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James Tansey

CEO, Offsetters & Executive Director of ISIS Research Centre at UBC Sauder School of Business, Canada

Dr. James Tansey is the CEO and co-founder of Offsetters, Canada's leading carbon management solutions provider. He is also the Executive Director of ISIS, a Research Centre at the Sauder School of Business, focused on leveraging business tools to advance social innovation and sustainability. James is an Associate Professor who has taught in MBA, EMBA, Executive Education, MSc and Undergraduate programs in the UK and Canada.

In 2005, James saw a growing demand amongst colleagues and corporations in BC for a dependable source of high-quality offsets; Offsetters was created to serve that need. Under James' leadership, Offsetters has helped over 150 organizations understand, reduce, and offset their climate impact. At the same time, Offsetters develops and invests in high-quality offset projects that promote the shift to a low carbon future. Offsetters was the first Official Supplier of Carbon Offsets in Olympic history, playing an instrumental role in making the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games the first carbon neutral Olympics.

Following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic 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 also 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.

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 Said Business School in Oxford, where he was also deputy director of the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization. He returned to UBC in 2006 where he joined the Sauder School of Business.

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.

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