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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review




Stephen M. Rowins, Ph.D., P.Geo.


Job title: Chief Geologist and Executive Director of the British Columbia Geological Survey


Stephen directs the research activities of the British Columbia Geological Survey and oversees its mandate to provide geoscientific information for informed decision making and investment in BC mineral resources.



Queen’s University (B.Sc. Honours, 1987)

University of Ottawa (M.Sc., 1990)

The University of Western Australia (Ph.D., 1994)

McGill University (NSERC Post-doctoral Fellow, 1994-1996)



Steve has held research and management positions in industry, academia and government. He started as a Project Geologist with Westmin Resources Limited and Boliden Limited prior joining the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia as an Assistant Professor in 1999. Returning to industry in 2006, Steve served as the Vice-President of Exploration for Northern Abitibi Mining Ltd. until 2009 when he joined the BCGS as the Director of Cordilleran Geoscience. Since 2009 Steve has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria where he undertakes research, teaches and supervises graduate and undergraduate theses in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. He is a past president of the Geological Association of Canada.


Executive Director and Chief Geologist at the BCGS since 2011, Steve’s current research focuses on deciphering the critical magmatic-hydrothermal processes that control the ultimate grade and tonnage of porphyry-epithermal copper-gold systems and using apatite as an indicator mineral to explore for mineral deposits undercover.