Karen Clarke-Whistler

Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group

As TD Bank’s Chief Environment Officer, Karen Clarke-Whistler directly developed and leads TD’s environmental strategy. The strategy’s magic is that it calls for the environment to be embedded across all aspects of the bank through 4 pillars: reducing operational footprint; developing green products and services; responsible financing; and engaging employees and customers in the environment. Two recent accomplishments highlight her impact: 2012 development of TD Forests, a major environmental initiative aimed at growing forest areas and radically reducing paper use; and the 12% reduction in TD’s GHG intensity despite a 24% increase in real estate footage in 2011 compared to 2008. Karen has been a key advocate for building TD’s renewable financing, which now stands at close to $4 billion.

Jim Johnston, BMO, Director, Environmental Sustainability & Compliance, BMO
Ula Ubani, BMO, Director, Environmental, Social and Governance, BMO

BMO Team

Jim Johnston and Ula Ubani are the sustainability leads at BMO who continuously find ways to improve the bank’s sustainability performance. As the Director, Environmental Sustainability & Compliance, Jim takes on the building and infrastructure issues, while Ula, Director, Environmental, Social and Governance focuses on how the bank manages emerging global sustainability issues related to its businesses. In 2012, BMO achieved a 15% reduction in absolute emissions, which was 4 years ahead of its stated target date. BMO was also the only Canadian-based company to be recognized on the Carbon Disclosure Project Global 500 Carbon Performance Leadership Index from 2010-2012.

Kaz Flinn

Vice President, CSR, Scotiabank

Scotiabank’s VP of CSR, Kaz Flinn is the leader behind the bank’s flagship environmental program, EcoLiving. The biggest impact has been the ability to educate Canadians on how to reduce their environmental footprint and save money. This has been achieved by assembling home energy information, expertise and resources in one website making it easier for homeowners to learn about and make energy usage changes at home. Through research and extensive consultation, Kaz recognized that there was a large desire on the part of Canadians to become more environmentally responsible but a void in education, resources and expertise to help them get started.