Stephen Morison

Stephen Morison is a professional geologist with over 40 years of technical and management experience across Northern Canada. Stephen was the Chief Geologist and Director of Mineral Resources for INAC, Yukon Region responsible for Yukon’s geoscience program and the environmental assessment, permitting, inspection and enforcement of exploration and mining projects for over 16 years.

After leaving the Government of Canada, Stephen joined a national environmental consulting firm, Gartner Lee Limited and was responsible for building a mining practice and environmental consultancy across Canada. He filled a number of executive management positions in Gartner Lee, including CEO designate for the firm.

He was the Vice President, North America for ALS Minerals with over 2,000 employees, responsible for providing geochemistry business services to the exploration and mining industry in Canada, the U.S and Mexico.

Stephen also joined SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.as the Director, Mining for North America and was also on the Board of Directors for the Canadian operations. In this capacity, he was responsible for overall governance of the SLR’s operations across Canada as well as building a mining consulting practice across Canada as well as managing the daily business operations in Whitehorse, Yukon and Yellowknife, NWT.

Currently, Stephen is the Managing Principal for SRM Consulting Ltd.

Stephen has managed large technical teams completing environmental assessment and regulatory approvals for mine development proposals across Northern Canada. He has a track record of successfully completing mine site closure and reclamation plans for both industry and government.  Stephen has also completed independent technical assessments for proposed mine development projects for government agencies and boards across Northern Canada and for the due diligence of mining property acquisitions for private sector clients.

Stephen is also a highly successful senior geoscientist with publications and a track record in surficial geological mapping including terrain hazards identification and extent, depth and characterization of permafrost. He has also trained as a sedimentologist and fluvial geomorphologist with significant work experience as a geochemist and bedrock and minerals deposit geologist.

He has a successful track record building a “Social License to Operate” for mining projects through the development of a clear project strategy combined with innovative approaches in mine design, stakeholder engagement and consultation and leading-edge science to mitigate impacts from proposed mining projects. He has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of government legislation, regulations and policies, including quasi-judicial boards for environmental approvals and regulatory approvals of mining projects.

Mr. Morison also has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and consultation, including IBA negotiations with aboriginal communities. He is the Past President of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

Northern Governance Institute 

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