Ian Stilwell

Principal Geotechnical Engineer


Ian Stilwell P.Eng., is a graduate of the geological engineering program at UBC and has over 25 years of experience specializing in the design and operational support for open pits and rock storage facilities.  He has worked on a wide range of mining projects in throughout Canada, Nevada, Arizona, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Argentina and Africa ranging from small quarries to world class mining operations.  He has developed extensive practical experience supporting all phases of project development including conceptual studies, feasibility studies, detailed design and permitting, project construction, operations and expansion studies and closure designs.  Ian has worked in a variety of challenging geotechnical environments and has experience working with porphyry copper, disseminated and epithermal gold, skarn, banded iron formation, volcanic massive sulphide, limestone, coal and nickel deposits among others.  Ian is the leader of BGC’s rock mechanics team and has a strong background in rock mass and discontinuity characterization, slope stability assessments, slope monitoring, hydrogeology assessments, reliability and risk assessments, and project review.  He also has a special interest in laboratory testing.  He recently designed and built a custom rock direct shear testing apparatus for BGC’s geotechnical laboratory and is actively developing its rock mechanics capabilities.