Algoma University joins alliance, jumps into mining research – by James Hopkin (Soo Today – July 10, 2018)

Pan-Northern Mining Research Alliance conceived to address challenges in mining sector

The Pan-Northern Mining Research Alliance (PNMRA) will be meeting in Sault Ste. Marie this fall to identify and communicate its funding needs to both federal and provincial governments.

The alliance – which counts Algoma University and Sault College as members – is a collaborative effort between ten post-secondary institutions in northern Ontario.

“The alliance is going to seek industry engagement, supports and collaboration through targeted research opportunities,” said Dr. Pedro Antunes, who is the executive research lead and Canada Research Chair at Algoma University. “The idea is to positively influence government priorities and industry needs that will benefit all of northern Ontario.”

The alliance’s first meeting took place last July at Laurentian University in Sudbury, where a number of key themes were agreed upon: Partnerships and shared resources, diversity and leadership, health, partnership collaboration, First Nations, planning, climate change and environment and technology.

Antunes says that post-secondary institutions throughout northern Ontario were approached by the provincial government to form an alliance that would be tasked to solve challenges related to the mining sector.

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