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School of Policy Studies

State of the Federation 2019 / L'étate de la federation 2019
Green Finance: New Directions in Sustainable Finance Research and Policy

June 14-15, 2019
Donald Gordon Centre, Kingston

For full details on the conference, go to https://www.queensu.ca/iigr/conferences/state-federation

Green Finance: New Directions in Sustainable Finance Research and Policy

The 2015 Paris Agreement represented the commitment of 197 nations to limit global warming to no more than 2°C, setting climate resilience and clean growth as one of the most influential multi-level governance opportunities of the 21st century. This set a new direction for even the world’s most progressive economies, requiring a sea of change in the interaction between rapid technological innovation, international policies, consumption patterns, and investment behaviors. Canada remains committed to the Paris Agreement as outlined in the 2016 Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which prescribes a concerted focus to translate climate goals into transformative economic policies and sustainable financial practices. It is universally accepted that finance plays a critical role in achieving the transition to a clean economy, and that it will require significant collaboration and governance co-ordination between private and public financial institutions, and with policy makers. The quest for energy and natural resources in Canada can be quenched through a clear path of transformations in the financial sector. Canada has the chance to become a world leader in showing that low-carbon-economy bears incredible economic and societal opportunities. In this evolving global economy, businesses, insurance companies, banks, pension funds, mutual funds, academia, not-for-profit, and government institutions must have the knowledge about financial risks of stalling action around climate change, and recognize that sustainability is crucial to Canada’s long-term success. 


This conference serves as an ideal opportunity to engage leaders from academics, civil society, financial industry and government to share interests, present new research ideas, reflect on multi-level governance trends, and discuss current and challenging issues in sustainable finance. Organized by Dr. J. Andrew Grant (Department of Political Studies) and Dr. Sean Cleary (Smith School of Business), the conference will bring experts from these sectors to Queen’s University in order to disseminate and exchange such insights with fellow participants as well as the Queen’s community and public. Ultimately, the goal of the conference is to serve as a platform for building new research collaborations aimed at contributing to the transition of Canada’s financial system to one in which sustainable growth is engrained in everyday policy decisions and business practices.


A block of rooms has been created for conference attendees at the Donald Gordon Centre.  To book your accommodation call 613 533 2221 or visit their website www.donaldgordencentre.com  


Please note that a photographer may be present at this event.  Photos of this event may be used in print on the Web at the sole discretion of the agents [Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University] for the State of the Federation 2019.  Please notify the photographer if you do not consent to being photographed.


Date: Jun 14, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019
Registration fee includes all sessions, meals and conference dinner (June 14). HST not included.
Registration fee includes all sessions, lunch and conference dinner (June 14). HST is not included.
+HST **Please note: Student Registration Fees is for full-time students only, does not apply to those employed taking part-time studies.

It does not include the conference dinner June 14. You will need to purchase the conference dinner on the final registration page.
Select this option for only attending the conference dinner.
Venue:Donald Gordon Conference Centre
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Event Inquiries
Mary Kennedy

Event Manager
Telephone: 613-533-2080
Email: iigr@queensu.ca

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