James Tansey founded ISIS, a research centre focused on sustainability and social innovation. James’ research activities cover social innovation, climate change and the social impacts and acceptability of new technologies. ISIS hosts the Climate Intelligence Unit, focused on the low carbon economy in North America. James is Academic Director for Industrial Partnerships, leading UBC’s transformation of the campus into a living laboratory for clean technology innovation.
James is President of Offsetters, a carbon management and offset company based in Vancouver and the official supplier of carbon offsets to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the first time in history the event has been carbon neutral. James was recruited by the UNEP to serve as an advisor to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. In 2010 he was recognized as one of British Columbia’s Top 40 under 40 and was a finalist at the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.