Divestment Brief Presentation and Lecture

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Hart House Debates Room

This event is the formal presentation of the Divestment Brief to the University of Toronto president, that the campus group Toronto350.org has been working on for the past year.

The brief is titled "The Fossil Fuel Industry and the Case for Divestment". Electronic copies can be downloaded here.

Toronto350.org has followed the university's divestment policy and procedures, which includes collecting over 300 attestations from various members of the U of T community who have read and agree with the brief. We will present the brief and these attestations to President Gertler during the March 6th lecture.

Toronto350.org will be presenting a 15 minute lecture explaining the ethical, legal, and financial cases in favour of fossil fuel divestment. The lecture will be presented by Mr. Dimitri Lascaris, a U of T law alumnus now with Siskinds LLP. Spaces at the lecture are being allocated for representatives of the Office of the President, all members of the Governing Council, officials from the university's asset management corporation and responsible investment committee, senior legal council, and other interested parties. The lecture will run from 7:15pm until 7:30pm, with questions to be answered afterwards by a panel from Toronto350.org. It will be a formal event.

Dimitri Lascaris is a Siskinds partner and is the leader of Siskinds' Securities Class Actions Group. He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1991, and was admitted to the bar of the State of New York and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1992, and the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004. Before joining Siskinds, Mr. Lascaris practiced securities law in the New York and Paris offices of a major Wall Street law firm.

In August 2013, Mr. Lascaris was named by Canadian Business Magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Canadian business, describing him as "the fiercest legal advocate for shareholder rights."

In August 2012, Mr. Lascaris was named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada.