Events at UBC Sauder

The 'I' in ESG: Indigenous Approaches to ESG Investing

Mark Podlasly

While there has been extraordinary growth in both the value of assets and number of investors integrating environmental, social and governance considerations into investment analysis and stewardship, our speaker’s view is that “there is a pressing need to co-create an inclusive Canadian interpretation of ESG standards that offers investors, capital markets and Indigenous people certainty about investments in our territories.”

Mark Podlasly (Nlaka’pamux Nation, BC) is a major infrastructure specialist, providing strategic advice on Indigenous-corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. He has over 25 years of extensive experience in the development of capital projects connected to energy, natural resources, and community infrastructure around the world. He is the Director of Economic Policy at the First Nations Major Projects Coalition, a national 75+ Indigenous nation collective that seeks ownership of major projects such as pipelines, electric utilities, and mining infrastructure. He is also the Chair of the First Nations Limited Partnership (Pipelines), a 16-First Nations $500 million commercial partnership with Kitimat LNG project, and an Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. In addition, Mark informs Indigenous governments on the establishment and management of sovereign wealth funds/trusts. He currently manages a ~$55 million fund shared by eight First Nations in Western Canada. Mark holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and is a regular speaker at global business and governance events.