Reminder: Responsible investing panel set for Sept. 23

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On Sept. 23, the York University Advisory Committee on Responsible Investing (YUACRI) will present its third panel on responsible investing, titled “University Approaches to Carbon Exposure and Other Contentious Investment Issues.” It runs from 11:30am to 1pm in the Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building.

All are welcome to attend this event, which features three panellists with expertise in diverse areas related to the subject matter.

The panellists include:

bryan-karneyBryan Karney, University of Toronto – Karney graduated from UBC with a degree in bio-resource engineering in 1980 and earned his PhD in civil engineering in 1984. He is a professor of civil engineering and the associate dean of cross-disciplinary programs at the University of Toronto. Karney is a principal of consulting firm HydraTek & Associates Inc., and for more than 30 years, he has provided hydraulic and hydraulic transient consulting services on a wide range of fluid pipe systems including water, wastewater, oil, gas and jet fuel.

Karney has spoken and written widely on subjects related to water resource systems, energy issues, hydrology, climate change, engineering education and ethics. He has authored several hundred papers and articles, and recently chaired the University of Toronto’s committee on Divestment from Fossil Fuels. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, including being a finalist in the TVO’s best lecturer competition.

kevin-thomasKevin Thomas, director of Shareholder Engagement, SHARE – Thomas is the director of Shareholder Engagement at the Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE), which engages companies on environmental, social and governance issues on behalf of Canadian institutional investors with more than $14 billion in assets under management. SHARE’s clients include pension funds, mutual funds, foundations, faith-based organizations and asset managers across Canada.

Lila Asher, Outreach chair – Asher is a second-year undergraduate at the University of Toronto, studying environmental studies, equity studies, and environmental biology. She has been an organizer with the fossil fuel divestment campaign for over a year, and is concerned about the implications of universities’ investments on vulnerable communities and students’ futures. Asher first became concerned about the environment when she learned about mountaintop removal on a field trip in Grade 6.