ITI Women In Science Profile – Jessica Bos

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February 14, 2023

Saturday was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and since then ITI has been sharing the stories of women whose background in science has shaped where they are today.

Jessica Bos is the GNWT Mining Recorder and manages the Mining Recorder’s Office (MRO) in Yellowknife. Her team is responsible for administering subsurface rights, keeping mining records, creating mineral claim maps, and maintaining the Mineral Information Tenure System.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. One of the core opportunities in her career came from the University’s co-op program, which provided here with work opportunities as part of her studies.

She took a position through the program as a Land and Water Researcher with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada at the federal office in Gatineau, Quebec. That position eventually brought her much farther north to Iqaluit, Nunavut, where she became a Mineral rights specialist, eventually applying and being awarded a position in the GNWT MRO in Yellowknife.

Asked about the balance of women and men in the MRO, Jessica notes that while mining is primarily a male dominated industry, in her experience in the Mining Recorder’s offices in NWT and Nunavut have mostly been staffed by women. “It’s nice to see a flip compared to the rest of the mining industry.”

Jessica is currently catching up at the MRO, having just returned from a trip to South America. Her trip included many exciting destinations, from Costa Rica, to Argentina, and the Easter Islands—even going further south visiting Antarctica.

She is thankful for the opportunities she has had through her education and career. “The role of education for women in the sciences is critically important,” she says, “but there is value from lessons learned on the job too.”