Jason Switzer, M.Sc. Eng., M.S. TPP – Director

 

Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, Pembina Institute

 

Jason Switzer joined Pembina in April 2011, after nearly a decade in international development and corporate environmental management with positions including environmental excellence advisor at Cenovus Eneergy Inc. and senior greenhouse gas engineer at Shell Canada Oil Sands.  His areas of expertise are in business-ENGO partnering, environmental labels, management systems and certification/assurance, carbon management, reporting and strategy, offset design and deal-making, consensus building process design and facilitation, and conflict sensitive resource development.  In his previous role at the Pembina Institute, he co-led the national consulting team, through which he managed multi-stakeholder processes for clients including Shell, TOTAL, Suncor, the shale gas sector and its stakeholders, and the Canadian Hydropower Association.

 

Jason holds master's degrees in environmental engineering and in public policy from MIT and is a Harvard-trained environmental mediator, an alumnus of Leadership Calgary, and a fellow at the World Commission on Dams.  He sits on advisory committees for the National Museums of Science and Technology and the Canadian Standards Association.  Widely-cited work includes the book Conserving the Peace: Resources Livelihoods and Security (IISD, 2002); conflict mitigation guidance tools for business and development practitioners; opportunities for renewable energy investment by the oil and gas sector; and links between environmental management systems, independent certification and performance improvement.