Last month I attended the RIA Foundation & Endowment Forum in Toronto. The forum was hosted by the Responsible Investment Association (RIA), Canada's membership association for socially and environmentally responsible investment. It focused on responsible and impact investing through the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.
The event was run exceptionally well with informed and engaging speakers. Discussions surfaced some of the real issues that investors face in adopting an impact focus, including accessing investment vehicles that deliver commercial risk adjusted returns, provide liquidity, and deliver measurable impact.
As investors, these issues are front of mind for us at Deetken. I was encouraged to see that they are directly addressed by the Deetken Impact Fund (DIF), one of Canada's first registered international impact investment funds. I came home feeling even more confident that our approach with the DIF is something innovative and that the Fund is in uniquely positioned to meet the needs of other investors looking to tilt their portfolio towards an impact focus.
Of special note, we were pleased to attend as special guests of our new partner Oikocredit and look forward to the next RIA event in Vancouver in 2017.
Written by Samir Shah, Managing Partner and Co-founder of The Deetken Group