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Reclaiming ESG as a Risk Management Framework

  • 5 Oct 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • 222 Bay St. Suite 3000 Toronto, ON

Please join us for an in-person ESG panel on

Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. ET, featuring WGCC’s very own Alison Harnick!

Reclaiming ESG as a risk management framework

How best to prepare for what’s next
Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Norton Rose Fulbright
222 Bay St. Suite 3000
Toronto, ON

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Many companies have embedded the environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework in their strategy and value system. They use ESG to assess risks, mitigate them, and demonstrate to shareholders what they care about. ESG corporate reporting is used to assess a company’s long-term sustainability. It is also behind responsible investment growth. However, there’s growing skepticism around the ESG framework and whether it has a real impact. Many accuse companies of greenwashing or misleading shareholders about their environmental goals and achievements.

How do companies address this as they move forward with responsible business strategies and adjust to new regulatory requirements?

Join us for an engaging in-person panel where we will discuss ESG as a risk management framework and how best to prepare for what’s next.

This event is organized in partnership with the Women General Counsel Canada (WGCC).

Cocktail reception to follow.


  • Addressing backlash, greenwashing risks, and more
  • Board readiness: Modern Slavery Act (MSA) reporting requirements and beyond
  • ESG: lessons learned
  • What to expect next

Welcome remarks

  • Lara Speirs, Chief Legal Officer and EVP of Public Affairs of Randstad Canada and President of WGCC 



  • Alison Harnick, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of First Capital REIT and Vice President of WGCC
  • Alison Babbitt, Partner, Canadian Co-Head of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), Norton Rose Fulbright, Ottawa
  • Meaghan Farrell, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright, Ottawa

This 45-minute in-person panel discussion followed by a live Q&A is available in English only. 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits
This session qualifies for CPD credits in some regions.

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Register by Friday, September 29.

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