A group that includes Sudbury’s Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation has made the shortlist of groups that could receive funding under the Ottawa’s $950-million “supercluster” program.
The federal government has whittled down its list of finalists from more than 50 proposals to nine, according to a list supplied to the Financial Post by the ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. The supercluster program is part of a sizeable spending push by the Trudeau Liberals to spur Canadian innovation.
Ottawa opened up its bidding process last May, and received proposals from more than 1,000 private companies, business associations and research institutions.
Among the nine proposals that have been shortlisted is the Clean, Low-Energy, Engaged, and Remediated Supercluster — or CLEEN. The Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation, based at Laurentian University, or CEMI, and the Canada Mining Innovation Council, submitted the CLEEN proposal.
If funded, the CLEEN Supercluster would aim to transform Canada’s mining sector and position Canada as a global leader in clean resources, clean technology and responsible sourcing of metals. It would also tackle global challenges of energy intensity, water use, and environmental footprint through collaborative innovation, initiate export pathways and create new skilled jobs.
“The CLEER Supercluster has the potential to become Canada’s largest investment in advancing the CLEAN mineral and metal resource extraction industry,” Bora Ugurgel, chief operating officer for the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation, said in a release.
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