Program Directors

Lisa DeMarco

Senior Partner and CEO, Resilient LLP

Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA

CEO, ESG Global Advisors

Jason Kroft

Partner, Stikeman Elliot LLP

Managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk, once optional, is now a critical business priority.

Global financial markets, scientific data, government policy and public opinion are converging to drive rapid legal, business and cultural changes in the area of ESG-related risk management. At the same time, ESG and climate-related risks are leading to greater legal and regulatory claims, shareholder activism, investor class-actions, and public “naming and shaming” in cases where an organization is not adequately prioritizing ESG and climate issues.

In order to effectively navigate and advise on legal and operational ESG and climate-related risks and issues in the context of governance matters, commercial transactions and investments, and to avoid legal liability and reputational risk, you must have a solid grasp of the complex and evolving laws and expectations in this area.

Designed by governance, climate-risk and policy experts for board directors and legal and business professionals whose work involves governance, commercial transactions or investments, this unique new OsgoodePD Certificate is the only program of its kind for Canadian organizations, boards and legal advisors to upskill in this important area.

Over five engaging days featuring discussion and case studies, you will learn how to evaluate, navigate and disclose common ESG and climate-related risks and opportunities, establish and develop an ESG framework within the corporate culture and decision-making process, and set suitable ESG-related legal risk management and operational goals.

Completing this program will enhance your knowledge and refine your repertoire of risk management strategies and techniques for navigating ESG and climate-related issues, potential liability exposure and opportunities and provide you with valuable resources.

Registration includes 120-day unlimited, online access to the recorded program.

What You’ll Learn

Principal elements and market expectations of rapidly evolving ESG criteria including critical developments, policies, government and civil initiatives, nationally and globally, influencing ESG and climate-related risks and opportunities

Strategies for managing and disclosing ESG criteria

How ESG factors and climate risks intersect with relevant laws, policies and rights in Canada, including the unique impact on Indigenous communities and the duty to consult

Key considerations, challenges, and legal risks that boards and organizations face when evaluating and modeling financial impacts related to ESG and climate risk

Techniques for navigating current and emerging governance and diligence obligations, challenges and legal issues, including oversight, disclosure, and engagement with investors and other stakeholders

Approaches for evaluating common risk management tools to mitigate, avoid or respond to ESG-related risks and potential legal actions

Tactics for managing common ESG-related risks, challenges and liability exposures in governance matters, transactions, investments and infrastructure projects

How to critique and construct methods for setting clear ESG-related legal risk management and operational goals

Best practices for embedding an ESG framework into the corporate decision-making process

Who Should Attend

Commercial banking and finance law practitioners

Corporate and governance practitioners

In-house counsel

Financial services practitioners

Corporate board and audit committee members

Investors, dealers and their advisors

Investor relations professionals

Professionals whose work involves governance, investments, transactions or infrastructure projects

Indigenous rights holder


Program Directors

Lisa DeMarco

Senior Partner and CEO, Resilient LLP

Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA

CEO, ESG Global Advisors

Jason Kroft

Partner, Stikeman Elliot LLP

Advisory Board

Robert Elms

President, North American Carbon Canada Inc.

David Estrin

Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Catherine Fagan

Partner, Arbutus Law Group LLP

Murray Gold

Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP, and Fellow, Ontario Teachers’ Federation

Carol Hansell

Senior Partner, Hansell McLaughlin Advisory Group

Jennifer King

Gowling WLG LLP

Jamie MacKinnon, MELP, BComm

Vice-President, Environmental Solutions, Blue Source, LLC

Andrea Moffat

Vice President, Ivey Foundation

Dr. Janis Sarra

Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, and Principal Investigator, Canada Climate Law Initiative (CCLI), and Commonwealth Climate & Law Initiative (CCLI), Oxford University, UK

Cynthia Williams

Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, Principal Investigator, Canada Climate Law Initiative, and Commonwealth Climate & Law Initiative (CCLI), Oxford University, UK


Nov 11, 18, 25 & Dec 2 & 9, 2021

$3,295 + Tax


November 11, 2021

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

November 18, 2021

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

November 25, 2021

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

December 2, 2021

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

December 9, 2021

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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Yes, we do! As law evolves, we know how important it is to stay up to date. We also understand the financial implications of continuously upgrading your professional skills and knowledge.

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