Sandra Odendahl

Sandra Odendahl

As the Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs at RBC, Sandra leads a team responsible for global strategy and leadership in the areas of environmental credit risk management, environmental products and services, and corporate environmental programs across the bank.

Sandra’s education and professional experience blends science, technology and finance to solve challenging environmental issues and provide opportunities for environmental sustainability for organizations.

Prior to entering the banking sector, Sandra was a research scientist with Noranda Inc. in Montreal, and then an environmental consultant in Toronto and Vancouver, specializing in Environmental Impact Assessments for resource sector development projects in Canada and Indonesia. She joined RBC in 1997 as a resource sector analyst, and led the bank’s Environmental Risk Management department from March 2000 to August 2005. Having left in September 2005 to become the Director of Corporate Environmental Program at another bank, she returned to RBC two years later as the Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs.

Sandra has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto since 2005. From 2005 to 2009, Sandra chaired the North American Task Force of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). In 2010, she was a member of the Adaptation Advisory Committee for the University of Waterloo/Intact Insurance Climate Change Adaptation Project. In May 2010, Sandra was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

Born in Ottawa, Sandra has a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, and an M.A.Sc. in the same field from University of Toronto. Sandra has been a licensed professional engineer since 1994, and earned her CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 2007. She lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.