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The seven-member advisory council was formally established in January 2024. Learn more about each member:

Kookai Chaimahawong – executive director, Centre for Climate and Business Solutions, University of British Columbia (UBC), Sauder school of business

Chaimahawong is the executive director and adjunct professor at UBC Sauder’s Centre for Climate and Business Solutions, a new hub designed to unite business and academia to develop innovative climate solutions. Prior to UBC, she was an ESG partner at UpperStage Capital, an impact-focused private-equity firm, setting the fund’s strategic direction on its impact and ESG strategies. Chaimahawong’s career includes launching an award-winning technology startup that revolutionized fundraising in Thailand, forming sustainable-development goal partnerships at the United Nations, and integrating impact investment in breakthrough technologies at a venture capital fund.

Jennifer Coulson – senior managing director and global head, ESG, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)

Coulson is responsible for leading all ESG strategies and programs at BCI. Working in the financial services industry for more than 20 years, she has built a world-class public-markets ESG team focused on active ownership and led BCI’s public-markets efforts related to ESG integration, engagement, policy advocacy, and proxy voting. Coulson chairs the 30% Club Canada investor group, serves on the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Finance Action Council, sits on the University of Victoria Student Investment Fund’s investment advisory committee and is a board member for the SDI Asset Owner Platform.

Radha Curpen – vice-chair, Vancouver managing partner and national leader, ESG Strategy and Solutions, co-head of environmental practice, Bennet Jones

Curpen specializes in environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law, including ESG, crisis prevention and management. Curpen is the chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. She is a member of the board of governors of the Business Council of British Columbia and the board of directors at Bennett Jones LLP. She is also a member of the ESG industry working group for the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities for the development of an ESG guide for pension-fund investment and pension-plan administrators.

Jonathan Fowlie – chief external relations officer and head of impact strategy, Vancity

Fowlie leads Vancity’s External Relations and Impact Strategy division, which oversees key strategies to help Vancity grow its impact, business and commitments to climate action, such as the credit union’s ongoing work to reach net-zero across all financed emissions by 2040. Fowlie was a member of the Canadian government’s Sustainable Finance Action Council, represents North America on the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s Banking Board and serves on the University of Victoria’s Impact Investing Hub and on the board of the Vancity Community Foundation.

Thomas (Tad) Homer-Dixon – executive director, Cascade Institute

Homer-Dixon is the founder and executive director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University. He has a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in international relations, defence policy and conflict theory. For nearly two decades, he directed the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto. Homer-Dixon is a best-selling book author and writes regularly for the Globe and Mail. He has published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Scientific American, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Financial Times. He is considered among the world’s leading experts on the intricate links between nature, technology and society.

Geordie Hungerford – chief executive officer, First Nations Financial Management Board

Hungerford is the chief executive officer of the First Nations Financial Management Board. He brings deep experience in finance and financial law, with experience as a securities regulatory lawyer at the BC Securities Commission, financial tribunal chair and CEO at the Financial Services Tribunal (B.C.), management consultant at McKinsey and Company, and investment banker at Broadview (now Jefferies). He has also practised Aboriginal and corporate law at a national law firm, driven economic development initiatives for the Gwich’in Nation, and led Indigenous networking and Reconciliation and UNDRIP policy development initiatives at the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. and national). Hungerford served as a member of the Independent Review Committee on Standard Setting in Canada, appointed as special advisor to the International Sustainability Standards Board chair, and recommended the creation of the Canadian Sustainability Standards Board. Hungerford is Gwich’in (Northwest Territories. Yukon and Alaska First Nation).

Basma Majerbi – associate professor and director, Impact Investing Hub, Gustavson school of business, University of Victoria

Majerbi is an associate professor of finance at Gustavson school of business, University of Victoria. Majerbi is currently leading the UVic Impact Investing Hub (VI3Hub), a multi-disciplinary, solutions-driven platform with the mission is to accelerate investments in climate solutions and sustainability. Majerbi is also a technical adviser with the International Monetary Fund, steering committee member of the Canadian Sustainable Finance Network and the Research Advisory Council of the Institute for Sustainable Finance, co-founder and co-chair of the International Workshop on Financial System Architecture and Stability, serves on the board of directors of the South Island Prosperity Group, and a member of the impact investment committees of the University of Victoria and the Victoria Foundation.

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