School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Master Degree in Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

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Program Contact

Brittany Jennings, Program Coordinator
Victoria Remenda, Interim Director
Earth and Energy Resources Leadership
Bruce Wing, Room 341 
36 Union St. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613 533 2574


Program Overview

Queen’s University has developed a cross-faculty Earth and Energy Resources Leadership Program with interdisciplinary opportunities for students to develop a complete understanding of the resource life cycle within the conceptual framework of earth systems and sustainable resources.

A Professional Master’s degree is now available that focuses on enhancing leadership skills and integration across multiple fields within earth resource management, including geosciences, engineering, business, law, and policy.   

Career paths – employment opportunities

Pursuit of this degree will allow candidates to examine the opportunities and challenges involved in sustainable energy, mineral, and related water resources management, and help them develop the leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial skills required to more effectively advance the entire enterprise.  A graduate degree from this program will enhance both vertical and lateral career progression opportunities for recipients working in the resource field.

Want a chance to get to know MEERL?

Check out the MEERL “Information Webinars and Events” page to find upcoming online webinars and in-person events.

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

MEERL  – 20 months, online with two in person residential sessions. Intended to be completed while students remain employed.

Method of Completion

There are 7 core courses and 4 elective courses (need to choose 3 electives only)

Core Courses (student to complete all 7)

EERL - 801* Resource Life Cycle Overview
EERL - 802* Strategic Leadership in the Resource Sector
EERL - 803* Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas – Part I
EERL - 804* Economic Essentials for Mining and Oil and Gas – Part II
EERL - 805* Operating Effectively: Law, Policy, Regulation and Ethics
EERL - 806* Communication, and Partnerships:  Stakeholder Engagement Strategies
EERL - 807* Technology and Innovation

Elective Courses (student to select 3 of the 4 courses)

EERL - 808* Minerals Life Cycle Track
EERL - 809* Energy Life Cycle Track
EERL - 810* Field-Based Synthesis
EERL - 811* Sector-Focused Project

Curriculum Design

The unique curriculum design of this program places the progression of the resource life cycle, with its fundamental earth science and engineering aspects, as the center or core of the program.  This life cycle moves from resource exploration, through development, production and use, to stages of remediation, recycling and disposal, and on to a final stage of decommissioning, closure and maintenance.  Each phase of this life cycle will be evaluated successively through one of 4 lenses, or perspectives.  These are the (1)  economic and business lens, (2)operating framework of legal, policy, regulatory, and ethical lens, (3) strategic leadership and management lens, and  stakeholder engagement, partnership development, communication lens. There are also four themes that cross-cut, and are woven throughout the entire program.  These are (1) informed decision-making and risk appraisal, (2) integration and synthesis, (3) innovation and applied problem-solving through combined analytical and critical thinking and (4) non-advocacy and taking a balanced approach toward consideration of both resource development and environmental impacts. Key features of the program include: use of contemporary case examples, strong engagement with industry leaders and experts, and group and team projects and analysis. 

  • David Detomasi - Queen's School of Business
  • Michael Doggett - Queen’s Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering/Mineral Economics Consultant
  • Rob Harrap - Queens' Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
  • Joyce Hostyn - Rewilder, Designing Change
  • Jean Hutchinson -  Queen’s Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
  • Heather Jamieson  - Queen’s Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and School of Environmental Studies
  • Anne Johnson - Queen's Department of Mining
  • Bahman Kashi  -  Queen’s Department of Economics
  • Anastasia Lintner - Queen’s Faculty of Law/Principal-Private Law Practice
  • Paul MacKay -  Senior Industry Leader and University of Calgary, Department of Geology and Geophysics] 
  • Gema Olivo -  Queen’s Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
  • Andrew Russel - Queen's Department of Global Development Studies and Former United Nations Senior Advisor
  • John Varsek - Retired Canadian Petroleum Industry Leader
Fees and Deadlines

Tuition and Program Fees

Please refer to the MEERL "Tuition and Fees" page for information.

Key Dates and Deadlines

The online application is now OPEN.

Application Deadline: Program entry date is September of each year. Application review begins November 1st and admission decisions are made on a competitive basis until all places in the program are filled.

Program Start date: September 2022

Admission Requirements & How to Apply

Admission Requirements

The program is for early to mid-career professionals or recent graduates from a wide range of positions and studies. Join the program from fields of study or private and public enterprises that in some way relates to the natural resource industry. The MEERL classroom is for students with diverse background, bringing a variety of unique perspectives to the table.

For information of eligibility refer to the MEERL "Admission and Fees" page.

How To Apply

There are two steps to the application process:

  1. an online application; and
  2. an email with your resume and letter of intent

For information on how to apply, refer to the MEERL “Admissions and Fees” page.

To complete the online application please go to the school of graduate studies “How to Apply” page and follow the instructions. 

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website


Linked in post from a MEERL Candidate

Kathryn Franklin, P.Eng., MEERL candidate

This June MEERL 2020 came together for our second in-person session. We spent a week learning economics with Bahman Kashi & Ardyn Nordstrom, broadening our strictly financial understanding to integrated financial models, incorporating social-economic and environmental considerations. Then we joined Jean Hutchinson, Rob Harrap, and Paul MacKay to explore the natural resource lifecycle with real life examples. Exploring the Albertan foothills to learn about hydrocarbon migration and Western Canadian geomorphology, permitting and community relations in Crowsnest Pass with Riversdale Resources, operations including open pit mining, milling and tailings with Copper Mountain Mining Corp, seeing smelting and environmental impact mitigation using innovative technology in Trail with Teck Resources Limited, and wrapping up the cycle with closure planning in Elk Valley with examples of advanced ecologically diverse and locally appropriate designs for creating a positive post-mine legacy with Teck Resources Limited. And, experiencing hydroelectric power from a new perspective in Revelstoke with BC Hydro. I learned so much during this adventure! Seeing is believing, we are on the path for mining done right and I am proud of Canadian natural resources! #MEERL #MEERL2020 #QueensUniversity