The Rise of ESG | October 26, 2021

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  • October 26, 2021
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Association of Women Lawyers warmly welcomes you to join us for an informative discussion about the increasing significance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors to governments, businesses, and individuals.

Our panel includes three amazing speakers from a range of disciplines and industries:

  • Bindu Dhaliwal, Vice President, Environmental, Social and Governance, CIBC
  • Kali Taylor, Policy Advisor, The United Nations SDG Lab /International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Mary Robinson, Director, Research, Policy & Collaboration, Responsible Investment Association

The panel will provide you with an engaging discussion on:

  • What ESG is and why it is trending;
  • How ESG is regulated and measured; and
  • Why it is relevant to you and your career.

Date: October 26th, 12-1pm

A Microsoft Teams link will be emailed to attendees before the event.

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Bindu Dhaliwal, Vice President, Environmental, Social and Governance, CIBC

Bindu Dhaliwal was previously Assistant General Counsel – Environmental, Social and Governance and Ombudsperson for BMO Financial Group. At BMO, Bindu has held a variety of legal positions in the areas of wealth management, corporate affairs and corporate/commercial law. Prior to joining BMO, Bindu worked a major Canadian law firm and clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has a B.Comm from the University of Toronto, obtained her law degree at Queens University and has a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation, Complex Systems, Social Innovation and Design from the University of Waterloo.

Kali Taylor, Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Kali Taylor is a sustainable development professional, with a keen interest in systems thinking, social change, and youth engagement. Kali currently works with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Geneva coordinating action on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Kali is also a member of the newly created UNOG SDG Lab team, representing the NGO viewpoint and providing expertise on systems change and innovation best practice.

Kali is a co-founder and the former Executive Director of Student Energy. She ran the organization for 3 years through its formative years and initial growth stage before taking on the Board Chair position. She has also completed an internship with the Green Growth Knowledge Platform – a joint initiative between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) for advancing the green economy.

In her early career, Kali held numerous positions in the energy industry and independent consulting assignments in areas including business development, project management, CO2 management and triple bottom line performance and innovation improvement. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary specialized in Energy Management and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo.

Kali has received numerous awards for her contributions to the community including the Premier’s Citizenship award, the Queen Elizabeth II Citizenship medal. She was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists under 25 in 2011, one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2013, GLOBE’s Next Gen Entrepreneur in 2014, an AB Top Young Innovator in 2016, and one of Canada’s Top 35 Under 35 Energy Leaders in 2016.

Mary Robinson, Director, Research, Policy & Collaboration, Responsible Investment Association

Mary promotes awareness of responsible investment in Canada through research and analysis, advocates for policies that support responsible investment, and facilitates collaboration among the RIA’s membership. Mary is a CFA® charterholder with more than 20 years of experience working with institutional investors, including pension funds, endowments and foundations, in consulting and relationship management roles. Mary believes that incorporating ESG factors in investment decision-making is consistent with the goal of achieving positive financial outcomes for the long term. She is keen to advance the understanding of RI among Canadian investors and to help the industry move towards full adoption of RI.



Downtown, Calgary, Canada