Jennifer Cole, P.Geo.

Research Scientist

Within the Environmental Science Division  I am part of a team of scientists that review impact statements for new mines as part of various impact assessment processes in Canada. Specifically, we provide expertise on metal leaching and acid rock drainage potential and mine waste management. Prior to joining the government in 2020, I worked as a consultant to mining companies for 15 years, completing mine waste geochemical characterization studies to support mine design and permitting.

Current research and/or projects

My primary research project leverages mine waste geochemistry datasets from publicly available impact statement reports, transforming them into a standardized relational database that supports open science, new mine approvals, and innovation with regards to mine waste management. This machine learning project follows the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).

Research and/or project statements

Machine learning project leveraging discipline-specific datasets under all Impact Assessment processes in Canada. The project supports new mine project approvals, regional assessments, cumulative effects assessments, transboundary water issues, and open science.

Education and awards

2004 M.Sc. Geology (Aquatic Geochemistry), University of Calgary

1999 B.Sc. Geological Sciences, Queen's University

International experience and/or work

2005-2020 Golder Associates Ltd. - worked as a consultant on mining projects around the world, including Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mali, Peru, and United States, in addition to many projects in the Canadian Arctic.    

2008-2009 Golder Associated Peru S.A. - worked as a consultant out of the Lima, Peru office on mining projects in Peru and Chile

2001-2004 Caminamos Juntos para Salud y Desarrollo (NGO) - collaborated to completed M.Sc. field work in Mexico to test water quality in regional groundwater wells supplying drinking water

Key publications

Conference Proceedings and Presentations:

Cole, J.M., Cleaver, A., Berryman, E., Price, W.A., and Goulet, R. (2023) Lessons Learned in the Reporting of Geochemical Characterization Studies in Canada. 30th Annual BC MEND Metal Leaching/Acid Rock Drainage Workshop. Vancouver, BC. December 6 and 7, 2023. https://bc-mlard.ca/files/presentations/2023-13-COLE-ETAL-lessons-learned-reporting-geochemical-characterization.pdf

Cole, J.M., Cleaver, A., and Deriaz, J. (2022) Developing a Proof-Of-Concept Environmental Geochemistry Database in Canada: Lessons on Metadata Standards. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage. Virtual | Australia. 18-24 September 2022. https://www.inap.com.au/wp-content/uploads/ICARD-Proceedings-update-14-03-23.pdf

Cole, J.M., A.J. Stoffers, and R. Angelow.  (2015).  Geophysical tools to delineate ARD and sulfate in groundwater at a former sulfuric acid plant.  Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage. Santiago, Chile. April 21-24, 2015.

Cole, J.M., Ryan, M.C., Smith, S., and Bethune, D.  (2004).  Arsenic and heavy metal sourcing in a village groundwater supply, Mexico.  33rd International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress, Zacatecas, Mexico.

Cole, J.M., Ryan, M.C., Smith, S., and Bethune, D.  (2004).  Arsenic and heavy metal sourcing in a village groundwater supply, Mexico.  32nd International Geological Congress Pre-Congress Workshop ‘Natural Arsenic in Groundwater’.  Florence, Italy. August 20-28, 2004.

Bertrand, V.J., J.M. Cole, and S. Robert.  (2015).  Meliadine Project - investigating the variability of buffering capacity and ensuing ARD control strategies.  Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage. Santiago, Chile. April 21-24, 2015.

Bertrand, V.J., J.M. Cole, and J. Noel.  (2012).  Evaluation of Neutral pH Chemical Leaching Properties of Waste Rock at the Meliadine Gold Project.  Conference Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage. Ottawa, Canada.

Journal Articles

MacNaughton, R.B., Cole, J.M., Dalrymple, R.W., Braddy, S., Briggs, D.E.G., and Lukie, T. (2002). First steps on land: Arthropod trackways in Cambrian-Ordovician eolian sandstone, southeastern Ontario, Canada. Geology 30(5):391. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(2002)030<0391:FSOLAT>2.0.CO;2

Books

Cole, J.M., Ryan, M.C., Smith, S., and Bethune, D.  (2005).  Arsenic source and fate at a village drinking water supply in Mexico and its relationship to sewage contamination, in: Natural Arsenic in Groundwater: Occurrences, Remediation, and Management (eds) Bundschuh, J., Bhattacharya, P., and Chandrasekharam, D.  Balkema, Taylor and Francis Group, London.

Research facility

555 Booth Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G1
Canada

Affiliations

Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (PGO) 

Language

English

Other languages

Spanish