Leslie Paas brings to IISD significant expertise in the use of information and communications technologies and the use of new media to promote knowledge building and sustainable development. She first worked with IISD in 1998 as an intern and subsequently as a digital editor for IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin. More recently, Dr. Paas has been a consultant on several evaluation projects. She is currently collaborating on the development of online learning programs.

Leslie’s post-graduate work in Brazil focussed on knowledge technologies and instructional design for the information society. Her master’s dissertation explored collaborative technologies for leveraging organizational learning, and her doctoral thesis centred on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Leslie is based in Florianopolis, Brazil, but retains strong roots in her home province of Manitoba.



  • Doctor of Engineering – Production and Systems (2004): Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.
  • Master of Engineering – Production and Systems (1999): Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.
  • Bachelor of Arts – Communications and Latin American Studies (1997): Simon Fraser University.


  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
Small-Scale Social-Environmental Enterprises in the Green Economy: Supporting grassroots innovation
Paper: Heather Creech, Leslie Paas, Gabriel A. Huppé, Vivek Voora, Constance Hybsier, Helen Marquard (June 27, 2014)
Summary of Capacity-building Needs to Advance Sustainable Development Planning and Implementation
Paper: Livia Bizikova, Gabriel A. Huppé, Bishnu Tulsie, Leslie Paas, Peter King, Simon Olsen Hoiberg, Daisuke Sano, Jack Cornforth, Farooq Ullah, Kevin Urama, Nicholas Ozor, Ernest Acheampong, Darren Swanson (June 25, 2014)
Performance Improvement and Assessment of Collaboration: Starting points for networks and communities of practice
Paper: Heather Creech, Michelle Laurie, Leslie Paas, Jo-Ellen Parry (February 1, 2013)
Seeds of Knowledge
Paper: Kati Autere, Johara Belali, Charles Davies, Damaris Kinyoki, Dianna Kopansky, Daniela Lanza, Monica Mwove, Stephen Ndeti, Roshni Peshavaria, Davide Piga, Mia Turner, Sarah Czunyi, Leslie Paas, Jim Perry, László Pintér (December 18, 2012)