Amanda is a consultant with her business Ignite Education and Communications Consulting in St. John’s, NL. She’s a geoscientist, educator and strategic communicator with a progressive career leading local, national and international education and public outreach initiatives.
Her career experience has included the position of Outreach Geologist with the Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. During her time with the public service she coordinated mining, minerals and oil and gas related outreach initiatives, including serving as the Chair of NL Mining Week, Co-Founded the Women in Mining Forum and authored the Women in Mining Career Connections Guide. She also undertook a professional development assignment with the Strategic Planning and Policy Coordination Division to develop a departmental outreach strategy. Amanda held the position as Supervisor, Public Programs and Exhibits at the Johnson GEO CENTRE and has worked for the oil and gas and mining sectors. She also spent many years as a Science and Mathematics teacher, delivering the International Baccalaureate (IB) MYP program at International Schools in The Bahamas and Norway.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and a Bachelor of Education degree, both from Memorial University. Amanda is an active volunteer and has worked with EdGEO, a Canada-wide program organized by geoscientists who work with local educators. She has personally visited numerous classrooms delivering Earth Science workshops to teachers and students. She has been a member of WRDC’s Board of Directors since 2017.