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Stu Niven


Stu Niven is the Manager for the Environmental Affairs Division within the Department of Transportation, Government of Northwest Territories. Prior to that he worked as a senior biologist at DFO for 16 years in the fish habitat and then the fisheries protection programs. Stu also worked at a college for nine years managing a field station and prior to that, spent two years working at a trout hatchery. Stu has worked on endangered species in Hawaii, done consulting work, and even taught elementary age children field ecology at the Bill Mason Centre. Stu has a technical diploma in fisheries and wildlife technology, a BSc Honours in freshwater biology, and a graduate Diploma in Ecotoxicology. Currently on the Board of Directors for the Erosion and Sediment Control Association of Canada, he is enabling ESC training in the NWT and the roll out of the 2013 DOT ESC Manual. Stu has northern experience on roads, ferry landings, mines, oil and gas. In Ontario and working with the Aquatic Resource Management Advisory Council, Stu produced the 2009 Fish Habitat Referral Protocol, which was a roles and responsibilities process document for all governments in Ontario in the management of our aquatic resources. He also was part of a six member team to develop and roll out the 2011 MTO/DFO/OMNR Protocol, enabling the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to self-assess impacts to fish habitat.