Climate Risk & Finance Presentation and Panel Discussion

GCFP hosted University of Waterloo’s Blair Feltmate and MIT Sloan’s Robert Pindyck and Jason Jay for a presentation and panel discussion on May 7. Click here for the recording, including slides.

Tuesday, May 7, 11:30AM- 1:00PM, E62-250


Join us for this timely presentation and panel discussion on climate change risk and finance, featuring Dr. Blair Feltmate of the University of Waterloo and MIT Sloan’s Robert Pindyck (Finance and Economics) and Jason Jay (Sustainability Initiative).


Dr. Blair Feltmate

Blair is Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at University of Waterloo. The Intact Centre is an incubator for research and knowledge mobilization, with an aim to limit the negative impacts associated with climate change and extreme weather events in Canada. The Intact Centre was made possible through the generosity of Intact Financial Corporation.

Previous positions Blair has held include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management; and President, Sustainable Systems Associates. His early career began by developing the sustainable development programs for such companies as Noranda, Falconbridge, Placer Dome, Barrick Gold, Consumers Gas and the American Chemistry Council (Washington).

He is Chair of the Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Results, and he is Chair of the Adaptation, Canadian Climate and Clean Growth Institute. He is also Chair of the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Adaptation Standard, Canadian Standards Association (CSA); he serves on other flood mitigation Standards committees for CSA. He was Chair/Founder of the Sustainable Electricity Program, Canadian Electricity Association. Blair is also on the Advisory Board of the Global Risk Institute, which is a primary advisor to Canada’s major pension funds.

Blair has written textbooks on Sustainable Banking (University of Toronto Press), and Aquatic Ecology (CAB International). He is generally interviewed by TV/radio/newspapers 100-150 times per year, primarily on the subject of how to address climate change. He speaks regularly to governments (nationally / internationally) and industry sectors on the need and means to adjust to a changing climate.