• Jason Courneyea

    Jason Courneyea


    Jason joined MineralsEd in August of 2019, and in January of 2020 he became Director. Raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Jason brings fourteen years of experience in mineral exploration, working on projects ranging from grassroots exploration to active mine sites in many parts of Canada. He provides geology instruction at MineralsEd's teacher workshops and is involved in all other aspects of MineralsEd program development and delivery. His long-time affiliation with industry and passion for education provides a strong background for understanding both the world of education and the BC broad-based mining community.

  • Sarah Jackson-Brown

    Sarah Jackson-Brown

    Program Coordinator

    Sarah joined the MineralsEd team as Program Coordinator in July 2020. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Sarah has always been passionate about the natural world, leading her to pursue a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. After moving out west in 2011, she then pursued an M.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia which sparked her love of education. Sarah has explored many roles within the mining and education sectors and is excited to bring her experiences to the MineralsEd team. Sarah is responsible for communication with MineralsEd partners and schools, facilitation of MineralsEd programming and materials, and social media management. In her spare time Sarah enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time with her many pets.

  • Allegra Whistler

    Allegra Whistler

    Education Consultant

    Allegra joined the MineralsEd team as the Program Coordinator in January 2021 and transitioned to Education Consultant in February 2022. Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, Allegra graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Earth Sciences. Currently, she is a Geologist-in-Training and has worked as a Junior Geologist on mineral exploration projects in B.C. and Yukon. Allegra is an active outreach instructor and science communicator with over 10-years’ experience working with children. She loves learning and is fascinated by the natural wonders of our world. Her favourite type of work is engaging people – children and adults – through conversation and hands-on activities to spark curiosity and improve science literacy.