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Our Team

The Institute for Sustainable Finance is led by a team of Canada’s foremost experts and academics in areas of business and sustainable finance. With passion, drive, and determination, the leadership team is committed to helping Canada become an innovator shaper.

Ryan Riordan

Ryan Riordan, PhD
Director of Research

Ryan is a Professor and Distinguished Professor of Finance at Smith School of Business and a recent recipient of the Bank of Canada Governor’s Award. He is the Research Director for the Institute for Sustainable Finance and was recognized by the Globe and Mail as a Changemaker for his work on climate finance. Ryan is also the head of the newly established Institute of Financial Innovation and Technology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich Germany. Prior to joining Smith, Ryan was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and an Assistant Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. His work has been published in all of the leading academic finance journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies.

Maya Saryyeva, MA
Interim Executive Director

Maya Saryyeva joined the Institute for Sustainable Finance (ISF) in December 2018 to support the implementation of the Institute’s core programs and outreach efforts. Prior to joining ISF, Maya worked in the international development sector, leading a number of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded governance and economic development initiatives in Eastern Europe as well as South and Central Asia. Maya is also pursuing a PhD in global development with a focus on sustainable finance. She researches the efficacy of global governance frameworks surrounding green bonds and sustainable initiatives.

David Watson
Associate Director, Communications

David is an experienced professional in public policy, media and the non-profit sector. Before joining ISF he held senior positions at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, an Ottawa think tank, and the Ottawa Citizen, where he was the Editorial Pages Editor. David began his journalism career at the Globe and Mail. He is a graduate of Bishop's University and Ryerson University.

Simon Martin

Simon Martin
Senior Research Associate

Simon Martin holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in finance and economics from Dalhousie University. Prior to joining the Institute for Sustainable Finance (ISF), Simon worked at the Urban Analytics Institute where he developed price prediction models and analyzed data. Simon has a strong interest in energy markets and renewable energy sources. He loves spending time outdoors and is passionate about a clean energy future.

Shuyi Hui

Will Hamilton
Research Associate

William has a mathematics degree from Dalhousie University and worked in radiomics and computer aided diagnosis before moving into sustainable finance. At the Institute for Sustainable Finance, he develops machine learning models to help process and understand large datasets, and provides assistance with research-related software development and writing tasks.

Yingzhi Tang

Yingzhi Sarah Tang
Research Associate

Yingzhi Sarah Tang joined the Institute for Sustainable Finance (ISF) in November 2022. Before joining the team, Yingzhi worked with both the private and public sector in Europe, Asia and North America to accelerate their climate and biodiversity ambitions. Over the past three years, Yingzhi led research on green finance and energy transition for emerging markets at the International Institute of Green Finance (Beijing, China), supported the insurance and banking sectors’ climate risk assessment projects at the UNEP Finance Initiative (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Waterloo, Canada). She holds both a research-based Master’s degree in Environmental Studies (Sustainability Management) and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (China).

Yingzhi Tang

Tanusri Sarker
Research Associate

Tanusri Sarker joined ISF as a part-time Research Associate in October 2023. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies in Sustainability Management from University of Waterloo and is a recipient of McCall MacBain CSFN Sustainable Finance fellowship in 2022. Prior to joining ISF, she led sustainability projects engaging with different stakeholders in the fashion supply chain during her tenure at H&M. She also worked in the development sector and a consultancy firm where she conducted research, analyzed data and implemented programs aimed at assisting businesses and communities in their transition towards a sustainable future. She pursued her first master's degree in Environmental Studies & Resource Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies, India and earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from Asian University for Women, Bangladesh.

Yingzhi Tang

Yadi Wang
Marketing Intern

Yadi Wang transitions into the Institute for Sustainable Finance (ISF) with a dynamic background in marketing across diverse industries and an unwavering commitment to sustainability. With a history of leading successful media campaigns and strategic marketing initiatives, Yadi has demonstrated an ability to engage audiences and foster meaningful partnerships. As she embarks on a Master of Environment and Sustainability at Western University, Yadi is adeptly steering her career toward the nexus of sustainability and finance. Her expertise in communication and advocacy is now channeled into a commitment to sustainable finance, reflecting her broader goal of integrating eco-consciousness into all facets of life. Beyond her professional and academic endeavors, Yadi cultivates a sustainable lifestyle, balancing a vigorous workout routine with a healthy, low-carbon diet, and embodying the principles she champions.