Back to Top

This Week in Research – Pan-Northern Mining Research Alliance

This Week in Research – Pan-Northern Mining Research Alliance

 
The Canadian Federal Budget 2017 committed to continued sustainable development of the mining sector through a variety of different initiatives and funding opportunities. Canada’s mining industry and allied research community, world leaders in sustainability standards and practices, support the Government of Canada’s priorities of a clean growth economy.
 
Northern Ontario’s post-secondary institutions are well positioned to address these priorities through their collective research strengths in the area of Mining. On July 10th, 2017, Laurentian University hosted a half-day meeting to develop a framework for a Pan-Northern Mining Research Alliance that will champion and purposefully align with both government and industry priorities.  Meeting participants included 21 Northern Ontario leaders from 5 universities and 4 colleges, 4 funding agencies, and Northern government agencies and science partners.
 
The purpose of the meeting was to identify ways in which each institution could benefit from collaboration in the field of Mining.
The goals of the meeting were to:
1. Create a research collaboration network among universities, colleges, industry, and government in Northern Ontario ; 
2. Position Northern Ontario a leader in global mining and exploration activities; 
3. Work collectively to access and create pan-northern mining-related funding opportunities from government, industry and private donors 
4. