PR 10.2 The emerging role of accountants in enabling organisational adaptation and resilience to a changing climate

Wednesday 11 May, 15.45 – 17.30, New Orleans Room

Adaptation has significant financial and economic components, and accounting skills can play a vital role. This session addresses the role of an important and newly emerging actor in climate change adaptation: accountants. It identifies the contribution of accountants and other financial professionals to the adaptation agenda, and shows how to realise its full potential. Presenters will detail how accountants help organisations manage climate risks and opportunities and build organisational resilience. Presenters will share insights from (a) a multi-sectoral collaboration to build the capacity of Canadian accountants and (b) ground breaking Australian research.

Organised by Gordon Beal, Research, Guidance and Support, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), Canada
Maya Fischhoff, Network for Business Sustainability, Canada
Elizabeth Atkinson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Waterloo / Natural Resources Canada
Partner University of Queensland, Australia
Chair Gordon Beal, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), Canada
Rapporteur Elizabeth Atkinson, University of Waterloo / Natural Resources Canada
Presentations

How accountants make adaptation happen
Gordon Beal, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), Canada

How to build adaptation capacity in professions: a multi-sectoral approach
Elizabeth Atkinson, University of Waterloo / Natural Resources Canada

Asset impairment: accountants’ road to adaptation
Jac Birt, University of Queensland, Australia

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