Risks and Opportunities of a Changing Climate OBJECTIVE The risk profiles and strategic positioning of organizations around the world are being directly affected by global and local changes in temperature, extreme weather and the availability of water and other natural resources. A changing climate gives rise to a variety of organizational issues including operational, financial and strategic planning concerns. Professional accountants have a critical role to play in how organizations respond in managing risk and opportunity and creating a more resilient organization. This session will show accountants how to recognize risks and opportunities of climate change and how their CPA competencies are relevant in responding to climate change. The seminar will be interactive. It will include a mix of large and small group discussion and case study work. WHO SHOULD ATTEND This course will be relevant to CPA Canada members. BENEFITS OF ATTENDING At the end of this course the participant should be able to: explain, in general terms, what it means for organizations to adapt to climate change identify the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to organizations in different sectors recognize opportunities to use their CPA competencies in helping organizations plan for and manage climate change impacts’ risks and opportunities CONTENT Topics covered will include: What a changing climate looks like. A changing climate means increased extreme weather, different temperatures and shifts in resource availability. These changes will affect multiple systems, from infrastructure to natural resources. Impacts on organizations. Organizations face specific types of risks and opportunities in a changing climate, depending on their business model, location and other factors. Role of the CPA professional. Session participants will learn how diverse CPA competencies relate to climate change adaptation. Examples of accountants engaged in adaptation. Based on best practices from a range of organizations, session participants will learn how accountants are using their expertise to help organizations adapt to climate change. Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. Course commences at 8:30 a.m. Fee: Open to CPA Canada members in the Barbados Chapter only Location: Hilton Barbados Aquatic Gap St. Michael This event will qualify for 2 CPD hour(s) Click here to register Speaker Bio: Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA Sarah Keyes is a Principal at Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). She develops research and thought leadership on climate change issues and the implications for business decision-making, reporting and corporate governance. Prior to CPA Canada, Sarah worked as a Senior Auditor in the mining and extractives sector at PricewaterhouseCoopers and as a Senior Energy Consultant at MNP. She is a member of the Energy and Economics Working Groups as part of Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform convened by Natural Resources Canada. Sarah is certified in ISO 14064-3: Greenhouse Gas Verification and Validation. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) registered in Ontario. Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting with distinction from McGill University.