Stewart’s passion for the environment began in New Zealand when, at 20 years old, he was lucky enough to travel and work, meeting fascinating people who were stewarding the amazing landscape. Over 20 years ago, he shifted an early career in business consulting toward the ocean through a master’s at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre overlooking the English Channel and has not looked back since. While he has undertaken projects throughout the world, he has been based in BC for more than 10 years now where he has focused on building and leading teams to deliver interesting and complex environmental projects. In 2018, Stewart joined Hatfield to expand the Marine Resources team, never letting the ocean get far from view – his office now overlooks the Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver. He became an Associate Partner in 2020.
Stewart has been project director for numerous environmental assessments and permitting processes, with a focus on coastal and offshore development, and has developed Environmental Management Systems for a wide range of projects. Over recent years, he has increasingly undertaken due diligence, reviews, audits and provided strategic advice to owners, regulators, and lenders.
Stewart has particular interests in climate change risk and adaptation, underwater noise, the development and implementation of practical and robust mitigation measures and monitoring programs, nature-based solutions, and habitat restoration. Although he has a wealth of management experience, he has no plans to leave technical delivery behind and loves to problem solve and strategize with his colleagues and clients. He has facilitated stakeholder workshops and presented at many public and community meetings. He is adept at working with clients, regulators, Indigenous Groups, and stakeholders to deliver objectives.
Stewart lives close by Hatfield’s North Vancouver office and when not at his laptop, you can generally find him in the local mountains or on the water, often with his young family in tow, or increasingly leading the way.