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 about domestic mining issues, in particular waste management, the impacts of mining on aquatic ecosystems and mining and Indigenous rights.
Research Co-ordinator Catherine Coumans provides expert support for MiningWatch’s research and publications. She has written reports and academic articles on mining since conducting her Ph.D. research in the Philippines (1988-1990). Catherine also monitors national and international 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 community-level human rights work and work with Indigenous peoples affected by Canadian mining companies is focused on the Asia-Pacific region.
Latin America Program Coordinator Jennifer Moore works with communities, organizations, and networks struggling with mining issues throughout Latin America. Prior to joining MiningWatch, she worked as a freelance print and broadcast journalist with strong interests in media democracy, collective rights and Canadian foreign policy in Latin America. 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 leads MiningWatch’s social media and public engagement work as well as strategic research and communications. His responsibilities also include the organisation’s research and advocacy in Africa and, until recently, Latin America, as well as on uranium mining and environmental assessment policy and practice in Canada. With a degree in Biology (ecology) from McGill University, Mr. Kneen has been involved with environmental and resource management issues, including mining, and mostly related to indigenous land rights, for many years.
Resource Development and Administrative Coordinator Diana Martin 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.