Rebecca Chouinard (Chair)
Regulatory Manager of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board
Rebecca has a background in geology, mineral exploration, environmental science, and community capacity building through cultural education strategies. She has worked for mineral and oil and gas exploration companies; local, federal, and international governments; research institutes; and was the sole proprietor of an environmental consulting company. Her interest is in integrated resource management, water quality, and community capacity building. She is currently the Regulatory Manager of a regulatory board in Canadaâ€™s Northwest Territories that issues permits and licenses for the use of land and water and deposit of wastes associated with development projects.
Janis Shandro (Chair)
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Mining Engineering Department/University of Victoria, Geography Department.
Janis is a multi-disciplinary researcher within the fields of mining, community health and well-being, and community sustainability. Her current work is focused on bridging mining community health and sustainability in British Columbia, Canada. Other areas of interest include: integrated mine planning; environmental and health risk assessment; impacts associated with mercury and artisanal gold mining; sustainable development indicators; and stakeholder engagement and knowledge translation strategies.
John R. Craynon, P.E (Chair)
ARIES Project Director, Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, Virginia Tech.
John became the Project Director for Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Sciences (ARIES) program at the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech in March 2011. His previous career in the U.S. federal government, which spanned 28 years, focused on mining and the environment and the universe of technical, legal, and public policy issues related to mining. His work related to diverse topics such as coal mining, mine waste management, cleanup of contaminated sites, coal combustion byproducts, underground mine mapping, acid mine drainage, subsidence, hydrology, stream restoration, reforestation, sustainable reclamation and invasive species issues.
Dirk van Zyl (Vice Chair)
Dirk has more than 30 years experience in research, teaching and consulting in tailings and mined earth structures. During that period he was a faculty member for 13 years at four Universities in the US and Canada. For the last 10 years much of his attention has been focused on mining and sustainable development. He has been involved internationally in many mining projects. These projects covered the whole mining life cycle, from exploration to closure and post-closure, in a large range of climatic and geographic environments. His present research is in the area of the contributions that mining makes to sustainable development as well as the application of life cycle assessment to mined earth structures.
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