James Tansey

Title: Executive Director

James Tansey 2016Dr. James Tansey  is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and is the Executive Director of Sauder S3i, a Research Centre at the Sauder School of Business dedicated to social innovation and sustainability. He has taught in MBA, EMBA, Executive Education, MSc and Undergraduate programs in the UK and Canada. 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 is the founder of NatureBank Asset Management and its subsdiary companies. He has over 20 years experience in environmental consulting and climate change. He is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the company.

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.

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 received his PhD from the University of East Anglia in 1999. After a number of years in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UBC, he returned to the UK as a lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at the Saïd Business School in Oxford, where he was also deputy director of the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization.

In 2010, 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. 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.