Chant, Donald Alfred

Donald Alfred Chant, scientist, educator, environmental advocate, businessman (b at Toronto 30 Sep 1928; d there 23 Dec 2007). Donald Alfred Chant's early university research at University of British Columbia and University of London led him to the forefront of nonchemical pest-control research in Canada, the US and England. A University of Toronto professor of zoology (1967-93, and emeritus professor 1993-2007) with a respected scientific record, Chant was the rare academic who turned his attention to informing the public about environmental issues in the late 1960s - PESTICIDES, POLLUTION, wildlife preservation and arctic ecosystems. Eminent, eloquent and outspoken, he was welcomed by the media. One of his undertakings during these years was to co-found POLLUTION PROBE at the University of Toronto in 1969.

In 1980, after 5 years as University of Toronto vice-president and provost and after founding the joint Guelph-Toronto Centre for Toxicology, Donald Chant became chair and president of the Ontario Waste Management Corp. His mandate was to solve one of the complex problems he had helped bring to public debate: the treatment of toxic industrial waste. He remained a University of Toronto zoology professor, directing a research program on the use of predators for insect control. Chant's efforts were rewarded in 1988 with his investiture as an Officer of the Order of Canada. After retiring in 1995, he continued his research on MITES. Earlier honours included Chant's election as a fellow of the ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA in 1974 and of the Entomological Society of Canada in 1976.