Bindu Dhaliwal

Vice President Environmental, Social & Governance, CIBC

Bindu Dhaliwal, is the Vice-President, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), at CIBC. She leads the Enterprise ESG team, responsible for: CIBC’s ESG strategy & governance, identifying and evaluating emerging ESG issues; and, ESG engagement activities with CIBC’s stakeholders.Bindu joined CIBC in the Spring of 2021, bringing over 15 years of experience to this role, having previously – led a sustainability team at another FI ; managed a global whistleblower program and acted as an Advisor to academic programs on sustainability and social finance. She is a frequent speaker on sustainability trends in the financial services sector and diversity & equity issues in the legal profession.

Bindu has also been a longstanding community leader and advocate for diversity and equity issues. She has served on the board of a number of not-for-profit organizations including: Street Kids International, Girls Action Foundation and the Students Commission, and has co-authored educational tools on equity issues. For these and other efforts Bindu has received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

She currently sits on the Board of the Child Development Institute, a children’s mental health agency in Toronto, and Community Knowledge Exchange (CKX), a social change agency that supports community leadership through learning experiences, fellowships and platforms for knowledge exchange.

A lawyer by training, Bindu began her career in the litigation department of a major Canadian law firm and clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has a B.Comm from the University of Toronto, obtained her law degree at Queens University, a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability from the University of Toronto and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the Waterloo University.