Dan LaPorte, M.Sc., P.Geo.

Dan is a Principal Hydrogeochemist based in Ontario with more than 11 years of experience focused on acid mine drainage and metal leaching characterization and mine waste and site water management for the mining sector.

Dan helps mining clients to develop mine site environmental solutions throughout all stages of the mining cycle. He has experience in a broad range of mine waste and water assessments that includes Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) and Metal Leaching assessments and prediction, seepage and source control assessments for waste rock and tailings facilities, mine water and groundwater contaminant transport, baseline surface water and groundwater reviews, and water quality and geochemical modelling. He has extensively applied practical and innovative approaches to mine waste and water management to support development of site-wide management options with consideration for efficient operations and closure of main mining landforms (waste rock and tailings storage facilities), open pits, and underground mines.

To advance the state of the practice, Dan has supported the development of innovative mine waste characterization techniques to provide key information on physiochemical processes that could occur within waste rock and tailings storage facilities. Improved characterization of mine waste from laboratory and field scale testing allows for more accurate prediction of long-term water quality of drainage to assist clients with more effective management of mine impacted water risks. He has also supported clients with the development and feasibility evaluations of innovative mine waste source control technologies. He is also an active participant in several professional geoscientist associations in Canada.


Acid Mine Drainage and Metal Leaching Assessments; Geochemical and Water Quality Modeling; Mine Waste and Water Management; Mine Waste Operation and Closure Planning; and Source Control Predictions, Design, and Implementation

Practice Areas

Contaminated Site Assessment and Cleanup, Environmental Management, and Water and Natural Resources


Geochemistry, Geology


M.Sc., Master of Science Geological Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 2008; B.Sc., Bachelor of Science Geology (Cum Laude), Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, 2004; Diploma Geological Engineering Technology (Honours), Cambrian College, Sudbury, 2002; Diploma Geological Engineering Technician, Cambrian College, Sudbury, 2001


Ontario Professional Geoscientist; Saskatchewan Professional Geoscientist; Northwest Territories and Nunavut Professional Geoscientist