ESG in B.C.

ESG in B.C.

ESG is the latest evolution of corporate responsibility divided into three focus areas — environmental, social, and governance. The goal of this series is to move B.C. forward in our ESG journey.

The exponential growth and desire for businesses to articulate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles and measurements is a rapidly evolving global business trend and represents a significant opportunity for British Columbia businesses, employers, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Launched on May 17th, the ESG in B.C. series will feature diverse interests and perspectives to explore the progress and possibilities for B.C., the forces driving the evolving ESG frameworks, and the implications for business, supply chains, talent and investors. The series will consist of five virtual sessions, written commentary and digital content, each focusing on different aspects and opportunities for ESG in B.C.


Upcoming Events:

Session 3: Meaningful Engagement - People, purpose and community impact, presented in partnership with Global Container Terminals

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am (PST) | Register here!

Session 4: Building on B.C.'s advantages in the global pursuit of net-zero, presented in partnership with Deloitte

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am (PST)

Session 5: ESG in B.C.: The Path Forward, presented in partnership with TELUS

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am (PST)


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Past events:

ESG in B.C. - An opportunity for a sustainable economy

ESG in B.C. Session 2: Embedding sustainability through governance

Defining ESG

The GCT Global Commitment to Sustainability

As a leader in the shipping industry, GCT is committed to making sustainability a priority. This includes protecting the environment and wildlife in the communities in which they operate, investing in more efficient equipment, and of course, providing a safe workplace for all of employees, stakeholders, and customers.

Watch the video here.

Why does ESG matters and how can business leaders drive ESG within their organization? This paper from Bennett Jones takes those conversations one-step further by providing a practical and high-level overview of the legal, operational and reputational tenets of an effective ESG strategy. Download it now.


As part of the Business Council of British Columbia's five-part series, ESG in B.C.: An opportunity for a sustainable economy, Denise Mullen, the Council's Director of Environment, Sustainability and Iindigenous Relations has prepared an overview of the ongoing ESG evolution and its emerging impact on today's business landscape. Download it now.

What is ESG? Watch this video to get a better understanding of what ESG is and it's impact on the economy.

ESG in B.C. Series Videos

ESG in B.C. Session Two: Introduction to Session Two with Greg D'Avignon and Lori Mathison

BCBC has convened global and national leaders, industry, government decision makers, Iindigenous leaders, and policy experts to examine problems, evaluate opportunities and define a path forward, together. Through the series' events, complementary publications, commentary and case studies, ESG in B.C., will feature diverse interests to explore the progress and possibilities for B.C., the forces driving the evolving framework, and the implications for business, supply chains, talent and investors.

Session Two examines embedding sustainability through governance.

This video features Greg D'Avignon (President & CEO, BCBC) and Lori Mathison (President & CEO, CPABC), as they introduce the session and discuss ESG sustainability and governance.

Watch the video here.

ESG in B.C. Session Two: Embedding Sustainability

BCBC has convened global and national leaders, industry, government decision makers, Iindigenous leaders, and policy experts to examine problems, evaluate opportunities and define a path forward, together. Through the series' events, complementary publications, commentary and case studies, ESG in B.C., will feature diverse interests to explore the progress and possibilities for B.C., the forces driving the evolving framework, and the implications for business, supply chains, talent and investors.

Session Two examines embedding sustainability through governance.

This video features guest speakers Lori Mathision (President & CEO, CPABC) and Dr. Stephanie Bertels (Director, Centre for Corporate Governance & Sustainability, SFU Beedie School of Business).

Watch the video here.

ESG in B.C. Session Two: Strengthening Sustainability Goals Through Governance

BCBC has convened global and national leaders, industry, government decision makers, Iindigenous leaders, and policy experts to examine problems, evaluate opportunities and define a path forward, together. Through the series' events, complementary publications, commentary and case studies, ESG in B.C., will feature diverse interests to explore the progress and possibilities for B.C., the forces driving the evolving framework, and the implications for business, supply chains, talent and investors.

Session Two examines embedding sustainability through governance.

This video features guest speakers Lori Mathison (President & CEO, CPABC), Dr. Stephanie Bertels (Director, Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability, SFU Beedie School of Business), and Bosa Kosoric (Counsel, Bennett Jones).

Watch the video here.

ESG in B.C. Session Two: Materiality in ESG Strategy and Reporting Panel Discussion

BCBC has convened global and national leaders, industry, government decision makers, Iindigenous leaders, and policy experts to examine problems, evaluate opportunities and define a path forward, together. Through the series' events, complementary publications, commentary and case studies, ESG in B.C., will feature diverse interests to explore the progress and possibilities for B.C., the forces driving the evolving framework, and the implications for business, supply chains, talent and investors.

Session Two examines embedding sustainability through governance.

This video is a panel discussion on Materiality in ESG strategy and reporting and features panelists David Labistour (Corporate and Advisory Directors), Sarah Marsh (Partner, National ESG Report and Assurance Leader, PwC Canada), Geoff Pegg (Director, Sustainability and Environment, TELUS), and Domenico Iannidinardo (Vice President, Forest & Logisitics & Chief Forester, Mosaic Forest Management).

Watch the video here.

ESG in B.C. Session Two: Embedding Sustainability & Strengthening Sustainability Goals Through Governance (combined video)

BCBC has convened global and national leaders, industry, government decision makers, Iindigenous leaders, and policy experts to examine problems, evaluate opportunities and define a path forward, together. Through the series' events, complementary publications, commentary and case studies, ESG in B.C., will feature diverse interests to explore the progress and possibilities for B.C., the forces driving the evolving framework, and the implications for business, supply chains, talent and investors.

Session Two examines embedding sustainability through governance.

This video begins with CPABC President and CEO Lori Mathison and guest speaker Stephanie Bertels, Director, Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability, Simon Fraser University, with Bosa Kosoric, Council at Bennett Jones, joining the discussion.

Watch the video here.

ESG Sponsors

ESG in B.C. would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and is completely carbon neutral. The Council will be purchasing the carbon offsets required for the time of all attendees, panelists, and moderators to attend the events and will purchase additional offsets to account for the staff and contractors who have worked diligently to prepare and deliver this series. ESG in B.C.’s Carbon Sponsor is Wheaton Precious Metals.