President and Chief Executive Officer
Scott Vaughan is IISD President and CEO. He has been Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development; Director, Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States (OAS); Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Head of Economics, NAFTA Environment Commission; and Counsellor, World Trade Organization (WTO).
At the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Vaughan initiated the UNEP Finance Initiative and UNEP’s work on trade and environment. Early in his career, he worked at the head office of the Royal Bank Financial Group. Vaughan holds post-graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh and Dalhousie University, and an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University.
Affiliations include member of the Environmental Leadership Council of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED); China Eco-Forum Global International Advisory Council; World Economic Forum Stewardship Board for International Trade and Investment; Smart Prosperity Leaders Initiative; and Associate Editor, Chinese Journal of Urban and Environment Studies.
- Paris to Paris: Raising climate finance without raising global temperatureWhat does climate (and broader sustainability) leadership mean today, as we close out a year of ever-increasing emissions and one of the top three hottest years on record?
- Adaptation Urgent as Climate Change Impacts ProliferateIn the 1990s and into the early 2000s, there was debate about whether there was a need to talk about climate change adaptation.
- Together, Canada, China and the EU Can Fill Trump's Climate Leadership VoidA critical summit offers the chance for 34 major world economies to raise their collective climate efforts—without the aid of the U.S.
- Carbon Without Borders: Can trade policy support ambitious climate action?The multilateral trade and climate regimes both face unprecedented uncertainty and strain. How should countries advance the urgent need for climate action without resorting to protectionism?
- Raisons pour lesquelles nous devrions nous inquiéter à propos de la richesse du CanadaIn a French-language blog post, Scott Vaughan and Robert Smith explain why we need to reconsider how we measure wealth in Canada.
- Freshwater Stewardship in CanadaScott Vaughan explains how IISD is bridging the gap between freshwater science and policy, and how it plans to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary.
- China's Low-Carbon RevolutionSince the US election, many are speculating about the ascendancy of Beijing as a global leader both on trade and climate policy. In reality, however, China had been moving forward on a comprehensive climate mitigation and adaptation pathway well before the US election.
- How Canada Can Be a Global Leader on the Sustainable Development GoalsIn an opinion piece originally published in The Hill Times, Julia Sánchez (CCIC) and Scott Vaughan argue that other countries are voluntarily reporting on progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, while Canada has no clear plan.
- Deaths in Honduras Underline the Grave Risks Facing Indigenous LeadersEnvironmental activists and indigenous leaders face deadly risks in many countries, as recent murders in Honduras demonstrate.
- A New Year of Subsidy Reform2016 begins with two historic global achievements in place to reform subsidies that harm the poor and damage the environment.