On June 13, Climate Positive Energy, in collaboration with the Global Climate Finance Accelerator and Bereskin & Parr LLP, was pleased to invite more than 50 industry experts for a focused discussion on the role of securitization, insurance, and patents in fostering financial innovation. This event was hosted off-campus at Bereskin & Parr LLP’s Toronto office and featured opening remarks, a panel discussion, and post-event networking between speakers and guests. The event brought together University of Toronto’s faculty with industry experts who are leading important technical and policy aspects of the clean energy transition.

Coffess for Climate marked the launch of Global Climate Finance Accelerator’s first white paper report, in which graduate students in science, engineering, policy, and finance explored innovative ways to enable investment in promising climate positive projects, and proposed the financing structures they developed. Climate Positive Energy is pleased to have supported the launch of the Global Climate Finance Accelerator together with Rotman School of Management in 2023.

While introducing the panelists, Susan McGeachie, Managing Partner, Global Climate Finance Accelerator & Adjunct Professor, U of T, highlighted Canada’s need to attract $140 billion in annual investment to reach net zero – and that government, industry, capital markets, and universities must be part of finding the way to meet these needs. McGeachie then moderated an energetic discussion between Isi Caulder, Partner and Co-Leader of AI and Cleantech Practice Grounds at Bereskin Parr, Jahangir Bhatti, Principal, Climate Tech Fund at BDC, and Tania Caceres, Managing Director at Risk Nexus. The panelists discussed and determined the extent to which securitization, insurance, and patents can be leveraged in new ways to accelerate adoption of decarbonization solutions and support innovative climate projects.

Thank you to our panelists guests, and partners for supporting this event. We look forward to future events and discussions welcoming our extended industry network.