Investing for 2-Degrees: How Can Investors Make the Transition?

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February 21, 2018

The SFU Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability, and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) hosted a special learning and networking event on the topic of “Investing for 2-Degrees: How can investors make the transition?” This evening event featured experts from the 2-Degree Investing Initiative, the Fonds de solidarité and the B.C. Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) who shared their strategies for aligning their investment portfolios with the transition to a low-carbon economy. The discussion also featured a response panel to help participants reflect on some viable steps that their own investment organizations can take to address climate change.

5:00pm REGISTRATION AND RECEPTION
5:30pm WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

Peter Chapman, Executive Director, SHARE
Dr. Ali Dastmalchian, Dean, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
Phuong Huynh, ESG Analyst and Proxy Voter, SIAS Student Fund

5:40pm INTRODUCTION AND FRAMING FOR CONVERSATION

Dr. Andy Hoffman, Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan

5:50pm INITIATIVES PANEL: CURRENT INVESTOR INITIATIVES FOR SUPPORTING THE 2°TRANSITION

Climate Alignment Pilot Tests
Stan Dupré, Founder and CEO, 2° Investing Initiative

bcIMC Climate Change Strategy
Jennifer Coulson, Senior Manager, ESG Integration, bcIMC

Fonds de solidarité FTQ Climate Change Strategy
Mario Tremblay, Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs, Fonds de solidarité FTQ

6:45pm RESPONSE PANEL: PRACTICAL STEPS FOR INVESTORS TO SUPPORT THE 2° TRANSITION

Key Considerations for Developing a Climate Change Strategy 
Shannon Rohan, Director of Responsible Investment, SHARE

Addressing Carbon in ESG Integration: Experience from SFU Student Funds
Glenn Powers, Faculty Advisor, BEAM and SIAS Portfolios, SFU

Reflections from a Pension Fund Trustee
Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Trustee and Co-Chair, SFU Academic Pension Plan

7:00pm QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS
7:20pm CLOSING REMARKS
7:30pm COFFEE AND DESSERT