After his graduation from the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program in 2019, Jason Taylor, a finance expert, pursued a passion he developed during the EMBA’s Sustainability Challenge Module: sustainable finance.
As the co-lead of the new Sustainable Finance Group within Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets (GBM) division, Jason describes his work as “an exercise to catalyze a systemic behavioural change within an organization with a rich and established history, structure, and culture to increase the sustainability outcomes of the group’s activities”
Both the EMBA and this challenging new role provided important lessons for Jason:
“I learned that one should not underestimate the human will and the collective power of people to align themselves with a mission linked to their values.
Never in my most optimistic scenarios that I would have expected this departure.
We are far from our final destination but I am proud to have jumped headlong into the adventure. It will always remain an exercise of progression, consistency, ambition, innovation and the creation of shared value.”
Jason’s expertise was also highlighted in a recent article entitled: Pandemic ushers in wave of demand for COVID-related bonds.
Here is a short extract from this very interesting article:
Sustainable finance has been gaining traction for years as the effects of climate change fuel interest in green bonds, but the pandemic has ushered in a wave of demand for bonds that finance social projects, such as vaccine research.
The demand for COVID-19-related social bonds comes not only from issuers – ranging from governments seeking funding for stimulus packages or companies rushing to develop treatments – but from investors as well, said Jason Taylor, co-lead of the new Sustainable Finance Group within Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets (GBM) division.