Rodney Payne

Founding Partner, CDL-Vancouver | Co-founder & CEO, Destination Think

Rodney is deeply concerned by the momentum in both earth and human systems, and joined CDL Climate as Founding Partner to catalyze innovations that will transform society and preserve a well-functioning biosphere.

Trained in environmental law, Rodney has 15+ years of entrepreneurial leadership experience, with expertise in building strong management teams and leading business development. He took an active role leading investor relations for one of the pioneering all-ETF portfolio management companies in the USA (from inception to $200m AUM) and has founded companies in the digital and business intelligence space. As CEO of Destination Think, he has led his team to advise hundreds of public sector organizations around the world on innovation and helped to build some of the most recognizable and environmentally sustainable destination brands, including Innovation Norway, European Travel Commission, Visit California and NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Rodney graduated from The University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor Law (Hons.) and undertook postgraduate studies in environmental and international law at University of Oregon.