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, Special Projects

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 as Coordinator of Special Projects.

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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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Brian Lee, Instructor, Education and Outreach Programs

Brian is a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo with an Honours B.Sc. in Environmental Science - Geoscience Specialization. He has returned to Mining Matters full-time after completing a co-op term in 2019. Brian brings a wealth of experience as an educator and is returning with valuable industry experiences in mining and environmental consulting. He is thrilled to continue bringing fun Earth science programs to students across Canada.

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Chelsea Renaud, Graduate Intern, Education and Outreach Programs

Chelsea graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) and is currently finishing up her master’s degree in Environmental Science from Acadia University. Chelsea brings her 5 years of summer camp planning and management to the team where she led fun and educational programs for kids of all ages and leadership programs for youth. Chelsea is an Environmental Professional in Training (EPt) with Eco Canada where she focuses on site assessment and reclamation work along with environmental management. Chelsea will be facilitating our education and outreach programs across Canada. Her work with Mining Matters allows her to combine her love for geology and environmental sustainability with her love for working with kids. 

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Sarah Rab, Intern, Education and Outreach Programs

Sarah is currently working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science at the University of Waterloo with a specialization in geoscience. She joined Mining Matters as a co-op student. In her role as Intern, Education and Outreach Programs, she facilitates high-quality STEM sessions related to geology, engineering, mineral exploration, mining, and sustainability. Sarah has experience working as an instructor and coach and is passionate about passing on her knowledge of science and geology with new learners!

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