Canadian Manufacturing

Sarah Marshall named new VP of Sustainability for NOVA Chemicals

Role underscores priority for NOVA Chemicals with regards to their ESG strategy.

August 16, 2021  by CM Staff

Sarah Marshall

CALGARY — On Aug. 16, NOVA Chemicals Corporation announced that Sarah Marshall has been promoted to Vice President, Sustainability. In this newly-created role, Marshall will be responsible for leading NOVA Chemicals’ long-term Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, and managing the areas of Climate Care, Corporate Environment and ESG Reporting.

In her previous role as Director of Sustainability, Marshall collaborated with value chain partners, customers, government officials, industry associations and others to find solutions to advance a plastics circular economy resulting in new partnerships and development agreements in mechanical and advanced recycling. Moving forward, Greg DeKunder, Vice President Polyethylene Marketing, NOVA Chemicals, will lead this work to develop a plastics circular economy.

“Sarah is a widely recognized and well-respected leader in sustainability. Her passion, experience and results-oriented nature will be indispensable as we work to decarbonize our industry, strive for a zero plastic waste future, and create value for all our stakeholders,” said John Thayer, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, NOVA Chemicals. “How we care for people and the environment is critical to our long-term success and is the essence of our purpose to shape a world that is better tomorrow than it is today.”

Marshall has served the company in a variety of leadership roles, including Leader, Products and Catalysts R&D and Director, Technical Service & Application Development. She brings research and development experience within the petrochemicals industry, previously leading teams of scientists, engineers and technologists at NOVA Chemicals’ Centre for Applied Research and Centre for Performance Applications.


“Accelerating toward a low-carbon future is critically important for the planet and offers new opportunities for the company,” said Marshall. “I am honored and delighted to lead a talented team of professionals as we develop and implement solutions at NOVA Chemicals that benefit our stakeholders, society, and our environment,” Marshall said.

Marshall earned her Bachelor of Engineering degree at McGill University, Montreal, in 1997. She is a member of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada Plastics Division Leadership Council, and former Chair of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.