Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at SFU

PICS is hosted and led by the University of Victoria in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia.

The Pacific Institure for Climate Solutions (PICS) mission is to establish partnerships with governments, the private sector, researchers and civil society in order to undertake research on, monitor and assess the potential impacts of climate change, and evaluate, develop and promote viable mitigation and adaptation options to better inform climate change options and actions.


The Institute's main objectives are:

  • understanding the magnitude and patterns of climate change and its impacts;
  • evaluating the physical, economic and social implications;
  • assessing mitigation and adaptation options and developing policy and business solutions;
  • evaluating and strengthening educational and capacity-building strategies to address climate change; and
  • communicating climate change issues to government, industry and the general public.

To achieve these objectives, PICS carries out research, education and outreach programs:

PICS current research direction are outlined in the PICS Strategic Research Plan: Phase II  



PICS is governed by an executive committee appointed by the University of Victoria, a Program Committee comprising researchers from the four partner universities (UVic, UBC, UNBC and SFU) and representatives from the provincial Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) and the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis of Environment Canada.  An external advisory board comprising representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors contributes advice to the Institute. 


The PICS Program Committee currently comprises 10 members, and is chaired by the Executive Director of the Institute,  Dr. Sybil Seitzinger.      The committee oversees the Institute’s program of activities based on the PICS Strategic Research Plan.  Currently, two SFU faculty members sit on the Committee.

Dr. Meg Holden, Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Geography.

Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld, Associate Professor, Department of Geography.

Former members

Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Associate Professor, Beedie School of Business.

Dr. Tim Takaro, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Dr Diana Allen, Professor, Department of Earth Science, Faculty of Science.

Dr. Nancy Olewiler, Director and Professor, School of Public Policy.



Nastenka Calle Delgado is the PICS Program Manager at SFU.  Nastenka has a Master of Sciences in Environmental Health Sciences, specialization in Environmental Quality, from the University of South Carolina (Columbia, USA), and a Master of Sciences in Environmental Engineering, from the University of New Orleans (New Orleans, USA). She obtained her bachelor degree in Geological Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Ecuador.

Her professional strengths and areas of knowledge are focused on air and water quality, environmental planning, environmental auditing, environmental impact assessment, GIS and environmental modeling, hydrology and waste management, and environmental management system implementation.

Her current interests are in environmental education and community engagement on topics related to climate change and climate change mitigation and adaptations solutions.

For general inquiries about PICS, its programs and fellowships, contact Nastenka at or by phone at 778-782-8834.


Educational Videos

Climate Insights 101 

PICS YouTube 

The Climate Examiner 

Scours headlines and scientific journals for the latest climate-related developments, research and energy policy news, aiming to explain key events and concepts and their relevance to British Columbia and Canada