About Us - Staff

Mighty Miner

Laura Clinton, Executive Director

Since completing her studies in the Specialist Environmental Science Program at University of Toronto, Laura has focused on Earth science education. She has authored award-winning outreach publications, led efforts to develop educational resources, facilitated hundreds of instructional development workshops to educators across the country, and supported the education and outreach efforts of others. She has worked with the Ontario Mining Association, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, and EdGEO. Laura brought her passion for Earth science education to Mining Matters in 2002, acting first as Project Coordinator, then Manager, Financial Affairs and Fund Development, and currently Executive Director. She works to ensure the organization’s programs in mineral resources education continue to thrive and grow; she sees her leadership role with the organization as one of her most valued professional accomplishments.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 324

Lesley Hymers, Manager, Education and Outreach Programs

Armed with Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of Guelph, Lesley has built an extensive career in Earth science and education. Now a surficial Earth science and mineral resources specialist, Lesley has worked in the stone, sand and gravel industry; as a policy analyst and lead for the Environment and Education and Outreach Committees for the Ontario Mining Association; in post-secondary education in the scholarship of teaching and learning, instructional development, and course design; and as a sessional lecturer. She is an active member of the EdGEO Regional Committee, serves as Outreach Director for the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences, as a Director for both the Ontario and National Chapters of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association, and is currently President of the Canadian Geoscience Education Network. Lesley joined Mining Matters as a valuable team member in September 2016.

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Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 322

Sarah Hahn, Coordinator, Operations and Events

Sarah joined Mining Matters in March 2017 and has taken on various roles and projects. As the Coordinator, Operations and Events, she manages the office and daily operations; she also coordinates the Mining Matters Hockey Tournament and Diamond in the Rough Golf Classic. Sarah has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ryerson University and a Master's degree in Teaching from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She brings her love of learning and experiences working in an Indigenous community to the team. 

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 321

Julie Lépine, Coordinator, Bilingual Programs

Julie graduated from the University of Montreal in Physical Geography with a specialization in Environmental Science. A member of the Mining Matters team for over two years, she started as the French Program Coordinator and has now taken on the new role of Bilingual Programs Coordinator. Julie’s dynamic personality and passion for Earth sciences shine through her workshops and presentations. 

Julie est diplômée en Géographie physique avec une spécialisation en études environnementales de l'Université de Montréal. Elle travaille depuis plus de deux ans pour l'organisme Une mine de renseignements comme coordonnatrice bilingue de la formation des enseignants et des programmes scolaires. Sa personnalité dynamique et sa passion pour les sciences de la Terre rayonnent lors de ses ateliers et présentations.

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Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 332

Kelly McBride, Coordinator, Teacher Training and School Programs

Kelly has been the Coordinator for Teacher Training and School Programs at Mining Matters since 2014.  As an accredited Ontario teacher, with Primary and Junior certification, she is passionate about educating students and teachers about the Earth sciences. Kelly’s fascination with geoscience and mining began as a child when she travelled with her father, who worked at the Ontario Mining Association. Kelly focuses on delivering teacher workshops, engaging student school groups, attending education and industry conferences, and educating the public about the minerals, metals, and mining sector in Canada.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 325

Amanda O’Connor, Coordinator, Indigenous Communities Education and Outreach Programs

Amanda is a geologist-in-training with a Bachelor of Environmental Science in Earth and Atmospheric Science from the University of Guelph. Before joining Mining Matters, Amanda worked as a research assistant at the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Earth Sciences and with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs as a GIS technician. She discovered her love of geology during a summer job with the Aggregates Unit of the Ministry of Transportation and now happily takes every opportunity to teach and learn more about this awesome subject.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 326

Lisa Ambira, Coordinator, Indigenous Communities Education and Outreach Programs

Lisa is a Geological Sciences graduate from the University of Manitoba and holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Lerotholi Polytechnic in Lesotho, Southern Africa. She has worked as a Youth Volunteer at church, as Physical Education Instructor with Mini-U (summer camp at the University of Manitoba), and Geology Instructor with Career Trek. As an ICEOP Assistant, she merges her degree with her interests in teaching, keen to educate the public about the mining industry. In her role, Lisa determines program delivery logistics, plans hands-on program activities, prepares educational program materials, delivers programs on-site, and engages with community members. 

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 331

Rilea Kynock, Instructor, Education and Outreach Programs

Rilea found her passion for education and outreach while completing her B.Sc. in Earth Sciences at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). She has held positions of Coordinator for Let’s Talk Science Outreach at the UNB, Assistant Curator at the Quartermain Earth Science Centre, and Field Assistant at the New Brunswick Department of Energy and Resource Development. Her goal is to raise awareness of the connection between mining and geology to heritage and livelihood.

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Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 336

Jane Wilson, Instructor, Education and Outreach Programs

Returning to academics as a mature student, Jane found her passion in the world of geology. She
completed her Professional Geology BSc. and MSc. at the University of Western Ontario working in hard rock mining and stable isotope geochemistry. During her time, she was awarded a student-nominated teaching award for her work in an introductory geology course. As a geologist-in-training she worked for an exploration company in Nunavut, working closely with the Inuit. That motivated her to combine her love for rocks with the diverse cultures of Canada.

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Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 329

Brittany Charnley, Intern, Indigenous Communities Education Programs

Brittany graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2016 with a B.Sc. Honours degree in Earth Science and is currently a geologist-in-training. She completed her undergraduate honours thesis on Mount Pleasant, NB, which was published online as a New Brunswick Geoscience Report. Brittany has a passion for mining and metals. After graduation she worked for the Department of Energy and Resource Development as a Project Geologist. There she was a co-author on several papers related to the geology in New Brunswick, as well as co-produced an online map for the public on the geology of New Brunswick using ArcGIS. Brittany hopes to pass on her love of all things geological to Canadian youth.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 335