Country of Residence
Current Professional Role
Dr. Philip Byer is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Byer is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. His teaching, research, and professional work are in the areas of environmental planning, project evaluation, environmental impact and risk assessment, and municipal waste management.
In the past 10 years, Dr. Byer has focused his research on improving the consideration of climate change in infrastructure planning. In 2004, he completed a project for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on methods for addressing climate change uncertainties in project assessments.
Academia, Publishing, Awards
He is co-author of a report titled Best Practices for Consideration of the Effects of Climate Change in Project-Level Environmental Assessments and was principal author of the International Association for Impact Assessment’s Climate Change in Impact Assessment – International Best Practice Principles. In addition to his university work, Dr. Byer has been a member of various advisory committees such as the Federal EA Review Panel for a proposed mine in Northern Ontario (2011-2014), and the Ontario Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee (Chair, 1986- 95), which carried out public consultations and advised the Minister of the Environment on controversial projects, and policy and legislative changes.