JIEP Spotlight

Mr. Learie Miller (MCIP, RPP, EP)

Learie Miller


Learie Miller has worked in the Environmental field both locally and internationally for approximately 30 years. He had a fascination with the outdoors and was a founding member of the Blue Mountain Hiking Club when he attended Excelsior High School. It was therefore not surprising that he pursued Geography and Geology at UWI Mona as he went on field trips of the Jamaican Geographical and Geological Societies even as a 6th Form student.  He graduated with an Upper Second Class honours degree majoring in Geography with minors in Geology and Economics and also completed with honours the Diploma in Management Studies. 
Learie was the recipient of a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Toronto Institute of Environmental Studies and Department of Geography where he completed a collaborative Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Environmental Management and Geomorphology in 1989. He also completed a Masters in Spatial Analysis (MSA) degree from Ryerson University in 2004. In addition to his formal academic qualifications Learie has completed various professional courses over the years including Project Management and one on Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis from Harvard University. He is probably one of the few Jamaicans who has professional designations in both land-use planning and the environmental fields, as he is not only a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), but also a Canadian Certified Environmental Professional (EP).
He has worked in many different spheres of the environment ranging from doing hands on activities to providing senior policy advice and these included at different times of his career being a Soil Conservation Officer, a Watershed Management Coordinator, a Resources Planner, a Senior Policy Analyst, an Advisor in Environmental Planning and a Director for Conservation and Protection. He has also done consulting and was an Adjunct Faculty member of the Geography Department and the Management Institute of National Development. In all of these activities he has always learnt something new while gaining immense job satisfaction. 
Probably best known for his contribution to the development of and subsequent work with NRCA and NEPA he has attributed his professional development and success to the guidance of excellent professionals ahead of him in the system such as the late Jacob Taylor, Richard Thelwell and Cleveland Cunningham and others who are still contributing like Leonie Barnaby, Eleanor Jones, Beverley Miller, Paul Carroll, Don Rose, Franklin McDonald, Wendell Miller, Parris Lyew-Ayee Snr. and Fred Campbell. As a consequence and in giving back he has made sure to mentor many persons who were junior to himself in the system and tried where possible to advance their career through advice, facilitating where possible further studies and promotion.
Learie has served the Jamaican Geographical Society as council member and President and has been involved with JIEP since its inception. Learie has been married to Debbie-Ann for 28 yrs and they have a daughter and son.
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