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Research Associate, ESG, (contract April 2024 to September 2025) [Scotiabank]

Website Scotiabank


Requisition ID: 193575

Join a purpose driven winning team, committed to results, in an inclusive and high-performing culture.

Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited is an investment management firm with over 60 years of experience conducting fundamental research and managing assets for pension funds, foundations and endowments, corporations and individuals in Canada and internationally — representing more than CA$59 billion in assets under management. Our history and culture are rooted in investment stewardship that is expressed through an adherence to quality investing consistent with our long-standing investment philosophy and the advancement of good governance and sustainable investing. Acting in the best interests of our clients is the cornerstone of everything we do. Headquartered in Montreal, we have offices in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.

Contributes to the overall success of the Research team ensuring specific individual goals, plans, initiatives are executed / delivered in support of the team’s business strategies and objectives. Ensures all activities conducted are in compliance with governing regulations, internal policies and procedures.

You will join a dynamic team, working alongside highly trained professional analysts and portfolio managers. We are looking for someone with a related area of study (finance, portfolio management, sustainability, or accounting). Successful candidates will have a demonstrated passion for sustainable investing.

Is this role right for you? In this role, you will:

  • Work closely with the Global Investment Team and members of the Sustainable Investment Committtee to: 
  • Perform ESG research on investee companies, 
  • Support proxy voting operations and research
  • Perform climate-related analysis in support of JFL’s climate action plan
  • Execute other ad-hoc projects, such as diversity & Inclusion research, data organization, research on emerging ESG trends, and preparation for company engagements
  • Understand how JFL’s risk appetite and risk culture should be considered in day-to-day activities and decisions. 
  • Actively pursue effective and efficient operations of his/her respective areas in accordance with the firm’s Values, its Code of Conduct, and the Global Sales Principles, while ensuring the adequacy, adherence to and effectiveness of day-to-day business controls to meet obligations with respect to operational, compliance, AML/ATF/sanctions and conduct risk. 
  • Champion a high-performance environment and contribute to an inclusive work environment


Do you have the skills and requirements that will enable you to succeed in this role? – We’d love to work with you if: 

  • Demonstrated passion for ESG-related matters and investment management 
  • Strong ability to collect, organize, and analyze large volumes of data and metrics
  • Ability to clearly articulate and present ideas and findings
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment while also able to work independently and show initiative by taking ownership of assigned projects
  • Analytical skills. 
  • Comfortable working with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Bilingualism (English/French) is an asset. Pursuant to a language needs assessment conducted by Scotiabank, the successful candidate will be required to be able to communicate in English because they will be required to work closely with other groups from head office who operate primarily in English and they will report to a manager from head office who is an English speaker.

Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by our purpose: “for every future”, we help our customers, their families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited (“JFL”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Nova Scotia (“Scotiabank”) and operates as a distinct business division. JFL manages the portfolios of pension funds, foundations and endowments, corporations and high-net-worth individuals in Canada and internationally.

At Scotiabank, we value the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the Bank, and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know. If you require technical assistance, please click here . Candidates must apply directly online to be considered for this role. We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at Scotiabank; however, only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.