The March 2014 release of the Fifth IPPC assessment report reaffirms that climate change poses unprecedented challenges, particularly to the energy sector, to find new pathways to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions. One aspect of that challenge is the greater prominence social license issues have assumed in Canada and worldwide. While progress continues in making incremental progress to lower GHG emissions, a key challenge is to tap new areas of innovation, creativity and partnerships to bring about transformative change. This meeting of the CCEMC, and the award winning projects showcased during the meeting, show us that innovative, transformative solutions are available. It is up to the greater community to scale them up.
President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
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.