April 24th | Breakout Session
ESG – The Path forward to Sustainability as an Essential Element to Business Growth and Value

“ESG – The Path forward to Sustainability as an Essential Element to Business Growth and Value”

Sponsors: Future Skills Centre and Diversity Institute

Did you know that GLOBAL ESG assets are on track to exceed $50T by 2025? Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) refers to three non-financial factors that can be used to inform the long-term risk and return of an investment. Despite recent backlash ESGs are a priority for governments, businesses and organizations and cannot be ignored, even by small and medium enterprises. This is not a partisan issue – we only have one planet. This session will offer a forward-thinking exploration of the ESG landscape and trends with a particular focus on the transition to net-zero. the role of SMEs and the implication for skills.

Engage in insightful discussions about emerging ESG metrics along with shifting consumer, government, and investor expectations. Discover how SMEs and entrepreneurs are driving change and the role of women and Indigenous peoples. Learn how to navigate the evolving regulatory environment along with shifting consumer, government, and investor expectations and how to “future proof” your business. Learn about new tools to support developing and implementing your ESG strategy and how organizations are making changes.

Join us for a thought-provoking journey, connecting with experts and peers to collectively shape a responsible future.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the vital role of SMEs and entrepreneurs in the transition to net zero.
  • Explain how to use sustainability as a source of innovation to drive new growth and improve efficiency, effectiveness while managing risk.
  • Learn about the strategies, tactics, tools and skills organizations need and where to start.


  • Moderator: Alison Joutsi, Principal, ESG Global Advisors
  • Wendy Cukier, Academic Director, Diversity Institute; Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub; Future Skills Centre
  • Minto Roy, Founder and Managing Partner, Social Paper Print Ltd.
  • Kelly Hirsch, Head of ESG Analysis, Vancity Investment Management Ltd.
  • Vicki Saunders, Founding Activator, Coralus