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Principal, Climate Change

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EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, offering information, knowledge and innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. We take on risk so Canadian businesses can take on the world.

When you join our team, you’ll be helping Canadian companies bring their vision, passion and innovation to the global marketplace. Your knowledge and expertise will support more than 25,000 Canadian companies and their customers in as many as 200 markets worldwide. You’ll work shoulder-to-shoulder with the best and brightest in an inclusive, collaborative environment that fosters professional development and success. And you’ll know that you’re making a difference every day—for companies, for Canada and for the people you work with.

Year after year, EDC has been recognized as a Top 100 and Top Family-Friendly Employer.


Are you looking for an opportunity to work in the fast-evolving field of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) in the financial sector? Export Development Canada’s (EDC) Policy team is recruiting a new Climate Principal to help advance EDC’s goal to become net zero by 2050.

As a subject matter expert on climate change and environmental policy, the Principal will lead EDC’s Climate Strategy, including the identification of emerging climate issues, and provide general oversight for EDC’s climate work. In addition, the Climate Principal will play a pivotal role to support the execution of EDC’s 2030 corporate strategy, coupled with the implementation of existing and future organizational environmental policies and initiatives, in collaboration with other EDC teams. The Climate Principal will have a high level of exposure across EDC’s lines of business and other risk functions.


This role will lead the overall ongoing development and implementation of EDC’s climate change commitments through the provision of expert analysis and advice, as well as cross-team coordination and engagement. The Principal will lead the development, implementation and refinement of EDC’s climate change-related policies, programs, procedures and initiatives, and provide support to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and EDC’s sustainable finance program. The Principal will contribute and may lead on the management of EDC’s various climate-related data monitoring requirements. This role requires exceptional communication and influencing skills on an array of technical climate related issues with a large network of internal and external stakeholders.

This is an opportunity for a seasoned, collaborative, and creative self-starter to work directly in the evolving area of net zero transition in the financial services sector.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Policy (Environment) in the Corporate Sustainability Group, the Climate Principal will:

  • Lead the oversight and implementation of EDC’s climate change-related policies, procedures, programs, and initiatives, in collaboration with relevant partners across EDC
  • Develop and oversee EDC’s climate strategy, including the climate change policy and net zero by 2050 commitments
  • Conduct benchmarking against international environmental and social standards and support the negotiation and structuring of environmental and social commitments in financing and insurance documentation
  • Support continuous-improvement corporate initiatives using problem-solving and other related techniques
  • Provide strategic advice at both the operational and strategic level on management of climate-related risk for EDC
  • Advance opportunities for EDC’s customers to mitigate climate change impact
  • Oversee climate-related data analysis and monitoring
  • Supervise external consultants and ensure quality delivery
  • Represent EDC in external fora
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Director

Screening Criteria


  • Undergraduate degree in natural, physical or social sciences, economics, law, or finance with a clear focus on environment
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in risk management or related experience
  • Eight years of direct financial services experience and/or working with private companies operating in carbon intensive sectors (graduate education may count toward experience)
  • Experience with environmental policy development, implementation and monitoring, including the development of organization policy position papers on multiple topics
  • Demonstrated experience in the transition to a lower carbon economy with the financial sector
  • Demonstrated experience to oversee the development of and implementation of science-based targets and calculating financed emissions
  • Experience with quantitative analysis techniques, adept at managing and adapting data systems and requirements, as well as presenting quantitative and qualitative information for internal and external consumption
  • Experience in corporate sustainability and responsibility issues and their relevance to the financial services sector
  • Demonstrated experience in ESG related risk management
  • Superior written and oral English communication skills; minimum C level
  • Ability to travel away from home base to domestic and international destinations


  • Graduate degree strongly preferred (economics, law, environmental studies, finance)
  • Demonstrated understanding of sustainable finance products for decarbonization
  • Experience with international organizations, such as the IFC, WB, OECD and the UN
  • Experience with TCFD and relevant climate change reporting frameworks/benchmarks (for example Carbon Disclosure Project and TNFD)
  • Experience with climate-related data analysis, including experience with target-setting methodologies, such as SBTi, PACTA and financed emissions measurement standard PCAF
  • Experience with climate-related scenario analysis
  • Understanding of climate related impacts on agriculture and biodiversity
  • Familiarity with international environmental and social standards, such as the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards and the Equator Principles
  • French language skills (minimum B level)
  • Ability to communicate in other major global languages such as Spanish

Salary range

  • $106,500-159,700, plus performance-based incentive

Posting Date

Dec 22, 2022, 2:30:59 PM

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