Sarah Keyes CPA, CA
Sarah leads ESG Global Advisors and she is a climate change expert. She has over a decade of work experience as a thought leader, consultant, and auditor. Sarah conducts climate change materiality assessments, conducts climate change scenario analysis, and works with her clients to set ambitious and achievable climate change goals and targets and develops implementation roadmaps. She regularly presents to Boards of directors on climate change and ESG factors and implications for corporate governance and oversight, and the link with financial and operational performance and long-term value.
Prior to joining ESG Global Advisors, Sarah was a Principal at CPA Canada where she produced research, thought leadership and guidance for companies to integrate climate change considerations into business strategy, risk management, governance, and reporting. Prior to CPA Canada, Sarah held senior roles at PwC and MNP working with the energy and mining sectors.
She is a member of the Institute for Corporate Directors Climate Strategy Advisory Board for the Canadian Chapter of the WEF Climate Governance Initiative. Sarah sits on the Board of Directors of Leading Change and Sustainable Buildings Canada. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, ISO 14064-3 Certification for Greenhouse Gas Verifications, and received the 2018 Emerging Leader Award from CPA Ontario.
Karen Clarke-Whistler ICD.D
Karen is a Principal at ESG Global Advisors. She is a leading business voice in environmental and related social aspects of ESG. Karen has in-depth knowledge of current environmental risks and opportunities, ratings, best practice in environmental disclosures and reporting. She has advised Boards and Senior Management and engaged with investors, environmental and community stakeholders.
Trained as an environmental scientist, Karen has spent the past 10 years as Chief Environment Officer at TD Bank Group where she developed an industry-leading environmental business strategy that achieved business transformation bringing new products to market, growing the investor base, and enhancing brand value. Prior to joining TD she had a distinguished career as an environmental consultant, providing strategic advice to global companies and governments in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Karen currently sits on the Boards of Enerplus, a leading North American oil and gas company based in Calgary; Evergreen Brickworks, and Plug N’Drive. She is an Advisor to Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Karen has twice been awarded the Clean 16 for her leadership in clean capitalism in the financial sector.
Michelle de Cordova MSc
Michelle has played a prominent role in Canadian responsible investment for over 10 years and has more than 20 years of experience in sustainability. As a Principal at ESG Global Advisors, she works to bridge the gap between companies and investors on ESG factors: assisting companies and boards of directors to develop ESG strategies that generate long-term value and respond to emerging capital markets expectations, and assisting investors to integrate ESG to their investment processes.
Prior to joining ESG Global in 2019, for 8 years she was Director of Corporate Engagement at NEI Investments, leading the firm’s well-regarded program of dialogue with portfolio companies, engaged proxy voting, and public policy work on corporate regulations and standards. Before moving to Canada, she worked for 10 years as a staff member and consultant for environment and social development non-profits in Europe, Asia, and Africa, including Oxfam and WWF, and earlier she served for 6 years in the U.K. Diplomatic Service. She holds a Master of Science degree in the management of integrated conservation and social development.
Michelle is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance Environmental and Social Committee and has played a leading role in numerous industry-leading ESG collaborations at the Canadian Responsible Investment Association, the U.S. Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, and globally through the Principles for Responsible Investment and the Investor Alliance for Human Rights. She is also a member of the British Columbia Securities Commission's Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum advisory group. In 2020, Michelle received a Clean50 award for her leadership in advancing sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada.
Jessica Butts MIPP
Jessica is a Principal with ESG Global Advisors. With over 12 years of experience, she works with clients, colleagues, and partners to identify and strategically manage a range of material ESG issues and priorities.
She leads projects across various sectors and markets – including energy and utilities, resources, finance, real estate, forestry, transportation, retail, and manufacturing. She is regularly called upon to speak publicly, brief executives, and facilitate multi-stakeholder processes. Her areas of expertise include sustainable business strategy, climate risk management, ESG disclosure, climate policy, carbon markets, and regulation across North America and internationally.
Prior to joining ESG Global Advisors, Jessica was a Senior Director with the Delphi Group, where she co-led the firm’s Climate Change practice. Prior to Delphi, Jessica worked with the Climate Change and Energy team at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). She also spent time as a Balsillie Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and has worked for the Parliament of Canada.
Jessica has a Master of International Public Policy degree from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University along with a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pembina Institute.
Rebecca has over 5 years of experience working in ESG with a focus on the investor perspective on ESG. She helps her clients identify and prioritize ESG factors with the greatest potential to impact value, compare ESG performance to peers and best practice, understand investors’ approaches to ESG, develop ESG and climate change strategies that align with strategic priorities and report to investors and stakeholders on ESG. She has deep knowledge of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) reporting framework and the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
Prior to joining ESG Global Advisors, Rebecca was a Proxy Voting Analyst with the Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment team at RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM). In this role, she was responsible for making proxy voting recommendations for all of RBC GAM’s global funds, supporting the investment teams with the integration of ESG factors into investment decision making, and engaging with portfolio companies on ESG. Prior to joining RBC GAM, Rebecca worked as a project manager at a social impact research centre. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Commerce from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.
Benson Ompoc is an Associate at ESG Global Advisors. Prior to joining, Benson was an Associate on MaRS Discovery District's Partner Solutions Team, the team responsible for executing sustainability- and innovation-focused projects for network partners. In this role, he developed Canada-wide innovation engagements, and designed and facilitated climate risk-related workshops. He was also an external consultant for the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines ("ENDM") where he worked to gain an understanding of the risks and opportunities of sustainable finance developments on Ontario's energy sector.
Benson holds a Master of Global Affairs (MGA), with a focus on sustainability and global markets from the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Western University and is currently working to complete his SASB FSA Credential.
Anna has over 3 years of experience in the risk management and pension fund space. She helps her clients understand the investor perspective to drive impactful identification and reporting of ESG factors and align to long-term ESG strategies and best practices. Through the assessment of ESG risks and opportunities, she helps clients identify improvements to their management of ESG risks and integration of ESG across investment and business functions to generate sustainable value for clients and their stakeholders.
Prior to joining, Anna was a Senior Analyst with CPP Investments’ Enterprise Risk team. She was responsible for the analysis and integration of operational and strategic risks, through the development of key risk indicators, risk assessment frameworks, Board and Committee reporting, risk dashboards and Fund policies. Anna also completed rotations in the Climate Change Risk, Market Risk and Liquidity Risk teams. In these teams, she helped quantify key risk metrics, deploy risk methodologies, and evaluate scenario analysis, market and geopolitical data. She holds an International Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and is currently working to complete her CFA designation.
Kaitlyn has over 2 years of experience working in ESG as an analyst and consultant. She helps her clients identify business opportunities in ESG and sustainable finance and develop climate change strategies that align with their strategic priorities. Previously, Kaitlyn was a Senior Intern Analyst working with CPP Investments’ Sustainable Investing and Stakeholder Affairs Teams. In this role, she synthesized the implications of internal insights on sustainable investing and ESG integration across multiple investment strategies including active equities, real assets, private equity, capital markets, and factor investing for multiple stakeholders. She also evaluated information on ESG materiality, climate-related financial disclosures, climate change strategies/data tools, proxy voting, and sustainable value creation.
Prior to joining CPP Investments, Kaitlyn worked at a fintech start-up working with decision-makers in the finance sector to measure the carbon impact of corporate activities and effectively deploy capital towards low-carbon solutions. She also volunteered with the Climate Investment Challenge which is hosted by Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment.
Kaitlyn is currently completing her Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM), with a concentration in science along with a collaborative specialization in environmental studies at the University of Toronto. She is also a consultant for the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) based at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).