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Director, Partnerships and Learning
As director, partnerships and learning Dr. Rob Stevens leads the design, development and implementation of CIRDI’s partnership engagement and learning strategies to support CIRDI’s mission: to improve, in a measurable way, the ability of developing countries to manage and benefit from their natural resources in order to catalyze sustainable development and reduce poverty.
Prior to his appointment at CIRDI, he was the associate dean of natural resources and engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) where he oversaw a number of programs including mining, forestry, ecological restoration, GIS and civil engineering. He is a fellow of Geoscientists Canada and has worked across Canada for a number of exploration companies and for provincial and federal geological surveys.
Dr. Stevens is well known for his involvement in the mineral exploration community in Vancouver and for delivering dynamic and enlightening courses on the mineral exploration and mining industry to various industry participants and stakeholders across the Americas.
In 2011, Dr. Stevens was awarded the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia’s premier award for professional geoscience, the C.J. Westerman Memorial Award, for his significant contribution to professional geoscience. Dr. Stevens has been a director of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC since 2001 and was the chairman from 2008-2010. In 2013 he received the Gold Pan Award from the Association for Mineral Exploration BC for exceptional meritorious service to the mineral exploration community.
Dr. Stevens is passionate about education, training and the role that sustainable natural resources development can bring to communities and countries and he enjoys the mix of science, engineering, business, discovery and development that are part of the natural resources sector.
Dr. Stevens is the author of Mineral Exploration and Mining Essentials, a resource book for non-technical individuals and professionals who are interested in the mining industry. He received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Alberta and an Honours B.Sc. in geology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.