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Milton McClaren


Associate Faculty


Environment and Sustainability


Milton McClaren has a long-standing interest in the field of environmental education. He has been involved, with his graduate students, in the design, development and implementation of distance education and online learning systems since 1967. In 2000 he wrote a proposal for the  Royal Roads’ Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication program (MAEEC) and has been involved with the program ever since. In addition to his teaching, he has served as a consultant to strategic planning and organizational development processes at both BCIT and Vancouver Community College. McClaren is married and has two daughters and five grandchildren.


McClaren is the owner of Sunflower Investments Ltd. and has been an associate faculty member at Royal Roads since 2000. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and a Cohort Supervisor in the Doctoral Program in education (EdD) where his students are senior administrators in the BC K-12 and post-secondary education systems, or are involved in the justice, health care, or non-governmental agency sectors. He is a member of the School of Environment and Sustainability’s advisory board and has taught and supervised students in School of Leadership (MAL/MALT programs) and in the Master of Arts in Distributed Learning program.


McClaren holds a Doctor of Educational Studies in secondary education and a PhD in botany from the University of British Columbia. He is the recipient of the B.C. Minister’s Environment Award, the Canadian EECOM Award, the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Certificate of Merit, and the Taft Campus Award from the University of Northern Illinois for his work in the field of environmental education. He has also received an Award of Recognition from the BC School Superintendents Association and a Certificate of Achievement from the Canadian Association of School Administrators for his work in professional education. He is a holder of the Maxwell Cameron Medal in Education of the BC Teachers Federation.