Stephen Brent Appleton, MSM, CD, PEng, MBA. MSS – FFI Country Manager for Canada

Mr Appleton joined FFI in November 2020 as the Canada Country Manager and brings a wealth of experience spanning 25 years in executive roles in energy, construction and engineering.

As an Army officer for 27 years Stephen deployed into three conflict zones: Sarajevo (1992), Iraq (2004) and Afghanistan (2005), being decorated by the Governor General of Canada for courage and leadership for his actions in 1992; after retirement he spent seven years working in Afghanistan being recognized by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Minister of Infrastructure for his contributions to the reconstruction effort of the country where he oversaw $400M USD in construction in some of the most dangerous places in the country; in 2013 he was recognized by the American Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony in Washington DC, as Businessman of the Year for his success in Afghanistan followed by his being selected as one of Calgary’s Top 20 Citizens.

Stephen also worked with the Alberta Independent System Operator deregulating the vast transmission market and introducing the first competitively open market transmission opportunity in the province. Stephen has extensive experience with the First Nations in Canada, both from the public and private sector including infrastructure

Stephen is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, graduating second in his class with a Civil Engineering degree (honours); a graduate of the University ofOttawa’s EMBA program (honours); and the Commandant’s Award as recipient of a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the prestigious US Army War College in Pennsylvania; he has also studied at the Queen’s University School of Business, and the Woodside Institute in Palo Alto, California. He is also a registered PEng in Alberta and Ontario.