November 16, 2021, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Climate Change: "Code Red" for Humanity
Peter van Dijk

This session will argue that climate change should be part of all coaching relationships, especially executive coaching relationships.

After the most recent IPCC and IEA climate change reports of earlier this year, it is now irrefutable that greenhouse-gas emissions from fossil-fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk. The viability of our societies depends on all leaders from governments, businesses and civil society uniting behind policies, actions, and investments that will limit temperature rise to the internationally agreed 1.5°C.

The world needs all hands on deck, and coaches can make a critical impact by making climate change part of their discussions with their coaches.

About Peter van Dijk

Executive in Residence, Global Risk Institute in Financial Services
Senior Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute

Peter is an accomplished senior financial services and public policy executive with extensive experience across large global banking and life insurance organizations. His experience also includes being a successful senior partner in global professional services firms. Peter is passionate about leveraging his more than 30 years of experience in financial and professional services to support Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy and a sustainable future.

Currently, Peter is an Executive in Residence at the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services (GRI) and a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute. Prior to joining GRI in March 2020, Peter was a Partner at PwC, where he was the National Tax Policy Leader. Before joining PwC, Peter was Senior Vice President, Finance, at TD Bank Group and led the tax function of TD Bank Group. Previous positions held by Peter include Senior Vice President, Tax, at Sun Life Financial, and International Tax Partner at EY.

After graduating from law school in the Netherlands, Peter worked as an international tax consultant – gradually progressing to the partner level – for over 15 years in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the US and Canada for both law and accounting firms. His primary technical area of expertise is international corporate tax planning, including cross-border financing structures, leasing transactions, holding structures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property structures and tax-effective supply chain management. Following his career as an international tax consultant, Peter spent over 12 years leading large tax functions for two leading Canadian financial institutions, TD Bank Group and Sun Life Financial.

During his time in industry, Peter has developed deep expertise in building, leading, inspiring and managing high-performing teams. He has also acquired extensive knowledge of and experience in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of head office functions through process improvement and automation. Other key focus areas while leading finance functions at TD Bank Group and Sun Life Financial were governance, risk management and partnering with the business.

Throughout his career, Peter has built strong relationships with government and regulatory authorities in many countries, including Canada, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Singapore. In 2010, Peter received the HMRC’s External Engagement Award for Advancing Transparency in Tax. Also, Peter has developed strong relationships with the OECD through his active participation in the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative.

Peter has a Dutch and a Canadian Master of Laws degree (University of Leiden Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School, respectively) as well as a Canadian Master of Business Administration degree (Richard Ivey School of Business). Peter also holds the ICD.D designation.

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