TORONTO & OTTAWA, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bentall Kennedy received the Climate Leadership Award for the Large Business Innovator category in a ceremony held at the GLOBE Forum 2018 – Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business. Adjudicated by an independent panel, the award was presented to Bentall Kennedy by award sponsors: The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna; John Dillon, Senior Vice President, Policy and Corporate Counsel for the Business Council of Canada; Marcelo Lu, President of BASF Canada; and Mike Gerbis, CEO, GLOBE Series.
Bentall Kennedy’s focus on investing soundly and sustainably was lauded, noting the company’s leadership on climate change at home through its work in real estate investment and management in Canada and its global position as the co-chair of the Property Working Group for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative.
“Our approach demonstrates that generating long term value for our clients and delivering strong environmental outcomes are inextricably linked. The built environment truly offers an incredible opportunity to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome,” said Anna Murray, VP Sustainability at Bentall Kennedy. “Through continual operating efficiencies and the use of innovative technologies and processes, we will continue to lead the way on climate change in the real estate sector.”
The Business Council of Canada’s support for the 2018 Climate Leadership Awards draws on its established history of advocacy for sustainable environmental policies that support the long term prosperity of the Canadian economy.
“We commend Bentall Kennedy for their strong commitment to addressing climate change through thoughtful building design and management,” said John Dillon. “They are one of a number of leading Canadian businesses that are stepping up to the challenge, adopting innovative technologies that support the transition to a lower-carbon economy.”
For 25 years, GLOBE Series has brought together businesses and thought leaders for sustainable industry. See Bentall Kennedy’s winning video submission here.
About Bentall Kennedy
Bentall Kennedy, a Sun Life Investment Management company, is one of the largest global real estate investment advisors and one of North America's foremost providers of real estate services. Bentall Kennedy serves the interests of more than 550 institutional clients with expertise in office, retail, industrial and multi-residential assets throughout Canada and the U.S. Bentall Kennedy's Investment Management group has approximately $47 billion (CAD)/$37 billion (USD) of assets under management (as of Dec. 31, 2017). Bentall Kennedy is one of the largest real estate services providers in Canada, managing 60 million square feet on behalf of third-party and investment management clients (as of Dec. 31, 2017). Bentall Kennedy is a member of UN PRI and a recognized Responsible Property Investing leader ranked among the top firms around the globe in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) for the seventh consecutive year since GRESB was launched.
Bentall Kennedy includes Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partnership, Bentall Kennedy (U.S.) Limited Partnership and the real estate and commercial mortgage investment groups of certain of their affiliates, all of which comprise a team of real estate professionals spanning multiple legal entities. The assets under management shown above include real estate equity and mortgage investments of the companies within Bentall Kennedy.
For more information, visit www.bentallkennedy.com
About The Business Council of Canada
Founded in 1976, the Business Council of Canada is a non-profit, non-partisan association that brings business leaders together to shape public policy in the interests of a stronger Canada and a better world. It is composed of the chief executives and entrepreneurs of 150 leading enterprises from every region and sector of the economy.
The Business Council’s member companies employ 1.7 million Canadians, account for more than half the value of the Toronto Stock Exchange, contribute the largest share of federal corporate taxes, and are responsible for most of Canada’s exports, corporate philanthropy, and private-sector investments in research and development. Through supply chain partnerships, service contracts and mentoring programs, Business Council members support many hundreds of thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs in communities of all sizes across Canada.
For more information, visit www.thebusinesscouncil.ca