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.

Email: [email protected]
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. 

Email: [email protected]
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

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

Mark Paddey, Instructor, 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.

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

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 University of Toronto. He has always been fascinated by rocks and has taught about the subject both 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 excellent teaching skills. Jason is hardworking and is always full of energy. Teaching brings him the ultimate joy. He strongly believes Mining Matters is the perfect platform for him to start his career and professional development.

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

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, Intern, 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

Cindy Li, Co-op Student

Cindy is working towards her Honours Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at the University of Waterloo. She was first introduced to Mining Matters in high school when her class participated in a student program. That experience led her to the world of mining, and her passion for Earth science and education led her back to Mining Matters.

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

Gagan Josan, Co-op Student

Gagan is an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, who is currently on his co-op term. He is in the process of obtaining his Hon. B.Sc. in Environmental Science, with a Geoscience specialization. He is really passionate about geology and the environment and wants to focus on lab work after he graduates, but also hopes to gain valuable teaching experience through working with Mining Matters. 

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