Sustainable Finance

Our Sustainable Finance Group integrates environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) factors into our core capital markets platform, working in collaboration with partners in Global Investment Banking, Global Markets and Corporate Banking to deliver advice and solutions to our clients that also aim to have a positive impact on the world.

Our Services

Sustainability coordinator for green, social, and sustainability-linked financial products.

Structured investment solutions integrating ESG factors and themes.

Advisory on best practices in ESG integration in corporate strategy and investment management.

ESG due diligence advisory for private equity and M&A transactions.

Alignment of reporting practices to sustainability standards.

Our Approach to Sustainability

At RBC CM, we take an integrated approach to sustainability, believing that incorporating ESG insights alongside traditional financial analysis and market perspectives can lead to better outcomes and increased opportunities for our clients.

Learn More

Visit the ESG Portal for RBC Capital Markets’ Latest ESG Insights

Helping Clients Thrive and Communities Prosper


RBC Tech for Nature

RBC’s commitment to innovation, data and technologies for our shared future

RBC’s Commitment: $500 Billion in Sustainable Financing by 2025


RBC’s High Quality Liquid Assets (HQLA)
Green, Social and Sustainability Investment Commitment

In line with RBC’s broader efforts to make a positive and lasting impact on society, the environment and the economy, RBC’s Treasury Services and Corporate Treasury groups will jointly target notional holdings of C$8-C$10bn of green, social and sustainability (GSS) bonds in its HQLA credit portfolios by 2025. Holdings will adhere to the guidelines outlined in the ICMA Green and Social Bond Principles and Sustainability Bond Guidelines to ensure the quality and integrity of its GSS bond investments.

Our Team

RBC’s Sustainable Finance team is a global cross platform, multi-disciplinary team with experience across Investment Banking, Environmental Affairs, Technology Services and Government Policy.


Lindsay Patrick

Head, Strategic Initiatives and ESG


Sarah Thompson

Sustainable Finance


Nicola Milne

Vice President,
Sustainable Finance


Navi Brar

Vice President,
Sustainable Finance


Gabriela Furtado

Vice President,
Sustainable Finance


Lindsay Patrick is Managing Director and Head of Strategic Initiatives and ESG at RBC Capital Markets. She leads the Sustainable Finance Group, and with her team, spearheads the provision of solutions and advice for RBC’s institutional and corporate clients across all areas of sustainable finance that incorporates both environmental and social perspectives. Lindsay is also responsible for the advancement of the RBC Capital Markets’ business strategy, supporting the firm’s overall growth and performance ambitions. Lindsay has two decades experience in investment banking, spanning trading floors across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.


As part of the Sustainable Finance Group, Sarah works closely with the growing number of corporate and institutional clients globally who view Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors as important considerations in their corporate strategy and investment decision-making process.

Sarah joined RBC in 2011 as the bank’s first Green IT Manager. In 2013, she moved to RBC’s Corporate Sustainability Team to oversee enterprise-wide operational footprint reduction initiatives, produce ESG disclosure and support business units with the development of sustainable financial products and services. In addition, Sarah partnered with RBC’s Corporate Treasury Group to establish RBC’s Green Bond Program. The bank issued its inaugural Green Bond in April 2019 following the publication of its Green Bond Framework outlining the process for Green Bond issuance and reporting.

Sarah represents RBC Capital Markets on the Advisory Council of the Green and Social Bond Principles Executive Committee and is Vice Chair of the CSA Group Green & Transition Finance Technical Committee.

Sarah is based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from McGill University and an MBA in Sustainability from York University’s Schulich School of Business.


As part of the Sustainable Finance Group within RBC Capital Markets, Nicola helps lead the integration of ESG factors into Capital Markets’ core businesses globally by providing advice and developing solutions across all areas of sustainable finance for corporate and institutional clients. Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets, Nicola completed RBC’s Leadership Development Program and previously worked for the Government of Canada. Nicola holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, an MA in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa, and a BA in Political Science and Communication Studies from Concordia University.


As part of the Sustainable Finance Group, Lauren is responsible for supporting RBC’s institutional and corporate clients across all areas of Sustainable Finance, and to conduct ESG-related research to progress the Sustainable Finance mandate across the firm. Lauren will support the Sustainable Finance component of deal structuring on transactions across various product groups in Capital Markets.

Lauren joined RBC in 2018, as part of the Leadership Development Program and has completed rotations across Wealth Management in Products & Strategy, the Corporate Client Group in Relationship Management, Corporate Banking covering the Mining Sector, and Macroeconomics & Rates Research within Global Research. Lauren worked in Project Management at McMaster Children’s Hospital from 2013-2015 conducting research, focusing on hospital development, and driving greater patient outcomes.

Lauren completed her MBA with a specialization in Finance at McMaster University with co-op terms completed in banking across Debt Capital Markets, Investment Banking Client Management, and Retail Banking Performance Management. Lauren completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology from Western University.


Gabriela works closely with partners across RBC Capital Markets to deliver sustainable finance solutions by providing advisory and deal structuring services to corporate and institutional clients in order to advance environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across a wide range of industries.

Gabriela joined RBC Capital Markets in 2018 as a strategist where she worked closely with the Capital Markets executive management team in defining the strategic direction for the business. Prior to RBC, Gabriela worked in Investment Banking at a leading Canadian bank, advising clients on corporate finance solutions. She has also held advisory roles in large corporations in Latin America. Gabriela holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. She is based in Toronto, Canada.