Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Anthony Dorcey FCIP

Born in England in 1944, Tony earned an MA in Economic Science from Aberdeen University in 1969 and two years later an MS in Regional Planning from Wisconsin.  Tony came to UBC in 1971 as a founding member of the Westwater Research Centre. In 1982 he became a faculty member in the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and later in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. From 1999 to 2006 he was the Director of SCARP. He retired from teaching at UBC the end of 2011 but remains as Professor Emeritus of Community and Regional Planning. 

Tony’s research and teaching have had three foci: policies and institutional arrangements for natural resources planning and management with particular emphasis on water;  negotiation and mediation in sustainability governance; and the planner for tomorrow – what should be her/his knowledge, skills and attitudes so as to be more successful in turning economic, environmental and social sustainability ideas into action.

During more than three decades, he has undertaken research on the design of policies and institutional arrangements for waterfront development; pollution control; watershed, estuary and coastal zone management; development of fishery-mariculture industries; conflicts between the forest industry, fisheries, and recreation; dam building and operations; and offshore oil and gas development. Case studies have focused on Canada’s West Coast, Fraser River Basin, Greater Vancouver and, internationally, Australia and Europe. Developing the use of negotiation and mediation and design of sustainability governance have been continuing interests in this research.

He was a founding member of the BC Round Table on Environment and Economy (1990-94) and the inaugural Chair of the Fraser Basin Management Board (1992-94). During the late 1990s he was a facilitator/mediator for global multi-stakeholder dialogues for the World Commission on Dams and the World Bank’s forestry policy.

His leadership and passion for planning education was always evident.  It was noted at his retirement party that “We can only dream of having the kind of integrity, poise, dedication, optimism and inclusive spirit that he brought to work, every day, for 40 years.”  His contributions have been recognized by a Killam Faculty Research Fellowship (1988), the University Teaching Prize (1995), the 2000 Professional Award of the Canadian Water Resources Association of BC, and election as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners (2007).