Events at UBC Sauder

Conservation Finance and Effective Governance webinar

G.L. Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Dr. Peter Arcese and Dr. Amanda D. Rodewald

Join us for a public webinar on conservation finance and effective governance featuring G.L. Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Dr. Peter Arcese and Dr. Amanda D. Rodewald, which is co-hosted by the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC Sauder.

The webinar is part of a three-day International Research Roundtable entitled “Time for Hope: Developing Innovative Ideas for Moving to a Net Zero Carbon Economy”, which will bring together scholars, directors, investors, conservationists, and creatives to offer new ways of thinking about the transition to a sustainable economy. It is co-hosted by the Canada Climate Law Initiative, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC Sauder School of Business, Centre for Business Law, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, and Cornell University. 


  • G.L. Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Lawyer, Haida Nation General Counsel, presenter, will discuss her experiences assisting the Haida Nation with developing new governance processes between the Haida Nation, and Crown and local governments and industry to protect Haida Gwaii; and will explore the need to develop an interconnected  approach to marine and land development and protection of biodiversity. A citizen of the Haida Nation, she offers learning from Indigenous collaborative initiatives protecting the Earth, culture, and marine and land biodiversity. 
  • Dr. Amanda D. Rodewald, Garvin Professor & Senior Director of Conservation Science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY USA will discuss leveraging finance for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. As the global community develops innovative approaches to address climate change, we have opportunity to leverage climate investments to conserve biodiversity and protect ecosystem services.  Amanda will provide an overview of the growing field of “conservation finance”, which aims to design scalable and environmentally-beneficial projects that attract investors and discuss how decarbonization efforts can best complement and contribute to existing and forthcoming conservation initiatives.  
  • Dr. Peter Arcese, Professor and Forest Renewal BC Chair in Applied Conservation Biology, Forest and Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada will speak on tax-shifting’ as a mechanism to finance biodiversity conservation on private lands. Traditional approaches to biodiversity conservation can be prohibitively expensive in human-dominated landscapes, where threatened species can be common, public land is rare, and governments are under pressure to meet International treaty targets. This talk will provide examples of public financing mechanisms capable of supporting biodiversity conservation on private land by local governments pursuing climate mitigation and the restoration terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in peril. 

The panel will be moderated by Christie Stephenson, the Executive Director of the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC Sauder School of Business.