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Stephen Lindley
Consultant, Indigenous Issues

President/CEO of Stephen Lindley Consulting Inc.

Stephen is President and CEO of his own independent consultancy specializing in corporate sustainability and reconciliation, and Indigenous-corporate relations. Prior to 2018, Stephen spent over 30 years with SNC-Lavalin Inc. (now AtkinsRéalis), as corporate Vice President of Aboriginal & Northern Affairs and Director, Environment.  Throughout his 30 plus years at SNC-Lavalin, Stephen contributed to the advancement of Indigenous reconciliation and inclusion and responsible/sustainable development throughout Canada and globally.  

Stephen’s family is a “found” generation having recently identified family Métis heritage associated with the North Lake Superior Métis Community and family roots in the Red River Settlement.   The family’s journey of discovery is nascent, but brings them pride.  Stephen’s ancestors were employed by the Northwest Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company, and were active in the establishment and management of trading posts throughout Northern Ontario.  As a result, the family’s connection to community is thin, so they tread carefully with respect to claims of citizenship. 

Since 2018, Stephen has been, with Indigenous Works, providing strategic Indigenous relations economic reconciliation, Indigenous inclusion advice and policy development to a variety of clients including corporations, banks, universities and government agencies. Stephen also provides expertise in the area of environmental assessment, Indigenous community engagement and economic inclusion, and the assessment of project impacts on Aboriginal and treaty rights and interest.  His most recent work has been with Hydro One (Indigenous Engagement and Environmental Strategic Advisor on a variety of greenfield high capacity transmission projects in northern and southwestern Ontario); Webequie First Nation and Marten Falls First Nation(Strategic Environmental and Indigenous Relations Advisor on the proposed Webequie Supply Road Project and the Northern Road Link Project in Ontario’s Ring of Fire area); and Strategic Indigenous Relations Advisor and author of the Indigenous Engagement and Inclusion Plan (IEIP) for the ONexpress Transportation Partners Consortium which is responsible for the GO Transit expansion project in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Stephen is also a certified Facilitator providing assistance to clients on their journey through the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) process.

Stephen is currently Board Co-Chair of Indigenous Works; and Board Treasurer for Native Child and Family Services Toronto, a licensed Children’s Aid Society and provider of child and family support and prevention programs/services to urban Indigenous people in Toronto.