Neil Ridler   2009 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

In his 35 years at UNB Saint John, Dr. Ridler has served in a number of administrative roles; as the Acting Chair of the Social Science Discipline, as a member of Senate and as a member of at least 16 different committees.  He regularly committed time to the management of the MBA and was the chief proponent of the MSc in Applied Economics and Finance.

Dr. Ridler was and continues to be a strong academic.  He has published 67 peer-reviewed articles and 41 book chapters/reports during his 35 years of service as a professor.  His reputation as an international scholar has seen him serve on a number of UNB missions to Africa and the Middle East and on three CIDA projects.  He is still actively involved in aquaculture research both on campus – working with Dr. Thierry Chopin and Dr. Bruce MacDonald –  for the province of New Brunswick, and as a visiting scientist with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

Dr. Ridler was/is a very respected professor in Economics.  Students found him to be engaging and approachable; despite his busy schedule, he always made room for them.   He has served as a mentor for incoming faculty, always ready with a sympathetic ear, words of encouragement and suggestions for improvement.

In short, Dr. Ridler is a role model for professors at UNB Saint John.  He has clearly demonstrated excellence in all aspects of the profession.   His past and continuing commitment to UNB Saint John clearly makes him very deserving of recognition.

Rob Moir

Department of Social Science