Governance and Committees 2012

Daniel Shrubsole, Director
Academic Programs and Administration

Professor Shrubsole received an undergraduate degree from Laurentian University (1980, Nipissing College Campus), a Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (1983) and a PhD from the University of Waterloo (1989). He has been at Western since 1988. He is Professor in the Department of Geography and has served as Chair of that Department since 2005. He has also served as Acting co-Director of the Environment and Sustainability Program at Western (2009-2010).

Professor Shrubsole has served as a National Director of the Canadian Association of Geographers, and on provincial and national executives of the Canadian Water Resources Association. In 1995/1996, he was a Visiting Research Fellow with Australia’s Commonwealth Research and Scientific Organization (CSIRO) and participated in research concerning catchment management and environmental management in the sugar cane industry. He has published many research papers on the institutional aspects of resource management, particularly water resource management in Canada. His Canadian perspectives on water management were featured in the books Eau Canada: The Future of Canada’s Water (2007, edited by K. Bakker), Practicing Sustainable Water Management: Canadian and International Experiences (1997), Canadian Water Management: Visions for Sustainability (1994), Every Drop Counts (1994), and Ontario Conservation Authorities: Myth and Reality (1992). His publications have appeared in journals such as Environmental Management, The Journal of Environmental Management, The Canadian Geographer, Applied Geography, Canadian Water Resources Journal, and the Australian Journal of Environmental Management.

He looks forward to working with faculty, staff and students at Western who wish to develop new modules, improve existing graduate and undergraduate programs, and better promote both new and current programs related to environment and sustainability to students in Canada and beyond. In undertaking these activities, the best of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary-based learning can be realized, so Western will emerge a leader in environmental teaching and learning.


Gordon McBean, Director
Research and External Relations

Gordon McBean has built on a background of research on the physics of atmosphere and oceans systems to become Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences at The University of British Columbia, then Assistant Deputy Minister in Environment Canada, and now, since 2000, a Professor of Geography and Political Science and Director of Policy Studies at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western.

In 2008, he was made a member of the Order of Canada in “recognition of contributions to the advancement of climate and atmospheric sciences in Canada and for leadership in national and international scientific organizations, helping to generate and disseminate research findings to policymakers and stakeholders.” He is also a Member of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada. He is now President-elect, International Council for Science, and Chair of Boards of START International (environmental science capacity enhancement in Africa and Asia), the Canadian Climate Forum, and the Ontario Research Consortium on Climate Change. He has been Chair of the Canada-US Bilateral Research Group on Acid Rain; the World Climate Research Programme, and, more recently, the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Programme. He has over 100 publications in books and refereed journals and about 60 other publications. He presently leads an International Development Research Centre and TriCouncils research project on Coastal Cites at Risk due to Climate Change and is a member of the new NCE Marine Environmental Observations Prediction and Response. He has been a lead member in the ArcticNet NCE and completed studies of The Security of Canada and Canadians: Implications of Climate Change as a Knowledge Synthesis Research Project of SSHRC and public policy aspects of water through funding of the Harold Crabtree Foundation.

With this background he will work with colleagues across Western to enhance the research program within CES and to develop partnerships for CES across Canada and internationally. His vision is of the Western Centre for Environment and Sustainability being a recognized global leader for research and education in environment and sustainability and building further a strong cross-disciplinary research program addressing local to global issues of human-environmental interactions and their relationship to sustainable economies, cultures and societies.


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