Lawrence (Larry) Hildebrand


26 Tantling Crescent, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada B2W 4Z6
Phone: +1 902 237 6517
Education & career

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Coastal and Ocean Governance

Cardiff University, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Master of Environmental Studies (MES), Coastal Zone Management

Dalhousie University, Faculty of Management

School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Marine Biology

Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


Distinguished Scholar and Special Advisor, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden – 2019-present

Professor and Canadian Chair in Marine Environmental Protection, Developer and Head of MSc. Specialization in Ocean Sustainability, Governance & Management, World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden – 2013-2019 (retired)

 Adjunct Professor, World Maritime University, Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management, Malmö, Sweden – 2019-present

 Adjunct Professor, Marine Affairs Program, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University – 1999-present

 Visiting Professor, Dalian Maritime University (WMU sister university), Dalian, China – 2014-2017

 Visiting Professor, University of Akureyri, University Centre of the Westfjords, Ísafjorður, Iceland – 2008-2012

 Visiting Professor/MSc. Program developer, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay – 2000-2010

 Visiting Professor/Curriculum developer, Kalmar Maritime Academy, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden – 2016-2018

 External Expert Reviewer, Tier 1 Canada Excellence Research Chairs nominations, Tri-Agencies Granting Institutional Programs, Ottawa, Canada – 2017-present


Canadian Federal Government (1978-2012)

 2009 – 2012         Senior Coastal and Ocean Specialist, Environment Canada, Regional Director General’s Office

Led the development of a departmental Coastal and Ocean Engagement Framework and served as Departmental representative on inter-governmental ICZM initiatives

 1999 – 2009          Manager, Sustainable Communities & Ecosystems Division, Environment Canada, Corporate Affairs, Atlantic Region

Departmental lead on regional ecosystem-based coastal management programs and Departmental manager for the Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP)

 1996 – 1999           Head, Coastal Liaison, Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, Atlantic Region

Departmental liaison for coastal/ocean management initiatives (Atlantic) with Department of Fisheries & Oceans and the Province of Nova Scotia. Policy and program development for Environment Canada/CWS

 1991 – 1996           Senior Advisor, Marine Environmental Quality, Environment Canada, Regional Director General’s Office

Coordinated a national marine policy and strategic planning initiative (precursor to Canada Oceans Act and Strategy) and led the development process for a proposed national CZM policy

 1990 – 1991           Policy Advisor and Planning Coordinator, Environment Canada, Atlantic Region, RDG’s Office

As Senior advisor to the Regional Director General, managed the regional corporate planning process and led corporate policy and integrated programs development and evaluation

 1989 – 1990                 District Director, Prince Edward Island, Environment Canada, Regional Office, Charlottetown, PEI

As Senior departmental representative in the Province of Prince Edward Island, provided corporate intelligence and senior-level relations with federal and provincial agencies and industry. Negotiated the development of joint programs and the resolution of inter-jurisdictional environmental problems

 1980 – 1989            Environmental Quality Evaluation Officer, Environment Canada, Environmental Protection Branch

Led the conceptual development, researching, writing and publishing of state-of-the-environment reports and coastal area assessments in Atlantic Canada

 1979 – 1980             Research Support Team Leader, Fisheries & Oceans Canada / Energy, Mines & Resources Canada

Team leader of a research support group to scientists at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography involved in multi-disciplinary biological and oceanographic studies. Field researcher related to tidal power development and offshore exploration

 1978 – 1979             Research Assistant, Fisheries & Oceans Canada-Bedford Institute of Oceanography

Investigated zooplankton ecology in upper Bay of Fundy and Scotian Shelf and sediment dynamics in relation to proposed tidal power development


Available for teaching/education
Selected publications (up to 5)

Hildebrand, L.P. 2019. Educating the Ocean Leaders of Today for the Ocean of Tomorrow. pp. 100-106. In: D. Werle et al. (Eds). 2019. The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918–2002).Brill I Nijhoff

Hildebrand, L.P., L. W. Brigham and T.M. Johansson (Eds). 2018. Sustainable Shipping in a Changing Arctic. WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs Vol. 7. Springer 

Hildebrand, L.P. and N. Bellefontaine. 2017. Ocean Governance and Sustainability. In: I.D. Visvikis, P. Panayides (Eds). Shipping Operations Management. WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs, Vol. 4. Springer

Hildebrand, L.P. and J.-U. Schröder-Hinrichs. 2014. Maritime and Marine: Synonyms, Solitudes or Schizophrenia? WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, Vol. 13, Issue 2, pp. 173-176

Ricketts, P.J. and L.P. Hildebrand (Eds.) 2011. Canadian Theme Issue on Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management.  Coastal Management Journal, Vol. 39 (1)


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