Mark’s passion in life is measuring things, particularly what contributes most to our happiness and well-being. He is the author of the award-winning-best-selling book The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth and his second book An Economy of Well-being: Common Sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness published in May 2018. As a ‘happiness economist’ Mark’s consulting work over the last 25 years has provided nations and communities like China, Singapore, French Polynesia and several First Nations with strategic economic counsel on how to develop a new economic model and governance system that focuses on well-being. This includes the development of natural capital accounting system to account for the ecological conditions of forests and wetlands, including carbon accounting. Mark, who is also an expert in Ecological Footprint analysis, believes that the solution to our climate challenges lies in building economies that mimic natural systems like forests. His study of debt money systems and banking suggests that the key to solving climate change driven by an addiction to economic growth is to design a new money system that mimics natural system. Mark lives in Edmonton with his wife Jennifer and their two girls and holds two bachelor degrees in economics and forestry and a Master’s degree in forest economics.