Executive Director, Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, UBC Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
Christie Stephenson is the Executive Director of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC Sauder School of Business and a national expert on social and environmental investment and governance.
Christie has more than two decades of diverse director experience, serving on the boards and committees of companies in a range of industries and across the spectrum from start-ups to large mature entities and with both business-to-consumer and business-to-business operating models. She currently serves on the boards of Vancity, one of Canada’s largest financial cooperatives; Central 1, which is a reporting issuer and one of Canada’s domestic systemically important financial institutions; and multi-employer pension plan. She has previously served on the boards of more than a dozen other entities.
Before joining UBC Sauder in 2016, Christie spent more than 15 years at socially responsible and impact investing firms Sustainalytics (then Jantzi Research Associates), NEI Investments (Ethical Funds) and Rally Assets (previously Purpose Capital).
She is a member of the Climate Governance Experts Network of the Canadian Climate Law Initiative, the Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre’s investment committee, the British Columbia Securities Commission Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum, and the International Impact and Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium. She has also served as a judge for both Governance Professionals of Canada’s Excellence in Governance Awards and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s Corporate Reporting Awards. She has delivered board governance training through Directors College, Governance Professionals of Canada, and UBC Sauder Executive Education; taught environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment to undergraduate and MBA students; and trained accountants on non-financial disclosure through the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
Christie is a regular media commentator on business ethics and ESG issues, whose views are covered by TV, print and radio media.