Area of Focus
ESG Sustainability

Jake Salpeter

Area of Focus
ESG Sustainability

About Jake

As a manager in RSM Canada’s environmental, social and governance advisory services, Jake Salpeter manages the day-to-day operations of the practice, including client service delivery, methodology development, strategic projects, research and thought leadership. As a trained chemical engineer, with a focus in sustainability and environmental innovation, Jake brings experience in climate change adaptation and strategy, ESG risk assessments, scenario analysis, modelling and stress testing while serving global companies. These services include ESG strategy development, ESG due diligence, greenhouse gas inventories, major change initiatives, internal control assessments, pre-audit, audit, and risk analysis and compliance.


Working out of the firm’s Vancouver, British Columbia office, Jake leads RSM’s ESG global alignment initiatives, bringing together thought leaders across industries and jurisdictions to develop collaborative sustainability solutions that focus on enabling RSM to assist clients in achieving global sustainability goals. He is also a mentor in the John Molson Sustainable Enterprise Committee, working with university students to learn about sustainability topics, understand the various ESG and sustainability-related careers, and plan for their future in hopes of becoming the next climate leaders. Jake is a regular panel presenter on ESG and sustainability topics in the banking, real estate and energy sectors. In 2020, Jake was selected by RSM’s board to serve as program manager on its climate change steering committee, which is a project that is in progress.

In addition, Jake leads ESG engagements across myriad industries to assist clients in developing their ESG and climate strategies, policies and procedures; conduct scenario analysis and stress testing on their models; develop robust processes for data collection; advise on technology solutions and develop sustainability reports to disclose their progress. Jake was instrumental in developing RSM’s proprietary ESG Rapid Assessment® methodology, ESG due diligence methodology, product differentiation methodology, and suite of greenhouse gas and climate services. As part of his role, Jake has conducted many pre-audit readiness assignments and assurance reporting projects, collaborating with various RSM professionals to provide ESG best practices and knowledge.

Jake is a graduate of the Master of Engineering in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at Ryerson University in Toronto, following his completion of a chemical engineering degree from the University of Alberta. Jake’s experience and education enable him to bring a unique, technology and data-focused approach to ESG strategy development that ultimately helps companies fundamentally embed ESG into their operations.

Professional affiliations and designations

  • Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) pro certified
  • Principles for Responsible Investment – Foundations in RI
  • FSA Credential Level II Candidate (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board)
  • ISO 14064-1: 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventories and Measuring Carbon Certified
  • ISO 14064-2: 2019 Greenhouse Gas Projects and Reducing Environmental Impact
  • Automation Anywhere, business analyst
  • ITIL 4 certified


  • Bachelor of Science, chemical engineering (first-class standing), University of Alberta
  • Master of Engineering, innovation and entrepreneurship, Ryerson University
  • Corporate sustainability, New York University, Stern School of Business
Area of Focus
ESG Sustainability