An experienced consultant, researcher and educator in the fields of the environment and agronomy, Richard Donald has led a diverse career that has taken him across the globe. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, Richard started his professional career with Jacques Whitford Environment Limited in Halifax where he held various positions including Manager of Environmental Sciences in Nova Scotia, and Manager of International Business Development.

As a consultant, Richard was involved with a wide range of environmental assessment and management projects, particularly in the mining, oil and gas and agriculture sectors across Canada and in over 23 countries around the world. He has consulted in the area of environmental management and technology agriculture for the United Nations, the World Bank, CIDA, USAID, the International Finance Corporation and many other Canadian and international institutions. His work in the oil and gas sectors included a term as a senior environmental specialist with Qatar Petroleum, in the area of offshore environmental monitoring and compliance.

Most recently, Richard served as Vice-President of Research and Extension at Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC), and Associate Dean Research upon the merger of NSAC with Dalhousie University. As part of those positions Dr. Donald was also President and CEO of Perennia Inc, a Nova Scotia crown-owned company with the responsibility of knowledge translation and transfer to the agriculture and food sector. Richard retired from his post at Dalhousie in July of 2014 and continues to consult in the environment and agriculture domain.