International Institute for Sustainable Development

Institut international du développement durable


President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott Vaughan began as President in April, 2013. Prior to joining IISD, he was Canada’s federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for five years.

Previously, he was the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.; a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Head of Economics at the NAFTA Environment Commission; and Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. He held various positions with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), including initiating both the UNEP Financial Initiative and UNEP’s work on trade issues.

In the late 1980s, he worked at the Head Office of the Royal Bank Financial Group. He holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh and Dalhousie University, as well as an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University.

Accountability and the Post-2015 Agenda (Speech)
Speech: Scott Vaughan (May 12, 2014)
Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP): Targets and Indicators and the SDGs
Paper: Livia Bizikova, Heinz Schandl (CSIRO), László Pintér, Kate Offerdahl, Gabriel A. Huppé, Dora Almassy, Tilmann Liebert, Charles Thrift, Ingeborg Niestroy, Scott Vaughan (May 2, 2014)
Aboriginal Issues and Canada's Oil and Gas Sector (Speech)
Paper: Scott Vaughan (February 28, 2014)
Remarks to the Canadian-American Business Council (Speech)
Paper: Scott Vaughan (November 20, 2013)
Speech to the Joint Public Advisory Meeting: NAFTA at 20
Paper: Scott Vaughan (November 20, 2013)
Safeguarding the Arctic
Commentary: Scott Vaughan (November 5, 2013)
A New Era for the Experimental Lakes
Commentary: Scott Vaughan (September 6, 2013)