Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program Advisory Board

The Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program Advisory Board (LMEP AB) is an integral link in supporting and strengthening the Department’s relationships with key industries, fostering increased collaborative research, enhancing student experiential learning opportunities and increasing industry engagement. Our board is comprised of a group of experienced industry professionals who are all committed to the advancement of our students, faculty and the Department.


The Lassonde Mineral Engineering Advisory Board (LMEP AB) will provide assistance and guidance to the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering to support the Department’s collaborative research activities with industry and also enhance opportunities for experiential learning for the Department’s students.

Bahador Alast, P.Eng.
Mining Engineer

Sarah Heffernan
Mining Lead - Data Team

Channa Kumarage, P.Eng.
Director, Technical Services
McEwen Mining

Sabrina Miguel, P.Eng.
Manager, Mining
Franco Nevada Corporation

Donovan Pollitt
Pollitt Mining

Natasha Vaz
EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Ontario Australia & Mexico
Agnico Eagle

LMEP Advisory Board Terms Of Reference


Three-year term for Members

Roles and responsibilities of Board Members include:

  • Advise on industry trends and needs as relevant to the LMEP
  • Identify experiential learning opportunities for students (e.g. Professional Experience Year (PEY Co-op) placements, field trips, networking events
  • Where appropriate, facilitate introductions for students to their networks
  • Attend LMEP functions
  • Provide advice and feedback on LMEP branding efforts (e.g. for recruitment, industry outreach)
  • Act as ambassadors for the LMEP