Jane McDonald

Vice President, Climate and Nature Solutions

As Vice President of Climate and Nature Solutions, Jane leads strategy and advocacy efforts that support corporate and community leaders at the forefront of climate action.

She has led two of Canada’s leading sustainable economy think tanks: Smart Prosperity and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) where she ran a global team of 300 working to accelerate climate solutions and fair economies. As Board Chair of the IISD Experimental Lakes Area – one of the world’s most influential freshwater research facilities – she oversaw a $37.5M expansion plan and the creation of a new partnership with communities around the African Great Lakes, supporting the livelihoods of over 50 million people across 10 countries.

Jane began her career in the private sector, launching new environmental markets at New York investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald where she brokered some of the first-ever carbon credit deals between large energy companies and international projects.  She then directed a successful advocacy effort to have renewable electricity from major Canadian utilities included in President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
From 2015-2106 she served as Policy Director in the office of Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, through the signing of the Paris Agreement, the adoption of a national climate strategy and the implementation of a national price on carbon pollution.

In 2018, Jane was appointed alongside a diverse group of experts to Canada’s Generation Energy Council, producing the first energy vision for Canada consistent with the country’s climate goals. And in 2020, she joined an independent group of Canadian finance, policy and sustainability leaders who formed the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery, publishing a roadmap for a long-term COVID recovery strategy to keep Canada competitive in the fast-growing global clean economy.

Jane is currently a Director of the Transition Accelerator, which identifies and advances net-zero pathways for Canada, and a Delegate to the Net-Zero Data Public Utility which will be the world’s first global, centralized, open repository for private sector climate transition-related data freely accessible to all. She has served on many non-profit boards, taught as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Finance at the University of Toronto, and was a 2007-2008 Fellow of Action Canada.

Speaker Sessions

Authentically Green: Strategies for Proactive Sustainability Action

  • Restoring and Protecting Nature
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
Session Date
Thursday, Feb 15 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lisa DeMarco Senior Partner and CEO, Resilient LLP
Jane McDonald Vice President, Climate and Nature Solutions
Maya Colombani Chief Sustainability & Human Rights Officer, L'Oréal Canada
Kai Alderson Partner, Global Energy and Climate Group, ESG & Sustainability Practice, Fasken