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May 15, 2018 – Vale today announced Ricus Grimbeek as Chief Operating Officer for Canada, the UK and Asian Refineries; a role based out of Sudbury, Ontario.

“I’m very excited to take on this new role, and am humbled to be leading some of the most historic and prolific mining operations in the world,” said Grimbeek. “I’m also energized by the enormous potential I see in front of us, and look forward to working with our employees, union partners, regulators and local communities to co-create the future I believe to be possible”.

Ricus most recently worked for South 32 – a global mining company – in roles including Chief Technology Officer as well as President and Chief Operating Officer. He has also worked for BHP Billiton and Lonmin in a variety of senior level safety and operational positions in Australia, South Africa and Canada. Continue Reading →


SUDBURY, May 8, 2018 – Vale’s Sudbury Biodiversity Program received the national Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Environmental Excellence Award from the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) at an awards gala during the 2018 CIM Convention in Vancouver on May 7th.

“We are proud to be acknowledged for Vale’s biodiversity program in Sudbury,” said Lisa Lanteigne, Environment Manager for Vale’s Ontario Operations. “The program has been successful because of a sustained commitment to community collaboration and an innovative approach to environmental stewardship. The program exemplifies one of our core company values — Prize Our Planet.”

Vale’s biodiversity work in Sudbury focuses on regreening and reclamation efforts; transforming historically stressed lands and waterways back to their natural states after more than a century of mining activities. To improve biodiversity within the community, Vale undertakes a number of activities, including: Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: MAC fetes Vale and IAMGOLD with 2018 TSM Excellence Awards

Projects raise the bar in environmental protection and community engagement

OTTAWA, May 8, 2018 /CNW/ – The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has awarded Vale’s Sudbury Operations in Ontario and IAMGOLD’s Essakane Gold Mine in Burkina Faso with TSM Excellence Awards for their innovative sustainability projects. The companies were recognized with the awards yesterday at the CIM Awards Gala in Vancouver.

“We congratulate Vale and IAMGOLD for their outstanding projects. Together, they showcase what best practice looks like in our sector, whether it be spurring local economic development and entrepreneurship in communities where they operate or adopting innovative methods to restore mining areas back to nature,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC.

“These projects are making meaningful change in communities by restoring mined areas back to nature, and spurring local economic development and entrepreneurship. We can all learn from these projects and bring the knowledge to our own communities.” added David Walkem, Chief of the Cook’s Ferry Band, and Member of MAC’s COI Panel and TSM Excellence Awards Selection Committee. Continue Reading →

‘Still got lots to do’ in Sudbury’s regreening program, ecologist says (CBC News Sudbury – May 7, 2018)

A program that started in Sudbury in 1978 is still being recognized on the international level. Forty years ago, the City of Greater Sudbury launched the regreening program, which has transformed the city from desolate black rocks to green trees.

In 2018, CBC Sudbury is celebrating its 40th anniversary of going on air. We’ll be looking back at some of our top stories from the last four decades. Peter Beckett, a restoration ecologist and chair of the regreening advisory panel, was no stranger to industrial areas when he first arrived in Sudbury in 1974. He came from England to visit the city.

“I actually thought I’d gone back to some of the barren areas of South Wales,” he said. “There were no trees. There was a rocky hillside with large pebbles.” He relocated to Sudbury and remembers the year the program was put into place. Continue Reading →

Samantha Espley: Sudbury miner named head of Canadian Institute of Mining council – Staff (Northern Ontario Business – April 30, 2018)

Samantha Espley has been named the incoming president of the Presidents Council for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) for the 2020-2021 year. Espley is the director of Vale’s Technical Excellence Centre of Mining and Mineral Processing in Sudbury.

“I feel honoured to be asked to lead CIM. It’s an amazing feeling,” Espley said in an April 25 news release. “A big question now is how the Canadian mining industry can stay competitive in the global industry. I think CIM can play a major role in that, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Espley, who has more than 25 years in the industry, is a board member of MIRARCO and the Canada Mining Innovation Council and a past member of the executive board of Engineers Canada, Science North, and the Sudbury branches of Women in Science and Engineering and Professional Engineers Ontario. Continue Reading →

Sudbury celebrates 40 years of regreening: Environmental reclamation effort hits memorable milestone – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – May 1, 2018)

Greater Sudbury’s internationally acclaimed environmental regreening effort to heal its industrially-scarred landscape has hit the 40-year mark.

The program, launched in 1978, put the city on the map as an environmental leader in miraculously transforming the area from a mostly tree-less moonscape to a lush landscape.

In that four-decade span, more than 3,400 hectares of barren land has been treated with crushed agricultural limestone and almost 10 million seedlings have been replanted by the city’s Regreening Program. Continue Reading →

Plays mine Sudbury’s past – by Laura Stradiotto (Sudbury Star – April 30, 2018)

Prepare to delve into the heart and history of Northern Ontario this week during Pat The Dog’s sixth annual Playsmelter Festival. Featuring creators from the region and afar, Playsmelter offers audiences the chance to see Canadian theatre in all stages of development. The festival, which features Sudbury-inspired narratives, starts today and runs until Saturday at the Sudbury Theatre Centre.

Adric Cluff usually writes about zombies and vampires, yet penning a play based on American inventor Thomas Edison and his influence in Sudbury at the turn of the 20th century was more extraordinary than any fiction he ever encountered.

