Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ottawa to host SRI workshop

The Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN) is holding a day-long workshop on responsible investing on Friday, May 29, 2009 in Ottawa. This workshop, Responsible Investment, Ethics and the Global Financial Crisis, makes up the first day of CBERN’s annual conference and annual meeting.

“The purpose of the workshop is to connect researchers from universities with business leaders, government officials and NGO representatives from across Canada in effort to share insights on the ethical dimensions of responsible investment and the global financial crisis,” CBERN says on its website. “Participation will include those already involved in CBERN’s SRI Cluster including PhD students from a variety of disciplines, as well as those not yet involved with the Cluster. An objective of the workshop will be to identify how CBERN can play a role with respect to SRI, through supporting and mobilizing research and transferring research findings and insights effectively among investment related constituencies, stakeholders and economic sectors.”

The workshop features a morning panel session devoted to the current financial crisis with five guest speakers:

Jordan Berger, Principal, Mercer Investment Consulting
Isla Carmichael, University of Toronto
Ronald B. Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law
Eugene Ellmen, Executive Director, Social Investment Organization
Katharine Preston, Manager, Proxy Voting & ESG, OPSEU Pension Trust

Each panelist will discuss the current financial situation and present ideas on what should be done about the global financial crisis and what resources might be available. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with conference participants.

Researchers from CBERN’s SRI Cluster will make presentations during the afternoon session.

For details on the conference, please visit the CBERN website.

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