Canada nationals: Advisor (Climate Change, Environmental & Social Risk)

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Ottawa, ON, CA


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 10,000 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.

Team & Job Overview

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to work in the fast-evolving field of Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) in the financial sector? Our Environmental Social Risk Management (ESRM) team is seeking to recruit a new Environmental and Social Risk Advisor to join our growing team. The Advisor will become an integral part of a multi-disciplinary advisory team composed of experts in social and human rights assessment, community engagement, labour and occupational health and safety, environmental management, environmental law and biodiversity, with a specific focus on the international arena.

Within the framework of EDC’s legal, international and corporate sustainability and responsibility requirements, an Environmental and Social Risk Advisor provides expert advice to EDC in managing environmental and social risks associated with EDC’s financing and insurance transactions, in accordance with EDC’s environmental and social review and risk management policies, procedures and legal requirements.

The primary focus for this role will be to support the implementation of EDC’s climate change commitments through the provision of expert research, analysis and advice, as well as cross-team coordination and engagement. The Advisor will support the development, implementation and/or refinement of climate change-related policies, programs, procedures and initiatives, including those related to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and EDC’s Green Bond program. The Advisor will also contribute to the management of EDC’s various climate-related data monitoring requirements, including climate finance and transaction- and portfolio-level greenhouse gas information. Accordingly, the ideal candidate will be comfortable working with large datasets, adept at managing and adapting data systems and requirements, as well as presenting quantitative and qualitative information for internal and external consumption. The Advisor would also contribute to the broader environmental and social risk management requirements of ESRM, as required.

This is an exciting opportunity for a resourceful, collaborative and creative self-starter to work directly in the emerging area of climate change in the financial services sector. 

Discipline Summary

  • Supports the corporate environmental and social risk management framework, including determination of risk tolerance, limits and delegations, measurement, and implementation of an integrated risk modeling system;

  • Undertakes assessments of potential risks for the organization at every level and aggregates the results at the corporate level to facilitate priority setting and improved decision-making;

  • Identifies and analyzes potential non-credit related sources of risk in transactions, and for the operations of the Corporation more broadly, and recommends strategies for minimizing risks;

  • Communicates information regarding business risks across the organization.

Key Responsibilities

Supporting the Manager and Senior Advisors, the Advisor will:

  • Implement EDC’s climate change-related policies, procedures, programs and/or initiatives, in collaboration with partners across the organization;

  • Conduct climate-related data analysis and monitoring, including climate finance and transaction- and portfolio-level greenhouse gas information;

  • Liaise with external consultants and ensure they are delivering on EDC’s requirements;

  • Fulfill EDC’s legal, international and corporate requirements for due diligence of environmental and social risks by identifying and assessing environmental and social impacts and risks associated with transactions to which EDC may provide support;

  • Conduct project benchmarking against international environmental and social standards and support the negotiation and structuring of environmental and social commitments in financing and insurance documentation;

  • Independently review monitoring reports and identify and assess potential environmental and social risks, and presents findings in written reports for Asset Management and Loans Services;

  • Organize and participate in site visits to projects to assess environmental and social risk, observes on-site conditions, and documents findings;

  • Support ESRM and corporate continuous-improvement initiatives through the use of problem-solving and other related techniques;

  • Design and deliver training for EDC’s Business teams.


Screening Criteria

  • Completion of a degree in economics, commerce, law, engineering or science (including climate change science)
  • Minimum of 4-6 years of financial services experience and/or working with companies operating in carbon intensive sectors
  • Experience with policy development, implementation and/or training
  • Demonstrated interest in climate change and the role of the financial sector in the transition to a lower carbon economy


  • Master’s in a Sustainability, Climate Change or Finance-related subject
  • Experience with international organizations, such as the IFC, WB, OECD, UN
  • Bilingual in both official languages (French and English) and/or the ability to communicate in other languages relevant to ESRM, such as Spanish
  • Knowledge and experience of TCFD and relevant climate change reporting frameworks/benchmarks (for example Carbon Disclosure Project)
  • Experience in corporate sustainability and responsibility issues and their relevance to the financial services sector
  • Experience with climate-related data analysis, including greenhouse gas measurement, monitoring and management
  • Experience with climate-related scenario analysis
  • Familiarity with international environmental and social standards, such as the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards, and the Equator Principles

Salary Range

  • $74,200 – $111,400 + performance-based incentive 


  • Please be advised that this position is based at our Head Office in Ottawa. Relocation assistance is available for eligible candidates.    

How to apply

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST on

EDC is committed to employment equity and actively encourages applications from women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities. If selected for an interview, please advise us if you require special accommodation.

Candidates must meet the requisite government security screening requirements.