Neil B. Ridler

Professor Emeritus in Economics

Convocation Ceremony: May 29, 2009

Dr. Neil B. Ridler has made many significant contributions to the University of New Brunswick Saint John since taking up his appointment in 1973 as Assistant Professor of Economics. 

He has been actively involved in UNB’s internationalization initiatives, delivering UNB courses and workshops in Indonesia, China and Vietnam; he has maintained an active, externally-funded research program throughout his career; and he continues to do so in his retirement, as Principal Investigator with a project team that is investigating Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture.  The research budget for this project alone is $7.1 million.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ridler has taught 25 distinct undergraduate courses and 14 different graduate courses in both Arts and Business.  He has also published more than 65 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, and 53 book chapters, technical reports and reviews.

Since 1999, his aquaculture research program examining the socio-economic impacts of aquaculture has been recognized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  Since then, Dr. Ridler has been invited on several occasions to serve as a Research Scientist on FAO projects in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Throughout all of this, Dr. Ridler, has maintained a passionate interest in students, and in the overall academic life of the Saint John community.  He spearheaded a practicum course in Urban Economics at UNB Saint John, and has directly supervised, or been involved in the supervision of, more than 30 graduate students.  In addition, he has served as a member of the UNB Board of Governors, the UNB Saint John Senate, on various Deans Search committees, as Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, and as the unofficial coordinator of the Economics program at UNB Saint John for many years.

Dr. Ridler’s record of accomplishment exemplifies the qualities of excellence and exceptional merit that are important criteria for the achievement of Professor Emeritus status.