Presentation of Order of Canada to Ian Burton - 2024


  Ian Burton

Orleans, Ontario, Canada

Officer of the Order of Canada

Awarded on: 28 December 2023
Invested on:  ---------- 2024

Ian Burton (Derby, United Kingdom, 1935) is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto (Canada), where he has spent his academic career after earning a PhD in Geography (Resource Management and Natural Hazards) from the University of Chicago (United States). Author of ten books - outstandingly Environment as Hazard (1978), whose conclusions are every bit as relevant today - and more than 200 articles in scientific journals and reports, his research work has led him to participate in numerous national and international organizations.

In Canada, he has served as Director of the Impacts and Adaptation Research Group of Environment Canada, and Director of the University of Toronto's Institute for Environmental Studies, among other appointments. Internationally, he has worked on three Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as on the IPCC's Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters, and taken on consulting assignments for the World Bank, OECD, WHO and UNESCO. He currently serves on the Expert Advisory Committee of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's Global Risk Assessment Framework.

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