Scott Vaughan, President and Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Mr. Vaughan was appointed Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in 2008. He was responsible for audits in those two areas within a portfolio that included environmental petitions, obligations under the Federal Sustainable Development Act and the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Environment Canada. Before joining the Office, he was Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C., where he worked with countries in the hemisphere of the Americas on trans-boundary freshwater management, biodiversity, renewable energy, chemicals management, and environmental law.

Mr. Vaughan has been a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Head of Economics and Environment at the NAFTA Environment Commission, and Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO). He held a number of positions with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), including initiating and leading UNEP’s Financial Initiative, Deputy Chief of the UNEP environmental economics division, and policy advisor to the then UNEP Executive Director. In the late 1980s, he worked in the Economic and Corporate Affairs department of the Head Office of the Royal Bank.

Mr. Vaughan has 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.