Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

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.

Under the leadership of its new executive director, Dr. Ian Mauro, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions has entered a period of renewal.

This refocusing seeks to better align climate research — across our academic network that includes UVIC, UBC, SFU and UNBC — with the priorities of decision-makers and communities throughout British Columbia and Canada.

PICS is committed to the power of partnerships and holding space to contemplate and address both the enormous challenges and opportunities ahead. By working together, we can develop and coordinate more effective and durable climate solutions, which link cutting edge academic scholarship and technology development with plans, policies, and projects across BC. This collaboration is essential to meet the ambitious climate goals in BC, Canada, and across the planet.

For the latest updates on our programs and research please visit the PICS website at




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.  For details visit the PICS website.

PICS SFU Program manager

Nastenka Calle Delgado has been the Program Manager of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) at Simon Fraser University since 2010.  Motivating students, faculty and the public to act on climate solutions is a key driver behind her work, with a focus on educational and outreach programs that help build knowledge and inspire advances in climate change mitigation and adaptation.  She brings eight years of experience working in environmental planning with the City of Guayaquil from her native country Ecuador. She has also served as co-author in peer-reviewed articles on topics related to chemical pollution and wrote two letters concerning the impact of fossil fuel developments and climate change published in the journal Science. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Sciences in Environmental Engineering from the University of New Orleans.  She obtained her bachelor degree in Geological Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Ecuador.

For general inquiries about PICS, its programs and collaboration opportunities, contact Nastenka at