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The 3rd Annual Canadian Sustainable Finance Network (CSFN) Conference!

The 3rd Annual Canadian Sustainable Finance Network (CSFN) Conference will be held in-person on August 29 and 30, 2022 in Victoria, BC, hosted by the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria.

This annual event brings together academics and financial industry participants to discuss the latest sustainable finance research and share innovations and best practices for sustainable finance education in Canada. The CSFN goal is to support the transition of Canada’s financial system to one in which sustainable growth is ingrained in investment decisions, business practices and government policy.

We are pleased to have two keynote speakers, Prof. Laura Starks of McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, and Senator Rosa Galvez, one of Canada’s leading experts in pollution control and its effect on human health. We expect to have 15 academic papers, with several sessions devoted to emerging scholars (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers). We will have two practitioner panels, one focused on incorporating climate risk and opportunities into investment portfolios, and a second on impact investing.

For any questions on the conference or the submission process, please contact us

Keynote Speech

Laura Starks, Ph.D.

McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

Laura T. Starks, Ph.D., is the George Kozmetsky Centennial University Distinguished Chair at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on environmental, social and governance investing. Her current research focuses on ESG issues, including climate finance and board diversity, as well as molecular genetics and financial decisions. She has won many awards for her research and teaching. She is Research Associate of the NBER, Research Member for the ECGI, and Senior Fellow for ABFER. She has served as President of the Society of Financial Studies, Western Finance Association and Financial Management Association, and is presently President-Elect of the American Finance Association. She is Editor of the FMA Survey and Synthesis Series, Advisory Editor for the Financial Analysts Journal and Financial Management and previously, Editor of the Review of Financial Studies. She has served or currently serves on mutual funds’ boards of directors, pension fund advisory committees, the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute, and the Governing Council of the Independent Directors Council, and advisory committees for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund. (University of Texas Website)

Keynote Speech

The Honourable Senator Rosa Galvez, Ph.D., P.Eng., FEC, FCSCE

Senate of Canada

Rosa Galvez is an environmental engineer, an independent senator at the Senate of Canada since 2016, and the President of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change of ParlAmericas, a network of parliamentarians from the Americas. She was a professor at Laval University in Québec for over 25 years and she was Chair of the Civil and Water Engineering department from 2011 to 2017. Her expertise is on water and wastewater treatment, watershed management, sustainable development, municipal and hazardous waste, site remediation, impact assessment and climate risk to infrastructure.
At the Senate, she is a member of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources which she chaired during the 42nd Parliament. In 2021, she was the sponsor in the Senate of the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, providing an accountability framework for the federal government to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. She was also recipient of the Clean50 Award 2021 for her parliamentary work on climate and the environment. In March 2022, she published a white paper on Aligning Canadian Finance with Climate Commitments, which led to the introduction in the Senate of Bill S-243, the Climate-Aligned Finance Act, legislation to help guide the financial sector in its transition to a net-zero economy.

Conference Co-Chairs

Michael King

Gustavson School of Business

Basma Majerbi

Gustavson School of Business

Deadlines & Registration

Deadline for Paper Submission:
June 15, 2022

Notification of Acceptance:
July 1, 2022

Registration Deadline for Presenters:
July 7, 2022

Conference Dates:
August 29-30, 2022


Registration fees will cover all conference activities. This includes breakfast, health breaks and lunch for both days, conference dinner on day 1, and ground transportation in the morning of day 2 from the conference hotel to the University of Victoria. Participants are encouraged to attend Victoria Forum events (at no cost) before and after the CSFN 2022 conference.

CSFN Members:  $250 CAD

Non-Members :   $350 CAD

PhD Students:     $150 CAD