Community Events

Centre for Corporate Sustainability (CCS)

Thanks to the generous donations from our sponsors, the Centre for Corporate Sustainability currently hosts two seminar series through the academic year: Center for Corporate Sustainability Seminar Series and the Enbridge Research-In-Action Seminar Series.

Enbridge Research in Action Seminar Series

Insights on Financing Sustainable Projects 

Innovation in banking and financial services is needed to meet the increasing demand for projects that relate to the world’s energy systems. The rapidly increasing presence of non-hydrocarbon energy systems, and their coexistence with hydrocarbon energy sources, will demand holistic approaches and ongoing evolutions in local, national and international energy systems.

This Enbridge Research in Action Seminar on December 8, 2020 aims to create a greater understanding of the nuances of financing sustainable projects using examples from Canada, America and across the world.

The seminar brings a panel of four experts to explore sustainable projects, how they are financed and what is strategically vital for practitioners to know. The panel will explore topics such as:

  • Macro trends in energy systems
  • Increasing the resiliency of energy infrastructure
  • Energy infrastructure and the divides between 'have' and 'have not' communities
  • Business opportunities on the demand side of the energy system
  • Alberta's opportunities for the Alberta workforce

Expert panel:

Dan Balaban, President and CEO, Greengate Power Corporation

Nick Blitterswyk, CEO, UGE International

Curtis Probst, Co-CEO, New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation

Janice Tran, CEO & Co-Founder, Kanin Energy


Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. MT 

Webinar: A link to attend the webinar will be sent to your email prior to the event

Questions? Please contact

The Centre for Corporate Sustainability Series - Past Events

Thoughts on Sustainable Finance and Alberta’s Role in Canada’s Energy Transition

An energy transition is underway across the world and significant climate concerns are arising alongside an escalation in global energy demands. In this context, how can Alberta and Canada as a whole demonstrate leadership in both energy and climate over the coming decades?  What are the capital market trends (ESG, climate disclosure, transition finance) that will reveal opportunities and risks to leaders in the energy industry?  Why is a national energy strategy needed and how does Alberta contribute in an energetic, positive and confident way? What are insights from the Expert Panel of Sustainable Finance report that can enhance our economy? 

This Enbridge Research in Action (ERIA) Seminar that featured guest speaker Andrew Chisholm where he provided insights and guidance for business leaders about Canada’s role in the global energy transformation.  

Speaker: Andrew Chisholm, member of the Board of Directors of Royal Bank of Canada

Moderator: Deborah Yedlin, Chancellor, University of Calgary

Presented on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Sustainable Finance in a Post-Pandemic World, July 7th 2020

Prior to COVID-19, green investment was accelerating, but how will the trend change now? Three panellists debate the big questions, including: Will investor appetite for ESG change? Could corporations rethink their aggressive GHG emission reduction goals? Does COVID change the pace of energy transition? How will sustainable projects be financed?


  • Barbara Zvan, Member of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance and former Chief Risk & Strategy Officer of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Arlene Strom, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Yrjo Koskinen, Associate Dean Research and Professor of Finance, Haskayne School of Business
  • Jackie Forrest, Senior Director of Research ARC Energy Research Institute