Dr Ian Thomson

Principal, Shinglespit Consultants

Ian Thomson has more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry, working for the last two decades to advance and refine the management of social issues in resource development projects. He has led development of new standards and guidelines for good practice management of social issues during mineral exploration, facilitated construction of the Principles and Guidance for Responsible Exploration for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and has been a prime mover in developing both the concept and metrics of the Social License to Operate. The book, ‘The Social License: The story of the San Cristobal mine’, product of his collaboration with Robert Boutilier, was published by Routledge in September 2018.

Ian is Principal of Shinglespit Consultants Inc., prior to that he was a founding member and principal of On Common Ground Consultants Inc. and held management positions with Orvana Minerals Corp and Placer Development Ltd.

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