Launch of a first depth analysis of the responsible investment workforce in Quebec

The financial services industry is faced with a dual challenge: supporting the economy towards ecological transition and better coping with the risks related to climate change.

Thus, financial institutions are beginning to change their offers, practices and businesses as part of the economy's transition to a low-carbon model, with the objectives of protecting asset portfolios and creating value. The image and attractiveness of the financial sector are at stake, especially among young talents, who are increasingly sensitive to environmental issues.

Beyond the gradual evolution of practices through the integration of environmental, social and governance factors, players are mobilizing, initiatives are multiplying and new professions specializing in responsible investment are emerging within financial institutions.

In this context, Finance Montréal's aim is to develop skills in responsible investment to position Quebec favorably in this economic transformation. One of the first steps in this process is, then, to fully understand the workforce profiles which exist in this field.

To this date, there are no existing inventories of jobs specializing in responsible investment in Quebec. Indeed, existing studies show there is a real impact of the ecological transition on finance professions, but none of them have quantified this in terms of employment. In addition, the labor depth analyzes carried out so far in the finance and insurance sectors do not consider these professions as such.

With the support of National Bank, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Jarislowsky Fraser, and the Mouvement Desjardins, this in-depth analysis of the responsible investment workforce therefore aims to produce information on the estimated number of professionals working in the industry, their profiles as well as labour demand.

The results will be available during the month of November 2020.

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