Michael van Aanhout

Principal/Chairman
, P.Eng. (ON)
+1.613.241.1001, ext. 243

Michael is a big picture thinker and strategic integrator. He engages with leaders in Canada’s natural resources sector and the North, helping them recognize and act on environmental and socio-economic challenges and opportunities.

He also works with clients and communities of interest to design, manage, and facilitate consultation and engagement processes on a range of sustainability issues.

Michael has particular expertise and experience dealing with abandoned mines and contaminated sites. He acts as a strategic advisor to the Giant Mine and Faro Mine Remediation Projects and has been recognized for his contributions in this area with a Clean50Award from Delta Management Group and a Deputy Ministers’ Pride and Recognition Award for Service Excellence.

“What I like most about my job is the opportunity to work with amazing people in every province and territory in Canada,” says Michael.

“I am also very proud of what we have built at Stratos. We have an awesome team and core values that we live each and every day,” he says.

Joined Stratos: 2000

Specialty: Collaborating with leaders in Canada’s natural resource sector and the North to strategically address environmental and socio-economic opportunities and challenges; stakeholder engagement

Prior Work Experience:

  • Senior Environmental Management Consultant, Jacques Whitford Environment Limited
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager Western Canada, Laidlaw Environmental Services Ltd.
  • Naval Officer and Marine Systems Engineer, Department of National Defence – Canadian Navy

Education:

  • Bachelor of Engineering and Management, Royal Military College of Canada, 1988
  • Marine Engineering Application Course, Royal Naval Engineering College, UK, 1989

What Michael offers:
To every project, Michael brings his considerable expertise, visionary thinking and nuanced understanding of the evolving resource development sector.

Driven by the desire to move towards a more sustainable and resilient future, Michael works collaboratively with leaders in Canada’s natural resource sector and the North to strategically address environmental and socio-economic opportunities, challenges and risks.  

He also works with clients and communities of interest to design, manage, and facilitate consultation and engagement processes on a range of sustainability issues. Michael facilitates the Mining Association of Canada’s national multi-stakeholder Community of Interest Advisory Panel.

A large portion of Michael’s work is Northern and public-sector based, with key clients including:  

  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Giant Mine Remediation Project
  • Faro Mine Remediation Project
  • Mining Association of Canada
  • Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
  • Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board
  • Yukon Government – Assessment and Abandoned Mines Branch

Michael leads Stratos’ efforts to advance thought leadership and dialogue on evolving regional approaches to sustainable resource development. For his contribution to launching the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, he was recognized, along with the Canadian Mining Association of Canada, with a joint Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Award.

Michael received a 2015 Clean50 Award from Delta Management Group for both his work on TSM and Stratos’ leadership in addressing abandoned mines in Canada’s North. He is also a recipient of the Deputy Ministers’ Pride and Recognition Award for Service Excellence, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Northern Contaminated Sites Program.

“I love my work,” says Michael, “But when it comes to time off, there’s nothing I enjoy more than joining family and friends for self-propelled recreation – hiking, mountain biking, paddling, running and skiing.”