Innovation, First Nations key to resource development – by Ben Leeson (Sudbury Star – May 26, 2017)

The Ontario government’s goals of fostering a culture of innovation and enhancing relationships with Indigenous people and communities are key to its mineral development strategy, including development of the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario, Christine Kaszycki said on Thursday.

Kaszycki, the assistant deputy minister for the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines mines and minerals division, also spoke about opportunities for the Sudbury region during a Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Copper Cliff Italian Club.

“I think most folks would agree that innovation to improve productivity, decrease costs, will be key to the long-term sustainability of the mining sector,” Kaszycki said. “In order to foster the innovation that’s required, requires an environment of collaboration.”

Reducing emissions to meet regulatory requirements in a low-carbon economy, as well as enhancing safety, will require innovative solutions, she said.

“I think there’s a significant opportunity to leverage the incredible capacity that the Sudbury region has in terms of research and development and innovation, the supply and service sector, and great host companies who can benefit from innovation and apply new technologies, to really begin to take advantage of our innate strengths and really grow this innovation capacity and grow the opportunity for supply and services and exports that are associated with it,” Kaszycki said.

Since 2013, she said, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the ministry’s primary funding vehicle, has invested more than $47 million in more than 100 mining innovation projects.

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