Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines is a Jewel – by Jenny Lamothe (SAMSSA.CA – August 30, 2017)

Special Legacy Series: by Jenny Lamothe on behalf of SAMSSA.CA

Having an employee, CEO or exploration specialist who has the knowledge and expertise to move through the entirety of the mining cycle is an attractive prospect. One that, thanks to Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines (GSM), is becoming a reality.

Dr. Bruce Jago, P.Geo, and Founding Executive Director of the school, describes GSM as an administrative unit at Laurentian: “We operate in parallel and in collaboration with the six disciplines that comprise the mining cycle,” he says. These six disciplines: Earth Sciences, Engineering, Indigenous Relations and Studies, Occupational Health and Safety, Environment and Ecology, and Management, make up the key facets of the industry, and in essence, “they’ll get you from one end of the mining cycle – which is discovery – all the way through to closure.”

Their support of these disciplines includes, amongst other funding, financial support for the purchase of new computers and design software for Engineering; access to a new mining equipment simulator at NORCAT for researchers at the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH); “For Earth Science, GSM bought a number of new microscopes for their microscopy lab.

These can be used not only for teaching but research purposes too;” and “for both (Earth Science and Engineering) we’ve provided funding to help out with the cost of field trips, field schools and competitions.”

One of these competitions, with the early signs of an industry following, is the Goodman Gold Challenge. Now attracting teams from Toronto, Montreal – even Kentucky – students have a chance to meet with industry leaders, interview CEOs, and potentially head home with a cash prize and a quarter ounce gold coin.

Additionally, GSM has hosted 18 lectures over the last four years, drawing approximately 1800 students and community members. “The last lecture featured two women from the mining industry who have done incredibly well and we had a fireside chat format for that lecture,” says Jago. “The event was moderated by Jonathan Goodman of the Goodman family; he’s also the Executive in Residence in Management and it was fabulous.”

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