His supervisor balked, steering Phillips away from what was then considered a niche segment. Warned that there would be no jobs in that sector, Phillips was advised to commit to one or the other: sustainability or finance. Today, Phillips is the director of a new program at the University of Waterloo that aims to cultivate precisely the kind of finance professional that Phillips always wanted to be: comfortable in the languages of both finance and sustainability.
The Sustainability and Financial Management program is the latest of these, a partnership between the School of Accounting and Finance and the Faculty of Environment. In the fall of 2022, the first cohort – some 50 students – embarked on its bachelor’s program.
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