Dr Côte has more than 20 years experience in environmental and water resources management for a range of sectors.  She has held a number of roles in research and consulting engineering, before setting up the Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry at the University of Queensland with Prof Chris Moran. She has been working exclusively for the mining industry since then. She has engaged extensively with mining operations in Australia, Africa, Chile and Canada to address water and sustainability issues, documenting and implementing leading practices.

Since 2011, she has been Environmental Specialist for the Anglo American Metallurgical Coal Business unit, where she provides technical expertise on environmental and water-related topics, including a range of water quality challenges, particularly in Canada. She designs and implements the water strategy and supports a range of environmental compliance topics, such as the development of innovative software for tracking legal obligations. More recently, she has led novel approaches to improving mine closure planning and the management of final voids.