The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability CFO Leadership Network Launches Canadian Chapter
March 30, 2017
TORONTO – Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) from across Canada are coming together to form the Canadian Chapter of The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) CFO Leadership Network. Prince’s Charities Canada will support the Canadian Chapter which will be run in partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA).
The CFO Leadership Network is the first grouping of its kind in Canada to focus on the role CFOs play in integrating environmental and social issues into financial decision making.
The ultimate goal of the initiative is to influence the environment within which organizations operate to enable sustainable approaches to become normal practice. Founding members of the Canadian Chapter include the CFOs from the following organizations: British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, Brookfield Asset Management, The Co-operators Group Ltd, City of Vancouver, Manulife, Metrolinx, Ontartio Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
“It’s about finance leaders coming together to make a tangible contribution to the continued sustainability of our economy, society and environment, and by doing so, to the profitability of business and investment,” explains Steve Roder, senior executive vice-president and chief financial officer at Manulife, an co-chair of the Canadian Chapter.
“The A4S CFO Leadership network will be an important vehicle for the financial community in Canada to gather, share best practices and solve challenges together so that we are all working toward more sustainable outcomes,” adds Pamela Steer, CFO at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and member of the Advisory Council for A4S.
“CFOs play a key role in setting the strategic agenda, measuring progress, and of course deciding what gets financed and what does not. As such, they have a vital role to play in the development and adoption of sustainable approaches, finding ways to align commercial objectives with environmental and social risk and opportunity,” says Jessica Fries, A4S executive chairman. “I am delighted that CFOs from leading Canadian organizations have joined the CFO Leadership Network and are committed to action.”
“The Canadian members of the CFO Leadership Network will explore common sustainability challenges and opportunities faced in Canada,” says Joy Thomas, president and CEO, CPA Canada. “Projects will be undertaken that offer practical advice and solutions relevant both at home and to the wider finance community. Canadian members will be able to draw upon the knowledge and experiences of their global colleagues as they look to help organizations derive value from better integrated sustainability practices.”
The Canadian Chapter held its first meeting in Toronto on March 27th, 2017.
The CFO Leadership Network Canadian members are:
Lawrence Davis, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation
Brian Lawson, Brookfield Asset Management
Patrice Impey, City of Vancouver
Bruce West, The Co-operators Group Ltd
Steve Roder, Manulife
Robert Siddall, Metrolinx
Jonathan Simmons, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS)
Pamela Steer, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)
Benita Warmbold will join the Network as co-chair in June 2017, following her retirement as CFO of the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).
About The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)
The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) was established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2004 to mobilize action and leadership by the finance and accounting community to address the challenges to the economy and society posed by issues such as climate change, increasing depletion of and demand for natural resources, urbanization and inequality. A4S seeks to inspire action by finance leaders to drive a fundamental shift towards resilient business models and a sustainable economy.
A4S works with the finance community to:
Inspire finance leaders to adopt sustainable and resilient business models
Transform financial decision making to enable an integrate approach, reflective of the opportunities and risks posed by environmental and social issues
Scale up action across the global finance and accounting community
A4S had two global networks: the A4S Chief Financial Officers Leadership Network, a group of CFOs from leading companies seeking to transform finance and accounting, and the Accounting Bodies Network (ABN) whose members comprise approximately two thirds of the world’s accountants.
For further information:
A4S: Deborah McSkimming, Senior Communications Adviser, A4S
+44(0) 7391 512090
CPA Canada: Tobin Lambie, Principal, Media, CPA Canada
PCC: Matthew Rowe, Director of Operations and Partnerships