James Tansey

Title: Executive Director

Adam Bumpus

James joined UBC in 2006 and is an Associate Professor, leading the Sauder School of Business’ activities on sustainability and social innovation. James is the Executive Director of ISIS, at the Sauder School of Business. He also works closely with the Business Family Centre to identify areas where advances in social innovation can meet philanthropic goals. James’ research activities cover a number of areas including social enterprise, climate change the social impacts and acceptability of new technologies. He has written extensively on the role of public consultation in the governance of industrial societies, industrial ecology, scenario methods and climate change. His current research focuses on emerging international markets for carbon exchange, solutions to neglected diseases and strategic corporate social responsibility.

James Tansey received his PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia in 1999. Prior to joining UBC, he was based in the UK as a lecturer in Science and Technology Studies with the Said Business School in Oxford, where he was also deputy director of the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization.

James is co-founder of a Canadian carbon offset company called Offsetters, top ranked provider to the Pacific Carbon Trust and was an Official Supplier to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. James also works with startup companies in the green technology sector. He has taught on MBA, EMBA, Executive Education, MSc and Undergraduate programmes in both the UK and Canada. He is co-director of Sauder’s new Accelerated Leadership Programme. He currently contributes to the MBA core and to graduate teaching in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. James has recently worked as an advisor and contributor to the World Economic Forum, the UK National Audit Office, Oxford Analytica, Cisco, Isis Innovation (Oxford), and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

In 2010, James was recognized by Business in Vancouver magazine as one of the city’s Top 40 Under 40 and was selected as a Pacific finalist in the Clean Tech category at the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2010 Awards.

Most recently, in February 2013, James was one of 75 British Columbians honoured by Premier Christy Clark with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his environmental contributions to the province of BC.