- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
Vice President of Environmental, Social & Governance Services & Ethical Funds, NEI Investments, Canada
Robert Walker is the Vice President of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Services for NEI Investments, an investment management company with approximately $5 billion in assets under management.
Working out of the Vancouver office, Robert leads a 10-person team responsible for implementing NEI's ESG Investing Program, a set of activities designed to enhance risk-adjusted returns to investors and contribute to the creation of long term sustainable value. Core elements of the program include corporate ESG performance evaluations, corporate engagement, and creating a public policy environment conducive to ESG investing and corporate sustainability.
A former executive director of the Social Investment Organization, Robert currently participates on the Boreal Leadership Council and has recently joined an Advisory Group for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers' Responsible Canadian Energy program. He speaks widely on the role of the investor in sustainable value creation and has participated in several United Nations, Government of Canada, and multi-stakeholder initiatives in support of enhanced ESG performance among publicly-traded corporations. The ESG Program at NEI has received numerous awards from both the investment industry and the world of sustainability. He has an undergraduate degree from McMaster University and graduate degrees from Dalhousie and the University of Toronto.