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Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group becomes founding participant in climate engagement Canada
October 15, 2021
Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group (CC&L Financial Group) is pleased to announce it has become a Founding Participant in Climate Engagement Canada (CEC). CEC is a Canadian finance-led collaborative initiative that aims to drive dialogue between the financial community and Canadian corporations on climate-related risks, opportunities and transition to a net zero economy.
The CEC program is launching with over 25 investors as Founding Participants, collectively managing over $3 trillion in assets. CC&L Financial Group represents its three Canadian equity affiliates, Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd., PCJ Investment Counsel Ltd., and Scheer, Rowlett & Associates Investment Management Ltd.
“Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group looks forward to collaborating with other institutional investors to address climate risk in the Canadian economy and the transition to net zero,” said Michael Walsh, Managing Director, Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group. “All CC&L Financial Group affiliates spend significant time researching the ESG risks and opportunities of their investments and engaging with company management teams on ESG topics, so we view CEC as an important opportunity to speak with a stronger, unified voice on the issue of climate change.”
The CEC initiative is coordinated by several investor networks including the Responsible Investment Association (RIA), Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), and Ceres. The UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is also supporting the program.
The CEC’s development was inspired by Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance, which in 2019 made a series of recommendations to align Canada’s financial system with a low carbon future. One of the Expert Panel’s recommendations was to establish a national engagement program, akin to the global Climate Action 100+ initiative, to drive a broader and more consistent dialogue with Canadian issuers around climate risks and opportunities. Climate Engagement Canada is that program.
More information regarding this initiative can be found on the CEC website at www.climateengagement.ca.
About Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd.
Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd. (CC&L Financial Group) is a multi-boutique asset management firm that provides a broad range of investment management products and services to institutional investors, high net worth individuals and advisors. We bring significant scale and expertise to the delivery of non-investment management functions through the centralization of all operational and distribution functions, allowing our talented investment managers to focus on what they do best. With offices across Canada, and in Chicago and London, CC&L Financial Group’s affiliates manage over $100 billion in assets. For more information, please visit www.cclgroup.com.
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