Founded in 1989, Orbis is a specialized global investment firm with C$46 billion in assets under management as at 30 Sep 2023. Our core skill is bottom-up stock selection using a fundamental, long-term and contrarian investment philosophy, and our primary offering includes four long-only equity strategies: Global (MSCI ACWI), International (MSCI ACWI ex-USA), Emerging Markets and Japan.
Our firm is structured to reinforce our investment philosophy and align our interests with those of our clients. The controlling interest in Orbis is held by a philanthropic foundation established by our founder, which will allow the firm to remain privately owned in perpetuity. We view private ownership as critical to enable contrarian thinking and to ensure we have the freedom to act entirely in the long-term interests of our clients. Orbis’ management and owners also invest in the same pools and pay the same fees as our clients. This alignment of interests is reinforced by our unique refundable performance fees through which we refund fees to investors during periods of underperformance.
To find out more, please visit our website at www.orbis.com.
Investment Director – experienced investment professional, previous responsibilities included all aspects of product management (mutual funds) from ideation to asset re-purposing and consolidation, strategic analysis, developing narratives to promote and explain products, training and mentoring.
Completed CFA ESG program and all sections of the TCFD. CFA Charterholder since 2002
As a consultant, my area of focus is real estate and making the ESG connection between asset owners and capital providers. I specialize in bite-sized strategic projects to keep business moving forward, and just as important, give leaders time to breathe. My roots are in finance, and I continue to lean on its foundation of research, analysis and rigour to integrate sustainability into the investment process and company narratives.
I offer an ‘Expert Resource Service’ for asset managers struggling to resource the responsibilities that come with implementing the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Whether looking for minimum compliance or global best practices, I meet investors where they are and also offer support for Principle 6 (reporting) as a standalone service.
Christie Stephenson is the Executive Director of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC Sauder School of Business and a national expert on social and environmental investment and governance.
Before joining UBC Sauder in 2016, Christie spent more than 15 years at socially responsible and impact investing firms Sustainalytics (then Jantzi Research Associates), NEI Investments (Ethical Funds) and Rally Assets (previously Purpose Capital).
Christie also has more than two decades of diverse director experience, serving on the boards of organizations addressing a variety of social and environmental issues, as well as values-driven companies in a range of industries, across the spectrum from start-ups to large mature entities and with both business-to-consumer and business-to-business operating models. This has included the boards of non-profit organizations, university bodies, cooperatives, a multi-employer pension plan, private companies, and reporting issuers.
She is a member of the Climate Governance Experts Network of the Canadian Climate Law Initiative, the Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre’s investment committee, the British Columbia Securities Commission Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum, and the International Impact and Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium.
She has served as a judge for Governance Professionals of Canada’s Excellence in Governance Awards, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s Corporate Reporting Awards and the Canadian Investment Review’s Pension Leadership Awards.
She has delivered board governance training through UBC Sauder Executive Education, Directors College, and the Governance Professionals of Canada; taught environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing to undergraduate and MBA students; and delivered training for a variety of professionals including accountants on non-financial disclosure through the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
Christie is a regular media commentator on business ethics and ESG issues, whose views are covered by TV, print and radio media.