Environmental Finance Workshop #3
“Beyond the Public Markets: Alternative Investments in the Environmental Economy”
April 20, 2006, from 2 5 pm, with cocktail reception to follow.
Location: Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, Ontario.
Climate change, growing environmental degradation and pollution. Health concerns, the ever-increasing depletion of non-renewable resources, record high oil prices and a mounting energy crisis. These are some of the factors that are driving consumers, policy makers and legislators to demand cleaner energy and air, purer water, and healthier food. The movement towards a cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable future is quickly becoming recognized as a long term trend and necessity. And mainstream investors are awakening to the enormous opportunities that are presented to them, as well as the risks associated with further ignorance and denial. The conditions for investing in the environmental economy have simply never been stronger.
At the same time, individual and institutional investors are increasingly having trouble delivering superior returns from conventional public market assets, forcing them to turn their attention to finding innovative solutions. Alternative investment strategies have proven to be one of the solutions, offering investors many benefits not found in traditional investment strategies, including superior returns, broader portfolio diversification, and improved consistency of performance. As a result, many of the world’s largest investors are continuing to allocate more of their capital to the alternative asset class, creating unprecedented growth for an industry, which now accounts for hundreds of billions of dollars under management.
This workshop will bridge these two growing trends, by exploring some of the alternative investment opportunities in the environmental economy. Individual and institutional investors will learn about the types of firms and alternative products available to them in their efforts to improve portfolio performance. In particular, we will examine how alternative asset classes such as venture capital, private equity, real estate, and hedge funds are addressing the growing investment opportunities in environmental sectors.
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