International Institute for Sustainable Development

Institut international du développement durable


President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott Vaughan is IISD President. He has been Canada’s federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS), a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Head of Economics at the NAFTA Environment Commission and Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Vaughan held various positions with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), including initiating the UNEP Finance Initiative. In the late 1980s, he worked at the head office of the Royal Bank (now RBC) Financial Group. He holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh and Dalhousie University, and an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University.

Current affiliations include: co-chair of the CCICED special study on environmental accounting and auditing; co-convenor of the ICTSD E15 Task Force on trade and natural resources; co-chair of the Council of Canadian Academies panel report on the environmental footprint of oil sands; member of the Future Earth Engagement Committee; and member of the UNEP International Advisory Council for the Advancement of Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability. 

Montréal et la nouvelle économie verte (discours)
Speech: Scott Vaughan (February 9, 2015)
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)