Chad Day

Professor Emeritus


  • BSc, Geology
  • MSc, Geology, University of Western Ontario
  • PhD, Resource Geography, University of Chicago


Dr. Day specializes in water and land management, environmental impact assessment, and sustainable development. His major focus concerns the effectiveness and efficiency of institutional arrangements to support sustainable resource management practices. Within this area he has extensive experience in international river basin and coastal zone management, interbasin water transfers, water quality management, environmental regulation, and coal and mineral regulation policy. In the 1990’s he began research on shared decision making in land and water management.

Publications include:

  • Day, J.C. 1999. Planning for Floods in the Lower Fraser Basin, British Columbia: Toward an Integrated Approach? In: Floods: Toward Improved Science, Civics and Decision Making. Environments, 27(1): 49-66.
  • Day, J.C., Peter W. Williams, and Steve Litke, guest editors. 1998. Land & Water Planning in British Columbia in the 1990s. Environments, 25 (2 & 3): 145.
  • Anderson,Robert, Theodore Cohn, Chad Day, Michael Howlett, and Catherine Murray. 1998. Innovation Systems in a Global Context: The North American Experience. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 303.
  • Georgison, Paul and J.C. Day. 1993. Protecting our Waters, or Protecting the System? Burnaby, BC: Simon Fraser University, School of Resource and Environmental Management.
  • Day, J.C. and Frank Quinn. 1992. Water Diversion and Export: Learning from Canadian Experience. Waterloo, Ont.: University of Waterloo Press.
  • Day, J.C. and Don B. Gamble. 1990. Coastal Zone Management in British Columbia: An Institutional Comparison with Washington, Oregon, and California. Coastal Management, 18:115-41.

In 1994, he helped organize a trinational symposium on Competition, Innovation, and Sustainability related to NAFTA. Further, since 1990 he has been involved a variety of projects in China related to sustainable management of water and land management projects, as well as advising on regional economic development proposals in China.

Dr. Day is a past director of the International Association for Impact Assessment, a director of the Canadian Coastal Engineering and Science Association, as well as the current chair of the Greater Vancouver Regional District Advisory Committee. He was a panel member for the Federal Environmental Assessment Review Office during the assessment of the Third Runway at Vancouver International Airport.

Dr. Day taught Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (REM 646), Water Planning and Management (REM 655), as well as the Field Workshop (REM 698). He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Simon Fraser University.