"Innovation in Mining Through Biomining and Genomics" Webinar

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The mandate of ESRS includes “leading practices, a culture of responsibility, and enhanced social and environmental performance management,” and as such, we strive to provide a platform where CIM Members representing industry, academia and civil society can come together to discuss topics related to environmental and social responsibility of mining.

We are hosting a free webinar, starting with the presentation as described below and followed by a question and answer period and open dialogue on the topic. We hope you will join us, and invite others to join you!

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"Innovation in Mining Through Biomining and Genomics"


Advances in DNA sequencing have revolutionized the field of microbial ecology, making it possible to monitor the environment through microbial diversity. These tools are rapidly changing, and it is important for scientists to clearly explain how "microbiome" data can be applied to understanding environments. We will look at applications in mining and how microbial diversity monitoring can help determine if materials are amenable to biomining, or if remediation treatments are having their desired effect. Combined with existing environmental monitoring analysis, genomic analyses can contribute to assessing the impacts of mining activities on the environment and to work towards prevention rather than damage control, thus helping to lower the costs related to environmental responsibility and social acceptability.

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Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk, Associate Professor and Industrial Research Chair, Laurentian University

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Julie Champagne, M. Sc. - Research Project Manager at National Research Council, Energy, Mining and Environment


Dr. Mykytczuk is an environmental microbiologist studying extreme environments, with a focus on mining microbiology in cold climates. In 2016 was awarded a 5-year Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Industrial Research Chair to lead a program in Biomining, Bioremediation and Science Communication. In this position, Nadia works closely with academic, industry, government researchers, and community stakeholders to develop clean technologies for mining and environmental remediation. To make this possible, Nadia invests her time in training undergraduate and graduate students, along with post-doctoral researchers that are the engine driving the success of this research innovation. Nadia is passionate about communicating science, engaging different audiences around science issues, and working together to develop solutions for our environmental challenges.

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Julie is a molecular biologist working in the field of microbial ecology with the Genomics and Microbiomes team at NRC. She has been involved with many projects aimed at characterizing microbial populations in different environments. Her team has developed an expertise studying the diversity and gene functions of human microbiome, bioremediation of sites contaminated by oil spills in Arctic environment (soil, water and under ice), cyanobacterial blooms in canadian lakes and phytoremediation of mining sites, among others. She has been involved with different organizations over the last few years to try to engage the mining industry into adopting genomics technologies already applied in other industries. She’s also working with CIM’s Environmental and Social Responsibility Society as Second Vice-Chair Environment to promote sustainable mining practices and innovative solutions to change traditional processes, as well as awareness of social and ethical issues around industry practices and project development.



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