Thomas Gunton

Professor, Director of the Resource and Environmental Management Planning Program

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Dr. Gunton heads the Sustainable Planning Research Group. The research program is currently focused on assessing the environmental, social and economic impacts of major natural resource projects on BC First Nations. The research group has been working with First Nations to assess the impact of two major oil pipeline projects: The Enbridge Northern Gateway and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project. A new multiple accounts evaluation methodology was developed to assess the risk and public interest impacts of oil pipelines and assessments were completed of the two pipelines and submitted as evidence to the National Energy Board on behalf of First Nations and environmental groups. Research is also being conducted to evaluate the regulatory process of reviewing pipeline projects and to identify new collaborative approaches to planning major projects.

A second research area is working with First Nations to assess the impacts of proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Projects (LNG) in BC through a 4 year $400,000 research grant. The focus of the research is developing new methods for cumulative impact assessment of LNG that assesses social, environmental and economic impacts and developing impact benefit agreements between First Nations, LNG companies and government. The research is being used by First Nations in their assessment of LNG proposals in their territories.


  • BA, University of Waterloo
  • MA, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Waterloo
  • PhD, Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia
  • MCIP, Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and RPP, Registered Professional Planner