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UWinnipeg is currently examining the issue of fossil fuel divestment as it pertains to both Foundation endowment and pension plan investments. Fossil fuel divestment is the removal of assets including stocks, bonds, and investment funds from companies involved in extracting fossil fuels. In 2014, divestment at UWinnipeg was raised by the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association. As part of this process, several events will take place on campus to encourage thoughtful dialogue.

Event three: TUESDAY, APRIL 5

11:30 TO 1:00 PM          
Indigenous knowledge and perspectives
What is the relationship between divestment and Indigenous rights? How can the results of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission inform our discussion about divestment?

Join distinguished panelists (Incoming) Senator Murray Sinclair, Clayton Thomas-Muller and Jamie Wilson and Melina Laboucan-Massimo.
Event two: MONDAY, MARCH 21st:
12:30 TO 2:00 pm
Financial and fiduciary issues panel
What might the financial impacts of divestment be? How real is the risk of stranded assets?  What is the university’s fiduciary responsibility?  How have other entities approached these financial and fiduciary questions?

Shannon Rohan
Director of Responsible Investment,  Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE)

Shannon has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of responsible investment and corporate social responsibility. SHARE provides responsible investment services to institutional investors across Canada including foundations, endowments, pension funds, religious investors and investment managers. Shannon works with boards of trustees and investment committees helping them to devise and implement responsible investment policies and strategies to address environmental, social and corporate governance issues including climate change. 


Jackie Forrest
Vice President, Energy Research, ARC Financial

Jackie is responsible for actively monitoring emerging strategic trends related to Canadian oil and gas. She contributes to the ARC Energy Charts publication, and provides commodity price outlooks for ARC's fund investors and portfolio companies.  She joined ARC in 2014 after nine years at IHS - a leading provider of energy insights and data - where she held various roles including founding the IHS CERA Oil Sands Dialogue and leading the IHS CERA North America Crude Oil Market service.  Her education includes an M.B.A. from Queen’s University and a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary.


Wayne Wachell & JP Harrison
CEO & Chief Investment Officer & President (Partner), Genus Capital

In 2014, a Responsible Investment Association study recognized Genus as offering funds that: “meet the criteria to place in the most robust subcategory of Fossil Fuel Free products.”

 Wayne co-founded Genus in 1989 and is the architect of the firm’s investment process. He directs research and investment operations and the development of new products.  Wayne grew up in northern Manitoba, attended the University of Alberta, and first entered the investment field as a portfolio analyst with Alberta Treasury in 1980. Wayne is a past president of the Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts and has appeared as a market commentator on CBC Newsworld. Wayne serves on the Board of the Bill Reid Foundation and also mentors students in the University of British Columbia Portfolio Management Foundation program.

J.P. joined the investment industry in 1995 as an Investment Advisor and has additional experience as a business consultant, mutual fund company National Sales Manager and Regional Vice President. He has completed an Executive MBA and holds a B.A. with an Economics Major. His role with Genus covers three main areas: first, he is responsible for creating and executing the firm’s strategic plan; second, he supports their Client Service Group to ensure they continue to offer industry leading solutions to the families and institutions they serve; and third, he provides direct client service to fund companies, insurers, investment dealers, and the socially responsible investment community.


Event one: Divestment Dialogue on Campus - March 9 

Divestment as Climate Solution – from 12:30 to 2:00 pm

Roundtable discussions

Room: Convocation Hall, 2nd floor, Wesley Hall

What is the University’s role in taking positions on contemporary issues such as divestment? Where does fossil fuel divestment fit in to the constellation of work related to addressing global climate change? What other approaches or efforts might be higher impact?

Joan Grace (Political Science)
Peter Ives (Political Science)
Tracey Whalen (Rhetoric, Writing and Communications)
Allen Mills (Political Science)
Patricia Fitzpatrick (Geography)
Jobb Arnold (Conflict Resolution Studies)
Andrew Vineberg, Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie and Kevin Settee (Divest UWinnipeg)

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Alana Lajoie-O'Malley
Director, Campus Sustainability Office l Co-Chair, Experiential Learning Network