Hamish Kimmins appointed to Order of Canada

Hamish Kimmins honored with degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, by the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)

Hamish Kimmins honored with degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, by the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)

Professor Emeritus James Peter (Hamish) Kimmins, C.M., Ph.D., D.Sc.(hon) has been appointed to the Order of Canada, in recognition of his contributions as an ecologist promoting environmental sustainability in forest management.

The announcement was made on December 30th by the Governor General of Canada.

The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours.  It was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Dr. Kimmins served as Professor of Forest Ecology in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia from 1969 to 2007. He has been instrumental in the emergence of forest ecology and the shift towards the use of ecological principles as the foundation for sustainable forest management. He played a lead role in the development of the forest growth modeling software FORECAST which has been used across the world to inform forest management. He is also the author of the seminal book Forest Ecology, now in its third edition and used worldwide as the essential reference for forest ecology courses.

Dr. Kimmins will receive his award in a ceremony in Ottawa at a later date. Learn more about Hamish Kimmins and the appointment on the Chek News website.


The UBC Faculty of Forestry is inviting donations to support the new Hamish Kimmins Scholarship in Forest Ecosystem Studies, which has been established to honour Dr. Kimmins’ outstanding career, his dedication to mentoring graduate students and to recognize the positive impact his research has had, and continues to have on the profession internationally. To know more about this scholarship, click here, or to make a donation to the fund, click here.