8 episodes

From evolving regulatory requirements and investor activism to the physical effects of climate change on business operations and more, Osler’s newest podcast, ESG Explorer, looks at the developments and issues affecting your business. Knowledgeable guests from Osler and across the business world guide listeners through the critical topics modern organizations are facing.

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From evolving regulatory requirements and investor activism to the physical effects of climate change on business operations and more, Osler’s newest podcast, ESG Explorer, looks at the developments and issues affecting your business. Knowledgeable guests from Osler and across the business world guide listeners through the critical topics modern organizations are facing.

    Trends in shareholder activism

    Trends in shareholder activism

    In this episode of the podcast, guest host Teresa Tomchak, a partner in the litigation group at Osler, and David Salmon, President of Laurel Hill Canada dive into the topic of trends in shareholder activism. Teresa and David discuss ESG issues they are seeing in the shareholder activism space, steps companies can take to address and prepare for ESG issues and the role of proxy advisors.

    • 42 min
    The growth mindset – lessons learned from women founders

    The growth mindset – lessons learned from women founders

    In this episode of the ESG Explorer podcast, guest host Jennifer Humphrey, an associate in the Emerging and High Growth Companies Group at Osler, speaks with Patricia Thaine, founder and CEO of Toronto-based Private AI, and Lourdes Juan, founder and CEO of Calgary-based Knead Technologies about their founder stories and the unique experiences they’ve had as successful female entrepreneurs. They also discuss current market conditions and the trends they are seeing. They also dive into the findings of the EHG team’s second annual Deal Points Report: Venture Capital Financings published in March 2023.

    • 43 min
    Diversity in corporate Canada: Is progress being made?

    Diversity in corporate Canada: Is progress being made?

    In October 2022, Osler released its eighth annual Diversity Disclosure Practices - Diversity and leadership at Canadian public companies. The report looks at how well companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and governed by the Canada Business Corporations Act are doing at working to improve diversity in senior leadership positions. This includes increasing representation of women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities in senior leadership positions.
    In this episode, guest host Colleen Moorehead, Osler’s Chief Client Officer, moderates a discussion about the report’s findings with regular podcast host and report co-author John Valley and Deborah Rosati, Founder & CEO of Women Get On Board. 

    • 54 min
    Are Pension Plan Administrators Legally Required to Consider Climate Change?

    Are Pension Plan Administrators Legally Required to Consider Climate Change?

    According to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, the science is now settled that human behaviour is the cause of climate change and it will have profound effects on our economy and natural world. In this episode, Osler’s Andrea Boctor, partner and Chair of the Pensions and Benefits group, discusses with Ecojustice lawyer Andhra Azevedo about how pension plan administrators’ fiduciary duty likely requires them to understand, assess, and manage climate-related risks. 

    • 31 min
    Beyond carbon and beyond borders: new European corporate sustainability directives mark “step change” in ESG requirements

    Beyond carbon and beyond borders: new European corporate sustainability directives mark “step change” in ESG requirements

    Earlier this year, the Council of the European Union agreed on two new directives that will form cornerstones of the European Green Deal and have far-reaching implications, affecting many Canadian businesses with operations in Europe or who are part of a global value chain delivering goods or services to Europe.
    In this episode, Osler’s Lisa Mantello, a partner in the Banking & Financial Services group, hosts Ulrich Wolff, a Corporate partner at Linklaters in Frankfurt, to discuss how the new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive mark a “step change” in ESG considerations, where the process goes from here, and how Canadian businesses that might be affected can get ready for the new compliance requirements.

    • 33 min
    ESG and the future of sustainability

    ESG and the future of sustainability

    This episode features Osler’s Andrew MacDougall, partner, Corporate, in conversation with Michael Torrance, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of BMO Financial Group, about the importance of ESG to sustainability and corporate responsibility. ESG reinforces the idea that there is more to assessing a corporation’s performance than financial results to achieve long-term shareholder value. Good governance requires effectively integrating environmental and social considerations into all corporate decision-making that has a societal impact. 

    • 50 min

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