Dr. Peter Ricketts began his appointment as Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Carleton University in July 2009, and has just commenced a second five-year term following a successful review and reappointment. He is a Professor of Geography and Environmental studies and is an expert in integrated coastal and ocean management with over 30 years of experience as a researcher and instructor.
Prior to joining Carleton University, Dr. Ricketts was Vice-President (Academic and Research) and Professor of Geography at Nipissing University, in North Bay, ON. Before that he was a Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, BC. Dr. Ricketts also has extensive experience as a senior university administrator, having served as President of Okanagan University College (OUC) from 2004-05 and Vice-President, Academic of OUC from 2000-04, Dean of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University (1995-2000) in Halifax, NS, and he was the first Director of Research at Saint Mary’s University (1989-1994), also in Halifax, NS. Dr. Ricketts served two terms as President (1998-99 and 1999-2000) and one term as Vice-President (1997-98) of the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies, and is currently Chair of CBIE’s Internationalization Leaders Network and Director of Ontario Universities International.
He has published extensively in the fields of coastal and ocean management, strategic environmental assessment, the applications of geographic information systems and information technology to support decision-making in coastal and ocean resource management, maritime boundary delineation, international coastal and ocean issues, and the management of coastal erosion. Dr. Ricketts has acted as a consultant for the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Fisheries and Oceans, and Environment of the Government of Canada and for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US federal government. Dr. Peter Ricketts served as President of the Coastal Zone Canada Association (CZCA) from 2002 to 2008 and again from 2012 to 2016. The CZCA is Canada’s major organization for researchers, public policy practitioners, and community stakeholders in the area of coastal and ocean management. In June 2016, Dr. Ricketts was awarded the H. B. Nicholls Award in recognition of his leadership and significant contribution to integrated coastal and ocean management in Canada.
Born in Harrogate, Yorkshire and raised in Bournemouth on the south coast of England, Dr. Ricketts earned his BA (Honours) at the University of Nottingham in 1974 and his PhD from the University of Southampton in 1982.