Environmental Assessment Practice Leader, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure
Steve Bonnell has nearly 20 years of experience in planning, managing and completing environmental assessments (EAs) and associated environmental studies, consultation programs and permitting for proposed developments in Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere.
Bonnell is a very experienced EA practitioner who has completed assessments for various offshore and onshore oil & gas exploration and development projects. This includes serving as the manager and lead author for a number of recent and on-going EAs under CEAA 2012 and/or C-NLOPB EA processes for exploration drilling and seismic programs in Newfoundland and Labrador, including projects by Nexen, Statoil, ExxonMobil, ION Geophysical, Investcan and other operators, as well as for the eastern and western Newfoundland Strategic Environmental Assessments completed for the C-NLOPB. He has also played a key role in the planning and completion of EAs for various other large projects, including the Labrador-Island Transmission Link, Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project, Wabush 3 Open Pit Mine, Kami Iron Ore Project and White Rose Oilfield Development.
Bonnell holds a master’s degree in geography from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a PhD in EA from the School of the Environment, University of Dundee, Scotland. He has published and presented on EA and regulatory processes and approaches at national and international forums, and is an adjunct professor with the Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland.