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Date: March 09, 2004

UVic Alum and Ecotrust Canada planner receives prestigious Fulbright-OAS award

University of Victoria alumnus and Ecotrust Canada community planner Ian Scott has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright-OAS Ecology scholarship. The award, valued at more than US$30,000 over two years, recognizes Scott’s outstanding academic achievement and extraordinary contribution to the fields of sustainable development and environmental protection.

Each year, one individual from each country in the Western Hemisphere is awarded a Fulbright-OAS Ecology scholarship. Scott is the second Canadian to be named Fulbright-OAS Ecology Scholar.

“Mr. Scott should be especially proud of this most recent accomplishment,” said Dr. Michael Hawes, executive director of the Canada-US Fulbright Program. “It is a great honour for Canada to be represented in this program by someone who demonstrates a profound commitment to sustainable development, supported by excellent academic and professional preparation.”

As a Fulbright-OAS Ecology Scholar, Scott will pursue a master’s in community and regional planning at the American university of his choice. While in the United States, Scott will join the distinguished circle of Fulbright-OAS Ecology Scholars from countries throughout the Western hemisphere.

The Fulbright-OAS Ecology Initiative supports exceptional individuals throughout the Americas who have contributed in important ways to sustainable development in their own countries. Administered jointly by the Fulbright Program and LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas, Fulbright-OAS Ecology Scholars have the opportunity to pursue advanced academic degrees in the United States.

“I’m very pleased and proud to see one of UVic’s graduates join the distinguished ranks of Fulbright scholars,” says UVic President Dr. David Turpin. “Ian’s success reflects the outstanding quality of students and programs at the University of Victoria and the emphasis we place on interdisciplinary education that prepares graduates to tackle the real issues facing our world.”

While in the United States, Scott’s research will focus on participatory planning and its application to regional and community economic development, with particular reference to First Nations and American Indian communities. Through his research, Scott will explore the intersection between economics, community development and environmental protection in order to contribute to knowledge surrounding environmentally sustainable communities.

“Communities on both sides of the border are facing similar challenges – environmental degradation, changing economies and social upheaval – I am excited by the opportunity to study how planners and communities in the U.S. are dealing with these important issues,” said Scott. “I hope to bring my practical experiences working on the B.C. coast during a time of significant social and environmental conflict to my academic research.”

Scott is currently Georgia Basin Program Coordinator at Ecotrust Canada, where he coordinates community resource management and planning projects within the Georgia Basin region of British Columbia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in environmental studies from the University of Victoria. Among many positions in the field of environment, he has worked with a local environmental organization promoting community economic development in Argentina and has been a GIS analyst at Kluane National Park in the Yukon.

Long regarded as the world’s premiere academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program attracts exceptional scholars from more than 150 countries worldwide. Among the fastest growing of the bilateral exchanges is the Canada-US Fulbright Program.

With the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the United States Department of State, the Canada-US Fulbright Program has engaged nearly 600 scholars in high-level academic exchange since its inception in 1990.

Media contacts:
Ian Scott (Georgia Basin Coordinator) at (604) 682-4141 ext. 31 or iscott@ecotrustcan.org
Amy J. Harvey (Program Officer, Communications Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program)
(613) 688-5517 or ajharvey@fulbright.ca
Patty Pitts (UVic Communicatoins) at (250) 721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca
Eric Enno Tamm (Communications Manager, Ecotrust Canada) at (604) 682-4141 ext. 24 or erict@ecotrustcan.org

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