In June of 2000, Dr. Hanson was named an Oceans Ambassador by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. He is currently a core faculty member of the Sustainable Enterprise Academy at York University, a member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee.
Dr. Hanson is a Board member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, an Advisor to the Volvo Environment Prize, a member of the Selection Committee for the North American Fund for Environmental Cooperation and serves on numerous Canadian and international environment and development committees. In May 1994 he was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada to the National Round Table on Environment and Economy.
Over the past two decades, he has initiated a number of major programs in environment and development, especially in Southeast Asia and North America. He has held management and advisory positions with research councils, universities, foundations, international development agencies and banks, and non-governmental organizations.
From 1978 to 1991 he was Professor of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University (Halifax) and was Director of the School for Resource and Environmental Studies for a decade. Prior to that he worked for five years with the Ford Foundation in Indonesia. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in the field of Fisheries Ecology and Natural Resources, a M.Sc. in Zoology / Fisheries and a BSc (First Class Hon) in Zoology from the University of British Columbia.