Jonathan Hackett: Shaping a Career in Sustainable Finance

portrait of Jonathan Hackett
Jonathan Hackett Join us in an engaging conversation with Jonathan Hackett, Co-Head of BMO’s Energy Transition Group and a leader in Sustainable Finance. With a career from quantum physics research to advising on low-carbon economy transitions, Mr. Hackett brings a unique perspective on driving sustainable innovation. This episode delves into his journey from his doctoral research in Quantum Gravity and Topology to leading BMO's $250MM impact investment fund. Discover how he's shaping the future of finance by guiding clients through ESG challenges and developing innovative, sustainable financing structures. This episode is an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs, investors, and anyone eager to contribute to a more sustainable and resilient economy, providing key insights into the sectors of sustainable finance and energy transition.

5 Career Transition Tips:

  1. Leverage Your Varied Experience: Your diverse background is an asset. Like Jonathan Hackett, use your varied skills and experiences to stand out in new industries. This diversity can provide you with unique perspectives and problem-solving abilities.
  2. Stay Curious and Adaptable: Embrace the role of a lifelong learner. In career transitions, the ability to adapt and learn quickly is crucial. Approach new roles and industries with an open mind, ready to absorb new knowledge and practices.
  3. Network and Seek Mentorship: Build a strong support network. Connect with mentors and professionals who can provide guidance and insight. Their experiences can be invaluable in helping you navigate new professional landscapes.
  4. Adapt to New Environments: Pay attention to the cultural nuances of different industries. Your ability to understand and integrate into new workplace cultures, as Hackett did, is essential for a successful transition.
  5. Reflect and Be Patient: Give yourself time to adjust and grow into new roles. Recognize that career transitions can be a process of trial and error, and it’s okay to take the time to find the right fit.

Show Notes:

[00:00] Introduction to Jonathan Hackett

[01:04] From Quantum Physics to Finance: A Unique Path

[02:30] Leading BMO’s Impact Investment Fund

[07:25] The Intersection of Science and Finance

[09:57] Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Finance

[15:49] The Role of ESG in Finance Today

[22:40] What’s Next in Sustainable Finance?