Corporate Profile

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.

Our Team

LAURA ZIZZO

Founder & CEO

LAURA ZIZZO

Founder & CEO

JOANNA KYRIAZIS

Policy Director

JOANNA KYRIAZIS

Policy Director

RYAN ZIZZO

Technical Director

RYAN ZIZZO

Technical Director

Advisors

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.

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Testimonials

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 and creative solutions that have real impact to heal our planet.
— Alex Versluis, VP, Property Management, YMCA of Greater Toronto

Ryan’s expertise in Life Cycle Analysis and international certification systems has played a key role in our project team’s ability to create clear and implementable sustainability strategies.
— Peder Vejsig Pederson, Partner and Director, CENERGIA Energy Consultants, Copenhagen, Demark