Biographies (Climate Talks) [fr]

Sustainable finance : How to save the planet and make money


- Céline Bak, Founder and President of Analytica Advisors

Céline Bak, a distinguished expert on the business impacts of climate change. Céline Bak is the Founder and President of Analytica Advisors, a consulting firm engaged in building global capital markets for sustainability leaders among both long-term investors and companies. She is a senior associate at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) where she leads research on sustainable finance. She has conducted research on innovation, infrastructure and served as co-chair of the Think Tank 20 (T20) Climate Policy and Finance Task Force. She is frequently called upon by major media companies, to comment on climate finance related issues.


- Dr. Sabrina Schulz, Head of the Berlin Office, KfW

Sabrina Schulz is Head of the Berlin Office of the German domestic promotional and international development bank in Berlin. Previously, she was heading the Berlin office of E3G – Third Generation Environmentalism, a European not-for-profit think tank working to accelerate the global transition to sustainable development. At “Das Progressive Zentrum” she is a Policy Fellow in the Structural Change Programme and also works on European issues. Previous positions have taken her to London, Brussels, Washington D. C. and Ottawa. She studied Public Policy and Management in Konstanz, Louvain-la-Neuve and Potsdam and holds a Masters degree and PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth.

- Julian Langer, CEO of The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)

Julia Langer is CEO of The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), a regional climate agency that invests in low-carbon solutions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and helps scale them up for broad implementation. Julia has held senior leadership positions in the environmental sector for three decades, managing campaigns and organizations, defining strategy and policy, and inspiring public and private action to address air pollution and climate change. Julia leads TAF’s staff, and with support from TAF’s Investment Committee, oversees the fiscal integrity of TAF’s endowment. Julia is a recipient of the 2016 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence for her environment and climate work and a member of the federal government’s Generation Energy Council.

- Bertrand Millot, Vice-President and Chief of Investment Stewardship

Bertrand Millot has headed CDPQ’s Investment Stewardship team since December 2018. He is responsible for developing CDPQ’s stewardship practices and positioning, thereby reinforcing the institution’s leadership in this area on the world stage.

Mr. Millot is one of the architects of CDPQ’s climate change strategy and a seasoned investor in infrastructure and emerging markets companies, fields where ESG considerations have historically been at the forefront. At CDPQ since 2015, he previously held the position of Vice-President, Infrastructure and Cross-sectoral Risk Management. In that role, he was responsible for identifying cross-sectoral risk, including geopolitical and emerging risks. He was also business unit risk manager for the Infrastructure portfolio.

Before joining CDPQ, Mr. Millot was CEO and CIO at Cordiant Capital, an emerging market debt fund manager with investments totalling around USD2.5 billion in 50 countries across a wide array of sectors from infrastructure to agribusiness. Earlier in his career, he was active in infrastructure project finance with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, U.K. as Portfolio Manager with responsibility for 180 investments and with BNP Paribas in Paris, France.

Mr. Millot holds an MBA from McGill University, a MSc in Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D designation).

- Timothy Lane, Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada

Timothy Lane was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective February 2009. As a member of the Bank’s Governing Council, he shares responsibility for decisions with respect to monetary policy and financial system stability, and for setting the strategic direction of the Bank. He oversees the Bank’s funds management and currency functions –notably including the Bank’s ongoing research and analysis of developments in financial technology, crypto-assets and digital currencies.

Mr. Lane’s responsibilities as Deputy Governor have covered a series of different areas. From 2014 through July 2018, he was responsible for the Bank’s analysis of international economic developments in support of monetary policy decisions – serving as the Bank’s G7 and G20 Deputy. Previously, he was responsible for overseeing the Bank’s work on financial markets (2010-13) and its analysis of Canadian economic developments (2009-10). He joined the Bank in August 2008 as an Adviser to the Governor.

Prior to joining the Bank, he served for 20 years on the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. During that period, he worked on a wide range of issues and contributed to the IMF’s work on a number of countries. He has published research on various topics including monetary policy, financial crises, IMF reform, and economic transition. During 2004-05, Mr. Lane was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. He has also served as Assistant Professor of Economics at Michigan State University (1984-88) and at the University of Iowa (1983-84).
Born in Ottawa, Mr. Lane received a BA (Honours) from Carleton University in 1977 and a PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1983.

- Xavier Bonnet, Head of the Economic Services in Canada (DGTresor, Ministry of Economy and Finance), Embassy of France

In his previous position, Xavier Bonnet was for six years head of the economic department of the Ministry of Ecological Transition. In this capacity, he was particularly involved in the advice and economic evaluation of various environmental measures. With his teams, he strongly contributed to the structuring of green finance in the Paris market. In particular, he participated in the development of the first issuance of the green OAT (French sovereign bond) with his colleagues of the French agency in charge of debt management (Agence France Trésor - DGTresor), as well as the establishment of the regulatory framework for extrafinancial reporting of institutional investors (energy and environmental transition law of 2015). He also coordinated the establishment of new labels for green financial investments (TEEC) and for green crowdfunding platforms. These topics have prefigured international (TCFD) and European (HLEG) reflections on reporting and taxonomy.

Xavier Bonnet is an engineer-statistician-economist by training, graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1992 and from the National School of Statistics and Economic Administration in 1994.

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