AGENDA - MAY 2nd, 2023

8:30 am - 9:45 am 
Opening Ceremony 
Opening Address
 Toni Sirju-Ramnarine - President of AMCHAM T&T

Title Sponsor Remarks
Giselle Thompson - vice president, corporate operations and head of communications & advocacy - bpTT

Partner Remarks 

Keynote Address
 The Honourable Pennelope Beckles-Robinson (invited) 
Minister of Planning and the Environment

9:45 am - 10:45 am 
 Feature Presentations
How to Learn the Fundamentals, Gain the Benefits, and Avoid the Politics and Polarization Around ESG 
In this discussion, we will learn the history and basics of Environment, Social, and Governance 
(ESG); show benefits that accrue to companies, communities, and nations; then look ahead to 
the future of ESG, as it evolves to better serve the bottom lines of business, government, and 

Bill Shireman

President, Future - 500

Ethical Systems
Alison Taylor
 Executive Director, Ethical Systems

Moderator: Indu Sharma - Co-Founder & Consultant, Q.E.D. Consulting Limited & AMCHAM T&T ESG Committee


                11:15 am - 12:00 pm                    
 Leadership panel - Developing an ESG ecosystem in Trinidad & Tobago 
This panel discussion is intended to understand how leaders can support and drive the development of an ESG agenda within their organisations and the national economy. It will also explore the 
scope and challenges of leading in an environment where leaders are expected to look beyond 
profits and consider measurable impact on people and the planet when setting strategy for their 

• Enhancing cross-sector collaboration to drive the national ESG agenda 
 • Addressing challenges and seizing opportunities in ESG 
 • Integrating ESG into corporate strategy 
 • Building a national ecosystem of corporate ESG integrati


The Honourable Pennelope Beckles-Robinson

Minister of Planning and Environment (invited)

Bill Shireman
President - Future 500 

Gregory Hill
Managing Director - Ansa Merchant Bank

Mark Loquan 

President - The National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago Limited (NGC)

John Hadad
Group co-Chief Executive Officer - HADCO Group

Moderator: Indu Sharma - Co-Founder & Consultant, Q.E.D. Consulting Limited & AMCHAM T&T ESG Committee

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm 
 Results of AMCHAM T&T/UN Survey
Presented by the AMCHAM T&T
Melissa Pierre
Senior Trade and Policy Specialist - AMCHAM T&T


1:30 pm – 2:00 pm 
 Feature Address
Tim Polaszek
Director - Capitals Coalition

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
 ESG Impacts on International Trade and Financing
The role of the private sector in driving international collaboration through ESG: 
 • Impact of International Regulatory Frameworks on cross-border collaboration 
 • Enhancing export capacity through ESG 
 • International sustainable financing opportunities and access to capital for T&T businesses


Nirad Tewarie

Mitchell de Silva

Country Officer & Managing Director - Citibank (Trinidad & Tobago) Limited

Dr. Axel Kravatzky 
Partner - Syntegra-360, & Co-Vice Chair of AMCHAM T&T’s ESG Committee

Patrice Lefeu
Partner, EMEIA Co-Leader - Global Climate & Sustainability - EY

Moderator: Tricia Kissoon - CEO, JMMB Investments (Trinidad & Tobago) Limited, & 
Chair of AMCHAM T&T ESG Banking & Finance Sub-committee

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

 ESG in the Creative Sector
This panel will delve into the creative sector, discussing the role ESG factors play in optimising the sector and its growth both locally and internationally. The panel will discuss ideas for sustainable development in the sector and the contributions of the creative industry in achieving the SDGs.

• Using ESG to optimise creative offering
• The role of ESG in growing international markets for creative products
• Accessing creative capital
• Developing a responsible creative economy


Professor Margaret Bishop
Consultant - Fashion Institute of Technology

Anya Ayoung-Chee
Design Strategist and Social Entrepreneur - NUDGE Caribbean

Dr. Keron Niles
Lecturer, UWI, St. Augustine

Moderator: Ryan Chaitram - Communications and Advocacy Manager at bpTT


4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Sustainable Supply Chains: ESG in Procurement
Presentation by the United Nations: The role of ESG in sustainable supply chain/procurement within an import-dependent economy

• Supply chain sustainability and responsible procurement
• The role of ESG in sustainable diversification of national economy
• Social drivers of ESG development 
• The role of third party disclosures in supply chain management

Mark Thomas 

Associate Development Coordinate Officer, Partnerships and Development Finance 
Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator

Marc Mouttet 
Group Sustainability Director - Agostini’s Limited

Omar Mohammed
Chief Executive Officer - Cropper Foundation

Giselle Modeste 
Senior Specialist - Health & Sustainability
Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm 
 Launch of the AMBL/ANSA Bank/Cropper Grant Challenge for 
SMEs operating in the ‘Green’ Space

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

AGENDA - MAY 3RD, 2023


8:15 am - 11:15 am
ESG 101: 
This will be an engaging facilitated workshop to encourage discussion and collaboration on the stages involved in corporate ESG integration.

FACILITATOR - Rachel Welch-Phillips
Partner, Head of ESG & Sustainable Finance Practice,
Dentons Delany (Trinidad & Tobago)

• What ESG is (and what it isn’t) 
 • ESG Fundamentals 
 • Issue Spotting 
 • The Baseline Assessment 
 • Reporting Frameworks and Standards 
 • Ongoing Compliance and Good Corporate Governance

8:15 am - 11:15 am

ESG Leadership - CEOs, CFOs, & C-Suite 
(session open strictly to senior leaders)

ESG for Business: Business Case and Value Creation 
Facilitator: Ian Chinapoo, Group CEO, Guardian Group

Sustainable Financing 
Facilitator: Tricia Kissoon, CEO, JMMB Investments (Trinidad & Tobago) Limited, & Chair of AMCHAM T&T ESG Banking & Finance Sub-Committee 

Facilitator: Joanne Salazar, Co-Founder and Consultant, Q.E.D Consulting Limited 

Governing Bodies 
Facilitator: Claire Kells, Senior Manager-Participant Engagement, United Nations Global Compact 

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

GHG Reporting considerations for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Facilitators are  : Gerard Rajkumar, Managing Director, Sygma Environmental, & Sonja Julien-Wells, Director – Sustainability Leader, Deloitte

  • Overview of the GHG Protocols and Scope 1,2,3 emissions
    • What is GHG -  what does it mean?
    • Scope 1,2,3 explained
    • Materiality – the varied perspectives on starting points across business models
  • Sources of data and considerations for data gathering – best practices in reporting
    • Options for data gathering, input and GHG calculations (tools, spreadsheets/software)
    • Constraints / Obstacles to overcome – resources, data collection methods, accountability & governance
  • Maturity Journey and setting GHG targets
      • GHG Reduction goals and target setting
      • Local perspective (TT, Caribbean) – trends/patterns
      • Company considerations

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Building Sustainability into Major Project Delivery