Director, Corporate Sustainability / Head, Social Finance Initiative,
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
As the Director of Corporate Sustainability at RBC, Sandra leads a team responsible for global strategy and leadership in the areas of environmental and social credit risk management, environmental products and services, bank-wide environmental programs, and external relations related to corporate sustainability issues. In 2012, Sandra was also appointed to head RBC’s new social finance initiative, a $20 million program to catalyse the use of private money and financial markets to solve environmental and social issues.
Sandra joined RBC in 1997 as a resource sector analyst. Prior to entering the banking sector, Sandra was a research scientist with Noranda Inc. in Montreal, and then an environmental consultant in Toronto and Vancouver, specializing in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments for resource sector development in Canada and Southeast Asia.
Sandra presently sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, where she also chairs its Grants Committee, and she is a Board member and Finance Committee member at Pollution Probe. She was also recently appointed to Minister Jason Kenney’s Advisory Council on Social Innovation. She writes a quarterly column on corporate sustainability for Listed Magazine, a magazine for directors and senior executives of Canadian publicly listed companies.
Born in Ottawa, Sandra has an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Sandra is a licensed professional engineer, and earned her CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 2007.
She lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.