Ontario invests C$2.5m in mining R&D; Minister outlines progress to position province as mining leader – by Henry Lazenby (MiningWeekly.com – November 2, 2016)


VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – The Ontario government on Tuesday announced that it would invest C$2.5-million in the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation’s (CEMI’s) ongoing work with the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN), which is helping the mining sector develop and adopt commercially viable innovations. Part of a five-year initiative first started in 2014, the programme has created nearly 30 jobs in Northern Ontario to date.

The province, in partnership with the federal government, is supporting this research initiative by CEMI and UDMN, which will help mining companies and organisations develop technologies to enhance the safety, efficiency and sustainability of their operations.

Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle made the announcement during the Mining Innovation Summit 2016, hosted by Ontario in Sudbury. “Today’s Mining Innovation Summit and our investment in CEMI are proof Ontario is committed to supporting the future of the mining sector and ensuring that we are the global leader in sustainable mineral development.

Our government is pleased to partner with CEMI as it leads the way to ensure ultradeep mines operate more effectively and safely, generate more value, improve the human environment and enhance mine productivity,” he stated.

With some of North America’s great mining thought leaders in the room, the Ministry spoke with industry participants about opportunities and barriers for the adoption of innovative technologies; taking new concepts to commercialisation; highlighting the new materials and niche commodities, such as lithium or graphite and their applications; and providing special focus on opportunities to enhance relationships and economic development strategies between indigenous people, industry and government.

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