ESG Board Advisor & Chief Sustainability Officer
Ann joined MI after forging a strong and successful relationship on a number of partner projects, including the Qatar Olympic Committee's proof of concept for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She joins MI at the start of an exciting decade of mega sporting events in the Southern Hemisphere.
With 30+ years of experience, Ann's leadership style combines her passion for sustainability with her creativity, communications and relationship savvy. Given this critical decade and focus on climate action with social justice, Ann is responsible for the development and delivery of MI's ESG strategy as a company and as a practice of excellence for our clients. She works with teams to develop, build capacity and execute sustainability, environmental, social, governance (ESG) and legacy strategies, management and reporting systems of the highest quality for business, mega sport event hosts and multi-party entities.
For the past 11 years and through her firm The Ann Duffy (Consulting) Group Inc, Ann advises event owners, bid and organising committees on the creation of competitive and comprehensive sustainability and legacy plans, management and reporting systems. Key projects include Doha 2032 Summer Olympic Proof of Concept, Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympic Bid, United 2026 FIFA Men's World Cup Bid, Qatar 2022 Original Sustainability Strategy (with GreenShoot Pacific), Istanbul 2020 Summer Olympic Bid (with EKS), Canada 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Canada 2015 Winter Games and Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.
Previously, Ann was the Corporate Sustainability Officer at the Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. She oversaw the development and implementation of the sustainability and legacy strategy with key government, sponsor and community partners and the development and delivery of five annual GRI sustainability reports. Ann helped to spearhead the first integrated carbon management program, sustainable sourcing program and zero waste program, and the sponsor engagement process for Games related sustainability innovations and Games times communications and media relations. She worked with internal and external partners on the Game's First Nations, diversity and inclusion initiatives, each of which established new benchmarks for the Olympic Movement. She collaborated with the AISTS in Lausanne Switzerland to co-create the first Sustainable Sport and Event Toolkit (SSET) which has evolved to support sustainability planning for a range of International sport federations, event owners, sponsors and partners.
Ann was a member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission between 2006 and 2016 where she advised on Agenda2020 and has collaborated with and contributed to the IOC and FIFA on key governance and guidance documents for sustainable development, sustainable event and legacy management policies and systems.
Ann was the chair of the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee for Sustainable Event Management System Standards between 2009-2017. Published in 2010, CSA-Z2010 was Canada’s first national sustainable event management system standard. Following this work, Ann was a technical member of the ISO20121 Event Sustainability Management System Standard (published in 2012) and the GRI Sustainable Event Sector Supplement Guideline (published in 2011).
Prior to 2006, Ann was Vice President, Sustainable Development for CH2M Canada (now Jacobs) leading the firm’s corporate sustainability programme and national consulting practice – sustainable enterprise solutions.
She resides in Whistler, Canada with her husband and family where she enjoys the mountains in all seasons.