Laurentian speeds past $50M fundraising goal to $64M – by CBC Radio Sudbury (January 22, 2013)

Sudbury university will wrap up two-year fundraising campaign by the end of March

Laurentian University has reached its goal of raising $50 million dollars ahead of schedule. Two years ago, the school began fundraising at the same time it celebrated its 50th anniversary. The university managed to raise $64 million, exceeding its target, with the help of donations from private companies and individuals.

“I’ve been very impressed … with the many gifts from other alumni, families in Sudbury and companies as well,” said Laurentian president Dominic Giroux. He noted universities from around the province now rely on the private sector for some of their funding.

“We look to private donors … to provide added value features to attract top students … to continue to attract top faculty,” he said.

Provincial funding per student has been decreasing in Ontario since 2007, Giroux added. While the school has already raised $64 million, it will continue its planned fundraising campaign until its conclusion at the end of March.

The money will go toward numerous programs and projects, including mining research, construction projects, graduate fellowships and scholarships.

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(L to R) David Harquail, Chief Executive Officer and President of Franco-Nevada Corporation; Tracy MacLeod, Director of Development and Campaign Director; Bruce Jago, Executive Director, Goodman School of Mines, Laurentian University; Dominic Giroux, President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University

Franco-Nevada invests $500,000 to support executive directorship

SUDBURY, ON (January 16, 2013) – Franco-Nevada President and CEO David Harquail today announced a donation of $500,000 to fund the Franco-Nevada Executive Director’s position of Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines. At the same time, University President and Vice-Chancellor Dominic Giroux announced the appointment of Dr. Bruce C. Jago as the School’s Founding Executive Director.

Dr. Jago is a Professional Geologist and experienced mining executive who has worked with such companies as Wallbridge Mining (Vice-President, Exploration), Inco Limited (Applied Mineralogist, Exploration Manager), Temex Resources (Project Manager, Diamonds) and Harry Winston Inc (Project Geologist). Most recently, Jago has been President, CEO and Director of Miocene Minerals Ltd. of Vancouver. His appointment follows an extensive global search.

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OMA member IAMGOLD donates $1.25 million to Laurentian University

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Ontario Mining Association member IAMGOLD has donated $1.25 million to the Bharti School of Engineering at Laurentian University in Sudbury. This gift is dedicated to establish Canada’s first research chair in open pit mining. The search for this position will begin soon and the aim is have the successful candidate in place by July 2013.

“The future of the mining industry depends of our ability to step up the pace of innovation and this has to start with educational programs and research opportunities specializing in advanced mining techniques,” said Stephen Letwin, IAMGOLD’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Creating Canada’s first research chair in the highly specialized field of open-pit mining positions Laurentian University as a leader in mining research.”

“We are honoured to support this unique and valuable program,” Mr. Letwin added. “With the Cote gold project in Northern Ontario as an open-pit mine, it is gratifying to know that we will be both helping to address the serious shortage of skilled mining professionals in this country and creating job opportunities for our future mining engineers.”

“This investment represents a critically important enhancement of our research capacity at the Bharti School,” said Ramesh Subramanian, Director of Laurentian University’s Bharti School of Engineering. “This new research chair will attract more cutting-edge knowledge to our mining engineering programs and will augment our international reputation in mining.”

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Another $500 K for Laurentian’s school of mines – by Heidi Ulrichsen (Sudbury Northern Life – January 17, 2013)

The founding executive director of Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines is no stranger to the city. In the past, Bruce Jago has worked as an applied mineralogist and exploration director at Inco Ltd. and as the vice-president of exploration at Wallbridge Mining.

Most recently, Jago, who holds a PhD in geology, served as the CEO of Miocene Minerals in Vancouver. “This is the third time I’ll have lived in Sudbury,” he said, speaking to reporters after a Jan. 16 press conference at which his appointment was announced.

“This opportunity came up to come back east, and our family is in Ontario. It’s an amazing opportunity. So, third time lucky. I think we’re going to stay here for a long time.”

The school of mines, created last June, will focus on developing interdisciplinary majors and minors, creating new executive programs for those already in the industry, networking with other schools of mines, doubling the enrolment in mining-related programs by 2020 and continuing to improve student experience.

Beyond introducing Jago, university officials announced at the press conference the school of mines executive director position is being funded through a $500,000 gift from Franco-Nevada Corp.

Franco-Nevada is an $8-billion gold royalty company. David Harquail, the company’s CEO, said he was convinced to provide the funding because the company earns about 10 per cent of its revenues from mines in the Sudbury area.

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Founding director [Goodman School of Mines] appointed – by Star Staff (Sudbury Star – January 17, 2013)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

A veteran mining executive has been appointed founding executive director of Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines.

Bruce C . Jago — most recently the president, CEO and director of Miocene Minerals Ltd. of Vancouver — was introduces as the new ED at a press conference Wednesday.

