Director, Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry
Sustainable Minerals Institute
The University of Queensland
Claire Côte has more than 25 years’ experience in environmental and water resources management and has applied her academic and technical knowledge to influence the mining industry’s environmental performance.
She has held several positions in research and consulting, and worked with mining companies in Australia, Africa, Chile and Canada to address issues related to water and sustainable development, documenting and implementing best practices. She has also led new approaches to improve planning for mine closure. In her current role, she seeks to promote environmental excellence throughout the mining cycle, based on capacity building and targeted research programs on water and environmental management, closure planning and beneficial post mining land uses.
Recently, she led a project assessing potential post-mining futures for Queensland mining regions.