JOY WILLIAMS

Senior Advisor

Joy Williams brings a multi-disciplinary approach to climate change and other environmental, social and governance issues. She made the move from traditional engineering to environmental and climate change issues over 15 years ago and has since worked in government, policy, management and strategic consulting and the financial industry. Joy’s approach to the complexity of these topics is to focus on what is relevant to her client’s strategy and provide pragmatic advice to support their growth.

Joy started her career as a traditional mechanical engineer working on aircraft landing gear before completing a Master’s of Applied Science with a collaborative in Environmental Engineering. Her years at ICF Consulting allowed her to work on a broad range of strategic and management projects on topics of climate change and energy for clients as diverse as forestry companies to power generation associations.

To deepen her experience in climate change, she moved to the UK where she was a technical lead on greenhouse gas emission projects for the UNFCCC carbon markets. She gained on the ground experience in preparing, educating and registering projects in developing countries for a venture cap firm.

Complementary her prior experience, Joy returned to Ontario to work for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in a large modernization project involving the Ontario Environmental Protection Act and Water Resources Act. Additionally led the change management project designing major process changes throughout the approvals branch.

Most recently, Joy applied all her previous experience establishing the responsible investing framework and acting as the in-house climate change subject matter expert at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Working across asset classes including private equity, infrastructure, real estate, credit and public equities, she helped to integrate environmental, social and governance practices in investment teams. A large part of her role focused on educating the organization on climate change and helping to develop a corporate response.

She chaired the Decarbonization Advisory Panel for the $209.1 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund. The panel provided recommendations on how to best to mitigate investment risks stemming from climate change and maximize opportunities from the new, low-carbon economy.

Joy is a Professional Engineer of Ontario and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

Presentations

  • SHARE Responsible Investing, Master Class. “The Evolving Landscape of Climate Risk: Key Considerations for Trustees in 2020”. (Vancouver, BC). February 19, 2020
  • SHARE Conference: Annual Responsible Investment Workshop for Religious Investors. “Finding our way to investment aligned with the Paris Agreement goal of 1.5oC” (Toronto, ON). November 21, 2019
  • Consulate General of Canada. “Asset-Owner Leadership on Climate-Related Investment Risks and Opportunities”. (New York, NY). November 19, 2019
  • The Director’s College: Current Governance Topics. “Environmental Social Governance and Challenges of Climate Change”. (Toronto, ON). Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Western North American PRI Forum. “Decarbonization Advisory Panel: New York State Common Retirement Fund”. (Los Angeles, CA) October 24, 2019
  • PRI in Person. “Raising climate ambition through 2020 and beyond”. (Paris, France). September 10, 2019
  • PRI Forum. “Climate change: how should investors prepare?”. (New York, NY). July 24, 2019
  • PRI, Responsible Investment Forum 2019. “Urgent action required: climate risks and opportunities in the portfolio”. (London, UK). June 5, 2019
  • Testimony for the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Finance. “Fossil Fuel Divestment Hearing”. (Albany, NY). April 30, 2019.
  • Responsible Investor. “Innovation from Asset Owners to Drive Towards Climate Goals”. (Montreal, QC) April 23, 2019.
  • RI Americas 2018. “The great climate change divest/invest debate. The macro picture.” (New York). December 2018.
  • Association for Corporate Growth: Capital Connections 2018. “Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) as a Value Creator in M&A ”. (Toronto, ON). November 2018.
  • Global Risk Institute. “Demystifying Climate Change for Financial Institutions – Part 2”. (Toronto, ON). November 2018.
  • Global Risk Institute. “Demystifying Climate Change for Financial Institutions – Part 1”. (Toronto, ON). February 2018.
  • Globe 2018. “Translating Climate Trends and Liabilities”. (Vancouver, BC). March 2018.