BMO Responsible Investment Conference 2021

Virtual Event | 8th June 2021

We were delighted to welcome so many guests to our Responsible Investment Conference on 8th June. Please take a look at the key highlights from the event.

If you were unable to attend the conference but would like to register to get access to our recorded sessions, please follow the link below.




A force for good
14:00 - 14:10

Kristi Mitchem, CEO, BMO Global Asset Management, welcomes you to our Responsible Investment Conference. The need to invest responsibly has never been greater. With a heritage spanning back 35+ years, we’ll demonstrate the role investors must play in driving real, positive change for society and the environment.

Kristi Mitchem - Chief Executive Officer, BMO Global Asset Management.
RI takes centre stage
14:10 - 14:50

Responsible investing is moving mainstream. Our panel of experts will discuss the key drivers that lie behind this shift, such as public policy, consumer demand and regulatory change, and explore where responsible investing is likely to head from here.    

Holly Mackay - Founder and MD, Boring Money
Ben Caldecott - Founding Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, University of Oxford
Laura Houët - Partner, CMS UK
Lessons from 20 years of engagement
14:50 - 15:30

Vicki Bakhshi reflects on our 20-year heritage of ESG engagement to discuss what good engagement looks like, its benefits, and the importance of meaningful reporting. Don’t just take our word for it – discover effective company engagement in action as Vicki talks to BHP, Clicks Group and Smurfit Kappa.

Vicki Bakhshi - Director, Climate Strategist, Responsible Investment, BMO Global Asset Management

Geof Stapledon - Head of ESG, BHP

Bertina Engelbrecht - Group Corporate Affairs Director, Clicks Group

Garrett Quinn - Head of Investor Relations, ‎Smurfit Kappa Group
15:30 - 15:35
Our blue planet
15:25 - 16:10

Oceans are vital to life on Earth and key to our global economy. To celebrate World Oceans Day, our panel of ocean and investment experts will address our ocean crisis and the related themes of climate change and biodiversity loss, before debating the investment action needed to secure sustainable solutions.

Jamie Jenkins - Managing Director, co-Head of Global Equities, BMO Global Asset Management
Emma Lupton - Vice President, Analyst, Responsible Investment, BMO Global Asset Management
Louise Heaps - Head of Sustainable Blue Economy, WWF
Spotlight on COP26
16:10 - 16:40

With eyes turning towards November’s COP26 summit, we assess progress made towards the Paris Agreement’s goals, consider what more needs to be done and examine what the world’s efforts to counter climate change mean for investors, and the role we can play.

Fiona Reynolds - Chief Executive Officer, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Keynote speaker - Monty Halls
16:40 - 17:15

A renowned broadcaster, passionate conservationist and former Royal Marine, Monty will share insights from his decades of exploring some of the most remote environments on earth. From his Great Escapes to his time spent with his young family on the Galapagos Islands, he has seen first-hand the true value of our natural world and the collective solutions needed to tackle the challenges we face.

Monty Halls - Broadcaster, conservationist and former Royal Marine

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