As an investor, you should know whether the companies you buy shares of are doing the right thing and properly disclosing environmental information. If a firm was facing significant environmental regulations, or was responsible for an environmental cleanup, it ought to disclose that. These issues, after all, can affect brand reputation and share value.
The threat of climate change also hangs over the investment decisions of Canadians. Among the sectors most likely to be affected are mining, oil and gas, environmental services, steel, transportation services and utilities.
Valerie Chort joined us to talk about this subject. She participated recently on the Ontario Securities Commission committee that developed new reporting guidance on environmental matters. Ms. Chort is the national leader of Deloitte's sustainability and climate-change practice, and partner with Deloitte's enterprise risk services.
With more than 20 years of experience in environmental management and advisory, Ms. Chort has worked as a regulator, in industry and as a leading consultant. Ms. Chort is a frequent speaker on sustainability, corporate responsibility and climate change in Canada and the U.S. Before joining Deloitte she was the vice-president of environment, health and safety with Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and a bachelor of applied science in chemical engineering.