Don left a comfortable existence at CIBC to champion and then build a new business. Today, he is the only vice chair at a major Canadian financial institution whose primary mandate is to develop a renewable energy and clean tech practice. In 2011, CIBC led or co-led over $700 million in public and private equity financings within this practice area; participated in over $2.2 billion of project debt facilities and advised on the purchase/sale of over $8.5 billion in assets. CIBC’s most meaningful support for sustainable development is arguably its leadership in providing this form of finance. Last year it ranked first in Canada and fifth in North America for providing debt finance for renewable energy and cleaner technology projects.