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Science STEMforGIRLS Role Models

Jessica Borysenko

Manager GIS, Professional Geoscientist

Marathon Gold



Current community of residence:


Social Media Connections
  • LinkedIn
Education (Certificates, Programs, and School Names):
  • Lakehead University, BSc - Earth Science
  • GIS Graduate Program, Vancouver Island University
  • various ongoing continuing education in geoscience, geostatistics, software platforms
What do you love most about your profession? Why did you choose this career?

I am continually learning and developing. There are many options open for personal growth as a geologist and many paths to take to becoming an expert and specialized. For example, in GIS, geochemistry, geophysics, resource development and many more. I find it is very much not a typical career and there is never a limit to learning. I personally love the exploration side of the industry.

Why do we need more women in STEM and Skilled Trades?

Women are natural leaders and thrive in sciences and technology. They offer a balance to these industries and the underrepresentation of women within them has detrimental effects on the advancement in these areas of discipline.
The stereotypes of women in these fields need to be broken so more women feel they have equal opportunity and earning potential as their male counterparts.

How do you think the school you went to influenced your career?

I went to Lakehead University in Northern Ontario where there are many active mine sites. The regional exposure of geology is incredible and was a fantastic way to learn hands on.

What does your typical workday involve? Can you work remotely? (indoors/outdoors, office/plant, travel time, teamwork/solo work)

I work remotely between my home and our Toronto office with site visits occasionally. I work through the data collected from the filed programs which is used for future exploration planning. I use a number of different software platforms from 2D to 3D models.
I join a number of meetings and collaborate with my colleagues often throughout the day.

What other resources would you recommend to students?

Speaking to people in the different industries is priceless. Many times, students don't realize the many facets within an industry and the positions that are available.
Another great resource would be the provincial regulatory associations for each discipline. Many of these organizations set up programs that provide valuable information to students and can direct questions to mentors and other industry leaders. There are a number of talks given as well that provides insight into various industries.


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