Valerie Chort is Vice President Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability for RBC and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation.
She is responsible for developing an integrated strategy aligned to RBC’s purpose and business objectives, and creating positive social, economic and environmental impacts in the community. Key pillars under her leadership include corporate sustainability, social impact and innovation, employee engagement, and impact measurement.
For over 25 years she has helped businesses, governments and non-government organizations proactively manage environmental and social risks, and create value through purpose-led ESG strategies. Valerie has been instrumental in developing RBC’s Climate Blueprint, the company’s integrated climate strategy to accelerate clean economic growth and support clients in the transition to a low-carbon future, delivering innovative social impact flagship programs: RBC Future Launch and RBC Tech for Nature, and leading ESG performance management and disclosure.
Prior to joining RBC in 2015, Valerie’s career spanned consulting, industry and government roles. Most recently she spent 14 years with Deloitte as Americas Leader for Sustainability & Climate Change, and Partner with Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services.
She serves on the Boards of the Women’s College Hospital Foundation and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, is a member of the Privy Council’s Impact Canada Advisory Council and a founding member of Women for Nature. She is also a mentor to an extensive roster of young leaders.
Valerie earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Ottawa. She also has a certificate in Executive Education from Darden School of Business.