Stephen holds a M.Sc. in Rural Land Use Planning from the University of Guelph, and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto for 11 years, specializing in Mineral Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Management for Mining.
He served as the Vice President of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, as well as the Director of Environment during his 26+ years of work at SNC Lavalin. During his tenure as Vice President, Stephen was responsible for developing and maintaining relations and partnerships with aboriginal organizations and businesses throughout Canada. In addition to this, he oversaw business development and marketing, and provided project support to all Divisions of the Company. His expertise gained through experience on small to large projects (international and domestic) as the Director of Environment includes permitting and approvals; multidisciplinary environmental assessment; public and regulator consultation program design and implementation; policy development and review; environmental management planning; resettlement and relocation planning; and project management.