This Burning Issues in International Business webinar is sponsored by the Academy of International Business—Canada Chapter and Queen’s University, Smith School of Business.

Date & Time: 1 December 2023, 17:00 UTC

Point of Contact: Anthony Goerzen (

Event Overview: International business scholarship widely acknowledges that firms face a growing sustainability imperative, where they are increasingly held accountable by capital markets, governments, and other stakeholders for the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impact of their actions. In this webinar, our panelists will describe this emerging environment and the implications for managers, policy-makers, and scholars.


Grace Barrasso has over 20 years experience as a sustainability practitioner for the mining sector where she has worked in various regions across the world. She is currently the Global Head, ESG and Risk Management ArcelorMittal Mining, based in Canada (since 2019). Prior to this appointment, Grace worked for several mining companies in Côte D’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania and Arctic Canada. She also served as a Senior Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisor at the African Development Bank.

Meghan Harris-Ngae leads the ESG Advisory & Strategy practice for PwC Canada. She has over 20 years of combined international and local experience in climate change, Environmental Health and Safety, ESG and international government relations.  Meghan has global expertise working with multinational organizations to develop strategies for building long term value for stakeholders and society. She spends her time working with Boards, and Leadership teams to develop integrated and transformational ESG strategies underpinned by climate change and other ESG matters that have a significant impact on business resilience and long-term performance.

Rosemary McGuire is Vice-President of Research, Guidance and Support for Chartered Professional Accountants Canada. She leads CPA Canada’s research and thought leadership strategy, ensuring the Canadian CPA profession is well-equipped to respond to challenges and to meet evolving business and societal needs. Rosemary oversees a team of professionals who explore emerging issues, champion innovation, and produce insights that guide future directions for the profession. She engages with Canadian and international stakeholders, such as policymakers, standards setters, regulators, and global accountancy bodies, on issues impacting the public interest. Key areas of focus include the path to net-zero emissions; environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues; and data and technology.