2015 Conference


Following up on a two-day workshop for practitioners in January 2014 the aim of the 2015 conference was to grow the impact of this emerging field and transition conservation finance to the mainstream. The objective of the meeting was to sharpen the focus on actual projects in the rubric of 'scalable, repeatable, investable' and to introduce mainstream investors to the topic.

 

A review of the conference appeared in Institutional Investor (see here) and ImpactAlpha (see here).

 

Please find below the conference agenda. For any logistics Information, please click here.


Agenda for January 23, 2015


8.15-9.15 am

Registration and Breakfast


9.15-9.25 am

Welcome                                                                                                                   Paul Calello Auditorium

John Tobin

Video message by US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack


9.25-10.45 am

Conservation Finance: Strategies and Structures Across the Asset Classes

Panelists: George Hawkins / Kyung-Ah Park / Camilla Seth / Brian Shillinglaw / Peter Stein

Moderator: David Chen


10.45-11.10 am

BREAK


11.10-12.10 am

Investor Perspective on Conservation Finance                                                Paul Calello Auditorium

Panelists: Fred Boltz / Jacob Israelow / David Nicola

Moderator: Martin Whittaker


12.10am-1.30 pm

LUNCH BREAK                                                                              Paul Calello Auditorium Reception Area


1.30-2.45 pm

SESSION 1

From Interesting to Investable: Catalyzing the Path Forward for Terrestrial Eco-Markets


Club


Panelists: Nick Dilks / George Howard / George Kelly / Molly Stanley-Peters


Moderator: Patrick Coady

SESSION 2

A Model For Success? The Water Quality Credits Market


Paul Calello Auditorium


Panelists: Russell Baxter / Eron Bloomgarden / Brooks Smith / Joe Whitworth


Moderator: Todd Gartner 

SESSION 3

International Developments: Case Studies of Three Investment Products


Ante


Panelists: Sylvain Goupille / Jennifer Morris / Stephen Rumsey / Sylvia Wisniwski


Moderator: Fabian Huwyler


2.45-3.05 pm

BREAK


2.35-3.50 pm

SESSION 4

Ranches, Farms, Forest in Family Estates: Can Conservation Finance Express Values and Value?


Club


Panelists: John Fullerton / Ruth Kennedy Sudduth / Dennis Moon


Moderator: Robert Keith

SESSION 5

How Can Public Policy Drive the Conservation Finance Market?

 

 

Paul Calello Auditorium

 

Panelists: Jay Jensen / Jason Weller / Matt Zieper

 

 

Moderator: Brad Gentry

SESSION 6

Where do Conservation Finance Investments Fit Into a Portfolio?



Ante


Panelists: Saundra Gibson / Lindsey Martinez / David Hood


Moderator: John Goldstein


3.50-4.10 pm

BREAK AND TRANSFER TO PAUL CALELLO AUDITORIUM



4.30-5.00 pm

Wrap Up Session                                                                                                     Paul Calello Auditorium


5.00 pm

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