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Scott Morton Ninomiya is a sustainability scholar, energized by working across sectors and disciplines to find creative solutions to big problems at local and global levels. Under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Burch, Scott is pursuing his PhD in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. As an Energy Council of Canada Fellow, he led a participatory action research project in 2016-17 investigating a local decarbonization project in Waterloo Region, Canada’s technology hub. Scott is also a research team member of the GATE project, (Governing and Accelerating Transformative Entrepreneurship), a collaboration of leading international scholars investigating the transformative potential of entrepreneurs in sustainability governance. Scott is a leader of Climate Action Waterloo Region’s committee that engages the local Industrial/Commercial sector in innovative solutions to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions. Scott has held several leadership positions in his diverse career. He directed pioneering programs in justice and housing within provincial and municipal government contexts and headed two civil sector organizations working on conflict resolution, restorative justice and refugee advocacy.

Scott lives in Kitchener with his partner and three children.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship 2017
  • Energy Council of Canada Policy Fellowship, 2016-17
  • Sustainability Management Entrance Awards, 2015


  • Morton Ninomiya, Scott and Sarah Burch. “Beyond ‘the business case’: The emerging role of entrepreneurs in the multi-level governance of urban decarbonisation in Canada”. In Climate Change in Cities, edited by Sara Hughes. University of Toronto. (In press)
  • “Turning Point for Transformation? Investigating a Local Decarbonization Initiative in Waterloo Region, Canada” (masters’ thesis)
  • Master of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, 2017
  • Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), University of Waterloo, 1997

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