Prior to becoming the inaugural Executive Director of the Dhillon Centre in 2016, Christie Stephenson spent more than 15 years at leading socially responsible and impacting investing firms, and previously worked in politics, government and the non-profit sector. Christie is currently a member of the Climate Governance Experts Network of the Canadian Climate Law Initiative, the Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre’s investment committee, the British Columbia Securities Commission Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum, and the International Impact and Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium.
She is a regular print, radio and TV media commentator and a frequent speaker to industry and public audiences on topics related to governance, business ethics and responsible investing, and teaches environmental, social and governance investing. She was a 2019 Clean50 Honouree for Sustainability Education & Thought Leadership and the Dhillon Centre has been recognized three times by the BC Business “Business of Good Award” for Thought Leadership. She has served as a judge for both Governance Professionals of Canada’s Excellence in Governance Awards and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s Corporate Reporting Awards and delivered training through Directors College, Governance Professionals of Canada, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and UBC Sauder Executive Education.
Christie also has more than two decades of diverse director experience, having served on the boards of a national charity, numerous non-profit organizations, several academic governance bodies, a union local, cooperatives with both business-to-consumer and business-to-business operating models, a multi-employer pension plan, a reporting issuer and one of Canada’s domestic systemically important financial institutions (D-SIFI), and private companies from start-up stage to large mature entities.