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Centre for Building Sustainable Value

Celina Chen

During my undergrad, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Professor Diane-Laure Arjaliès on a research project focused on financing investment in conservation and enhancement of natural capital in Canada, specifically through Conservation Impact Bonds. Through my roles as a Research Assistant for Ivey’s Centre for Building Sustainable Value, as well as a EEPRN and Greening Growth Partnership Researcher for Smart Prosperity, my team was able to help develop a first-of-its-kind Conservation Impact Bond located in Southwestern Ontario. The bond is an outcomes-based financial instrument focused on reconciling peoples and ecosystems through the processes of conservation, restoration, reconciliation, and decolonization.

I also had the opportunity to act as the Vice President of Social Finance at the Ivey Social Impact Club, where I ran events focused on the field of social finance. This included educational events that explained the purpose and the types of work in the field, as well as career-focused panels where alumni or upper year students discussed and answered questions about their job experiences in the industry.

With a strong interest in the intersection of sustainability and business, I am beyond excited to be a Fellow for the Sustainability Certificate and watch this program grow!

Celina Chen

Celina Chen