Director R&D and Project Manager, Mining Sector

Evgéniya Smirnova

Environmental Professional, PhD

Evgeniya Smirnova has multidisciplinary experience. During her studies and career, she has had the opportunity to deepen her knowledge of the functioning of boreal ecosystems, industrial environments and more particularly mining environments. She is very familiar with the issues related to the recovery of industrial waste and the regulations concerning environmental protection.

For the past ten years, Evgeniya Smirnova has been working to vegetate mining sites characterized by various issues. The approaches she develops offer inexpensive eco-remediation and ecoengineering solutions that are accessible to mining companies whose development plans must include revegetation. To meet these challenges, her projects include several components: recycling industrial tailings, selecting local plant species adapted to the harsh conditions of mine sites and using symbiotic relationships between plants and microorganisms to improve the establishment and growth of plants introduced on mine sites.

Evgeniya Smirnova holds a PhD in environmental science from the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) (Quebec, Canada) and a PhD in biology from the Forestry Academy of Saint Petersburg (Russia). She also has an international master’s degree in biodiversity from the University of Agriculture (Sweden). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Industrial Chair on Mine Site Reclamation at the UQAT. She has considerable international professional experience in Russia, Sweden, Finland, USA and Canada. Evgeniya Smirnova continues to deepen her knowledge constantly through multiple conferences, workshops and professional meetings.