Since 1989 Colin Isaacs has been President of the CIAL Group, a management consultancy specializing in sustainable development, planning and implementing projects which link environmental, social and economic objectives. His clients include major corporations, business associations, and governments in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.
From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Isaacs was Chair of the Canadian Environment Industry Association. In the two years prior to his post as Chair of the Association itself he was Chair of the Association's National Policy Forum. In 2001 he received the Association's National Award for Professional Excellence and Merit.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Isaacs worked as a management analyst for the Council of Ontario Universities. He has also been a municipal and a provincial politician and from 1979 to 1981 was NDP spokeperson on municipal affairs and the environment in the Ontario Legislature. From 1982 to 1989 he was Executive Director of The Pollution Probe Foundation, a Toronto-based environmental non-governmental organization.
Mr. Isaacs serves on numerous government and private sector advisory bodies that consider environment, sustainable development, and international trade issues, including: the Environment Sector Advisory Group on International Trade to Canada's International Trade Minister, the International Consultative Committee on Climate Change, and the Science Advisory Board to Clean Environment Mutual Funds. He is also the current Chair of the Knowledge of the Environment for Youth Foundation.
Mr. Isaacs' experience spans the fields of chemistry, business administration and applied politics. He has degrees in chemistry from Imperial College, University of London, and carried out graduate research at the University of Western Ontario. He has written widely on the topic of sustainable development and from 1991 to 1994 was environment and business columnist for the Financial Post. Currently he is publisher and editor of the Gallon Environment Letter.