Keith Hipel is an officer of the Order of Canada, a CIGI senior fellow and a BSIA fellow. His academic passion is the development of systems thinking methods for determining how humans can live in harmony with one another and their environment through sustainable and fair governance.

Keith and his research team have designed flexible decision-making technologies for use within a system of systems engineering framework when addressing complex interconnected problems using integrative and adaptive governance in a participatory and interdisciplinary fashion. His systems research has been applied to challenging problems in water resources management, international trade, environmental engineering, aquaculture, brownfield redevelopment, water exports, energy and climate change. Keith’s engineering expertise allows him to appreciate the physical and technological systems components of complex governance problems facing society. He handles societal issues using systems methods such as conflict resolution and multiple objective decision analysis.

As a professor of systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo, Keith is a gifted teacher, mentor and researcher who leads the Conflict Analysis Group. His academic contributions have earned him widespread recognition, including as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and past president of the Academy of Science within the RSC. Keith is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and has received top international acknowledgement of distinguished contributions to engineering via election as foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States of America. He is recipient of the highest international distinction in systems engineering research (Norbert Wiener Award from the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society) and an important Japanese science prize for which the previous 6 out of 7 recipients are Nobel Prize Laureates (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Eminent Scientist Award).

For his environmental work, Keith has won top prizes in water resources research, including Honorary Diplomate, Water Resources Engineers from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the W.R. Boggess Award  from the American Water Resources Association (AWRA); a key international hydrology award (Ven Te Chow Award from the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, ASCE); and Canada’s highest environmental recognition (Miroslaw Romanowksi Medal, RSC). Moreover, he has received interdisciplinary research awards including the Sir John William Dawson Medal from the RSC, and the Icko Iben Award from the AWRA. Other important honours includes the receipt of three honorary doctorates (in France, Hungary and Canada), three teaching awards and four outstanding career awards.  

Keith believes that effective policies are needed to encourage the commercialization of Canada’s innovative engineering inventions and ensure that all resource extraction industries have strong value-added components to promote high employment and prosperity.

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  1. Xu, H., Hipel, K.W., Kilgour, D.M., and Fang, L.
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    2018
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    Conflict Resolution Using the Graph Model: Strategic Interactions in Competition and Cooperation
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    Springer, Cham, Switzerland
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  2. Bernath Walker, S. and Hipel, K.W.
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    2017
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    Strategy, Complexity and Cooperation: A Sino-American Climate Regime
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    Group Decision and Negotiation
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    Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 997-1027
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  3. Hipel, K.W., Sakamoto, M., and Hagihara, Y.
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    2015
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    Third Party Intervention in Conflict Resolution: Dispute Between Bangladesh and India over Control of the Ganges River
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    Chapter 17 in Hagihara, K. and Asahi, C. (Editors), “Coping with Regional Vulberability: Preventing and Mitigating Damages from Environmental Disasters”, Series on New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives
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    Springer Japan KK, Tokyo
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    pp. 329-355
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  4. Council of Canadian Academies (CCA)
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    2015
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    Technology and Policy Options for a Low-Emission Energy System in Canada
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    Report of the Expert Panel on Energy Use and Climate Change. The Expert Panel consisted of a multidisciplinary group of eight experts, for which K.W. Hipel and P.R. Portney were the Co-Chairs, as well as an Assessment Team from the CCA
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    Magna International Inc. kindly funded the project.
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  5. Hipel, K.W., Kilgour, D.M., and Kinsara, R.A.
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    2014
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    Strategic Investigations of Water Conflicts in the Middle East
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    Group Decision and Negotiation
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    Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 355-376
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  6. Ma, J., Hipel, K.W., and De, M.
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    2011
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    Devils Lake Emergency Outlet Diversion Conflict
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    Journal of Environmental Management
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    Vol. 92, No. 2, pp. 437-447
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  7. Hipel, K.,W., Fang, L., and Heng, M.
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    2010
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    System of Systems Approach to Policy Development for Global Food Security
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    Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering
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    Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 1-21
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  8. Hipel, K.W. (Editor)
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    2009
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    Conflict Resolution, Volumes 1 and 2
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    Eolss Publishers, Oxford, United Kingdom
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  9. Hipel, K.W., Obeidi, A., Fang, L., and Kilgour, D.M.
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    2008
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    Adaptive Systems Thinking in Integrated Water Resources Management with Insights into Conflicts over Water Exports
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    INFOR
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    Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 51-69
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  10. Hipel, K.W. and Obeidi, A.
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    2005
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    Trade versus the Environment: Strategic Settlement from a Systems Engineering Perspective
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    Systems Engineering
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    DOI: 10.1002/sys.20031, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 211-233
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