Cluff explores the famous inventor’s visit to the Sudbury region in the early 1900s, his mining exploration and influence on the founding of Inco Limited. Cluff dug into the city’s archives and found plenty of supporting evidence of the inventor’s influence at the time, including an invitation from the mayor to visit the booming mining town. Continue Reading →

Vale not happy with nickel prices – by Staff (Sudbury Star – April 30, 2018)

Vale officials say they have confidence in the nickel market in the long run, but for now they aren’t happy with the metal’s prices. In December, Vale dialed back nickel output forecasts for the next five years even as it praised the metal’s future prospects.

Last week, Reuters reported Vale was curbing base metal production to boost returns, though the world’s biggest nickel producer hopes the area will one day represent a greater part of earnings.

Vale executives said they hoped to find a partner for the struggling New Caledonia nickel mine by the end of the year, but it was not clear whether the world’s largest nickel producer would continue nickel operations there, Reuters said. Continue Reading →

Citizens, experts voice ferrochrome qualms – by Ben Leeson (Sudbury Star – April 30, 2018)

If there was any doubt left as to the level of interest or concern about a proposed ferrochrome smelter in Coniston, that should have been erased with a visit to Ecole Notre-Dame de la Merci on Saturday afternoon.

Greater Sudburians packed the school gym for a panel discussion and information session hosted by the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury and focused on the possibility of a ferrochrome production facility in Coniston, which the city has identified as a preferred site for Noront Resources to smelt chromite mined in the Ring of Fire, should the company choose Sudbury over competitors such as Thunder Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie.

“We’re not having a debate here,” panel moderator Laurie McGauley said. “We’re having an information session to find out what we need to know, as citizens, about this proposal.” Continue Reading →

Environmental impacts from potential ferrochrome smelter to be discussed at public session (CBC News Sudbury – April 26, 2018)

Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury hosting information meeting Saturday for concerned residents

A public information session will be held this Saturday to discuss a proposed ferrochrome smelter that may be built in Coniston in Greater Sudbury.

The Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury started hearing concerns from local residents around the time the city announced it was planning to bid on hosting a ferrochrome smelter.

Noront Resources is expected to announce later this year which one of the four proposed sites it’s chosen to build its processing plant for ore from the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario. Continue Reading →

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. Continue Reading →

Production ramping up again at Sudbury Vale’s Coleman Mine – by Jim Moodie (Sudbury Star – April 11, 2018)

Spring may still seem postponed, but work has finally resumed at Coleman Mine in Levack. Operations were suspended before Christmas for repairs to an underground ventilation compartment, idling many workers on temporary layoff.

That was initially supposed to last just a month or two; instead, the shutdown dragged on nearly five months. Now, however, it’s business as usual at the Vale facility.

“The entire workforce is back at the mine working on regular shifts,” said Angie Robson, manager of corporate and aboriginal affairs, in a message to The Star. She said employees were called back in mid-March for training and crews are now “performing value-added work in the orebodies, with production ramping up later this week.” Continue Reading →

‘Deep will be the new norm’ — Glencore spends $1B to find new ore beneath Sudbury – by Erik White (CBC News Sudbury – April 5, 2018)

First ore expected in about 4 years, with full production by 2025

Glencore is spending nearly $1 billion to mine new ore underneath Sudbury. The Onaping Depth project was announced at the same time as Vale revealed plans to go ahead with its multi-million dollar expansion of Copper Cliff Mine, also known as “Copper Cliff Deep.”

“I think deep will be the new norm and certainly in Sudbury, that’s where the future lies,” said Peter Xavier, Glencore vice-president of Sudbury operations.

The deposit is located 2,500 metres beneath the mothballed Craig Mine in Onaping and was found in the 1990s. Xavier says it’s taken years of planning to figure out how to mine safely and economically at that low level. Continue Reading →

Sudbury only Northern city that will grow: report – by Gord Young (North Bay Nugget/Sudbury Star – April 5, 2018)

Greater Sudbury is the only major urban area in Northern Ontario expected to grow. That’s according to a consultant’s growth outlook report recently commissioned by that community for planning purposes. The report by Hemson Consulting Ltd. indicates Greater Sudbury could grow over the next 30 years by up to 15,000 people.

By contrast, it notes, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins and North Bay have all either experienced no increase or a declining population since 2001. The 2016 national census showed North Bay’s population dropped 3.9 per cent from 2011, to 51,553 from 53,651.

In the North Bay area, however, the census data showed three outlying communities posted increases. South River saw its population rise to 1,114 from 1,049, Powassan climbed to 3,455 from 3,378, and West Nipissing increased to 14,364 from 14,149. Continue Reading →

Future looks bright for Sudbury mining – by Brian Bigger (Sudbury Star – April 1, 2018)

Brian Bigger is the Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury.

I would like to provide an update to the community on my very productive and successful trip to Toronto for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference at the beginning of last month.

PDAC, as always, is an opportunity for companies working in all aspects of mining to come together, showcase what they have been working on to government representatives, stakeholders and investors. This year in particular showed great signs of enthusiasm in the industry and once again Greater Sudbury’s presence was very prominent in the mining world.

In fact, more than 80 companies and organizations from Greater Sudbury were on display and approximately 750 Sudburians were in attendance. Representatives from around the world were amongst the 25,000 attendees. Continue Reading →