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Posted: October 26, 2017
If you missed our webinar this week on How to Responsibly Invest as an Individual with Brian Barsness, CIM, Director, Investment Services at Kindred Credit Union you can still learn from his expertise and insights by listening to a recording of the webinar. The webinar link can be played directly in Chrome or Firefox to stream recording directly or downloaded at this link https://recordings.join.me/V-HWJNQZyUGCP6izjmCgYQ. A copy of Brian's slides are available for download as well by clicking here.                  This event is part of Canada's 4th annual RI week, coordinated by RIA.  
Posted: October 16, 2017
Q3 2017 saw engagement with 9 companies held within our portfolio.  Themes discussed included climate risk with Fortis Inc, decent work with Royal Bank of Canada, and business and reconciliation with TransCanada Corporation. A full report by company is available here.  
Posted: October 6, 2017
We are hosting a webinar on Responsible Investing (RI) for individuals .. limited attendance, so reserve your spot now! Congregations can be responsible investors by opening a fund with ELFEC, but individuals can’t.  Many people tell us that they are frustrated by the lack of good answers when they ask their financial advisor how to incorporate environmental or social concerns into their portfolio.  So we are hosting a webinar that addresses the question “How can an individual be a Responsible Investor?”  If you want to tune in and learn about this subject, register by sending Krista an email... Read More
Posted: September 13, 2017
 Join Jeff Pym, ELFEC's executive director, as he discusses how to make a gift to the church that is right for you. Additional videos about planning your gift to the church are availabe in the resource materials.  
Posted: August 2, 2017
This month, ELFEC has written to Cineplex to seek expanded disclosure of the company’s workforce policies and practices. The letter is as part of a shareholder engagement with the company on decent work led by SHARE. Companies that pay living wages, provide secure jobs, encourage training opportunities and support diversity are better long-term investments. Disclosure helps investors understand how companies are approaching these decent work issues.
Posted: July 13, 2017
Q2 2017 saw engagement with 5 companies held within our portfolio.  Themes discussed included addressing the financing of climate risk with Royal Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and Toronto-Dominion Bank, respecting international human rights with Agrium Inc. and business & reconciliation with Toronto-Dominion Bank. A full report by company is available here.
Posted: July 5, 2017
We are one of the 79 investors worth over $7.8 trillion supporting @ShareActionUK’s Workforce Disclosure Initiative: http://share.ca/canadian-investors-among-7-9-trillion-coalition-pushing-companies-for-disclosure-on-global-workforces/
Posted: May 10, 2017
Over the past few months ELFEC has been moving money into impact investments.  These are defined as investments "made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return". After commissioning a study by an independent consulting group, the ELFEC board approved the investment of a total of $1 million, or about 3% of our total portfolio, in four organizations. All four investments will generate a financial return that compares favourably to our fixed income investments in financial markets... Read More
Posted: April 30, 2017
Making your legacy for tomorrow, count today!
Posted: April 30, 2017
Q1 2017 saw engagement with 10 companies held within our portfolio.  Themes discussed included addressing the financing of climate risk with Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia and Toronto-Dominion Bank, voting on Executive Compensation with H&R REIT, and measuring climate risk with Smart REIT. A full report by company is available here.  

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