10th OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment


Sandra Odendahl

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Senior Vice President and Head of Sustainability and Diversity


Sandra Odendahl is a passionate and respected voice in promoting sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada. She believes that businesses can and should be a force for good — contributing to economic prosperity, environmental stability, and vibrant, inclusive communities. As the Senior Vice President and Head, Sustainability and Diversity at BDC, she leads BDC’s Corporate Sustainability strategy and programs. She is also responsible for overseeing BDC’s strategic partnerships with organizations that help deliver economic, social and environmental impact in communities across Canada. Before joining BDC, Sandra led enterprise-wide sustainability, community investment and social finance programs at Scotiabank and RBC. A committed community volunteer, she currently serves on the Canadian Sustainability Standards Board helping to drive adoption of the standards in Canada and ensure they meet national market needs. She has previously served on the boards of many non-profits, including the Canadian Climate Institute, the Transition Accelerator and NEXT Canada. Sandra holds a Master of Applied Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder.

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