Janice Zinck

Éminente Conférencieuse 2014-15

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In recognition of her distinguished services and accomplishments in green mining research and technology development.

Presentation title: Green Mining: An oxymoron or an opportunity

Canada is one of the largest mining nations in the world, producing more than 60 minerals and metals. The industry contributes significantly to Canada’s economy specifically ~50 billion dollars annually to the GDP. Canadian mining companies recognize that their social license to operate comes with responsibility for social and environmental stewardship, in Canada and abroad. While there has been significant progress in this area, recent innovation opens the door to increased performance. There are proven technologies to advance the environmental performance at various stages of development and implementation, while providing an economic advantage. Green mining is just that; the development and application of technologies and processes that maximize environmental performance while maintaining competiveness throughout the entire mining cycle from exploration through to post closure. This presentation will discuss advances in green mining and showcase opportunities for greening the industry with a focus on resource extraction, processing, decommissioning and closure.


Natural Resources Canada’s Mine Waste Management and Processing Research Program is a key component of Canada’s Green Mining Initiative. In her role as manager, Janice Zinck leads interdisciplinary research teams and programs which have significant influence on environmental aspects of mining, processing and mine closure in Canada and abroad.

Zinck has over twenty years of experience in environmental management and processing. She has been involved in many national and international initiatives involving the industry, other governments and universities where she has developed strategic priorities, partnerships and collaboration agreements with various stakeholders. She holds two patents, written more than 100 publications and presented widely on aspects relating to environmental management and green mining. She has been intimately involved with several national organizations including the Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP), Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) and CIM’s Environmental and Social Responsibility Society. Zinck holds degrees in geology, chemistry and metallurgical engineering and recently completed an Executive Leadership Program in Science and Policy Integration from the Institute on Governance.

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