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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review





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


Stephen leads the British Columbia Geological Survey in its mandate to attract investment in the mineral resources of BC by undertaking applied geoscience projects and developing and maintaining world class geoscience databases.


Area of Expertise:


Steve obtained his undergraduate degree from Queen’s University, followed by a M.Sc. degree from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D from the University of Western Australia in 1994. Returning to Canada, Steve undertook a NSERC post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University followed by several years exploring the Americas as a Project Geologist with Westmin-Boliden. In 1999, Steve joined the Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences at UBC as an Assistant Professor of Economic Geology where he remained until 2006, when he returned to industry as the Vice-President of Exploration for Northern Abitibi Mining Corp. Since 2009, he has been with the British Columbia Geological Survey, initially as the Director of Cordilleran Geoscience and now as the Executive Director and Chief Geologist. Steve is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Earth & Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria where he teaches economic geology and supervises graduate and undergraduate research theses. 


Current Focus:


Current research focuses on characterizing the genetic linkages between epithermal and porphyry copper-gold systems; determining the role of magmatic oxidation state on the ultimate grade and tonnage of porphyry copper-gold deposits; understanding the fundamental geological and geochemical differences between Archean and Phanerozoic porphyry-style deposits; developing research tools that distinguish between deeply penetrating regional-scale structures with potential to host large orogenic gold deposits, from shallow regional-scale structures having only limited potential. 


Associated Experience: 


Steve is the current President of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), and is the Past President of GAC's Pacific Section (2010-2011) and Mineral Deposits Division (2008-2009). He also serves as an Associate Editor of Ore Geology Reviews (1999-current) and volunteers in various roles with the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG), including being the SEG Chair for the "Vancouver 2003" meeting.


Past Projects:


  • Mid-Tertiary porphyry copper-molybdenum-gold deposits in BC (2009-current).
  • Systematics of sulphur in magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits (2006-current).
  • Geology and geochronology of the Troilus porphyry gold-copper deposit, Quebec (2005-current).
  • Orogenic gold deposits in the Long Range Inlier, Newfoundland (2007-2009).
  • Genetic linkages between epithermal and porphyry deposits in the Toodoggone, BC (2004-2007).
  • Distribution and origin of orogenic gold deposits, Trans-Hudson Orogen (2006-2007).
  • Reduced porphyry copper-gold deposits in Mexico (1997-2003) and the Western Cascades, USA (2002-2005).
  • Volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits in Finlayson Lake, Yukon (2000-2003).
  • Polymetallic skarns and epithermal gold-silver veins in central Mexico (1998-2002).
  • Copper oxide porphyry deposits in southwest USA (1998).
  • Copper oxide porphyry deposits in northern Chile (1997-1998).
  • Iron oxide copper-gold mineralization in the Wernecke breccias, Yukon (1997).


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