40 Under Forty Awards


Ashley Kirwan (34)

Ashley Kirwan (34)

Ashley Kirwan is the Co-founder, President & CEO at Orix Geoscience; a geological consultant firm. Orix has 60 employees (50% female) within three offices (Toronto, Sudbury and Winnipeg). Ashley is committed to leading a new generation of geoscientists in the mining industry.

Raised in Sudbury, Ashley earned both a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geology at Laurentian University. In 10 years, she has worked throughout North and South America,
including Sudbury, Nunavut, Nevada and Ecuador.

In 2016, Ashley was named in the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, and in
2018, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award from LU.

Q: What is the number one thing you are working toward that you haven’t yet accomplished?
A: Expanding our business in Sudbury (ideally downtown) to include a collaborative space for mining and exploration companies. The space would be a hub for companies in the industry, fostering creative partnerships and facilitating events/networking opportunities.

Q: What would be the theme song of your life?
A: Happy – Pharrell Williams
Surrounding myself with good people, having an optimistic point of view, and focusing on what really matters most in my life is what “happiness” means to me.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: The team that I get to work with every day. I wake up not feeling like my work is a “job” but is something that I get to do each and every day. I’m surrounded by a hard-working diverse team that values having fun at work and are incredibly supportive of each other.

Q: Share something about yourself that others would be surprised to know.
A: My husband and I had a baby girl in January, and I began working when she was 2 days old! When you are a business owner and love what you do, there are ways to find your own version of a work/life blend, for me this involves having a strong support system. Even more surprising is that I’ve met Princess Diana and the Queen!

Q: What makes you proud to be a Sudburian?
A: So many things: Growth of local businesses and festivals, evolution of different industries (education, mining, sports, research, medicine, food, film…), strong outdoors culture, family friendly, multiculturalism, lakes to enjoy, Harquil School of Earth Sciences, affordability, the best feisty feta at the Buddha, and new opportunities to come. Most importantly my family and closest friends are either from Sudbury or have spent time there.