Scott Vaughan (Chair)

Scott Vaughan (Chair)

Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development; Former Federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (Ottawa, ON)

March 25, 2020

Scott Vaughan is the International Chief Advisor to the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) and an International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Senior Fellow. Until early 2019, he was president and CEO of IISD and chair of the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) board.

Before his work at IISD, Mr. Vaughan served as Canada’s federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development; Director of the Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States; Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; head of Economics and Trade, NAFTA Environment Commission; and counsellor, World Trade Organization. At UN Environment, Mr. Vaughan initiated the UNEP Financial Initiative, headed the UNEP Environment and Trade work, and worked in the office of the UNEP executive director. He has also worked in economic and corporate affairs in the head office at RBC Financial Group and in the office of the Canadian Federal Minister of the Environment.

Mr. Vaughan is a graduate of Mount Allison University, Dalhousie University, the University of Edinburgh, and the London School of Economics. He is an associate with the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre, associate editor of the Chinese Journal of Urban and Environmental Studies, and member of the advisory committee of the Global Development Center at Boston University.

Role: Panel Chair; Panel Chair
Report: Building a Resilient Canada (January 2022); Technological Prospects for Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Canadian Oil Sands (May 2015)