Mark has been professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, since 1986 – interrupted from 1992-97 while 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.
Internationally, Mark is known for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1993-96, 2008-09), the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (1994-2001, 2008-09), most recently as co-chair of a task force on sustainable coal use which reported to the Chinese Premier, and the Global Energy Assessment (2007-2012), where he served as convening lead author for sustainable energy policy. He was a member of Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (2006-2009) and is a research fellow at the CD Howe Institute. He has over 100 academic publications. His 2005 book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donner Prize for best policy book in Canada. Mark was named 2008 Academic of the Year by the association of British Columbia faculty members.
In 2009, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2013, Mark gave testimony to a committee of the US Congress in Washington DC, and also appeared before parliamentary committees in the UK in London and the EU in Brussels. His research especially focuses on the development and application of energy-economy models that simulate the likely effects of sustainable energy policies. Mark has advised governments, industry and non-government organizations around the world.