Choppy Waters or Smooth Sailing? Navigating Corporate Climate Action in 2023

Although innovation is rising and business opportunities are emerging across the globe to help decarbonize the economy, there remains significant challenges to moving fast enough to meet our climate and clean energy related targets. Join BCSE during Climate Week NYC for a vibrant conversation and networking session with corporate executives from Canada, EU, and the United States as they offer a progress report on market deployment and discuss navigating issues such as global supply chain bottlenecks, inflationary pressures, NIMBY-ism, permitting and ESG.

This is an in-person event. Contact Peter Rose ( with any questions or to RSVP. Only those who RSVP and receive a confirmation e-mail will be admitted

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Panel 1: Power and Transportation


  • Serge Abergel, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro-Quebec Energy Services
  • Hélène Gagnon, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, CAE
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Invenergy
  • Moderator: Carolyn Kissane, Professor, Center for Global Affairs, New York University

Panel 2: Built Environment and Industry


  • Brian Asparro, Chief Operating Officer, CarbonQuest
  • Renae Kezar, Vice President, Global Sustainability and Government Relations, Johnson Controls
  • Harry Verhaar, Vice President, Global Public & Government Affairs, Signify
  • Moderator: John Mandyck, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Green Council


Date: September 18, 2023
Organizer: BCSE and Hydro-Quebec
Format: In-Person
Location: New York City, NY

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