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Amélie Janin

Amélie Janin

Yukon College

Chair Title

NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Mining Life Cycle

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chair for Colleges


Chairholder since 2013


Yukon is home to one of the world’s largest iron ore deposits, and to one of the world’s largest undeveloped lead-zinc deposits. It also contains large resources of gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc and nickel. Heavily dependent on high metal prices, the largely underexplored territory has seen boom and bust periods. The Yukon mining industry currently represents 10% of Yukon’s economy. With mining comes a myriad of activities that necessitate closure and reclamation expertise. The Yukon Mine Site Reclamation and Closure Policy published by the Yukon Government requires that progressive mine site reclamation be done during mining operations to help reduce the temporal impact of the mining activities on the environment. The mining industry recognizes the need for reclamation planning to begin during exploration and continue throughout all project phases, including decommissioning and closure. Progressive water management and pro-active terrestrial reclamation activities are of paramount importance for successful closure and reclamation.

Four mining industry partners, Alexco Resources, Capstone Mining Corporation, Yukon Zinc and Victoria Gold Corporation, formed the Yukon Mining Research Consortium to collaborate with the Industrial Research Chair for colleges (IRCC) at Yukon College. The overall objective of the chair is to develop research leadership to address challenges and opportunities specific to the north within the mining industry. Two streams of applied research will be investigated by the IRCC:

  • management and treatment of mine-influenced water; and
  • terrestrial reclamation practices.

The first stream will focus on discharge water treatment and processing-effluents treatment, the second on soil reclamation and land revegetation in northern conditions.

Yukon College, together with the mining partners, selected Dr. Amelie Janin to hold the IRCC in Mining Life Cycle. Dr. Janin has a PhD in Water Sciences, an MSc in Water Chemistry and Microbiology, and a BSc in Chemistry. Dr. Janin is recognized as one of the inventors for Patent No. CA2009-00447, entitled “Process for decontamination of chromated copper arsenate treated wood.” In her PhD work and then as a research project coordinator at the University of Toronto, Dr. Janin studied the recovery of metals from solid waste and effluents. She has valuable expertise in heavy metal chemistry and separation technologies applied to the environment.

Contact Information

Yukon College
500 College drive, PO Box 2799, Main Stn
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 5K4

Tel.: 867-668-8800
Fax: 867-456-8672

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