Mining sectors put heads together – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – July 20, 2017)

Pan-Northern Regional Mining Research Alliance in the works to bring different sectors in the field for stronger collaborations

Northern colleges, universities and funding partners with a focus on the mining industry are teaming up to pool their talents and collaborate on more projects that will benefit themselves and the region.

On July 10, Laurentian University hosted the first meeting of the Pan-Northern Regional Mining Research Alliance to bring interested parties together to discuss the format of the group and decide on its priorities.

The meeting included 21 participants from five universities and four colleges – all of whom are in northern Ontario – four funding agencies, several northern government agencies and science partners.

“We are in the formative stage right now, but we are taking an initiative to bring our current strengths together and see where we can build on those strengths,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, vice-president of Research and Innovation and professor of mathematics at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay in an interview. “Right now in the schools we are all working independently on our fields, but those fields are interconnected and an alliance like this is needed.”

He explained the idea for a new alliance came from a need to have one that focused on mining research. He said there are others in the region based on medical research that help connect education, companies and government agencies. The partners first started talking shortly after the federal government released its 2017 federal budget.

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