Subject: UBC SauderS3i - June Newsletter

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"Responsible Investing" is Simply "Investing": A Recap of RIA Conference 2017 
By Bruno Lam, Varun Srivatsan, Livia Mello

On the eve of President Trump’s announcement of USA’s role in the Paris Climate Agreement, investors – institutional and retail alike – met in downtown Vancouver to discuss the state of responsible investing, from one end of the spectrum in public market investing to the other end in private equity impact investments. One message was common across all the workshops and plenaries: Where does the line between Responsible Investing and just “investing” lie? The line is becoming increasingly blurred: in today’s markets, what makes economic sense simply makes social/environmental sense as well. This article summarizes several key insights from the conference.
Financial Products for Good series: 
Equity Crowdfunding
By Varun Srivatsan

In our third instalment of the Financial Products for Good series, we examine equity crowdfunding. Check out our previous two articles on social impact bonds and guarantees.

Crowdfunding, in its simplest form, harnesses the wide reach of the Internet to allow individuals or firms to raise small amounts of money from a large number of people to fund projects and ventures. Unlike other forms of crowdfunding, equity crowdfunding allows investors to acquire equity in a project, instead of token rewards or nothing at all. We examine the design of this tool, the regulatory environment, and recent trends.
Impact Investing News Roundup

The Canadian Federal Government announces the Social Innovation & Social Finance Strategy Steering Group, which includes our executive director James Tansey.

National Geographic Society commits $50 million of their endowment fund towards impact investing.

Apple issues $1 billion in green bonds to finance their efforts in energy efficiency, switching to renewable energy, and improvements to their supply chain.

The Responsible Investment Association's Investor Opinion Survey reveals 77% of investors are interested in responsible investing, but 73% know little or nothing about the practice.

Community News Roundup
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Startup Canada Awards
Nominate a venture for Startup Canada Awards by June 16 11:59pm! There are 17 awards up for grabs from four categories. More details here.

GRAIN's Pop-Up Flour Shop
Mark your calendars and stock up on a wide selection of GRAIN's Canadian freshly miller flours, breads, and baked goods. Their pop up FLOUR SHOP will be on June 24, July 22, and August 19. More information here.

Wize Monkey Summer Sangria Party
Wize Monkey and Whole Foods have partnered to kick-off summer with a sangria party on June 15 - join them for sangria tea cocktails at Whole Foods on Cambie and Broadway. More information here.

Events
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Vancouver, BC
June 22, 2017

Virginia, USA
September 25-27, 2017

San Francisco, USA
October 10-13, 2017

Social Finance Forum
Toronto, ON
November 9-10, 2017
10 Enlightening Days In Uganda
By Oana Dan

Our Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub Program Manager, Oana, travelled to Uganda in May to visit Shanti Uganda's (CCS iHub alumni 2016) operations. 

Her 10 days included a prenatal yoga teacher training retreat, 12 babies safely delivered, and a whole lot of new friendships and connections. Read more about her trip and experience in her blog post.

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