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Steve Bonnell (MA, Geography)

Environmental Assessment Lead (Transmission), Nalcor Energy, Lower Churchill Project


Steve received a BA (Hons) and MA in Geography from Memorial University. He is currently completing a PhD (part-time) at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

His area of specialization, both professionally and academically, is the field of environmental assessment (EA). Steve has worked worked in this area for over 10 years, in both industry and government.

Steve is currently employed with Nalcor Energy - Lower Churchill Project, where he is responsible for managing the EA of the proposed Labrador-Island Transmission Link, a 1,100 km on-land and subsea transmission line project. This includes overall responsibility for planning and preparing the Project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); designing and managing the associated environmental baseline study program; interfacing with provincial and federal regulatory agencies; and coordinating the associated aboriginal and stakeholder consultation programs.

Steve has always found his background and training as a Geographer to be particularly well-suited for his career. EAs of major development projects are always interdisciplinary in nature, involving a wide range of biophysical and socioeconomic issues. Having a good working knowledge across the physical, biological and social sciences are therefore key.

In recent years he has been fortunate to teach in the Department of Geography. Steve regularly serves as a Sessional Faculty Member, teaching Geography 4410 (the course that got him started in EA). Furthermore he has been a guest lecturer in various courses and programs.

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