PRI in Person 2014

PRI in Person is the leading annual global responsible investment conference. For the first time in 2014, PRI in Person and the PRI Academic Network conference were held back-to-back in North America during the week of 22-26 September at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montréal, Canada.

The agenda covered a wide variety of topics including debates on fossil fuel divestment, investor tax responsibility, green bonds, fracking, human rights in extractives and executive remuneration – with plenty of peer-to-peer networking and discussion. Copies of event media can be downloaded here

Video from PRI in Person 2014 sessions can be viewed below

The End of the New Normal 

Keynote: James Galbraith, University of Texas

Each, Every, and Altogether: Specialisation, Diversification and the Conundrum of Responsibility

Keynote: Spencer Glendon, Wellington Management

Strengthening ties joint initiatives between the UN and PRI

Gavin Power, UN Global Compact, Charles Anderson, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative and Fiona Reynolds, PRI

This house believes that the principle agent problems are getting worse, not better

Debate:

For the house: Mathew Kiernan, Inflection Point Capital, Emma Hunt, Towers Watson

Against the house: Vicki Bakhshi, F&C Asset Management, Colin Melvin, Hermes EOS

Towards Paris 2015 Christiana Figueres 

Keynote: Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

How do responsible investors view energy

Moderator: Tim Coulter, Bloomberg News

Panelists: Philippe Defosses, ERAPF, Mats Anderson, Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund, Christine Torklep Meisingset, Storebrand, Jagdeep Bachher, University of California Board of Regents

Quebec’s economic and financial outlook

Carlos Leitao, Government of Quebec

How do investors define their investment beliefs

Moderator: Martin Skancke, PRI

Panelists: Else Bos, PGGM, Ken Mehlman, KKR, Priya Mathur, CalPERS, Adrian Orr, New Zealand Superannuation Fund

Session presentation slides

A range of presentation slides from this year’s conference can be downloaded below:

Acyr Xavier Moreira. PREVI – The RI and CSR Agendas
Adam Kirkman, AMP Capital – PRI Australia Network
Anne Marie Corboy, HESTA – Innovations in Investing Responsibly
Blaise Dualt, PAI Partners – PAI Sustainability Club
Keith Ambachtsheer – The Case for Long-termism
Larry Abele, Auriel Capital – ESG Integration in Hedge Funds
Marcel Jeucken, PGGM – Could Passive Become Massive
MJ McQuillen, Clearbridge – Innovations in Investing Responsibly
MJ McQuillen, How to pick winning Energy Stocks
Shun Tanahashi, Ark Totan – Recent Developments in Japan

Check out the highlights from last year’s Conference here