Mark Jaccard is Director and Distinguished Professor with the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, where he has served since 1986. The only exception is 1992-1997, when he served as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. His PhD is from the Energy Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Grenoble.
Dr. Jaccard has published over 100 academic papers, most of these related to his principal research focus: the design and application of energy-economy models that assess the effectiveness of sustainable energy and climate policies. For this career research, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009 and British Columbia’s Academic of the Year in 2008. He has contributed to several major processes and assessments, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, British Columbia’s Climate Action Team, and the Global Energy Assessment. In 2006, his book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donner Prize for top policy book in Canada. At Simon Fraser University, he teaches graduate and undergraduate versions of an interdisciplinary course in energy and materials sustainability, covering basic physics, technologies, economics, and policy.