In the six-month countdown to COP26, the British High Commission in Canada and the Canada Climate Law Initiative have named 26 Canadian Climate Champions, including Suncor’s Martha Hall Findlay.
Martha, who joined Suncor in January 2020 as Chief Sustainability Officer, is being celebrated for her work to help move Canada to net-zero emissions, and stands beside other prominent Canadians known for climate change action including David Suzuki, Linda Coady (Executive Director, Pembina Institute), and Valerie Chort (Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, RBC).
Martha oversees our sustainability strategy; public policy and government relations efforts; Indigenous, stakeholder, and community relations; and, communications. Prior to joining Suncor, Martha was the President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, a public policy think tank. She has over 30 years of experience as a corporate lawyer, international trade expert, senior executive, and successful entrepreneur.
A twice-elected Member of Parliament, she is currently a member of the Minister of International Trade’s Trade Expert Advisory Council. Martha’s community engagement has included serving as an advisory council member, board director and executive for a variety of organizations.
Among other current activities, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Energy Board for MaRS and a member of the Board of Governors of the Glenbow Museum.
“Canada is well-positioned to meet its net zero ambitions with ample clean energy resources to support the low carbon transition. To succeed, we must convert ambition into greater action, through stronger regulatory measures and investments that target the most promising net-zero transition pathways,” says Martha. “Suncor fully supports Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments, and we look forward to COP26 to continue building the all-important collaboration among the private sector, governments and other organizations needed to find real solutions. While the Paris Agreement is among nations, businesses must also be fully engaged.”
The U.K. will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow Nov. 1 - 12, 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.