About The Author

Robert Stevens is a professional geologist who 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. Dr. Stevens is the Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Policy at the Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) where he supports the mineral exploration industry by advocating for sound government policy and developing tools and workshops that help advance the practice of AME’s members. Prior to that (2016-2018) he was the Director of Partnerships and Learning at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) based at the University of British Columbia. At CIRDI, Rob worked with developing country governments to support the sustainable management of mineral resources.

This book was written while Dr. Stevens was the Associate Dean of Natural Resources at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and a faculty member and head of the Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology department (2000-2016). 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 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. He is passionate about the mineral explor­ation and mining industry and enjoys the mix of science, engineering, business, discovery and entrepreneurialism that are integral to the industry.


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