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Weather Gone Wild: Capital Markets Must Consider the Contagion of Climate Change
Tuesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Regardless of debates about the causal factors behind climate change, extreme weather events are clearly on the rise—from floods to droughts, fire, wind, and hail. Initially, the Property & Casualty insurers seemed vulnerable to extreme weather impacts, while other financial service sectors remained immune. However, this limited vulnerability is clearly no longer the case. The residential mortgage market, institutional and retail money management, and the credit rating process are all subject to extreme weather impacts that are often not fully appreciated. The presentation will illustrate how these various sectors are vulnerable to the “new normal” of extreme weather and, more importantly, what can be done to mitigate risk and/or maximize opportunity.

Blair Feltmate, PhD
Blair Feltmate

Blair is Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo. The primary purpose of the Intact Centre is to mobilize practical and cost-effective means to help de-risk Canada from the costs associated with extreme weather events. Previous positions Blair has held include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; and Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management. He has written scores of papers on climate change, sustainable development, and the capital markets and is interviewed by the media about 100 per year.

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