Knowledge Labs: Responsible investing and aligning your money with your values

Join DeGroote School of Business professors Dr. Brent McKnight and Dr. Kevin Veenstra as they discuss findings from their research


Date & Time

May 6, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.






Responsible investing has been gaining a lot of media attention in the past year. This has translated into more financial products (ie mutual funds and ETFs) with responsible investing mandates available to retail investors. In addition, some advisors are beginning to incorporate responsible investing approaches into their advisory practice. This means there are more opportunities for investors to align their investments with their conscious and values.

Join DeGroote School of Business professors Dr. Brent McKnight and Dr. Kevin Veenstra as they discuss findings from their research over the last three years talking to financial advisors and investors on the topic of responsible investing. During this webinar you will:

  • Broaden your understanding of what responsible investing is.
  • Gain a lexicon on the topic of responsible investing.
  • Learn how you can get involved in making responsible investments.
  • Identify key questions to ask yourself or an advisor on the topic of responsible investing.

This webinar and discussion will be moderated by DeGroote Assistant Professor, Candice Chow and will feature interactive polls and an audience Q&A

This webinar is free for all DeGroote and McMaster alumni and community members.



Brent McKnight, Associate Professor, DeGroote School of Business

Dr. McKnight studies how firms and organizations address complex societal problems. Currently this interest has led to him to undertake research in the areas of responsible investing at the retail advisory, the role of firms in community resilience and adaptation to climate change induced natural disasters, and how non-profits and firms can improve integration outcomes for refugee newcomers.

Throughout his work, Dr. McKnight is driven by a fascination both with how firms bounce back from substantial adversity and in the increasingly important role that firms play in building community-level resilience across a range of shocks and disturbances. In Dr. McKnight’s research, resilience plays an important role in conceptualizing a firm’s pursuit of sustainability; resilience taps into the essence of what it is to be sustainable over long timelines.



Kevin Veenstra, Associate Professor, DeGroote School of Business

Kevin Veenstra, PhD, CPA, CFA is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. Dr. Veenstra studies the influence of social norms and personality traits on an assortment of phenomenon, including career trajectories and corporate financial performance. His interest is driven by his fascination with how individual and group characteristics influence decision making and related outcomes.






Discussion Moderator

Candice Chow, Assistant Professor, DeGroote School of Business

Candice Chow is the Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at DeGroote School of Business. Prior to becoming a full-time academia in 2019, Candice held progressive senior management positions in Asia and in Canada for over twenty-five years across different industry sectors with a focus on enterprise strategic management, planning, analytics and innovation. Candice was the Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Transformation at Purolator Inc. and had led various management functions in the telecommunications and the hospitality sector. She is the co-founder of Elevae – a strategic advisory firm that focuses on bringing values-based leadership and management practices to organizations. Candice is currently collaborating with practitioners and academics in conducting research in the field of corporate governance with a focus on exploring the role of values with board of directors and the importance of strategic foresight in enhancing firms’ sustainability and responsibility practices.

In addition to her teaching engagement, Candice has served on several boards including Children’s Aid Foundation of Halton, – a property technology company in Toronto and she is currently a board member for a not-for-profit : WHEW – Women Helping Empower Women organization.

Candice earned her DBA at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, received a MSc in Research Science at Henley and an MBA at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Candice also holds the Chartered Director designation from McMaster University’s Directors’ College, the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and earned a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK.

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