Ronald Pushchak is a professor with a joint appointment in the School of Urban and Regional Planning and the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University. From 1999 to 2007, Pushchak served as director of the master’s program in Environmental Applied Science and Management in the School of Graduate Studies.
Pushchak graduated with a bachelor of arts in Geography from the University of Toronto. He completed his master’s in environmental studies at York University and holds a PhD in Environmental Planning from Princeton University. In addition to his academic and research activities, he has been involved in a number of professional environmental planning cases including:
The Ontario effort to develop legislation to protect municipal drinking water sources.
The Canadian concept for disposal of nuclear fuel waste.
The Ontario government's efforts to locate municipal waste landfills in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Department of National Defence proposal for low-level military flight training in Labrador.
Pushchak has consulted on a number of environmental facility siting cases. He has served on Environment Canada's Environmental Advisory Team for the Canadian concept for disposal of high-level radioactive waste and on the the Ontario Ministry of the Environment's Technical Experts Committee for source water protection.
He has published in the fields of environmental assessment, hazardous waste management, high-level radioactive waste disposal, and on the participation of First Nation's people in Canadian plans to dispose of radioactive wastes.
In the Urban and Regional Planning program, he teaches courses in planning theory and environmental assessment. He also teaches graduate courses in environmental assessment and facility siting in the Environmental Applied Science and Management program. His research focuses on environmental impact assessment, risk assessment and hazardous facility siting.
In the School of Occupational and Public Health, Pushchak teaches courses on public health, including the research project course and the seminar on public health. His public health research interests lie in source water protection, environmental impact assessment, risk assessment and hazardous facility location.
Professor (on sabbatical leave Summer 2017 - Fall 2017)