Associate Professor of Law, Policy and Sustainability
University of British Columbia

David R. Boyd is one of Canada’s leading experts in environmental law and policy. He is an Associate Professor of Law, Policy, and Sustainability  at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Boyd has advised many governments–from Canada to Sweden—on environmental and constitutional issues. He was the co-chair of Vancouver’s Greenest City initiative along with Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Boyd’s current research focuses on the right to live in a healthy environment, the rights of Nature, environmental justice, and the need for a new generation of environmental laws. In addition to his nine books, Boyd also wrote Sustainability Within a Generation: A New Vision for Canada, and more than 100 articles on environmental issues in publications ranging from The Globe and Mail to the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

David is the former Executive Director of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (now Ecojustice), Canada’s leading public interest environmental law organization. He lives on Pender Island in British Columbia with his wife Margot Venton and their daughter Meredith. He enjoys kayaking, running, cycling and is the reigning Barnacleman champion.