Two Schulich Alumnae in Corporate Knights’ Top 30 Under 30
Sustainability issues are at the forefront of challenges reshaping contemporary business. Each year, Corporate Knights awards young sustainability leaders who challenge the status quo towards a more sustainable future.
Raised by two environmentalists, Leah Perry is dedicated to ensuring women have equal opportunity to succeed in our net-zero future. With less than 20% of Canadian cleantech companies having a female founder, Leah Perry wants to create not only a more sustainable world, but one that is also led by a diverse mix of leaders.
“There are more jobs in sustainability and impact than there ever have been,” says Perry, who leads the Women in Cleantech Accelerator at MaRS Discovery District. “A better world doesn’t just have to be a side hustle. Find a job that embodies your beliefs, and you can spend every day chasing your mission.”
Over the next five years, Sabreen Salman hopes to see Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) embedded in all areas of business, and she wants to play a part in helping companies reach that goal. She risen in the ranks as a sustainability professional and is now director of ESG reporting and disclosures at Export Development Canada (EDC).
“I want to play my role in this transition to help educate and empower teams sitting outside of ESG to really understand their ESG impacts and embed it in their work,” says Salman. “ESG disclosures and reporting have come a long way from voluntary ‘CSR reporting’ to now being a business imperative expected by investors, shareholders and stakeholders.”