Mining industry undergoing ‘remarkable transformation’ – by Lindsay Kelly (Northern Ontario Business – April 24, 2017)

Modern Mining and Technology Week kicks off in Sudbury

At a time when the mining industry is undergoing a sea change in technology and innovation, it’s never been more important to engage youth and educate them about the available opportunities in the sector.

That was the message shared on April 21 during the annual business luncheon to kick off Modern Mining and Technology Week 2017 in Sudbury. The weeklong event features activities geared toward elementary and high school students to educate them about the mining sector and encourage them to consider pursuing careers in the industry.

Honorary chair Don Duval said the sector is in the midst of a “remarkable transformation” that is seeing the industry adopt innovation and new technology at an extraordinary rate, and he’s witnessing this change firsthand in his capacity as executive director of Sudbury’s Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT).

“The volume of activity of clientele that are using our facility at NORCAT, the underground centre to test and showcase mining technologies, is happening at a rate that is far more significant than in the history of our organization,” he said.

“So, the new developments, new investments, new innovations at this point are happening at a rate that’s unprecedented.”

Mining companies are divesting their research and development resources, but there are still real problems that need to be solved, he noted, which is making way for a wave of new startup companies to come up with solutions.

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