Mining world looks to Northern Ontario for innovation – by Norm Tollinsky (Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal – May 18, 2017)

Congratulating mining contractor Cementation for its grand prize victory at the Disrupt Mining event co-sponsored by Goldcorp and Integra Gold during the PDAC in March, Rick Howes, president and CEO of Dundee Precious Metals made an observation about the important role that Northern Ontario plays in the global mining industry.

“I’m a Northern Ontario boy. I spent most of my career in Northern Ontario and I see how far we’re spreading our influence globally,” Howes told a standing room only audience attending a panel discussion sponsored by the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation.

Fellow panelist Fred Stanford, former president of Ontario Operations for Vale and currently president and CEO of Torex Gold Resources works in Mexico, said Howes. “I work in Europe and Africa.”

Rick could have gone on an on. Roy Slack and Alun Price Jones, the two Cementation executives who are championing the company’s innovative injection hoisting solution that wowed the Disrupt Mining judges are from North Bay. Kurtis Vanwallegham and Dr. Vasu Appanna of Bio-Mine Ltd., a Disrupt Mining finalist, are from Sudbury, as are semi-finalists Andrew Dasys of Objectivity and Walter and Ryan Siggelkow of Hard-Line Solutions.

And that’s just scratching the surface. This issue of Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal speaks volumes about the concentration of mining expertise in Northern Ontario and the global reach of mining suppliers in the region.

Northern Survey Supply of Mattawa and Sudbury is breaking new ground with its Miner Operated Survey System (MOSS). Currently being deployed by Lion One Metals in Fiji and trialed by Jaguar Mining in Brazil, MOSS allows every round to be surveyed and evaluated for overbreak and underbreak.

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