Aynsley Foss (she/her)
I was born/grew up in: Cochrane, Alberta
I now live in: Rocky View, Alberta
I completed my training/education at: I have a Bachelor Degree Honors Specialization in Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in Mining Law, Finance and Sustainability both from the University of Western Ontario
What I do at work
I am the Issues and Policy Manager for the Ontario Mining Association. My work is to help the mining sector in Ontario to improve the competitiveness of Ontario's mining industry. I also promote safety, environmental stewardship and sustainability. I spend a lot of time meeting with government and elected officials. We discuss issues that are important to the mining sector. Some of these issues relate to critical minerals that are important to the economy. We also discuss ways to advance green technologies in mining. At other times we discuss environmental and innovation issues.
My role also consists on updating our economic report. We use this to provide accurate data to the government and the public. I also research new technology that may be useful in the mining industry. Part of my job is to explore funding models and policies that address the changing needs of mining in the province. I also work on several committees in our Association. These committees address issues related to the environment, energy management, innovation and clean technology.
My career path is
After high school, I attended university where I completed an Honors Specialization in Political Science. My degree in political science has helped me understand the functions of government. This has helped me work with both the Ministerial and political branches in government. Later I completed a Graduate Degree in Mining Law, Finance and Sustainability. This program fine-tuned my understanding of how mining law overlaps with public policy. It has also pointed out the importance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors in the long-term sustainability of our sector. During my graduate degree, I published two papers. One was on ESG standards and their impact on the mining sector in Mexico. The second paper was on how to make mining a zero-carbon activity.
I am motivated by
I find it rewarding to be a part of the mining sector! This sector is constantly implementing clean technologies and adopting new environmental practices. Over the last several years we are changing our perception of our safety record. Ontario mining is now one of the safest sectors in country. It is also a great feeling to know that you are working in an industry that provides local benefits to the communities. Ontario mining as a world leader! Being a part of that motivates me to work in this sector.
How I affect peoples’ lives
The mining sector in Ontario provides many important minerals. Some of these minerals are called “critical minerals”. Some of these minerals are needed for the low carbon economy. Others are important for the security of our global supply chains. Many of these minerals and metals are used in everyday technologies such as our smart phones, vehicles and other emerging technologies like robotics.
Outside of work I
I spend most of my spare time working on my family farm and with my animals. I have 6 horses, 3 cats and 2 dogs. I compete in equestrian dressage. I sit on the Canadian Sport Horse Association Board. When not working on the family farm, you can find me at CrossFit or Yoga.
My advice to others
Professional development and furthering your education/learning opportunities will never lead you astray. Plus, do not be afraid of making mistakes! From mistakes come some of the biggest rewards.