Marcus Ballinger is a futurist and manager of strategic foresight at Policy Horizons Canada, a federal government think-tank with a mandate to explore policy issues on a 10 to 15 year horizon. The strategic foresight methodology used at Policy Horizons Canada helps the organization understand the forces shaping a system, how the system could evolve, and what challenges or opportunities and surprises could emerge. The objective is not to predict the future, but to explore the range of plausible futures that could emerge and to develop vision, strategies, and policies that would be robust across that range of futures.

Prior to his current position, he worked in the Canadian Ministry of Environment as a Senior Policy Advisor in various positions related to international environmental affairs including the development of Multilateral Environmental Agreements under the UN system, trilateral environmental management under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the review of environmental performance of member countries to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and negotiations on trade in environmental goods under the Committee on Trade and Environment at the World Trade Organization. He also managed Canada’s participation in the UN Environment Programme and G8 Environment Ministerial meetings. Immediately prior to joining Policy Horizons Canada, he was responsible for managing the Environment Ministry’s bilateral relations with the countries of Asia, Africa, and Oceania.

Since joining Policy Horizons Canada, his primary areas of research have included geostrategic issues, changes in the global energy landscape, sustainability, infrastructure, and the next digital economy. His personal interests include urban design and architecture and its psychological and social impacts.

He holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Resource Management from the University of Salford as well as an Hon. B.Sc. in Earth Sciences and an Hon. B.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Brock University.

He lives in Ottawa with his son and daughter.