Press release

John Drexhage to Join IISD as Director, Climate Change

November 9, 2000

WINNIPEG — The International Institute for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce that. John Drexhage will be assuming the position of Director, Climate Change on January 8, 2001.

"I am especially pleased to have John join IISD," said David Runnalls, IISD President. "He has been working at the highest levels of the climate change negotiation process for the past seven years and he brings to the Institute a wealth of experience and insight."

Drexhage comes to IISD from Environment Canada where he held the position of Associate Director, Climate Change International, International Relations Directorate. In this position he was responsible for the coordinating the Government of Canada's policy positions in formal negotiations. Drexhage is one of the key negotiators for the Canadian delegation participating at the Sixth Conference of the Parties negotiations on climate change from November 13 to 24, 2000.

Prior to holding the Associate Directorship position, Drexhage held the following Environment Canada positions: Manager, Climate Change - International, Global Air Issues Branch, and Senior Policy Advisor, Domestic Climate Change Program, representing Environment Canada in federal- provincial negotiations on domestic actions on climate change.

Drexhage holds a M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, a B. Ed. from the University of Toronto (Canadian History/Political Science), and a B.A. from Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan (Political Philosophy and History).

About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.