“We couldn’t be more pleased Bruce Jago will be bringing his vision to the Goodman School,” Laurentian president Dominic Giroux said in a release. “His experience in the field, in Canada and abroad, his work with First Nations, his deep roots in mining and his belief in the industry all make him an ideal choice for this important founding position.”

Jago is a professional geologist and experienced mining executive who has worked with such companies as Wallbridge Mining (vice-president, exploration), Inco Limited (applied mineralogist, exploration manager), Temex Resources (project manager, diamonds) and Harry Winston Inc. (project geologist).

” The world’s mineral resources must be developed efficiently, sustainably and equitably, so all stakeholders receive maximum benefit,” Jago said. “There is no better place in the world for this multi-disciplinary approach to mining education, and I am thrilled with the opportunity to lead this exciting venture.”

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[IAMGOLD] Co. funds university pit-mine position – by Jonathan Migneault (Sudbury Star – January 15, 2013)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

A mining company called IAMGOLD Corporation has donated $1.25 million to Laurentian University to fund Canada’s first research chair in open-pit mining over a five-year period.

IAMGOLD will soon start mining operations at its Cote Gold project, an open-pit gold mine located near Gogama, about 180 km north of Sudbury.

“This is going to be a large mine that is going to require a lot of talent to operate,” said Gordon Stothart, IAMGOLD’s vice-president and chief operating officer. “Part of how we run our operations is to look around locally for who you can start to source talent.”

Laurentian has started a global search to find a suitable candidate for the research chair position, and is expected to make a decision as early as July.

“The main thing is we need someone with experience in open pit mining,” said Ramesh Subramanian, director of Laurentian’s Bharti School of Engineering. The school of engineering will establish the openpit mining research chair and choose the candidate for the position. Subramanian said about 75% of the world’s mines are openpit, but most mines in Canada are underground.

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(L to R) John Fera, former president of USW Local 6500; Leo Gerard, CROSH Advisory Committee Chair; Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mine and Chair of the NOHFC; Marianne Matichuk, Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury; Dr. Tammy Eger, Director of CROSH; Dominic Giroux, President and Vice Chancellor of Laurentian University.

SUDBURY, ON (DECEMBER 19, 2012) –The Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), today announced funding for the establishment of a Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety at Laurentian University.

The new Research Chair in the existing Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) will lead research relevant to a broad range of workplaces. The Research Chair will work to make the Centre a national and international leader in occupational health and safety research, development, education, training, and global best practices. The CROSH Research Chair will be supported by a team of research assistants and other personnel.

“Our government continues to partner with universities to support important research initiatives,” said Minister Bartolucci. “I am very pleased that the NOHFC could invest in this Research Chair that will further help establish Laurentian University and Northern Ontario as a leading centre in occupational health and safety.”

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(L to R) Michael Atkins, Laurentian Board Vice-Chair; Anita Goodman; Ned Goodman, CEO of Dundee Corporation; Terry MacGibbon, Chair of Laurentian Next 50 Campaign; Laura Katz, 2nd Year Masters of Science Student, Earth Sciences Department; Dominic Giroux, President of Laurentian University

Please note, although Laurentian President Dominic Giroux starts the video speaking French the remainder is in English.


SUDBURY, ON (OCTOBER 15, 2012) – Ned Goodman, CEO of Dundee Corporation, and The Goodman Family Foundation – JODAMADA, announced today a historic gift to Laurentian University’s new School of Mines. In recognition of the Goodman family’s generosity, Laurentian University President Dominic Giroux announced that the university will name the school in the Goodman family’s honour.

Ned Goodman’s business and investment experience spans more than 40 years as a geologist, securities analyst, portfolio manager and senior executive, and he has an established reputation as one of Canada’s most successful investment counselors. He was the driving force of the Dundee group of financial companies, which grew under his family’s leadership from a $300-million base to a $50-billion mutual fund entity. Mr. Goodman’s work in the mining sector helped bring investment and jobs to many remote northern Canadian communities. By providing financing to many junior companies and helping to build successful, growing companies, he helped thousands of other Canadians prosper. He described his family’s gift as a vote of confidence in the future of mining.

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[Ned Goodman] Donor hopes to create world’s best mining school – by Heidi Ulrichsen (Sudbury Northern Life – October 16, 2012)

LU names mining school for Ned Goodman

Ned Goodman said his goal is nothing less than to make the Goodman School of Mines the best mining school in the world.

Laurentian officially named its new mining school after the CEO of Dundee Corporation Oct. 15 after the Goodman Family Foundation made a large contribution to an endowment fund set up for the mining school.

The contribution was made with the condition that any financial commitment, present or future, remains confidential.

However, Laurentian University president Dominic Giroux said the Goodmans’ contribution, along with others, brings the university more than halfway to the endowment fund’s financial goal of $20 million.

