Chief Geologist, British Columbia Geological Survey
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Dr. Stephen Rowins is an exploration geologist with over 25 years of experience, focusing on the discovery of gold-bearing and base-metal ore deposits. He taught at the University of British Columbia from 1999 to 2006 and since 2009 has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. From 2007 to 2009 he was Vice-President of Exploration of Northern Abitibi Mining Corp., which was awarded the 2010 Prospector/Explorer of the Year Award by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy , and Petroleum, Newfoundland Branch, for the discovery and delineation of the Viking gold deposit.
Since 2011 Steve has been the Chief Geologist of the British Columbia Geological Survey, where he is responsible for directing its geoscience program. His current research focuses on the use of apatite as an indicator mineral and identifying the key magmatic-hydrothermal processes involved in the formation of porphyry-epithermal copper-gold systems.
Steve is a Past President of the Geological Association of Canada.