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, Communications 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. 

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Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 321

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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Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 325

Kasey Stone, Bilingual Programs Coordinator

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.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 332

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.

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Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 326

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. 331

Mark Paddey, Intern, Indigenous Communities Education Programs

Mark has an Hon. B. Sc. from McMaster University (Earth and Environmental Science). He worked for New Gold’s Rainy River operation as a Geomatics Technician and has also worked as a tour guide for student groups studying locally and abroad.

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Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 327

Zachary Weima, Intern, Education and Outreach Programs

Zach completed his undergraduate studies in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining Engineering at Queen’s University in 2017 (B.A.Sc), and is now considered an engineer-in-training. During the 3 summers of his degree he worked as a beach lifeguard in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He is excited and enthusiastic about joining the Mining Matters team and to apply his engineering education in a practical manner.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463

Satpreet Dhillon, Intern, Education and Outreach Programs

Satpreet graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Hon. B. Sc. in Biology, with a focus on Environmental Science. She has worked as a science instructor for primary students, and has a passion for educating youth and spreading her enthusiasm of science. Her love for teaching in combination with her knowledge on earth sciences is what led her to Mining Matters.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 336

Jason Davison, Intern, Education and Outreach Programs

Jason is an aspiring young professional who has recently completed his M.Sc (Geology) at Western University and H.B.Sc (Geology) at the University of Toronto. He has always been fascinated by rocks and has taught (formally and informally) for almost a decade. During his time as a postgraduate student, he was awarded with the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award by the School of Graduate Studies for his teaching abilities. Jason's energy and enthusiasm for minerals education make him a great addition to the Mining Matters team.

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