Goodman is a geologist, securities analyst, portfolio manager and senior executive, and has invested in many mining operations.

He was the driving force of the Dundee group of financial companies, which grew under his family’s leadership from a $300 million base to a $50 billion mutual fund entity.

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NEWS RELEASE: New President for [Sudbury’s] CEMI [Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation]

For Immediate Release

Sudbury, ON – On February 8, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) announced the appointment of Mr. Douglas Morrison, Chair of Holistic Mining Practices, as President and CEO of the Corporation effective March 1, 2012. Douglas Morrison brings expertise from a long career in mining, starting at Falconbridge Ltd., then at Inco Ltd. and most recently as Global Mining Leader at Golder Associates.

Since joining CEMI in 2011, he has served as Vice President and now succeeds Dr. Peter K. Kaiser who, after leading CEMI for five years, will focus on his role as Director of the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction, a Division of CEMI.  He will also assume an advisory role as Vice President Research at CEMI and resume his research at Laurentian University as Chair for Rock Mechanics and Ground Control.

Sam Marcuson, Vice President of Vale Canada for Base Metals Technology Development and Chairman of the CEMI Board of Directors, welcomes mining veteran, Douglas Morrison, to the role of President and CEO. “With his extensive experience in the Canadian mining industry and more than 15 years in international consulting, he brings a broad understanding of the issues that confront the global mining industry now and into the future.

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A November 24, 2011 $10 million gift to Laurentian’s Engineering School from Stan Bharti, (centre holding cheque) chairman and CEO of Forbes & Manhattan, Inc. confirms Sudbury’s status as Canada’s pre-eminent centre for mining education, reseach and production.

Largest gift in Laurentian’s 51 year history

SUDBURY (November 24, 2011) – Stan Bharti, chairman and CEO of Forbes & Manhattan, Inc. and dozens of other companies, announced today a $10 million gift to Laurentian University’s School of Engineering, as part of the “Sudbury Families” initiative, bringing the total raised for The Next 50 Campaign to $48.6 million. In recognition of this significant investment, Laurentian University President Dominic Giroux announced that the university will rename the school in the Bharti family’s honour.

“We have very fond memories of the many years during which we lived and raised our family in Sudbury, and wanted to give back to the community”, explained Stan Bharti. “Our family is very proud of the momentum at Laurentian University. We wanted to be part of it and encourage other
families with an affinity for Northern Ontario or the mining sector to support The Next 50 Campaign.”

The Bharti family’s gift will be invested in an endowment to the exclusive use of the Bharti School of Engineering. “The endowment fund will be used to enhance the student experience by ensuring that we attract top faculty and provide our students with first class opportunities to learn both inside and
outside the classroom.”, said Dr. Ramesh Subramanian, director of the Bharti School of Engineering. “Moreover, the endowment will ensure that we can attract the best and brightest students through scholarships and promote our programs nationally.”

(L to R) Perry Dellelce, Managing Partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP; Dominic Giroux, Laurentian University President; Stan Bharti, Chairman and CEO of Forbes & Manhattan, Inc.; Marianne Matichuk, City of Greater Sudbury Mayor; Dr. Ramesh Subramanian, Director of the Bharti School of Engineering; Tracy MacLeod, Director of Development and Campaign Director, Laurentian University; Michael Atkins, Member of Laurentian Board of Governors and President Laurentian Media

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Executive Terry MacGibbon of OMA member Quadra FNX to lead major university fundraising drive

(L to R) Terry MacGibbon, Chairman of Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. and Chair of Laurentian University’s Next 50 Campaign; Nawojka Wachowiak, Vice President, Investor Relations Quadra FNX Mining Ltd; Paul M. Blythe, President and CEO Quadra FNX Mining Ltd.; Tracy MacLeod, Laurentian University Campaign Director Development Office; Dominic Giroux, Laurentian University President and Vice-Chancellor

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Terry MacGibbon, Chairman of Ontario Mining Association member Quadra FNX, has taken on the volunteer role as chairman of Laurentian University’s Next 50 campaign.  This fundraising effort, to date, has reached $39 million of its goal of $50 million.

“I am honoured to accept this important position and to be a part of the development of a university that I believe is on the cusp of greatness,” said Mr. MacGibbon.  “Laurentian’s bold plans for the future speak to its desire to set the pace for educational excellence in Canada and projects like the newly announced Laurentian School of Mines and the Laurentian School of Architecture will surely attract some of the country’s brightest, most ambitious young minds.”

Also a donation of $1 million made by Quadra FNX to Laurentian University is being designated to the Laurentian School of Mines.  “Quadra FNX is excited to invest in an institution that is set in one of the world’s great mining camps and that will play a vital role in developing the qualified professionals needed to sustain and grow our industry,” said Paul Blythe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quadra FNX.  “Laurentian’s School of Mines will undoubtedly become one of Canada’s premier centres for mining education.”

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