Mark Jaccard

Professor • Director of REM

Education

  • BA, Simon Fraser University
  • MRM, Resource Management, Simon Fraser University
  • PhD, Economics, Grenoble

Biography

Mark holds the title of Distinguished Professor at Simon Fraser University and serves as Director of the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM). He has been a faculty member in REM since 1988, interrupted in 1992-97 while he served as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. His PhD is in energy economics from the University of Grenoble, and his research focus is the design and application of energy-economy-emissions (EEE) models for assessing climate policies. Internationally, Mark has served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and the Global Energy Assessment, and domestically on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, and the British Columbia Climate Solutions Council. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2009 was named British Columbia Academic of the Year. Three of his books have been short-listed for the Donner Prize (top policy book in Canada) with one of them winning. His latest book is The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths That Hinder Progress.

Mark’s Energy and Materials Research Group (EMRG) within REM is the leading applied academic EEE modelling team in Canada. EMRG has developed and applied models that help governments and interest groups explore the quickest and most effective response to the climate emergency. This includes sustainable city modelling (CIMS-Urban), detailed technological modelling in industry, buildings, transportation, electricity and land-use (CIMS), and macro-economic effects of domestic climate policies and carbon tariffs (gTech). This latter model was developed by former students of Mark’s at Navius Research, the top EEE consultancy in Canada. Because of these key analytical tools and their urgent relevance for policy assessment in the climate emergency, Mark’s former graduate students now fill key positions in government, ENGOs, industry, consulting, academia and independent institutions like the International Energy Agency. And undergraduate students from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds flock to his 3rd year course, Energy Management for a Sustainable Climate and Society. Mark frequently advises political leaders in Canada and beyond while being a continuous media presence and public speaker. Visit his blog (markjaccard.com) for videos and commentary and follow him on twitter (@MarkJaccard).

  • Designing flexible regulations to mitigate climate change: A cross-country comparative analysis (Rhodes, Scott & Jaccard), Energy Policy, 2021.
  • Canada’s net-zero future (Dion et al.), Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, 2021.
  • A zero-emission Canadian electricity system by 2035 (Jaccard & Griffin), David Suzuki Foundation, 2021.
  • Carbon taxation: A tale of three countries (Crique, Jaccard & Sterner), Sustainability, 2019.
  • Cities and GHG reduction policy: Policy makers or policy takers? (Jaccard, Murphy, Zuehlke & Braglewicz), Energy Policy, 2019.
  • Global carbon budgets and the viability of new fossil fuel projects (Jaccard, Hoffele & Jaccard), Climatic Change, 2018
Dr. Jaccard teaches Energy and Materials for a Sustainable Climate and Society for graduate students (REM 650) and 3rd-year undergraduates (REM 350).