Stephen is a registered Professional Geologist with over 45 years of geoscience, environmental and regulatory and senior management experience across Northern and Western Canada.
Stephen has provided strong leadership in natural resources management in areas such as environmental assessment, climate change initiatives, regulatory approvals and First Nations engagement and consultation.
Stephen was with the Federal Government in the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (INAC) Yukon Region, for over 15 years as the Chief Geologist and Director, Mineral Resources. There, he was responsible for the development and management of Yukon’s geoscience program, the management of the Quartz and Placer Mining Acts and the environmental assessment, permitting, inspection and enforcement and closure / remediation of exploration and mining projects. This required extensive consultation with First Nations governments, the minerals industry, stakeholders, and outreach to the general public regarding new geoscience programs, new minerals related legislation and regulations and related policy development. Stephen has also been responsible for other federal legislation and regulations including some that required passage through the House of Commons and the Senate. Stephen previously managed a national Canadian environmental consulting firm and a global geochemistry firm responsible for operations in Mexico, the United States and Canada.
Stephen has a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Queen’s University.