Environment Funders Canada holds learning webinars and members’ briefings throughout the year. Through our Shared Learning Series, a partnership between Environment Funders Canada and the Sustainability Network, a number of our webinars are open to all interested participants. Other webinars are for members only. For more info and to register, contact thea@EnvironmentFunders.ca .

Upcoming Webinars


EFC Annual General Meeting

June 3, 2021
EFC AGM Meeting Presentation

June 9, 2020
EFC AGM Meeting Presentation

Past Webinars

The New Plan for Climate Action in Canada – Funder Webinar – January 28, 2021 @ 1:30pm ET

The Federal Government recently made a series of climate announcements to indicate their approach to ensuring Canada reaches net zero by 2050. This includes a reliance on market mechanisms, consumer incentives, support for the clean tech sector, and incentives for the fossil fuel sector to reduce emissions. The Government also announced legislation to hold this and future governments accountable to reaching their climate targets.

EFC is pleased to host a webinar for funders to review the recent climate announcements and the implications for Canada’s commitment to reaching net zero by 2050. Topics will include an assessment of the recent announcements, the role of provinces in securing high ambition, and challenges and opportunities to shaping the energy pathway. Speakers will also provide an overview of the priorities, goals, and strategies for 2021 and explore how philanthropic investments could help address challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

Moderated by Annie Bérubé, Program Director with McConnell and Chair of EFC’s Low Carbon Funders Group, this webinar will include Cat Abreau, Executive Director, Climate Action Network;  Josha MacNab, National Policy Director, Pembina Institute; and Jen Lash, Sisu Consulting.
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Investing in Canada’s Low Carbon Economy: A Total Portfolio Approach to Investing your Endowment – Webinar –  January 21, 2021 @ 10am PT/1pm ET 

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity to reposition the Canadian economy and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Institutional investors have a key role to play as capital providers in driving this transition. While many may assume that investor leadership must come from the largest institutional investors, the role that smaller investors like foundations can play as innovators is critical.

This virtual session will look at opportunities for foundations to invest and steward their endowments to support the transition to a low-carbon economy across asset classes. We will introduce a total portfolio approach with specific emphasis on decarbonization of portfolios and consider strategies in public markets, private markets and fixed income. The session will also explore how foundations can evaluate managers and products effectively.

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Building Canada’s Low Carbon Future: Opportunities for the Philanthropic Sector

Webinar – October 8, 2020 @ 1:00 – 2:00pm ET  (Please note this webinar is for funders only. Thank you.)

In 2015, Environment Funders Canada (then the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network) commissioned Dunsky Energy Consulting to produce a report exploring the role for philanthropy in advancing a low carbon future for Canada.  With insights from more than 40 leaders, En Route to a Low Carbon Future, summarized key climate trends and pinpointed opportunities for the philanthropic sector to accelerate climate action in Canada.

In the five years that have passed, significant progress has been made and the momentum for climate action has grown.  Public opinion, policy and citizen engagement have evolved, leading to new opportunities for philanthropy and sustainable impact investing.  However, key headwinds remain, and the pace of change must accelerate rapidly if we are to meet our climate targets and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

With that in mind, in early 2020, EFC once again engaged Dunsky Energy Consulting to update and extend our thinking around the critical role of the philanthropic sector in accelerating climate action in Canada.  At the same time, the world was rocked by another global crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a new set of challenges, along with an historic opportunity to ‘build back better’.

Funders are invited to join us for a webinar on October 8, 2020 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET where we will introduce our new report and explore the evolving role of the philanthropic sector in accelerating climate action in Canada. Building Canada’s Low Carbon Future: Opportunities for the Philanthropic Sector assesses progress on major climate initiatives, identifies key gaps and opportunities, and concludes with recommendations for the philanthropic sector.  It also touches on COVID-19 and its potential impacts on climate action in Canada. The report was generously supported by the Trottier Family Foundation.

This webinar will be introduced by Thea Silver of Environment Funders Canada, with remarks and moderation by Annie Bérubé, Chair of EFC’s Low Carbon Funders Group and Program Director, The McConnell Foundation, and Eric St-Pierre, EFC Board member and Executive Director, The Trottier Family Foundation.  It will include a presentation of the report by Patricia Lightburn, Dunsky Energy Consulting, followed by a moderated discussion.

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June 11th, 2020

Activating The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

This year marks 5 years since the Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action (The Declaration) was created and signed. The Declaration is a commitment made in response to Philanthropy’s role activating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (TRC), which was created on the foundation of The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

This webinar is an opportunity to remember the intentions and calls to action of The Declaration and recognize how UNDRIP can be a catalyst for increased justice and partnership with Indigenous-led and Indigenous-informed organizations.

Funders are invited to join us on June 11th from 1 PM- 2:30 PM EST to hear from our panel, consisting of:

• Jessica Wood, Assistant Deputy Minister, Reconciliation Transformation and Strategies Division, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Province of British Columbia;

• Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Fellow, Simon Fraser University

• Andrea Reimer, Former Councillor, City of Vancouver;

The session will be moderated by Kris Archie, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. They will share their unique and powerful stories on how they’ve worked on municipal, provincial and/or national levels to activate UNDRIP in their organizations and institutions.

Webinar participants will leave this webinar with:
– Increased understanding of the importance of UNDRIP
– Resources to learn more about how to activate and uphold UNDRIP in your organization
– Awareness on how and where to find support in this work

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April 23, 2020

Leveraging Technology for a Healthy Planet (Members & Funders only)

The current pandemic crisis offers a reminder of the critical role technology plays in solving humanity’s urgent social and environmental challenges. We cannot afford to lose momentum in our efforts to address climate change, biodiversity loss and other pressing environmental issues. Emergent technologies such as AI, blockchain, big data and smartphone applications offer a new opportunity to enhance the speed, scale and precision of our critical work. From our urban centres to our most remote coasts, change-makers across Canada and around the world are already leveraging these technologies for a healthy planet. What do we know about their social and environmental implications? Furthermore, how are funders well positioned to support their social and environmental upsides?

With generous support from the RBC Foundation, Environment Funders Canada commissioned a new report by ASI Canada exploring how emerging technologies are already advancing environmental solutions, protecting our planetary systems, monitoring vulnerable species and supporting at-risk communities and the opportunities this presents for philanthropy and investors.

Funders are invited to join us on April 23, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00PM ET for a webinar where we will present the findings in this new report and, together, explore opportunities for purposeful investment, creative partnerships and exciting pathways for engagement.

This webinar will be introduced by Thea Silver of Environment Funders Canada and be moderated by Ed Whittingham, ASI Canada. It will include remarks by Navi Brar, RBC Foundation, a report presentation by Nicole Doray, ASI Canada, followed by a moderated discussion.

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