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Sarah Burch

Senior Fellow

Sarah Burch is a CIGI senior fellow. She is contributing to research on financing sustainable development, focused on the exploration of innovative solutions to address challenges associated with climate change and sustainability. 

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Wil Burns

Senior Fellow

Wil Burns is a CIGI senior fellow focused on research on climate geoengineering governance. He holds a Ph.D. in international environmental law from the University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law.

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A. Neil Craik

Senior Fellow

Neil Craik is a CIGI senior fellow. He is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo where he teaches and researches in the fields of international and Canadian environmental law.  


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Simon Dalby

Senior Fellow

Simon Dalby is a CIGI senior fellow and professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, where he teaches courses on governance, security and environment in the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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Keith W. Hipel

Senior Fellow

Keith Hipel is an officer of the Order of Canada, a CIGI senior fellow and a BSIA fellow. He researches the development of methods for determining how humans can live in harmony with one another and their environment.

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R. Andreas Kraemer

Senior Fellow

R. Andreas Kraemer is a CIGI senior fellow. Andreas has informed key think-tanks, policy institutes and regulatory bodies on natural resource, climate and energy policy.

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Freedom-Kai Phillips


Freedom-Kai Phillips is a CIGI fellow who contributes to research on climate change, clean technology and sustainable development.

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David Runnalls

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow and was formerly acting director of the Environment and Energy Program at CIGI. He also provided strategic advice and support for CIGI Chair Jim Balsillie’s role at the United Nations High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. He remains a distinguished fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and a senior fellow at Sustainable Prosperity. David is chair of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

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Jason Thistlethwaite


Jason Thistlethwaite is a CIGI senior fellow, as well as assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo.

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Olaf Weber

Senior Fellow

Olaf Weber is a CIGI senior fellow. His research focuses on sustainability and the banking sector. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Waterloo. Since 2010, Olaf has held the Export Development Canada Chair in Environmental Finance.