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Entering 2022: Winds of Political Change & Growth Role of ESG Investing

On Tuesday, February 8th, Mario Mota of The Steele Group had a discussion with two experts from AGF: Greg Valliere, Chief U.S. Policy Strategist, & Martin Grosskopf, Vice President & Portfolio Manager.


During the call we discussed:

• Ukraine/Russia outlook

• Washington update/potential impact of upcoming mid-terms

• An update on geopolitical events and their implications on financial markets

• With tightening government spending, sectors of the market which can expect financial support

• Short term and long-term trends for Environment, Social, and Governance investing (ESG)

• Explaining what ‘Greenwashing’ is



About Greg Valliere:

AGF U.S. Policy Strategist and a 40 year Washington Insider. This is a rare treat to hear from one of the most quoted Washington insiders in today’s media. BNN, CNN, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, to name a few. Greg has contacts in all branches of government as well as the media. Let Greg cut through the noise and give you the facts. Greg’s insights are very topical and relevant, especially when speaking to investors. As we live through one of the most challenging times since the war era, Greg will offer perspective on how the administration has dealt with the pandemic, as well as his take on current global geopolitics.


About Martin Grosskopf:

Martin Grosskopf manages AGF’s sustainable investing strategies and provides input on sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues across the AGF investment teams. He is a thought leader and a frequent public speaker on ESG and Green Finance issues. He serves as Vice-Chair of the CSA Group technical committee on Green and Transition Finance and is a past member of the Responsible Investment Association

(RIA)’s Board of Directors.


Martin has more than 20 years of experience in financial and environmental analysis. He previously served as Director, Sustainability Research and Portfolio Manager with Acuity Investment Management Inc., which was acquired by AGF Management Limited in 2011. Martin obtained a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an MES from York University, and earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

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