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.

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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, Director for both the Ontario and National Chapters of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association, and Past President of the Canadian Geoscience Education Network. Lesley joined Mining Matters as a valuable team member in September 2016..

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Samantha Kobak, Coordinator, Operations

Samantha is a graduate from Western University, receiving her Honours Specialization in English and Geology and her Masters of Environment and Sustainability. Samantha's interdisciplinary background provides her with a unique understanding of the challenges in managing the complex relationship between Canada’s resource economy and the growing necessity to protect the environment. Her work with Mining Matters allows Samantha to engage with a variety of minerals industry stakeholders in Ontario and throughout Canada, including Indigenous communities. She previously held the roles of Intern and Instructor of Education and Outreach Programs before rejoining the team in May 2021 as Coordinator of Operations.

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Sarah Hahn, Coordinator, Operations, Communications and Events - Currently on Leave

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. 

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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.

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Kasey Stone, Coordinator, Bilingual Programs

Kasey completed her Bachelor of Science with a major in Earth Science and Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a certified secondary teacher, she is very passionate about combining her love of geology and teaching through hands-on programming and welcomes the opportunity for learning outside of the traditional classroom setting for both students and educators. She enjoys sharing her experiences and knowledge with fellow teachers through teacher training workshops in both English and French, as well as educating students and the public about rocks, minerals and mining.

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Vanessa Lee, Coordinator, Education and Outreach Programs

Vanessa currently coordinates multiple projects, including the translation of materials into various Indigenous languages, new activity development, and program reports. She has exhibited an interest in rocks and minerals from an early age, such as incorporating the use of streak to identify pyrite in primary school creative writing. This led her to become a Geoscientist-In-Training with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology from Queen’s University. Her curiosity and wide interests led to a Post-Graduate Certificate in Global Business Management from Humber College, which gives her a unique skill set that she now brings to Mining Matters.

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Education Program Assistants, Summer 2021

Hannah Bockhop
Hannah is a recent high school graduate looking to learn about non-profit organizations, gain valuable experience in the workplace, and contribute to Mining Matters education and outreach efforts. In September 2021, she will begin her undergraduate degree at Ryerson University, studying the creative industries.

Samantha Moore
Samantha is entering her final year of high school enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major Program for Environmental Science. She brings a keen interest in both STEM and education, as well as her love for Earth studies and sustainability. With hopes to inspire interest in STEM related fields, her goal is to acquire knowledge about sustainability in mineral exploration and mining, while supporting the initiatives of Mining Matters.

As Education Programs Assistants, Hannah and Samantha work collaboratively with the team to support the production of education resource kits for the delivery of Earth science, mineral resources, and environmental education programs to children, youth, and the general public. They contribute feedback to our pilot high school enrichment program, support the delivery of our virtual summer camp, and assist in researching and reviewing content for publications, websites, and social media.