Virginia Heffernan is a former geoscientist with an M.Sc. from the University of Toronto’s School of the Environment and an MFA from the University of King’s College. Her articles appear in publications such as CIM Magazine, Explore, and the Globe and Mail. In her book, Ring of Fire: High-Stakes Mining in a Lowlands Wilderness, which Ken McGoogan calls “a signal contribution to an important public policy debate … and great fun to read into the bargain,” award-winning Canadian author Virginia delves into the complexities of a valuable discovery under the world’s second-largest temperate wetland and in the traditional lands of the Cree and Ojibway, arguing that despite conflict among resource development, concerns for environmental stewardship, and Indigenous rights, the Ring of Fire presents an opportunity for Canada to leave behind centuries of plunder and set the global standard for the responsible development of minerals critical to the green energy revolution. She lives in Toronto.

Virginia’s appearance is supported by Author Patron Harriet Waterman.

Appearing in 12. Beneath the Surface: The Ring of Fire