Sudbury as mining’s ‘Silicon Valley’
Cambrian College’s applied research division, Cambrian Innovates, and local mining industry partners will benefit from a $2.1-million dollar investment from the federal government’s National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada College and Community Innovation program.
Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre and Sudbury’s Paul Lefebvre announced the funding on behalf of science minister Kirsty Duncan during a press conference at Cambrian on Thursday.
“Greater Sudbury has produced multiple integrated mineral processing facilities making it a region with the highest concentration of mining and mining associated activity in North America,” Lefebvre said in a statement. “Cambrian College’s work and this investment solidifies Sudbury’s place as a global mining leader.” The funds were secured through an innovation enhancement grant that will support a five-year Mine Environmental Stewardship Initiative.
The Mine Environmental Stewardship Initiative leverages government funding, industry and College expertise, and investment in innovation by local businesses, including Vale, Glencore, ECONSE, and Electrale.
As part of the initiative, unique applied research projects will be carried out to identify or test practical solutions to address issues confronted by industry partners or their key clients.
“Greater Sudbury has earned a reputation as the Silicon Valley of hard-rock research expertise and innovation, and Cambrian College’s Mine Environmental Stewardship Initiative is a shining example of how our community leads the way when it comes to innovation and the mining sector,” Serre added.
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