While Dr. Gardner’s academic background is in biological oceanography, he has had a lifelong interest in environmental education and public awareness of science. A member of the founding Steering Committee for the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, he organized the first EECOM conference and served as the Chair of the Board of EECOM for over 10 years. During his time as Chair, he focussed on capacity building and leadership development both within EECOM and within the broader EE community in Canada. He received the EECOM Award of Excellence in Environmental Education in 2009 for his service to EECOM.

Grant has also served as an Advisory Editor for the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, and as a member of the Board of the Canadian Forestry Association. He was a member of the core organizing committee for the Fifth World Environmental Education Congress in Montreal in 2009. Still active in retirement, Grant is a founding Fellow of the Learning Institute of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and a member of the Board of the Environmental Education Commission, which operates a residential environmental education centre near St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.