Institutions raise concerns over funding at stake in divestment decisions

April 29, 2016

When it comes to the topic of divestment from oil and gas companies, “Canada’s universities are grappling with a serious moral issue while they fight to retain valuable research dollars,” writes Charles Mandel in the National Observer. Mandel highlights the concerns raised by a number of institutions that have felt pressure to divest. The article also discusses the issue raised by Dalhousie University Dean of Science Chris Moore in a report stating that “a senior executive at Shell... told [Moore] directly that the company is monitoring the university divestment movement closely and would look unfavorably on any university that divested in regard to future investment.” A Shell Canada spokesperson denied any intention to pull funding from institutions that chose to divest. National Observer