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

Laura Anonen, Operations and Events Coordinator

Laura joined Mining Matters in early 2013 and has taken on various roles and projects. As the Operations and Events Coordinator, she manages the office and daily operations; she also coordinates the Mining Matters Hockey Tournament and Diamond in the Rough Golf Classic. Laura has an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Environmental Policy from the University of Toronto, and likes to joke that she is a “geologist-in-training” as she has learned a lot working here. Laura loves social media and is currently working towards her certificate in Strategic Public Relations. If you need a problem solved, she is your go-to-person!

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 321

Julie Lépine, Bilingual Programs Coordinator

Julie est diplômée en Géographie physique avec une spécialisation en études environnementales de l'Université de Montréal. Elle travaille depuis plus de deux pour l'organisme Une mine de renseignements comme coordonnatrice bilingue de la formation des enseignants et des programmes scolaires. Sa personnalité dynamique et sa passion pour les sciences de la Terre rayonnent lors de ses ateliers et présentations.

Julie graduated from the University of Montreal in Physical Geography with a specialization in Environmental Science. A member of the Mining Matters team for over two years, she started as the French Program Coordinator and has now taken on the new role of Bilingual Programs Coordinator. Julie’s dynamic personality and passion for Earth sciences shine through her workshops and presentations. 

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

Kelly McBride, Teacher Training and School Programs Coordinator

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

Amanda O’Connor, Indigenous Communities Education and Outreach Programs Coordinator

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

Lisa Ambira, Indigenous Communities Education and Outreach Programs Coordinator

Lisa is a Geological Sciences graduate from the University of Manitoba and holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Lerotholi Polytechnic in Lesotho, Southern Africa. She has worked as a Youth Volunteer at church, as Physical Education Instructor with Mini-U (summer camp at the University of Manitoba), and Geology Instructor with Career Trek. As an ICEOP Assistant, she merges her degree with her interests in teaching, keen to educate the public about the mining industry. In her role, Lisa determines program delivery logistics, plans hands-on program activities, prepares educational program materials, delivers programs on-site, and engages with community members. 

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

Joanna West, Indigenous Communities Education and Outreach Programs Coordinator

Joanna is a geologist-in-training with a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Geology from the University of Toronto, with minors in Physical Geography and Environmental Management. She has taken part in several field schools and hydrogeology research, and she worked as a summer student in the oil and gas industry in her home country of Trinidad. Joanna has also been a teaching assistant in geography and geology at the University of Toronto and thoroughly enjoys interacting with students and engaging in hands-on activities. Joanna is a medical first responder and Divisional Staff Officer for the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus division of St. John Ambulance. She is currently pursuing a certification in project management.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 416-863-6463 ext. 329

Émilie Hebert-Houle, Indigenous Communities Education and Outreach Programs Intern

Diplomée en géographie environnementale de l’Université de Montréal, Émilie est présentement en train de compléter une maîtrise en sciences de l’environnement à l’UQTR. Forte de sa formation principale en géographie physique, sa maîtrise lui a ouvert le champ de la géographie humaine et qualitative. Les dernières années lui ont permis d'acquérir des expériences professionnelles en enseignement en milieu autochtone et nordique et en animation en milieu naturel. Elle est vivement intéressée à participer à la réflexion sur la décolonisation dans tous ses aspects et à la construction de programmes d’éducation en milieu autochtone qui contribueront à former une jeunesse sensibilisée et outillée pour faire face aux défis environnementaux présents dans leur communauté. Le stage à une Mine de renseignements représente une belle opportunité en ce sens et la motive grandement!


Émilie graduated in Environmental Geography from the Université of Montréal. She is currently completing a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences at UQTR. With her main training in physical geography, her Master's opened her to the fields of human and qualitative geography. Over the past few years, she gained professional experience in Aboriginal and northern teaching and outdoor education.She is keenly interested to participate in the reflection on decolonization in all its aspects, and build educational programs that will educate and empower aboriginal youth about the environmental challenges present in their communities. The internship at Mining Matters is a great opportunity in this sense and motivates her greatly!

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