Our Team

The Institute for Sustainable Finance is led by a team of Canada’s foremost experts and academics in areas of business and sustainable finance. With passion, drive, and determination, the leadership team is committed to helping Canada become an innovator shaper.

Sean Cleary

Sean Cleary, PhD, CFA
Executive Director


Sean Cleary, BMO Professor of Finance and Founding Director of the Master of Finance program at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. He holds a PhD. in finance from the University of Toronto, an MBA, an Institute of Corporate Directors designation, and is a CFA charterholder. He has authored 14 finance textbooks and has published more than 30 research articles, with his work having been cited nearly 3,500 times.

Ryan Riordan

Ryan Riordan, PhD
Director of Research


Ryan Riordan is the Associate Professor & Distinguished Professor of Finance at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. Prior to joining Smith, Ryan was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and an Assistant Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Markets among many others.

Maya Saryyeva

Maya Saryyeva, MA
Associate Director


Maya Saryyeva joined the Institute for Sustainable Finance (ISF) in December 2018 to support the implementation of the Institute’s core programs and outreach efforts. Prior to joining ISF, Maya worked in the international development sector, leading a number of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded governance and economic development initiatives in Eastern Europe as well as South and Central Asia. Maya is also pursuing a PhD in global development with a focus on sustainable finance. She researches the efficacy of global governance frameworks surrounding green bonds and sustainable initiatives.

Aleena Nasseem

Aleena Nasseem

Aleena recently graduated from the University of Waterloo having finished her master’s degree focusing on sustainable/international development. Coupled with her previous academic background in accounting and finance, she enjoys working in the sustainable finance space and hopes to make it her niche. She also has six years of work experience across geographies, working with various stakeholders including multi-lateral donors such as the World Bank/IFAD, various non-profits, governments, and corporate players.

Simon Martin

Simon Martin

Simon Martin holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in finance and economics from Dalhousie University. Prior to joining the Institute for Sustainable Finance (ISF), Simon worked at the Urban Analytics Institute where he developed price prediction models and analyzed data. Simon has a strong interest in energy markets and renewable energy sources. He loves spending time outdoors and is passionate about a clean energy future.

Andrew Hakes

Andrew Hakes

Andrew joined the Institute for Sustainable Finance as a research associate in March 2020. Prior to joining the ISF, he worked as an analyst at the Delphi Group, a consultancy focused on climate change and corporate sustainability. Andrew holds a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, where he completed a specialization in global capital markets, as well as a collaborative program in environmental studies. Additionally, Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Western Ontario, holds a Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) FSA credential, and has completed CFA Level I.