Climate change is re-defining risk management, legal liabilities and business imperatives.
It’s time to re-think the ways we design and manage our companies, investments and communities. Zizzo Strategy exists to help make sense of these changes and to drive forward-thinking, climate-smart approaches.
Zizzo Strategy helps private and public sector clients thrive in a low-carbon and climate-disrupted world. We work at the intersection of law, engineering, and business, using our deep climate knowledge to help our clients understand critical issues, create frameworks to enable better decision making, and implement effective and efficient solutions.
RECENT NEWS & INSIGHTS
On August 2, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality released its final guidance for Federal agencies on how to consider…
Industry leaders continue to urge companies to integrate climate change into business strategies, financial disclosures and risk management processes. Mark…
This morning, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne released Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan outlines how the proceeds…
WHAT WE DO
Our lawyers, engineers, and business consultants have been at the forefront of the transition to a low-carbon economy for the past decade. We have particular expertise in:
We advise a broad range of stakeholders, including the following representative sectors:
Zizzo Strategy advises private and public sector clients on the implications of climate risk. We draw on extensive technical expertise, project experience and cross-sector networks to deliver impactful results in:
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WHO WE ARE
Zizzo Strategy provides leading expertise in climate risk, resiliency and low-carbon solutions. Our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, business consultants and engineers bridge the gap between law, engineering, technical innovation and real world decision-making. We regularly draw upon our extensive network of leaders and practitioners; allowing our nimble, client-focused team to benefit from a wide breadth of valuable resources. We understand how climate change impacts both physical environments and the investment landscape, and how these changes are managed by and reflected in regulatory frameworks and financial markets.
Zizzo Strategy helps private and public sector clients thrive in a low-carbon, climate-disrupted world by integrating climate change considerations into policies, projects, planning and portfolios. We have helped develop strategies for leading companies and global institutions in finance, insurance, property management, electricity, transportation and public sectors, among others. Our unique knowledge of international best practices helps clients stay ahead of the curve and lead where the rest of the market will soon follow.
Laura is a lawyer and strategic advisor with over a decade of experience leading organizations towards a low-carbon and climate-adapted future through the application of law and policy. Laura started her legal career with a prominent Bay Street law firm before founding the first law firm in Canada focused on climate change in 2009. She is a frequent writer and speaker on the move to the low-carbon economy and is a leading voice on the legal imperative to adapt to climate change. Laura holds a degree in Environmental Studies (BES) from the University of Waterloo and a law degree (JD) from University of Toronto.
Joanna is a lawyer and policy advisor who combines advocacy and scientific skills to identify risks and create innovative solutions. She focuses on global carbon policy, land-use and transportation planning, resilient cities and climate risk. Joanna previously practiced at a boutique law firm where she advised clients on emerging climate change issues, energy and environmental law and policy. She also practiced at a premier law firm in New York. Joanna graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in Natural Resources (BSc) and obtained her law degree (JD) from the University of Toronto.
Ryan is a professional engineer and effective project manager with a decade of green building experience across Canada and Europe. He helps teams meet their sustainability goals through strategies including green building certifications and life cycle assessment. He previously worked for a prominent Toronto-based green engineering firm, has lectured at Metropolia University of Applied Science in Helsinki, Finland and has provided green building education seminars throughout Europe. Ryan holds engineering degrees from Queen’s University (BScEng), the University of Toronto (MASc) and is a LEED AP ND.
BLAIR FELTMATE | Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation | University of Waterloo
Blair Feltmate is head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA) in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. The primary purpose of ICCA is to mobilize practical and cost-effective means to help de-risk Canadians from climate change and extreme weather events.
Previous positions held include: vice president of sustainable development at the Bank of Montreal; director of sustainable development at Ontario Power Generation; and partner at Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management. Blair has published scores of papers on adaptation to climate change, the additive value of sustainable development applied to business, and population and community ecology.
