MIRARCO Mining Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk as the Interim President and CEO of MIRARCO effective May 25, 2021. In this capacity, Dr. Mykytczuk will provide support to the Goodman School of Mines at Laurentian University.
An environmental microbiologist, Dr. Mykytczuk’s work focuses on bioleaching and mine remediation. Dr. Mykytczuk is a graduate of Laurentian University with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Adaptation to Environmental Stressors in Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans, and Carleton University with Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Science. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University from 2010 to 2012. She returned to Laurentian University in 2012, as a research scientist and an associate professor in the School of the Environment, training several highly qualified personnel and leading many projects that allowed her to collaborate with major mining industry partners on remediation applications. In 2018, she received the Laurentian University Innovation Award, which is awarded to a researcher whose research has resulted in an innovative technology, process or product that benefits both the university community and society at large. From 2016 to 2021, she held the role of Industrial Research Chair in Biomining, Bioremediation, and Science Communication. Dr. Mykytczuk is regarded as one of Canada’s top experts in biomining and bioremediation.
Jennifer Abols, who had held both the positions of President and CEO of MIRARCO and Executive Director of Goodman School of Mines since 2019, recently accepted the role of Director of Projects for Alamos Gold. She is very pleased that Nadia has been chosen for the role and notes, “Nadia is a great fit for MIRARCO. She is very well respected in the mining industry and brings a depth of research and educational experience to the roles”.
Jonathan Goodman, Board Member at MIRARCO adds, “While we are sad to see Jennifer go, we are thrilled to have Nadia on board at MIRARCO. Her work on Mine Reclamation and Bioleaching epitomizes everything that we stand for with respect to modern mining practices.”
Dr. Mykytczuk will continue to advance her research in biomining and bioremediation while supporting and growing the applied research expertise and projects at MIRARCO in her new role.