UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrives at the Copenhagen Climate Finance Meeting in October 2013 (Lars Krabbe, AP).
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrives at the Copenhagen Climate Finance Meeting in October 2013 (Lars Krabbe, AP).

The program aims to explore innovative solutions addressing challenges related to financing sustainable development. The multi-level governance of climate change and sustainability challenges is a main area of focus.  While nation-states are often identified as having primary responsibility for negotiating, designing, and implementing climate change policy, the diverse implications and scales of both impacts and solutions imply that this is a task best undertaken at multiple scales of governance and by a variety of actors. 

One element is the investigation of the proposals for green banking and voluntary sustainability guidelines for the banking sector. This work will review existing voluntary guidelines and codes of conduct in the banking sector and will critically analyze their content with respect to addressing important sustainability issues such as climate change, water, energy, distribution of wealth, and education. Another important focus is on innovative approaches to engage the private sector on the pressing challenges involved in financing sustainable development. There remains a growing concern that “non-financial” information, specifically environmental and climate change risks, represents a similar under-reported risk. 

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Joël Blit

CIGI Senior Fellow

Joël Blit is a CIGI senior fellow researching the topic of innovation, including exploring intellectual property rights, closing Canada’s innovation gap, and the link between Canadian immigration and innovation. Joël is assistant professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, with expertise in the economics of innovation, technology clusters, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, international trade and multinational corporations. 

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Sarah Burch

CIGI Senior Fellow

Sarah Burch is a senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program, where she is contributing to research on financing sustainable development, focused on the exploration of innovative solutions to address challenges associated with climate change and sustainability. Sarah is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, and assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada.

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Jeff Rubin

CIGI Senior Fellow

Jeff Rubin is a CIGI senior fellow. A Canadian economist and bestselling author, Jeff is a world-leading energy expert and former chief economist and chief strategist at CIBC World Markets.

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David Runnalls

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow and was formerly acting director of the Environment and Energy Program at CIGI. He also provided strategic advice and support for CIGI Chair Jim Balsillie’s role at the United Nations High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. He remains a distinguished fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and a senior fellow at Sustainable Prosperity. David is chair of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

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Cyrus Rustomjee

CIGI Senior Fellow

Cyrus Rustomjee is a senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program, where he focuses on the blue economy. Currently a managing director at Cetaworld Ltd., an independent consulting practice, Rustomjee has also served in key positions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Commonwealth of Nations, the G20 and the government of his native South Africa.

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Jason Thistlethwaite

CIGI Fellow

Jason Thistlethwaite is a CIGI senior fellow, as well as assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo.
 
 

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Olaf Weber

CIGI Senior Fellow

Olaf Weber is a CIGI senior fellow. His research with CIGI focuses on sustainability and the banking sector. He is currently associate professor and program director of the Master’s Program in Sustainability Management as well as professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. Since 2010, Olaf has held the Export Development Canada Chair in Environmental Finance.

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