Virginia Heffernan worked internationally as a field geologist and then as a staff writer for The Northern Miner. She went on to complete an MSc in environmental science before launching GeoPen Communications. She received her MFA in creative non-fiction in 2021 and in 2023, published Ring of Fire: High Stakes Mining in a Lowlands Wilderness (ECW Press) to critical acclaim

Virginia provides research and writing services to a broad range of international clients including newspapers, magazines, book publishers, government ministries and corporations. She has published two books with The Financial Times. Her areas of expertise include mineral exploration, mining finance, green technology and renewable energy.

A reputation for accuracy and punctuality, combined with the ability to translate complex scientific and financial concepts into lively prose, has allowed Virginia’s business to flourish.

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2021 University of King’s College, MFA Creative Non-Fiction
2006 Ryerson University, Advanced Magazine Writing
1996 University of Toronto MSc Geography/Environmental Science
1991 Canadian Securities Institute Securities Certificate
1986 Queen’s University BSc Geology/Geography

Relevant Volunteer Work

2011 – 2013 Past President, PWAC Toronto
2009 – 2011 President, PWAC Toronto
2006 – 2009 Treasurer, PWAC Toronto
1992 – 1993 Regional Editor, Society of Economic Geologists Newsletter
1996 Media Outreach Editor, Greenest City Project (Toronto)