DANIEL HOORNWEG | Associate Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science | University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
Dan Hoornweg was a lead urban specialist in the World Bank’s central Urban Advisory Unit prior to moving back to Ontario in 2012. While at the World Bank, during almost twenty years, Dan worked with more than 400 cities. Dan was lead author on Canada’s first municipal Green Plan and helped start the first local government round table on sustainable development (City of Guelph). Dan’s research areas include energy and transportation systems, sustainable cities, risk identification and management, urban resilience and waste management.
Dan is Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto; a member of the Urban Strategy Council of GDF Suez and Philips Livable Cities Think Tank; and is on the Board of Directors of Waste Diversion Ontario. He is the Province of Ontario’s Cheif Safety Officer and received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2015 (thesis: A Cities Approach to Sustainability). He was appointed the Richard Marceau Chair at UOIT in November 2015.
BARBARA HENDRICKSON | CEO, Securities Partner | BAX Securities Law
Barbara Hendrickson is a recognized senior climate change lawyer focused on climate change issues affecting businesses. Barbara was ranked by Law Day Leading Practitioners as one of the top 10 environmental finance lawyers in Canada. Barbara has an in-depth understanding of project finance, trading systems, corporate commercial and business issues affecting emissions trading transactions and offset projects, corporate governance / public company disclosure and business planning issues including “green financing”.
Barbara was the co-chair and founder of McMillan LLP’s Emissions Trading and Climate Change Group and was a member of Baker & McKenzie LLP’s Global Climate Change Practice Group. She now practices in her own firm BAX Securities Law, which was recently named one of the top 10 Corporate Boutiques in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Barbara is a past member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Kyoto Protocol sponsored by the CDM & JI Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Government of Canada) and is currently a member of the University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Committee and is on the University of Toronto’s Responsible Investing Committee and is the Chair of its Proxy Voting Subcommittee.
SUSTAINABILITY ACCOUNTING STANDARDS BOARD (SASB) | Founding Member of Advisory Partner Program
As an independent non-profit chaired by Michael Bloomberg, SASB develops and disseminates sustainability accounting standards that help public corporations disclose material, decision-useful information. Investors representing more than $23 Trillion USD in assets under management and corporations worth $11 Trillion USD in market capitalization have participated in SASB working groups to create provisional standards for 79 industries.
The Advisory Partner Program supports corporate and investor application of sustainability disclosure standards and guidance.
Zizzo Strategy is proud to have been selected as one of the ten founding Advisory Partners and the only Canadian firm certified to support the application of SASB standards.
Zizzo Strategy advises private and public sector clients on how to build climate change into their policies, projects, planning and portfolios in the face of future uncertainty. We have helped to develop strategies for leading companies and global institutions in finance, insurance, property management, electricity, transportation and public sectors, among others.
“It’s not just Laura’s knowledge, attention to detail, experience in her field and great personality that makes her stand out, it’s her ability to listen and synthesize information from clients and the other people in the room to find innovative solutions that have real impact”
– Alex Versluis, Vice President, Property Management, YMCA of Greater Toronto
“Zizzo Strategy harbours the depth and breadth of expertise to guide a climate-ready future – it is without reservation that I recommend their expertise to business, government, and indeed any agency that requires preparedness in reference to evolving climate challenges.”
– Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo
- June 2, 2016 | Ryan | Reconceptualizing Green Infrastructure for Climate Change | Grey to Green Conference | Toronto, ON
- June 3, 2016 | Laura & Adam| Legal and Business Drivers for Climate Change Adaptation | Grey to Green Conference | Toronto, ON
- June 14, 2016 | Joanna | ON Climate Change – Proposed Policy and Cap and Trade Regulations | Sustainability Consultant Network Event | Toronto, ON
- June 17, 2016 | Laura | De-Risking Business in a Changing Climate | Corporate Due Diligence Training on Climate Risk | Toronto, ON
- September 12, 2016 | Ryan | Introduction to LEED pilot credits on resilient design | Livable Cities Forum | Halifax, NS
- September 13, 2016 | Laura | Legal Liabilities: Cases for Climate Change Adaptation | Livable Cities Forum | Halifax, NS