WIECan Presents: 
In-Person ESG Conversation + Spring Social

 

WIECan is pleased to invite you to join an ESG financing conversation, which will be held in person on Friday May 27 at 4pm EDT in Toronto. The event format includes a 1-hour moderated C-suite panel, followed by our first post-COVID 2-hour spring social. The event will delve into today’s key ESG considerations in the Power, Utilities and Infrastructure sector, including the importance of ESG and reaching net zero, and opportunities to align financing with companies’ ESG objectives. Food and wine will be served.

Distinguished Speakers

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Pauline Alimchandani

Chief Financial Officer | Northland Power

Pauline Alimchandani is the Chief Financial Officer of Northland Power Inc. (TSX: NPI).  Northland is a leading renewable energy company dedicated to developing, owning and operating green energy infrastructure assets in Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America.  Northland is headquartered in Toronto and has a market capitalization of approximately $10 billion, with 1,000 employees.

 

In her role, Pauline manages and oversees a large global team across several key functions across the organization including: corporate finance, capital markets, financial planning & analysis, project finance, development finance, treasury, risk management, information technology, tax strategy & planning, financial reporting, investor relations and ESG strategy/reporting. Within Northland, Pauline serves as Chair of both the Investment Committee and ESG Steering Committees.

 

Pauline has over 15 years of professional experience having most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dream Unlimited Corp (TSX: DRM), one of Canada’s leading real estate companies with $13 billion of assets under management. Earlier positions include: Vice President, Corporate Strategy at Dream with responsibility over strategic finance, financial modeling, capital allocation and capital markets initiatives and; Vice President, Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets where she provided equity research and analysis on the Canadian real estate sector and stock recommendations for numerous companies under coverage. Prior to these positions, Pauline was also active in both the Audit and Assurance and Consulting & Deals practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

 

Pauline holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is a Chartered Accountant as well as a CFA charterholder. She currently serves on the boards of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation and Dream Impact Trust (TSX: MPCT).

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Shelley Babin

Chief Legal and Ethics Officer | OPG

As Ontario Power Generation’s Chief Legal and Ethics Officer, Shelley Babin leads OPG’s Law, Ethics and Regulatory department, which comprises of Law Division, Corporate Secretary and Corporate Governance, Freedom of Information, the Ethics & Equity Office and the Regulatory Affairs Division.  Shelley is also OPG’s accountable executive leading the company’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) work.

 

Shelley is on the board of Global First Power, a joint venture between OPG and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC), with the mandate to construct and operate a small modular reactor in Ontario.

 

In 2018, Shelley was awarded Tomorrow’s Leader by the Canadian General Counsel Awards, and in 2021 OPG’s Law Division was named the Energy and Resources Law Department of the Year by the Canadian Law Awards. Within OPG, Shelley formally mentors and helps lead the development of high-potential employees, and is a strong advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Shelley is a member of the Association of Canadian General Counsel and a volunteer at the Pro Bono Ontario Free Legal Advice Hotline.

 

Prior to joining OPG, Shelley practised commercial litigation at a large national Bay Street law firm.

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Alina Osorio

President | Fiera Infrastructure

Alina Osorio is responsible for leading Fiera Infrastructure and overseeing the firm’s investment, asset management and finance teams. Fiera Infrastructure currently invests and manages over C$3.6 billion in AUM across the infrastructure asset class, including telecommunication, Public-Private partnerships, renewables, and transportation.

 

Alina is a seasoned professional in the utility and infrastructure investment and financing sector. She has worked as an infrastructure investment professional and has been a key player in the sector for more than two decades.

 

Her many years of experience stem from her roles as an equity research analyst covering Canadian utility companies, an investment banker in the infrastructure sector, a principal investor, and finally, as a portfolio strategist for a major Canadian pension fund. She has extensive experience and a solid track record in her field.

 

Before joining Fiera Infrastructure, she was CEO of Aquila Infrastructure, where she oversaw the creation of the firm and its growth to more than $225 million in assets under management. Prior to that, she was CEO of the Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership (“MEAP”), North America’s first unlisted infrastructure fund, which invested in Canada and the United States. Under her leadership, MEAP pursued and assessed numerous opportunities, completed five acquisitions and one divestment. Alina went on to lead the infrastructure program at OPTrust, with a capital allocation of $2.5 billion. In this role, she was responsible for setting strategic direction, overseeing investment strategies and acquisitions, and managing an infrastructure portfolio in excess of $1 billion.

 

Alina holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

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Sarah Thompson

Managing Director, Sustainable Finance | RBC Capital Markets 

Sarah Thompson is Managing Director, Sustainable Finance at RBC Capital Markets. As part of the Sustainable Finance Group, Sarah works closely with the growing number of institutional, corporate and government clients globally who are integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations into their organizational strategy, investment process and disclosures.

 

Sarah joined RBC in 2011 as the bank’s first Green IT Manager. In 2013, she moved to RBC’s Corporate Sustainability Team to oversee enterprise-wide operational footprint reduction initiatives, produce ESG disclosure and support business units with the development of sustainable financial products and services. In addition, Sarah partnered with RBC’s Corporate Treasury Group to establish RBC’s Green Bond Program. The bank issued its inaugural Green Bond in April 2019 following the publication of its Green Bond Framework outlining the process for Green Bond issuance and reporting.

 

Sarah represents RBC Capital Markets on Canada’s Sustainable Finance Action Council (SFAC) Taxonomy Technical Expert Group, the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Climate Transition Finance Working Group and the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Sustainable Bond Market Advisory Group (SBMAG).

 

Sarah is based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from McGill University and an MBA in Sustainability from York University’s Schulich School of Business.

Moderated By

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Anna Brighton

Director, Power, Utilities and Infrastructure | RBC Capital Markets

As a Director, Power, Utilities and Infrastructure Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets, Anna is known as a leader in financial advisory and in debt structuring across transportation, energy, utility and social infrastructure sectors. Her deep knowledge helped uncover opportunities, maximize return and provide expert advice for the winning clients for 15 infrastructure projects in Canada over the last 5 years with total valuation of $26.5 billion. Anna engaged in a myriad of volunteering activities, including serving as a mentor in multiple women organizations and at RBC.

Anna received a Bachelor of Commerce from York University with Summa Cum Laude and a Masters of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business with distinction. She also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Anna received Women in Capital Markets’ Emerging Leader Award in 2019 and the Women’s Infrastructure Network’s Emerging Leader Award in 2020.

 

Patio / Lounge Room at 155 Wellington St W, 11th Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 3K7 

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 19, 2022

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