Dr. Ian Mauro

Ian Mauro

Executive Director

Dr. Ian Mauro is the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.

He is the former executive director of the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg, has developed community-based climate projects from coast to coast to coast, and led the creation of the Climate Atlas of Canada which showcases much of this work and holistically combines the visual arts and storytelling with natural, social, and health sciences.

As a scientist and filmmaker, Mauro’s research and communication projects explore climate science, society and sustainability, and the vital role of local and Indigenous knowledges. He is committed to community-based and Indigenous led participatory approaches and has worked with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and organizations for many years and across many territories.

He has developed numerous, award-winning climate-change initiatives, including Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, which he co-directed with acclaimed Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk as part of his postdoctoral work at UVic. He also directed Beyond Climate, a feature film about climate change in BC, narrated by David Suzuki.

Mauro holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a PhD in Geography, and studied as a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Environmental Studies at UVic. He is a former Canada Research Chair of Human Dimensions of Environmental Change at Mount Allison University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and an Apple Distinguished Educator. He has served on expert panels related to food security, energy issues and climate change across Canada.

Mauro is a husband and father and his climate action strives for a safe and livable planet for all future generations.

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