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Ryerson CSR Institute Session: Unpacking Sustainability Reporting - from Production through Use

March 01, 2019
9:00 AM EST - 11:00 AM EST
Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas St. West, Toronto [9th floor, room TRS 3-119]

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This session is co-sponsored by the Ryerson Corporate Social Responsibility Student Association, the Ryerson Commerce and Government Association, and the Ryerson Law and Business Student Association, and is supported by the Trade Commissioner Service of Global Affairs Canada.

Firms are variously pressured to address their environmental, social and economic impacts, to make commitments concerning how they are addressing these impacts, and to report on their ESG/sustainability performance.  Taken together, there is an ecosystem of sustainability actors, standards (instruments), processes and institutions involved in the production, dissemination, analysis and use of ESG information. But surprisingly, not much is known about how the various parts of this ecosystem work and interact, the strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities associated with this ecosystem, how it is evolving, and what are the next steps in its evolution. The purpose of this session is to begin to unpack this ecosystem and its changing form, by bringing together various actors who are involved in the production, dissemination, analysis and use of sustainability information, and thereby contribute to better understanding of the ecosystem and its constituent parts, with a view to identifying gaps and areas for improvement.

Kathrin Bohr (Senior Partner, Stakeholder Research Associates - SRA). With a degree in Business & Sustainability from the Schulich School of Business, Kathrin has over 15 years experience working in the field of CSR and Sustainability and has supported many leading Canadian and international companies in establishing and improving their reporting practices. She is the co-author of “Advancing Sustainability Reporting in Canada – 2016 Report on Progress” and a contributor to SRA’s biennial research on sustainability reporting in Canada.  Kathrin is GRI certified and developed the first GRI training for the Chinese market.

Dominic Channer (Vice-President Community Relations, Kinross Gold Corporation). Dominic has worked in the mining business for more than 20 years. He worked in Venezuela with Guaniamo Mining Company for 12 years. He joined Aurelian Resources in 2007 as the Country Manager for Ecuador and then moved to Kinross Gold Corporation in 2008 when it acquired Aurelian and the FDN project. In January 2016 he moved to Toronto as Vice-President Community Relations for Kinross Gold Corporation. Dominic holds a Ph.D in Geology from the University of Toronto and a B.A and M.A. from the University of Oxford.

Jackie Daitchman (Vice President, ESG Client Coverage, MSCI Inc.). Prior to joining MSCI, Jackie worked as a Corporate Social Responsibility consultant for Canadian junior mining companies operating in West Africa and conducted due diligence and risk analysis in the financial sector. Jackie started her career with the International Institute for Sustainable Development conducting research on voluntary sustainability initiatives in the agriculture and forestry sectors. Jackie has spent time on-the-ground working with farmer communities in Peru and Côte d'Ivoire and training local research institutions in environmental and social impact assessment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of South Carolina and Master of Applied Environmental Science and Management degree from Ryerson University.

Mary Newman Evans (M-E Strategic Communications Inc.).  Mary brings over 25 years of corporate reporting and communications consulting experience, with a specialization in CSR strategy and reporting and non-financial disclosure.  Through her consultancy, she works with clients across a broad range of sectors including extractives, energy, telecommunications and human resources. She is GRI G4 certified and is a past member of the Prospector and Developers’ Association CSR Committee. Prior to establishing her firm M-E Strategic Communications in 1998, she was Corporate Communications Manager for the former Noranda Forest.  She holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an undergraduate degree from Western University. 

Delaney Greig (Manager, Engagement and Policy at the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE). Delaney holds degrees in civil and common law from McGill University and a masters in political economy from the University of Toronto. Prior to her work at SHARE, Delaney did legal and policy research for First Nations, the Government of Canada and national and international non-governmental organizations. Her work seeks to understand and address the challenges that arise at the intersection of business interest, human rights and environmental concern.

Anthony Miller (Coordinator, United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative, and Focal Point for CSR within the Investment and Enterprise Division of UNCTAD). Anthony has managed the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative since its launch in 2009. Dr. Miller is a specialist on CSR, corporate governance and responsible investment. He served five years as an expert in the ISO 26000 Working Group on Social Responsibility, He holds a B.A. from Trent University, Canada, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University, England.