Sudbury mining industry poised for global expansion – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – April 20, 2018)

President of CEMI touts region as the future global hub of mining at opening luncheon of Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury

Sudbury’s mining sector has come a long way in the last three decades, and the next big phase is going to be the region as home for global innovation.

That was the message from Douglas Morrison, president of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation, the opening speaker at the business luncheon kicking off Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury (MMTS) on April 20.

The hall at Bryston’s on the Park in Copper Cliff was filled with industry executives, as well as members of mining service companies and event sponsors, to get a rundown on the schedule of the week-long event and hear what Morrison had to say about his experiences and where he sees the industry going.

Starting from his early days working in the mines around Sudbury in the early 1980s, he said in a five-year period they went from using decades-old technology to modern trucks, drillers and improved safety.

“That transition wasn’t just a change, it was a disruption,” he said. “It changed the world of mining.” Back then, he said mining was very regionalized. Now, it has become global, with companies holding properties and doing more business in multiple countries than ever before.

While changes have been gradual over the years, the mining industry was poised for another great disruption. He warned it wouldn’t be easy or smooth, but it would propel mining in the region forward.

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