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Shaping Your ESG Strategy and Developing Your Data Narrative

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: October 30, 2020
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  • What is ESG?
  • Developing and maintaining your ESG strategy
  • Building an ESG Data Narrative
  • COVID-19 and Responsible Investment
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 30, 2020


The impact of climate change has been hard to ignore within the past two years. From floods to fires, air pollution to plastic pollution, these problems have not and are unlikely to evaporate anytime soon. In 2020, businesses have had to consider their own social responsibility to these emerging challenges. With these issues continuing to escalate and consumers demanding better, many businesses must take action now. In this session, we will explore how you can take control of your ESG data narrative to drive a positive impact on the environment.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence, and Power in Law Virtual Conference held on October 30th, 2020.

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Lynn McGrade

Broder Ladner Gervais, LLP

Lynn practices corporate law, with a focus on investment management. She represents both Canadian and foreign fund managers on legal issues related to the provision of advisory services, the distribution of securities, and the establishment, operation, and administration of investment products such as:

- mutual funds
- exchange
- traded funds
- segregated funds
- hedge funds
- closed-end funds
- pooled fund products

Lynn is a recognized authority on securities registrant regulation, compliance, and fund governance. She also has extensive experience in merger and acquisition transactions in the investment industry.

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Emma Rodriguez-Ayala

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Legal & General

Emma is the GG/CCO of LGIMA, a subsidiary of Legal & General Group, the world’s 4th largest institutional asset manager, managing over $1.4 trillion worldwide. LGIMA focuses on pension stabilization, retirement income generation and sustainable investment solutions.

Emma leads the legal, governance, risk and compliance functions and serves on the Executive Committee and as Secretary of the Board of Directors. She was previously an investment management partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, among other in-house and private practice experiences.

Emma serves on the boards of WTTW (Chicago PBS), Angeles Investors, the Metropolitan Planning Council and ALPFA Chicago, and is member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association.

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Nancy Reynolds

Senior Counsel, Chief Ethics Officer
Western Union

Nancy Reynolds is the Chief Ethics Officer at Western Union, a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments headquartered in Denver, Colorado that provides financial services for families, small businesses, multinational corporations, and nonprofit organizations in over 200 countries and territories and that was included in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. Nancy has advised Western Union on employment law and ethics matters for 12 years and currently leads the company’s ethics program. Nancy also serves on Western Union’s Environmental, Social and Governance working team and is passionate about advancing the company’s ESG program and D&I efforts.

Nancy graduated from Duke University with a law degree from University of Indiana – Bloomington.

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Melanie Adams

Vice President & Head, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment

Melanie is Vice President & Head, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment for RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM) and a member of the Executive Committee. 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.

Melanie joined RBC GAM in 2014 and has also held roles in Fund Governance and Strategy. 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 spent time working at the Office of the Criminal Crown Attorney).

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