Sustainable or responsible investing incorporates financial factors with sustainable values using a set of principles to guide the investment strategy. These principles measure impact on corporate governance (people), environmental (planet) and social values (impact).
How do you participate in socially responsible investing?
Please join our panel of experts for a deeper dive into the world of impact investing, featuring guest speakers Melanie Adams, Natalya Zeman and Lori Payne and moderated by Amanda Knapp.
5pm - 6pm - Registration & Networking
6pm - 7pm - Speaker Panel
7pm - 7:30 pm - Networking
Tickets: WCT Member: $25 (+ HST) Non-Member: $40 (+HST) Students: $15 for members and $20 for non-members (please email WCTWaterloo@wct-fct.com for a student priced ticket)
Melanie Adams oversees the Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment (CGRI) team at RBC Global Asset Management (GAM). The CGRI team supports RBC GAM's investment teams in integrating environmental, social and governance factors into the investment process, engages in active stewardship and provides meaningful client reporting on responsible investment.
Previously, Melanie held various roles at RBC GAM including Director, GAM Strategy & Fund Governance and Senior Manager, Fund Governance & Responsible Investment. Prior to working at RBC GAM, Melanie was Senior Counsel, Litigation for another large financial institution, and Enforcement Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission (where she participated in a secondment to the Crown Law Office). Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biology and Economics from the University of Waterloo and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) from the University of Toronto.
Natalya Zeman is an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Specialist at Capital Group. Natalya began her career at Capital in the Associate Program, Capital Group's global leadership development program during which she worked with all four investment groups, across six Capital offices globally. Before joining Capital, Natalya set up and ran a performing arts company in Hong Kong. Natalya studied Music at the University of Oxford, and the Royal College of Music, London, and is based in New York.
Lori Payne, BBA, CPA, CMA
Lori recently left corporate life to focus her time and skills in the community. With an accounting designation and specialties in program management, talent management, organizational development, and change management, Lori has had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles in Finance, Strategy Development, Service Excellence, Human Resources and Lean Management at large global organizations including GE and Sun Life Financial. Alongside her work, she has been an active community volunteer serving on several Not-For-Profit Boards and Committees. Lori is currently Vice-Chair of the KWCF Board, Chair of the Audit Committee and a founding member of their Social Finance Committee.
Is a Navigator at Knapp Wealth Management guiding clients in their various financial life stages for 29 years. She is a passionate Financial Planner, Wealth Advisor, Portfolio Manager & Vice President at RBC working as a trusted advisor to Individuals, Businesses, Families and Not for Profits. Founder of WOWtheworld, Advocate for Women in Wealth, Financial Literacy Speaker, Socially Responsible Investor and Fluent Listener of people's stories and goals. She has achieved the highest education accreditations in the industry to serve her clients.
Established in 1991, Canadian Women in Communications and Technology's (WCT) mission is a national organization dedicated to the advancement of women through a coast to coast network of professional women, men and companies in communications and technology.
Headquartered in Ottawa, WCT empowers women in broadcasting, cable, telecommunications, digital media and technology to achieve professional success, to aim higher and to be recognized for their achievements.
Through partnerships with organizations such as Information Communications Technology Council, Information Technology Alliance of Canada and Wired Women, WCT has increased its efforts to strengthen the leadership role of women driving innovation and smart growth in Canada.
Our vision is to be the leading organization that inspires and advances women as leaders and contributors to Canada's digital economy.
We will achieve our vision through leadership and skills development, mentorship, recognition and by building and promoting a national community for women in communications and technology.
To be the catalyst for advancing women's leadership in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors
To facilitate women's career advancement through mentorship, skills and leadership training, networking, and recognition
To help companies access female talent
1500 members across Canada from all sectors of the communications and technology sectors. Ten Chapters coast to coast: British Columbia, Edmonton, Calgary, Manitoba, Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Ottawa-Gatineau, Quebec, New Brunswick.