Expanding Sudbury’s research ‘culture’ (Sudbury Star – March 9, 2017)


Cambrian College and Laurentian University announced an agreement Wednesday they say will boost research and innovation in Northern Ontario.

The agreement facilitates the creation of collaborative partnerships and enables faculty, students and staff at both institutions to pursue large-scale research projects, Cambrian and Laurentian said in a joint press release.

The schools will share professional expertise, facilities, equipment, and administrative services, the release said, in order to boost innovation, productivity and results.

The aim is to harness the resources and expertise of the two institutions, in order to enhance the educational experience for student researchers, attract and develop top-quality professionals, increase fundamental and applied research capacity and income, and to strengthen Sudbury’s culture of innovation through post-secondary collaboration.

The memorandum of understanding provides guidelines for new research partnerships to be developed.

At a media conference on Wednesday, Laurentian University President Dominic Giroux, Vice-President of Research Dr. Rui Wang of Laurentian, Cambrian College President Bill Best and Vice-President International of Applied Research and Business Development Sonia Del Missier of Cambrian got a look at one initiative already underway under the auspices of the memorandum of understanding.

The collaborative project is led by Dean Millar, professor of energy in mining at Laurentian’s Bharti School of Engineering and energy director of Laurentian’s MIRARCO, or the Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation.

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