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Senior Sustainability & Climate Change Specialist

Date: Sep 14, 2021

Location: Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3C-3P1 Montreal, Quebec, CA, H4P-2J4 Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V6J-4Y3 Calgary, AB, CA, T2R-0E4 Moncton, New Brunswick, CA, E1E-4R5 Edmonton, AB, CA, T6E-6A8 Toronto, ON, CA, M2P-2B7

Company: Wawanesa Insurance


We’re proud to give our employees the flexibility to choose how and where they want to work. In this role, you will decide whether your preference is to work from home, work from the office or a hybrid of time spent at both. You may live and work anywhere that Wawanesa operates in Canada. 

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders in Canada and the United States. Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience and advancement on a growing team.

Job Overview


As a Senior Sustainability & Climate Change Specialist, you will be the primary subject matter expert (SME) and thought leader on climate change issues and will be instrumental in developing, implementing, and driving Wawanesa’s climate change strategy. You will be lead activities related to quantifying Wawanesa’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, developing our GHG reduction strategy, coordinating the creation of climate change disclosures, and collaborating with various stakeholders on numerous climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives. 


Job Responsibilities

  • Be the internal SME on a variety of sustainability topics, with a particular focus on climate change issues, risks, opportunities, disclosure, reporting, and GHG emissions
  • Development and implementation of programs and initiatives that support climate change mitigation and adaptation, including GHG quantification, GHG reduction initiatives, and GHG reporting that are aligned to leading climate change standards, frameworks, disclosures, and commitments, such as GHG-P, SBTi, TCFD, SASB, GRI, SDGs, CDP, Paris Agreement etc.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure accurate collection, aggregation, and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative climate change data (i.e., energy, fuel, procurement, travel, fleet, waste, investments, etc.), and ensuring data aligns with climate change reporting standards and frameworks
  • Create and manage effective workflow processes related to creating sustainability and climate change related reports and communicating this sustainability related data internally and externally
  • Continuous monitoring of sustainability and climate change trends, standards, frameworks, regulations, and industry best practices to guide and influence Wawanesa’s sustainability and climate change strategy
  • Act as an internal advocate to provide encouragement, support, and advice to various internal teams on sustainability and climate change related initiatives


  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in sustainability with a focus on climate change issues, preferably in insurance or financial services sector, and/or in a large organization
  • Undergraduate or master’s degree in business, sustainability, environmental studies or science, engineering, or related field
  • Strong research and analysis skills; ability to frame key analyses required to address critical business issues
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation and communication skills with the ability to effectively convey ideas in a persuasive and eloquent manner
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and conceptual ideas; creative and lateral thinker
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Team-oriented, collaborative and flexible
  • Advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Completion of CIP designation considered an asset
  • Ability and willingness to travel in Canada and the United States.




Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful, challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our full-time permanent employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, annual bonus plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan). Wawanesa provides a stable environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets. 

Wawanesa is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that is equitable and inclusive for all. Wawanesa provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, colour, religion, creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family or marital status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected status. Accommodations are available upon request throughout all aspects of the selection process. Candidates requiring accommodations may contact, in confidence,

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.