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. His area of expertise includes stakeholder engagement, capacity building, design and development of sustainable social relations and guiding multi-stakeholder processes. His years of experience in exploration and mine feasibility studies enable him to ground his assessment of social issues in an understanding of the technical aspect of mine finding and development.
Thomson has led development of new standards and guidelines for best practice management of social issues during exploration, facilitated construction of the Principles and Guidance for Responsible Exploration for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and was a prime mover in developing both the concept and metrics of the Social License to Operate. He 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.
In May 2015, Ian was honored as CIM Distinguished Lecturer in recognition of his dedication to promoting sustainability in the industry and the CIM community.