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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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Mark Porasz, Instructor, Education and Outreach Programs

Mark is a Geoscientist-In-Training with a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from Brock University. Prior to Mining Matters, Mark worked as a geologist for a number of different exploration and mining companies. He has a strong passion for geology and sustainability in the mining industry. This passion includes mining relations and communications with Indigenous communities. Mark is most excited to build relationships with Indigenous communities and to teach youth about mining.

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

Joss Field, Instructor, Education and Outreach Programs

Joss is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where he completed graduate and undergraduate studies in Earth science. His research projects have focused on glass structures and geochronology. He has a strong passion for social and environmental protection, especially related to the mining industry. Joss has educated students about rocks, minerals, their uses and identifiable properties as a teaching assistant and is very excited to bring this experience to youth in communities.  

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 327

Samantha Kobak, Intern, Education and Outreach Programs

Samantha is a recent graduate from Western University, receiving her Honours Specialization in English Language and Literature with a Major in Geology, and is currently pursuing her Masters of Environment and Sustainability at Western. Through her studies and interdisciplinary background, Samantha developed an understanding of the challenges in managing the complex relationship between Canada’s entrenched resource economy and the growing necessity to protect the environment. Her work with Mining Matters allows Samantha to reach different stakeholders affected by the mining industry throughout Canada, including Indigenous communities. Samantha hopes to improve her understanding and emphasize the importance of the balance between mining and the environment through the outreach and education programs Mining Matters offers.

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

Brian Lee, Co-op Student

Brian began as a Co-op student with Mining Matters in September 2019. He is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science at the University of Waterloo. Brian has an interest in pursuing a career in the education field, which is why he joined Mining Matters. He has previously worked with young children at summer camps as well as tutored high school students. Brian hopes that he can educate children about Earth science in a fun way to spark an interest in the subject.

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

Rebecca Lord, Co-op Student

Rebecca is currently completing a Bachelor of Earth Science specializing in Hydrogeology at the University of Waterloo. She is passionate about all things water and how geology influences and affects our daily lives. She developed her passion for education through traveling to elementary schools delivering science activities and helping to create and deliver workshops at University of Waterloo's Earth Science Museum. She is excited to spend the term combining these two passions and hopefully encouraging kids to explore the world around them and realize the importance of Earth science.  

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