MiningWatch Canada Personnel
The MiningWatch Canada national office staff consists of a Canada Program Coordinator, a Communications and Outreach Coordinator, a Research Coordinator, a Latin America Program Coordinator, and a Resource Development and Administrative Coordinator.
Our Canada Program Coordinator Ugo Lapointe focusses on Canadian, provincial and territorial mining policy development, review of individual mining projects through environmental assessments, and provides technical and logistical support to communities affected by mineral exploraiton and mining projects. He also conducts research on domestic mining issues, in particular waste management, the impacts of mining on aquatic ecosystems and mining and Indigenous rights.
Research Co-ordinator Catherine Coumans works with our expert advisors, staff, and Directors to ensure the accuracy, focus and timeliness of our information resources and research efforts. Tasks include monitoring government and industry initiatives affecting MiningWatch interests, supporting participation of MiningWatch members and associates in consultations and negotiations, representing MiningWatch perspectives in meetings, presentations and negotiations as required, and preparing and/or co-ordinating written briefs and submissions as required. Her focus area is the Asia-Pacific region.
Latin America Program Coordinator Jennifer Moore works on the Guatemala/Goldcorp campaign and on supporting communities, organizations, and networks struggling with mining issues throughout Latin America. Jennifer is a freelance print and broadcast journalist with twelve years experience in social justice journalism, a third of which she has gained while living and working in Ecuador. While in South America from 2006 to 2010, she researched and wrote popular and academic articles about the struggles of indigenous and non-indigenous communities affected by Canadian-financed mining companies.
Communications and Outreach Coordinator Jamie Kneen works with our staff and Directors to provide strategic support and advice for campaign, consultation and negotiation efforts for MiningWatch members and partners alike. He leads our social media and public engagement work as well as organisational outreach and strategic research and communications. With over twenty years' experience in environmental impact assessment, mining, and indigenous rights work, he is also responsible for our environmental assessment policy work, uranium, and the Africa regional program.
Resource Development and Administrative Coordinator Susan Murdock works with the Board and staff to ensure efficient and effective administrative and financial management of the organization. Her work includes communications with individual and institutional donors and supporters, office management, and work with the Board of Directors’ fundraising and personnel committees.