Investing Powerfully: How can universities go carbon neutral?

April 5, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm


ASB 10900 - SFU Burnaby Campus
8888 University Drive
Burnaby , BC

How can universities move toward carbon neutral and socially responsible investments?

Investing Powerfully creates space for students, financial professionals, and university representatives to explore best investment practices for climate accountability. Through a speakers' panel and facilitated Q&A, attendees will discover the connections between decarbonization, divestment and responsible investments, and envision how reinvestment can strengthen communities.


Mike Thiessen, Manager of Sustainable Research, Genus Capital

As the Manager of Sustainable Research at Genus, he provides full support for the fossil free and impact investing discipline, including research and portfolio construction. Prior to joining Genus, he was a strategic consultant at a boutique consultancy in London, UK focusing on projects in finance, technology, and sustainability for FTSE 100 and large Chinese companies. Mike also has experience in equity research and working for a quantitative hedge fund. He holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from the University of Cambridge concentrating in Social Innovation.

Peter Chapman, Executive Director, Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE)

Peter Chapman is the Executive Director of the Shareholder Association for Research and Education. SHARE is a leading provider of governance and investment education to investment decision-makers and of proxy voting, shareholder engagement and policy consulting services to Canadian institutional investors. Peter has worked for more than three decades in the field of responsible investment, including corporate engagement, education, community investment and public policy, and joined the staff of SHARE in 2000. He is a member of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets. He formerly served on the boards of the Social Investment Organization, the Grindstone Co-operative Venture Fund and the West Coast Environmental Law Association, and on the Global Reporting Initiative Stakeholder Council. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.

Danielle Levine, CEO, Kanuu Indigenous Innovation Society  

Danielle Levine, BA, MBA, is a business educator, advisor, and social enterprise practitioner. Danielle operates her own consulting practice where she works with various clients such as Raven Capital Partners as the Director of Technical Assistance and for Tides Canada developing an indigenous business accelerator program for Canada’s northern communities. Danielle is the founder of Kanuu Indigenous Innovation Society which is a national non-profit organization that focuses on indigenous entrepreneurship. In the past, Danielle has run the Ch’nook Indigenous Business program at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Danielle has developed innovative programming including the first indigenous real estate competition and she has developed custom leadership programming for First Nations. Danielle is Métis and is originally from Winnipeg, MB but now lives in Maple Ridge, BC. Danielle is a proud mother and in her spare time enjoys travelling internationally.

This is a free event, please register to save your seat. 

 Appetizers and snacks will be provided.

This event is presented by Embark Sustainability with support from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

Embark acknowledges that this event is being hosted on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. In particular, this includes the land of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Kwikwetlem nations where we work, live, and play.

This event is hosted in a theatre presentation room with escalating stairs. Please contact Gianjeet Kaur at to make us aware of any specific accessibility needs.

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