About Us

Learn more about the individuals behind Women Geoscientists in Canada. We promote and advocate for gender diversity within the geosciences.

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Jenna McKenzie, PGeo

Jenna is the co-founder and Principal Geophysicist of Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience, a consultancy providing integrated geological and geophysical services. She is a director with DMEC and the KEGS foundation.

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Farzaneh Farahani, PGeo

Farzaneh holds an MSc in geophysics and is a project geophysicist with Seequent. She was a project geophysicist with Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience for 6 years. As an internationally trained geoscientist, she is passionate about helping women geoscientists with diverse backgrounds.

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Diana Benz, PhD

Diana has worked in the mineral exploration industry for over two decades. She holds a PhD, which focused on biogeochemistry and geostatistics, and is the founder and president of Takom Exploration

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Ken Witherly

Ken is the president of Condor Consulting and works as a senior geophysicist. Ken is very active with professional societies and conferences, and advocates for diversity.

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Kerry Anne Pumphrey, EP, PGeo

Kerry-Anne is a Senior Scientist at BlueFrog Environmental Consulting Inc. and has a M.Sc. in Land Resource from the University of Guelph. She  has worked in environmental geoscience for 19 years, primarily focusing on contaminated sites management, contaminant hydrogeology, and physical hydrogeology.

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Anelda van Staden, PhD

Anelda holds a Ph.D. in geology and is a senior process mineralogist with Teck Metals Ltd. She has applied her passion for rocks to help with the integration of mineralogical data sets for maximum gains and minimum risk at all levels of the mine life cycle for the last 19 years. She is an avid advocate for girls and women in STEM.

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Nalin Shah, PGeo

Nalin Shah is an exploration geologist with Rio Tinto.

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Lara McClintock, MSc

Lara is a geologist and holds a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Simon Fraser University. Lara has worked on a variety of base and precious metal exploration projects and is currently Manager of Greenfields Exploration, North & Central America for South32 Ltd. She is a strong supporter of Minerals Education and working with local communities.

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Rebecca Montison

Rebecca (Becki) is a multi-disciplinary geoscientist specializing in geostatistics, 3D data geological modelling, and integrated exploration techniques. Becki is a joint PhD student at Laurentian University’s Mineral Exploration Research Center and the University of Western Australia’s Center for Exploration Targeting.