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.