James Tansey

Scientist | Social Innovation, Carbon and Cleantech Policy, Ecosystem Services

Role: Scientist

Site: CDL-West

Stream: Climate

James Tansey is an Associate Professor at the UBC Sauder School of Business and the Founder & Executive Director of Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing (S3i), a research center at the UBC Sauder School of Business dedicated to social innovation and sustainability. James is the Chief Investment Officer of the Global Sustainable Capital Management, and the Founder & Director of NatureBank Asset Management and its subsidiary companies.

James has over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and climate change. He has taught in MBA, EMBA, Executive Education, MSc and Undergraduate programs in the UK and Canada. Research by James covers a number of areas, including the social impacts and acceptability of new technologies, industrial ecology, and scenario methods. More recently, his research has focused on emerging international markets for carbon, clean technology policy, and ecosystem services.

James was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 by Business in Vancouver and was a Pacific finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Awards. James was one of 75 British Columbians honored by Premier of BC with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his environmental contributions to the province of BC. Following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, James was selected as one of four international advisers working with the United Nations Environment Programme on the environmental strategy for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. James has worked as an advisor and contributor to the World Economic Forum, the UK National Audit Office, Oxford Analytica, Cisco, ISIS Innovation (Oxford), Environment Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Most recently he served on the Federal Social Innovation and Social Finance Advisory Committee, which established the $755m Social Finance Fund.