We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Aaryn Hutchins


Production Geologist
– Tantalum Mining Corporation

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    Since beginning as a summer student in 2018, Aaryn has gained experience in various sectors of mineral exploration and mining, working with multiple commodities such as gold, lithium, nickel-copper-PGE’s and iron ore. Fundamental skills she has learned and continuously uses in her work are mapping, prospecting, executing geochemical surveys and working on data compilation. Since graduating in 2020 with a B.Sc. in Geological Sciences from the University of Manitoba, she has been taking on more responsibilities including co-management and budget tracking of a heli-supported drill program. Aaryn is now the production geologist at Tantalum Mining Corporation of Canada Ltd. at the world-class Tanco Mine. Outside of geology, she is passionate about animal welfare and fosters through K9 Advocates Manitoba.

Kayla Soini


– Orix Geoscience

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    Kayla joined the mining industry as a Student Geologist at Orix Geoscience in 2017 while she was obtaining her B.Sc. from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. After graduation in 2020, she moved to Manitoba and continued working with Orix as a full-time Geologist. From partaking in scholarship mine tours in Chile, Colombia and Southwest USA to working in the Arctic Circle, Kayla has exposure to a variety of mining deposits through North and South America.

Serena Komonko


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    Serena is a recent graduate from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Geological Sciences. She joined Women in Mining in 2019 during her second year of study and since then has been fortunate enough to participate in mentorship opportunities and networking events to gain confidence as a future professional in the mining industry. Serena is especially interested in mineralogy, gemmology, optical spectroscopy, and hard rock geology. Other than her interest in geology she is also a small business owner, lover of vintage, and co-director of an animal rescue in northern Manitoba where she often spends her summers.

Elena Khozina


Senior Water Scientist, Project Manager
– Ecoreg Solutions

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    Dr. Khozhina manages Ecoreg Solutions’ Winnipeg office. Elena is an environmental consultant, registered professional Agrologist, and Biologist with over 20 years of consulting and research experience. Elena manages environmental assessments, baseline studies, and monitoring programs throughout central Canada. Elena’s primary areas of expertise are water quality, geochemistry, fisheries resources, site reclamation, as well as permits and approvals for industry with a focus on mining. Throughout her career Dr. Khozhina has been involved in hydrology, and revegetation in mining, linear infrastructure (pipelines, electric powerlines, canals, highways), and municipal developments. Elena has trained First Nation monitors and provided ongoing support. She has a broad background and experience in sample preparation and analysis and has modified sampling methods to solve the many challenges of remote field work.

Tabea Glassey

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

– Orix Geoscience

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    Tabea is a geologist with Orix Geoscience with 5 years’ experience on national and international projects. Prior to joining Orix in 2021, she gained experience in engineering geology, hydrogeology and mining with Stantec Consulting. Tabea has an extensive background in 3D geological modeling with Leapfrog Works. Tabea earned a M.Sc. in Applied Geosciences – Energy and Mineral Resources from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and holds her professional designation in Manitoba. Tabea is also an avid cross-country skier.

Jessica Adelman

Marketing and Communications Committee Member

Environmental Geoscientist and Regulatory Specialist
– Core Geoscience Services

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    Jessica holds a M.Eng. in Materials Engineering and a M.Sc. in Natural Resource Sciences from McGill University. Jessica also holds a B.Sc., Honours in Geographical Sciences from the University of Winnipeg. Jessica has 10+ years of experience in the fields of geochemistry and hydrometallurgy research and development, environmental assessment, technical reviewing and reporting, and teaching. Jessica is a member of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, as a Professional Geoscientist. Jessica’s professional portfolio includes: team lead on water balance/climate change adaptation initiative for a Yukon First Nation Government; technical support for an Indigenous led environmental assessment in southern BC, project manager for permitting of hydro-electric generation facility in Yukon, and technical reviewer of groundwater assessments and mine planning including closure plans.

Laura Winter

Past Chair & Event Coordinator

Senior Project Geologist & Business Development
– Orix Geoscience

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    Laura is a professional exploration geologist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since starting her career in 2007 Laura’s time in the industry has been primarily focused on orogenic gold and VMS style copper-lead-zinc, with exposure to hard rock lithium, magmatic nickel-sulfide, nickel-PGE, and IOCG hydrothermal breccia deposits among others, taking her across Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Nunavut along with opportunities to support international projects in epigenetic copper and cobalt. Using fundamental techniques with integrated data while also implementing new exploration technologies and modern mineral deposit models, Laura strives to add value to any project. Laura currently works at Orix Geoscience as the Senior Geology Supervisor in Winnipeg, Senior Project Geologist and has obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography from the University of Winnipeg.

Tânia Martins

Past Vice-Chair & Speaker Coordinator

Project Geologist
– Manitoba Geological Survey

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    Tânia graduated in Geology from the University of Porto, Portugal. After a brief period of time in consulting, she obtained her PhD in Geology in 2009 from the University of Porto studying Li-Sn-Nb-Ta mineralization in granitic pegmatites. In 2010 and 2011 Tânia worked with Anton Chakhmouradian at the University of Manitoba on mineralogy of alkaline rocks and carbonatites. Tânia has worked for the Manitoba Geological Survey since November 2011. Most of her projects are dealing with regional mapping and tectonics, and are focused in the Trans-Hudson orogeny. Li-bearing pegmatites, and lately other critical minerals, take her to many different parts of Manitoba.

Stefanie Brueckner

Past Treasurer

Assistant Professor, Economy Geology
– University of Manitoba

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    I was born in the former German Democratic Republic and had an interest in geology since my teens. After finishing my diploma in Germany (equivalent to MSc), I did my PhD on a metamorphosed VMS deposit in NL, Canada, supervised by Steve Piercey and co-supervised by Paul Sylvester. This project manifested my interest in ore mineralogy, hydrothermal deposit genesis, geochemistry, and exploration. Since January 2020, I am the Assistant Professor in Economic Geology at the University of Manitoba.

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