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Shaping the future of sustainable finance

The Institute for Sustainable Finance releases annual report, highlighting the institute’s efforts to support Canada’s transition to an environmentally sustainable economy.

The Institute for Sustainable Finance has published its first annual Impact and Progress Report.

Institute for Sustainable FinanceThe report looks at the ISF’s achievements over the past 12 months in terms of its four strategic pillars: research, education, collaboration, and outreach.

Highlights include: five research reports assessing different dimensions of Canada’s progress in sustainable finance; delivery of public and custom education programs; continued support and collaboration with the Canadian Sustainable Finance Network of academics across North America; producing a series of 11 educational primers on core concepts; support to post-graduate students and researchers; and more.

The report also looks at the impact of the institute’s activities toward aligning financial systems to promote long-term environmental sustainability and economic prosperity in support of Canada’s transition towards a net-zero emissions economy.

Housed at Smith School of Business, the Institute for Sustainable Finance is the first of its kind in Canada. Led by the team of Chair Sean Cleary, Executive Director Sara Alvarado and Director of Research Ryan Riordan, the ISF is a multi-disciplinary network of research and professional development that brings together academia, the private sector, and government to shape Canada’s innovations in sustainable finance.

“At a time when Canada and the world face many climate, technology and geopolitical challenges, our work is making an impact as we help mobilize capital towards sustainable finance in this race to net-zero,” Alvarado says. “We need to remain competitive as a country, continue to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to help finance our economy and ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.”   

Read the report.