Assessing the environmental performance of a project or company, as well as its social implications, has become essential in a globalized economy influenced by climate change, sustainability, and financial risks, among other things.

Due diligence will vary depending on the circumstances. For investors and buyers, the important elements of the decision-making process are the assessment of the project business long-term viability and social acceptability, the understanding of environmental and social risks, and the ability to put the focus on sustainable solutions in risk management.

Through this webinar, a team from WSP and Meridiam will share their experience of the environmental and social due diligence process, specifically for domestic and international project financing and transactions, the challenges that can be encountered, winning conditions, and lessons learned.

Please note this webinar is presented in French.

  • June 3, 2020 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (UTC-4)

Meet your speakers

c-Nathalie Fortin

Nathalie Fortin

Nathalie is a biochemist and chemical engineer. She has 26 years of experience in environmental management in various sectors such as industry, mining, metallurgy and food processing. Since she has been involved in the management of activities, numerous mandates and large-scale projects in several countries, she has a thorough understanding in the implementation of proven strategies to effectively manage all environmental, social and health and safety risks, issues and impacts within a company.

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c-Ghyslain Pothier

Ghyslain Pothier

Ghyslain Pothier is a biologist with a Master’s degree in Environment from the Université de Sherbrooke. He has been working in the environmental field for more than 30 years. He carries out environmental and social impact studies and environmental permit applications while ensuring the environmental management of government, industrial and commercial projects, in Canada and around the world.

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c-Daniel Morin

Daniel Morin

Daniel Morin has been an environmental consultant for more than 30 years. Over the years, he has put his expertise to good use by conducting numerous environmental site assessments and environmental compliance audits, in the context of real estate transactions, the cessation of industrial activities or the redevelopment of industrial wastelands. He is recognized as an expert under section 31.65 of the Environment Quality Act and holds the titles of Certified Environmental Site Assessor (CESA®) and Certified Environmental Site Auditor (CESA®), awarded by the Association québécoise de vérification environnementale (AQVE).

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Ginette Borduas - Meridiam

Ginette Borduas

Joining us from Meridiam

Ginette Borduas has close to 30 years of experience and joined Meridiam in early 2016 to focus on the conception of Meridiam’s tailored-made sustainable development approach and the implementation of its ESG procedures firm-wide. Ginette holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban planning from the University of Montreal and a postgraduate diploma in Applied Business Management from McGill University. She has extensive experience working with leading DFIs and IFIs, overseeing the environmental and social approval, and sustainable integration of large-scale infrastructure projects in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

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Mathieu Peller - Meridiam

Mathieu Peller

Joining us from Meridiam

Mathieu is managing the African activities of Meridiam and in particular Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Fund, a €546m pan-African fund investing in Greenfield infrastructure projects. He’s leading the development, investment and asset management activities and manages the team based in Dakar and Addis Ababa where he is based. Mathieu joined Meridiam in 2011 where he worked on several European transport infrastructure projects. Mathieu graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and holds a Master’s in Project Finance (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech – Université Paris Ouest La Défense).

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