For Immediate Release                                             
August 25, 2021


Canadian securities administrators to host roundtable on ESG-related regulatory issues in asset management


TORONTO – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today announced that it will host a virtual roundtable on environmental, social and governance (ESG) related regulatory issues in asset management on Monday, September 27, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET.

An expert panel will discuss a number of regulatory issues arising from increased interest in ESG investing from Canadian investors and the investment fund industry. Panellists will address the importance of enhancing ESG-related fund disclosure so that investors are not misinformed about the ESG-related aspects of a fund – known as “greenwashing” - and can make more informed investment decisions. The panel will also explore the benefits and challenges associated with ESG-related fund disclosure from the perspective of asset managers, ESG ratings providers and retail investors.

Panellists include Melanie Adams, Vice President and Head, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, RBC Global Asset Management; Mari Brossard, Senior Manager, Sustainable Investment, National Bank Investments; Jean-Paul Bureaud, Executive Director, FAIR Canada; Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, BlackRock Investment Stewardship, BlackRock; Ian Howard, Executive Director Commercial, Corporate Solutions, Morningstar Sustainalytics and David Rutherford, Vice President, ESG Services, NEI Investments.

The panel will be moderated by Wendy Berman, Vice-Chair, Ontario Securities Commission, include remarks from Hugo Lacroix, Superintendent, Securities Markets, Autorité des marchés financiers and offer audience members an opportunity to pose questions to the panellists. Representatives from various CSA jurisdictions will be in attendance.

The roundtable is open to the public; please click here to register. A preliminary agenda can be viewed here.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

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Pascale Bijoux                                            Jean-Maurice Bouchard

Canadian Securities Administrators             Autorité des marchés financiers                            

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Ontario Securities Commission