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ISF Chair Sean Cleary honoured as a member of Canada’s Clean50 for 2023

October 6, 2022

The Institute for Sustainable Finance is very proud to announce that ISF Chair Dr. Sean Cleary has been awarded the prestigious honour of being named a member of Canada’s Clean50 for 2023 (

Dr. Cleary will be amongst approximately 120 past and incoming Clean50 Honourees meeting on Thursday October 6th at the “Clean50 Summit 12.0” in Toronto, to spend a day amongst peers and colleagues, tackling critical sustainability challenges facing Canada.  

According to Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group, Canada’s Clean50 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize those 50 individuals or small teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past two years.

“Delta’s criteria in determining honourees is to carefully consider actual measurable accomplishments, demonstrated innovation, collaboration with other organizations, and the power of the honouree’s contribution to inspire other Canadians to take similar action,” said Pitchford.

The award is extremely competitive and the pool of nominees continues to grow. “Sean Cleary was chosen after rigourous screening and research by Delta Management, with advice from internal researchers and external advisors, and was among honourees selected from an initial pool of over 1,000 well qualified nominees,” said Pitchford. “The Clean50 honourees come from such a broad array of backgrounds, such that only a few individuals are able to be recognized within any given category. To receive a Clean50 award is truly indicative of nation-wide and personal leadership in the Education & Thought Leadership category.”

“I truly appreciate this recognition and I am honoured to be a part of a group of such distinguished and committed Canadians,” said Dr. Cleary. “This award also acknowledges the vital importance of aligning Canada’s financial sector and mobilizing capital toward meeting Canada’s ambitious commitments to fighting climate change.”


Leading ESG, sustainability and clean tech search firm Delta Management Group founded, and remains the steward of the Canada’s Clean50 awards, created in 2011 to annually identify, recognize and connect 50 sustainability leaders from every sector of Canadian endeavour, in order to facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to keep climate change impacts below 1.5 degrees C.  Ancillary awards also recognize 20 Emerging Leaders and the 25 Top Sustainability Projects of the year, as well as bestow Lifetime Achievement designations.      

Media Contact: Gavin Pitchford 416-925-2005 x 2300 /


The Institute for Sustainable Finance (ISF) is the first-ever multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub in Canada that brings together academia, the private sector and government with the singular focus of increasing Canada’s sustainable finance capacity. Its mission is to align mainstream financial markets with Canada’s transition to a prosperous sustainable economy, including long-term environmental sustainability. Housed at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, the ISF will fill the gap of relevant data, expertise and business-oriented solutions for sustainable finance. By aligning financial knowledge and tools with climate change imperatives, the ISF will foster Canada’s leadership in the shift to a low-carbon global economy.

Media contact: David Watson, Associate Director, Communications, Institute for Sustainable Finance
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