Trevor Rous (PhD – ABD) is an Ottawa-based senior researcher with expertise in the areas of food security, climate adaptation and sustainable trade.  He completed a BA (Political Science/Sociology) and an MA (Political Economy) at Carleton University before writing and publishing extensively on the relationship between technology, society and environmental stewardship as a critical part of local and global food systems.

Trevor is a member of several nongovernmental organizations committed to fostering meaningful change in environmental policy, and has a wealth of experience in research and project management carried out on the behalf of clients in the organized labour and nonprofit sectors.  

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Natural Infrastructure Framework: Key Concepts, Terms, Definitions [forthcoming]

This framework offers a common vocabulary for diverse Canadian stakeholders interested in natural infrastructure projects that are both appropriate to their local context and resilient to future climate scenarios.

Canada's  Vehicle Regulations: Addressing Rising Emissions From The Light-Duty Truck Class [forthcoming]

An analysis of Canada's greenhouse gas regulations for light-duty vehicles and its impacts on increased light-duty truck sales.

Circular Economy 101: Overview of Key Concepts & Theories [forthcoming]


This detailed backgrounder unpacks the concept of circular economy and its main characteristics, its implementation at the micro, meso and macro levels, and who can contribute and benefits from its implementation.

Reforming Export Development Canada: Climate Risks &
Low Carbon Transition

This report provides recommendations in three areas that can contribute to improved alignment between Export Development Canada's investment decisions and Canada’s climate objectives.

Carbon Offsets: A Guide for Canadians


This guide provides an overview of carbon offsets - what they are and how they work within domestic and international policy contexts. It also offers a summary analysis of associated risks and uncertainties alongside with recommendations on the design of an effective carbon offset system.

Benefits of Adoption Natural Infrastructure: A Comparison of Natural and Grey Infrastructure Solutions

A side-by-side comparison benefits provided by natural versus grey infrastructure solutions when tackling storm surges, flood and the urban heat island effect.

Advancing Climate Objectives: The Role of Carbon Markets and Carbon Sinks

n analysis of AArticle 6 of the Paris Agreement on climate change and forest carbon sinks accounting.

Canada's new food guide fails to deliver sustainable diets [external site (National Observer)]​

A commentary on healthy diets, equity and environmental impacts of food production.

Food Waste Reduction: Trends & Key Leverage Points for Canadian Policy

An overview of the scale and main issues associated with avoidable food loss and waste in Canada, emerging trends and policy responses.

Zero-Emission Vehicles In Canada: Market Outlook over the Short- and Longer-Term

An analysis of zero-emission light-duty vehicle market penetration potential in Canada.

Canada's Energy Sector: The Future of Innovation and Environmental Performance

This report identifies research, development and demonstration (RD&D) challenges and opportunities in Canada’s energy sector.

Regulations and Clean Technology: A Review of Best Practices in Select Jurisdictions

This report provides an analysis of different regulatory models that have supported environmental policy goals, innovation and economic growth.