Catherine is the head of Mosaic’s Canadian business, and leads the ESG and sustainable finance practice at Mosaic. Based in Vancouver, Catherine joined Mosaic in 2019 to lead the firm’s global expansion into sustainable finance and ESG, offering clients additional insights into managing risks and identifying opportunities in a changing world context.
Over her nearly three-decade career, Catherine has earned her reputation as a strategic thinker and influencer with experience in building consensus. She has served pension, endowment and foundation clients in Europe, Asia, and North America, advising on a range of matters pertaining to governance, including governance structure and practices, board and executive evaluation, governance of sustainable finance and ESG, strategic planning, and customized research. Her efforts and recommendations successfully mobilized interest and funding, leading to the establishment of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance in 2018. She also assembled and lead a group of U.S. investors, representing AUM in excess of $9.55 trillion US, on the “Framework for US Stewardship & Governance”.
She has instructed at the Pension Governance Education Program developed by the International Centre for Pension Management and Rotman Executive Programs at the University of Toronto. The Pension Governance Education Program is a unique governance program designed for board members of large pension funds from around the globe. It teaches best practices in board effectiveness in areas such as organizational mission, fiduciary duties, risk management, and human resources management.
Catherine developed her expertise through nearly two decades of leading global sustainable ownership activities at PGGM, a Dutch pension fund manager, and before that at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in Canada. At both organizations, she pioneered new practices and policies, influencing the global pension community. She has represented and furthered these funds’ interests through industry organizations, including as Chair of the Investor Advisory Council to the Council for Institutional Investors in the US, and Chair of the Global Institutional Governance Network, and as chair of various committees at the International Corporate Governance Network (UK).
Catherine holds a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and is a CPA, CA. She is a former board director of Greenchip Financial, an environmental theme global investor launched in January 2008.
Catherine is a frequent author and speaker at large scale industry events on governance matters. She has been quoted in the global financial press, including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Globe and Mail and is a trusted advisors to journalists seeking to understand ESG and governance issues.