Executive Vice President
Jane McDonald is IISD's Executive Vice President and Chair of the IISD Experimental Lakes Area Board. In this role, Jane oversees the operations of one of the world’s most influential freshwater research facilities and provides leadership to IISD’s global team, whose work impacts economies, ecosystems, and lives in nearly 100 countries.
Jane has over 15 years of Canadian and international experience working with governments, corporate executives, and major think tanks to advance sustainability. She worked in the financial sector building new environmental markets at investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald, and she led efforts to build a cross-border coalition that succeeded in securing the inclusion of Canadian renewable electricity in the US Clean Power Plan while at Manitoba Hydro.
More recently, Jane served as policy director for the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, where she supported the Canadian government’s role in the Paris Agreement, as well as negotiations with provinces on the pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change and the 2016 North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership. In 2018 she served with a diverse group of stakeholders on Canada’s Generation Energy Council, producing the first energy vision for Canada consistent with the country’s climate goals.
Jane is a board member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Clean Prosperity, and the Transition Accelerator. She has served on the steering committee of Smart Prosperity, the board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, as an advisor to Western University’s Network for Business Sustainability, and as director of Clean Air Canada Inc. She taught environmental finance as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and is a 2007/2008 Fellow of Action Canada.
She studied economics and literature at McGill University and received an international MBA from York University and Ecole Supérieur des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales in Paris.
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- Federal government announces next steps for establishing carbon pricing across Canada: ReactionJane McDonald, Managing Director at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, responds to the federal government announcing its next steps for establishing carbon pricing across Canada.
- Manitoba's Carbon Pricing Plan: What it gets right, and where we go from hereThe Government of Manitoba has just announced A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Jane McDonald breaks down the plan piece by piece to look at the pledges made and explore where the province needs to go from here.