act, 2020 Edition."

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  • Poonam Puri (Professor of Business Law & Governance at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University)

    Poonam Puri

    Professor of Business Law & Governance at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

    Poonam Puri is an experienced corporate director, practising corporate lawyer, professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, and one of Canada’s most respected experts in corporate governance and business strategy. She has board experience in industries ranging from real estate and infrastructure to transportation, healthcare and mining. Further, she has recognized expertise in risk, ESG, strategy and complex governance matters. Poonam is adept at chairing boards and governance and compensation committees and is a valuable contributor on audit and risk committees. She has been recognized as one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers, and is a past recipient of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women Award and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.

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  • Janis Sarra (Professor of Law at University of British Columbia)

    Janis Sarra

    Professor of Law at University of British Columbia

    Dr. Janis Sarra’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of corporate finance, banking law, corporate governance, securities law, contracts, commercial insolvency law, and law and economics. Dr. Janis is Professor of Law, at the Peter A. Allard School of Law and founding Director of the National Centre for Business Law. She served as Associate Dean of the Allard School of Law until 2007, with oversight of development, strategic planning, alumni relations and communications. In 2004, she was awarded the title of Distinguished University Scholar for her scholarship in corporate and securities law.

    Dr. Janis was appointed UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor in 2014 for a five-year term. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Janis served as Director of the Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC.

    She has published 15 books and has been cited extensively by Canadian courts at the superior court and appellate levels. She is currently a director of Assuris, the British Columbia Law Institute, and the International Insolvency Institute. She is a member of the Canadian Delegation to the UN Commission on International Trade Law.

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  • Christie Stephenson (Executive Director of Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, UBC Sauder School of Business)

    Christie Stephenson

    Executive Director of Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, UBC Sauder School of Business

    Christie Stephenson is the Executive Director of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC Sauder School of Business.

    Before joining UBC Sauder in 2016, Christie spent 15 years at socially responsible and impact investing firms Sustainalytics (then Jantzi Research Associates), NEI Investments (Ethical Funds) and Rally Assets (then Purpose Capital).

    Christie also has more than two decades of diverse board experience. She is currently a director of Vancity financial cooperative, where she chairs the governance committee and serves on its audit committee. She also serves on the board, and environmental, social and governance committee, of the University of British Columbia Staff Pension Plan, as well as the board, governance and risk committees, of the Central 1, one of Canada’s domestic systemically important financial institutions.

    She is a frequent speaker to industry and academic audiences and a regular media commentator on topics related to responsible business, governance and investing.

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Getting Climate Change on the Board Agenda

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