The Responsible Investment Association is appointing Patricia Fletcher as its incoming chief executive officer, effective Feb. 7, 2022.

Prior to the new role, Fletcher was vice-president of education at the Institute of Corporate Directors. She spent nearly nine years as managing director at the Canadian Institute, three years as director of the Hay Group’s information services division and three years as managing director at the Institute of International Research.

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“The past few years have been a transformative period for responsible investing and for the RIA. Our organization has demonstrated strong momentum of growth in terms of membership, staff and meaningful industry impact,” said Roger Beauchemin, board chair of the RIA, in a press release. “Pat brings the proven leadership skills and experience needed to help the RIA advance and build on that momentum. My fellow directors and I welcome her as CEO and look forward to working with her and the broader team to achieve the RIA’s mission and vision.”

Fletcher will lead the RIA team in its mission to grow responsible investment in Canada by advancing the policy and regulatory environment, deepening industry education and supporting market development.

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“There are few more dynamic conversations than sustainable finance and the role capital can play in Canada’s just transition to a net-zero economy,” said Fletcher, in the release. “I am thrilled to be joining the RIA and working with the membership, leadership team and board to lead the organization during this exciting phase of market development and growth.”

She’ll succeed former CEO Dustyn Lanz, following a four-year tenure in the role and eight years at the organization.