As Manager of Impact Investing at CoPower, Jennifer Macdonald develops and implements client growth strategies and assists CoPower’s existing green bond holders, providing support and building engagement. She joined CoPower after four years as an Associate on the Institutional Investment Management team at Phillips, Hager & North (RBC Global Asset Management), where she helped manage and monitor institutional client accounts ranging from pension plans to foundations and endowments across Canada, provided coverage for the firm’s global and emerging market equity strategies, and helped develop and integrate ESG initiatives.

Jennifer started her career at BMO Capital Markets, where she gained exposure to energy and power infrastructure assets. She was the lead Energy Analyst for Project Vision, an economic development program for Togo. She holds a MBA from the University of Cambridge, where she studied under the Energy & Environment concentration.

 

Presentation

Investing in the Solutions to Climate Change

Keeping the planet cool is going to be extremely expensive. According to the IPCC’s most recent report, we’re facing an annual global climate finance gap of $1.6-3.8 trillion that must be bridged in order to transition to a low carbon future and avoid climate breakdown.

We need to figure out the finance. This short presentation will explore the question: how can we as ordinary Canadian citizens be part of unlocking new sources of capital to bridge that gap and get simple, powerful and readily-available clean energy and energy efficiency technologies up and running everywhere asap?

This presentation will cover some of the financial barriers that have prevented distributed clean energy infrastructure projects from getting off the ground as fast as needed, and will dive deep into the innovative financial solutions emerging today that almost anyone can participate in.

Using CoPower as a case study alongside other sustainable investments, we’ll look at some of the new opportunities Albertans have to help close the climate finance gap by investing directly in the solutions to climate change. Sharing real stories from investors and clean energy project developers in Alberta and across Canada, we’ll share a new vision for a clean energy future powered by all of us.

 

Look for this presentation in the Friday Afternoon program at 1:00 pm. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!

 

Explore this environmental solution through the lens of these United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 Affordable Clean Energy Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9 Industry Innovation Infrastructure Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 Sustainable Cities Communities Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13 Climate Action