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Laurentian University Researchers Receive Global Recognition for Mining Workforce Study

Analysis of mining careers nets WACE Award

Researchers from Laurentian University have received international recognition for their analysis of careers in the mining industry. This month, the team won “Best Refereed Paper” during the WACE World Conference in the US.

The award recognizes a team effort that spanned departments and even continents. The recipients include Nicole Tardif, Program Coordinator at the Goodman School of Mines; Dr. Patricia Orozco Quijano, Master Lecturer in the Faculty of Management; and Dr. Sue Bandaranaike of James Cook University in Townsville, Australia.

Their paper, called “Preparing for the Future Global Workforce in the Mining Industry: A Career Pathways Mapping Project”, will help researchers develop effective ways to plan the career paths of mining professionals in geology, engineering, and environmental science.

Laurentian University students will also directly benefit from the research, as they will have the opportunity to participate in courses, workshops and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) organised at the school which address the skill shortages to meet the needs of the mining industry.


“This recognition clearly exemplifies the successes that can be accomplished when collaborations happen between industry and academia to address today’s global issues.” -- Dr. Patricia Orozco, Teaching Fellow Experiential Learning at Laurentian University


The WACE (World Council and Assembly on Cooperative Education) World Conference is a gathering of the world’s leading higher education, industry, and government professionals who come together bi-annually to present their research findings, learn from each other’s successes, and collaborate. 

For more information about this research and the Career Path Mapping program, and/or Work Integrated Learning contact: 

Dr. Patricia Orozco
Teaching Fellow Experiential Learning 
Laurentian University
7059751151 ext 2132

Nicole Tardif
Program Coordinator, Goodman School of Mines
Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON
705-675-1151 x7234