Meet Rebecca Chouinard.

Senior Special Advisor, Arctic Resource Management

Ottawa, ON

I am a Senior Special Advisor with the federal government working on arctic resource management legislation and policy. Most of my work focuses on the NWT, where mining and mineral exploration are the primary development activities.

What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?

I loved working out on the land and exploring new places. My undergraduate degree in geology and environmental science, and my master’s degree in mining engineering allowed me to travel the world.

How did you come to be in this position?

My career started in the Arctic doing mapping and mineral exploration. I then moved to Vancouver to do my master’s research and got involved in an international project on the effects of mercury in gold mining. After witnessing the environmental and socio-economic impacts of poorly regulated practices I ended up back in the Arctic regulating development projects. My desire to work on a national scale brought me to Ottawa, working on federal legislation relating to resource management.

What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?

Don’t let anyone put false boundaries around your choices or your dreams. Crash through walls if you have to, and build yourself a strong network of mentors to help you along the way.

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