Sara Alvarado

Sara Alvarado

Executive Director

Institute for Sustainable Finance


A veteran investment professional with a focus on climate change and sustainability, Sara will help drive forward ISF’s mandate to build Canadian sustainable finance capacity. Prior to joining ISF, she was head of risk and chief anti money laundering officer (CAMLO) at Canada Infrastructure Bank, where she was responsible for building the inaugural enterprise risk management function. Previously, she worked as senior officer, infrastructure new products and special transactions at the European Investment Bank, with a mandate to catalyze private-sector investments in the EU with focus on climate change and sustainability.


Sara also spent 25 years in the investment industry in Canada, having worked in increasingly senior positions at Scotia Capital, Sun Life and Manulife, mainly in Infrastructure and PPP financings. Sara is current Co-Chair at the World Economic Forum’s Infrastructure 4.0 initiative and sits on the Board of Directors and the Resources Committee at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Sara is past Board Member at the CFA Society Toronto and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.