Robert Walker

Job Title Chair & Principal
Country Canada
Current Employer ICGN & LVC Strategies

Robert Walker is Principal at LVC Strategies, an ESG and impact investing consultancy starting up in January 2019. For almost 20 years, he served as Head of ESG Services at NEI Investments. NEI is a Canadian investment management company with approximately C$9 billion in assets under management. In this role, Robert led an 9-person team responsible for implementing NEI’s Responsible Investing Program, a set of activities designed to enhance risk-adjusted returns to investors and contribute to the creation of long term sustainable value for all stakeholders. Core elements of the program include corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance evaluations, corporate engagement, and creating a public policy environment conducive to ESG investing and corporate sustainability.

Under Robert’s leadership, NEI has been at the Canadian forefront of working directly with companies and through industry associations and other standards-setting organizations to advance robust ESG practices in Canada and globally. Under the governance category specifically, NEI has provided more than a dozen submissions, beginning in 2004, to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Toronto Stock Exchange, Government of Canada, the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) and ICGN. 

Robert is a past Governance Fellow of the NACD and past chair of the Boreal Leadership Council, a multi-stakeholder forum consisting of financial institutions, environmental organizations, extractives companies and Aboriginal leaders working toward the preservation and wise development of Canada’s vast boreal forest. Robert is also a past member of the Canada’s Circular Economy Leadership Coalition. He has worked extensively with the Principles for Responsible Investment on a variety of initiatives and is a member of the Governance Professionals Canada, the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (USA). He sits on the board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a top 10 global environmental think tank, where he also chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Robert speaks widely on the responsibility of investment institutions to advance best governance practices and has participated in several United Nations, Government of Canada, and multi-stakeholder initiatives in support of enhanced ESG performance among publicly-traded corporations. The Responsible Investing Program at NEI has received numerous awards from both the investment industry and the world of sustainability.