Dedicated to inspiring action on Corporate Purpose and ESG

The new frontier for Sustainability

Daring to Leap Events:
Global Conversations on ESG & Corporate Purpose

We are delighted to launch our online global series called DARING TO LEAP. It is a set of conversations regarding the strategic duo of “ESG and Corporate Purpose” – as the new business essentials. We are speaking to thought leaders and corporations around the world about the emerging corporate imperative to consider both the interests of shareholders and society. Societal issues are now Boardroom issues and failure to act is a brand risk. Defining and owning your Corporate Purpose is the most critical competitive advantage of our time.

Daring To Leap Upcoming Events: September 19, 2024 & November 21, 2024

Our Namesake

At the VeriStell Institute our name denotes our highest aspirations:

veritas (truth, justice, transparency)
stella (star, inspiring a better society)

Our mission is founded on the pillars of societal justice and business excellence: urging firms to break new ground and help solve societal issues while driving shareholder value.

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
Seneca –

64 AD Roman Stoic Philosopher

Who We Are

Global Research Institute

Pushing the boundaries of Corporate
Purpose & ESG

The VeriStell Institute is a globally focused Not-For-Profit Think Tank dedicated to MAINSTREAMING new Corporate frontiers for Sustainability and publishing consensus positions – recognized worldwide.

Corporations positively impacting society and driving Competitiveness.
The VeriStell Institute leads global projects that enable the adoption of the Sustainability agenda in the Corporate Sector – providing BLUEPRINTS for meaningful action in partnership with others.

A Not-For-Profit affiliated with Goodman
Sustainability Group

We encourage organizations to adopt at least one of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals – within the framework of their Corporate Purpose statements.

Board, Strategic Advisors & Experts

Glen Hodgson

Chairman - VeriStell Institute, Former Chief Economist – Conference Board of Canada C.D. Howe Institute Fellow

Anuj Shah

Managing Director KKS Advisors, Project Partner and Collaborator with VeriStell institute

Faith Goodman

CEO Goodman Sustainability Group, Founder and Director VeriStell Institute, Founder and Director UTLC

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Janet Ecker

President at Kilwaughter Consulting, Former Minister of Finance at the Government of Ontario, Former President and CEO of Toronto Financial Services Alliance

Theo Yameogo

Americas' Mining & Metals Sector Leader, EY

Derek Purchase

Chairman Emeritus – VeriStell Institute, former Sr. Audit Partner EY, Chief Development Officer, Goodman Sustainability Group

Ioannis Ioannou

Associate Professor, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, London Business School UK

Professor Amelia Miazad

Founding Director & Senior Research Fellow, Business in Society Institute, University of California

Robert Walker

Former Head of ESG Services at NEI Investments Chair - International Corporate Governance Network. Strategic Consultant at Millani

Paul A. Argenti

Professor of Corporate Communication, The Tuck School of Business At Dartmouth

Tamara Close

Managing Director, Head of ESG Integration, KKS Advisors

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Paul Richards

Office Managing Partner at HumanEdge Global

Natasha Peer

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business, MBA Candidate

Luke Durst

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business, MBA Candidate

Kunle Raji

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business, MBA Candidate

Aidan Little

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business MBA Candidate, Sustainable Finance

Diane Whatton

Former Head, Community Giving, BMO Harris Bank, Chicago, USA

Andrew Chakhoyan

Founder and CEO, Strategic Narrative Consulting; Contributor, World Economic Forum

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Jacqui Faclier

Marketing & Communications Executive, Former Managing Director at DDB Canada

Ted Merz

Former Global Head of News Product, Bloomberg LLP

Elizabeth Alves

Vice President Enterprise Strategy & Social Responsibility at Cogeco

David Frazer

Director of ESG Research at Mackenzie Investments

Marcelo Seraphim

Head of Brazil at Principles for Responsible Investment

Emilie Kehl

Senior Associate, Sustainability Strategy, KKS Advisors

Wei Shi

Professor of Management at University of Miami Herbert Business School

Geoffrey Rowan

Former Partner & Founding Managing Director, Ketchum Public Relations, Former Reporter, Globe and Mail

Aleem Punja

National Operating Officer at Aga Khan Council for Canada, Future Ready Initiative

Dinara Millington

Former VP Research, Canadian Energy Research Institute

Lisa Asbreuk

Partner, Cunningham Swan LLP

Dr. Renée Friedman

Former Managing Editor, Thought Leadership, Financial Services, EMEA, The Economist Intelligence Unit

What We Do

The VeriStell Institute is a global forum where CEOs, Board Directors and Leaders come to find leading thinking and foresight on the issues of ESG and Corporate Social Purpose.

We provide leadership in Research, Advocacy, Best Practices Development, Publications, Projects, Thought Leadership, Conferences, Media, Teaching and Outreach.

Our goal is to enable corporate entities to embrace ESG and Corporate Purpose (and its new incarnations over time) – aligned with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Corporations will have the tools and protocols to concurrently deliver shareholder value and partner with civil society to address the world’s pressing societal issues.

Our Key Competencies

We work with multiple Stakeholders globally including businesses, governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, community groups, NGOs, academics, Indigenous Communities and charities.

Research and Data Analysis

Social Impact and benchmarking evaluation
models for successful enterprises.

Social Purpose Discovery Lab

In concert with others, we have engineered a unique and proven model to determine best
fit and align a company’s Social Purpose with
their organization’s DNA and might.

Events & Outreach

Showcasing how and why business can and will become more competitive by embracing ESG and Corporate Social Purpose.
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Competitive Advantage -
Leadership Networks

Forum for CEOs, Boards, Leaders to
network through events, education,
alliances, publications

Benchmarking and
Consensus Models

Convening leading academic, civil society
and business researchers/Thought Leaders
to develop and distribute consensus

Sectoral Approach

Research and analysis on global Sector
specific protocols.

Daring To Leap Series Events

Lessons learned from thought leaders and brands that have made the leap on Corporate Purpose.

Join us for our upcoming Daring To Leap Events

Upcoming Event - Sustainable Finance Platform

Next Event - Metals & Mining Symposium, Sep 19, 2024

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Upcoming Event - Corporate Purpose Global Annual Forum, Nov 21, 2024

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Global Annual Corporate Purpose Forum 2023, Dec 7, 2023

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Metals & Mining Symposium, Sep 28, 2023

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Corporate Purpose Symposium, May 31, 2023

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Daring To Leap Global Annual Corporate Purpose Forum, Dec 1, 2022

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Mining & Metals Symposium, Sep 29, 2022

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Daring To Leap Miami, May 6, 2022

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