Jane McDonald

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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Areas of expertise
Climate Change Mitigation
Governance and Multilateral Agreements
Responsible Business
Freshwater Protection
International Negotiations
Private Sector Environmental Risks
Staff type
Senior Management
Toronto and ESSEC – École Supérieur des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales, Paris, International Master of Business Administration (MBA) York University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), North American Studies, Montreal, McGill University
Languages spoken
English, French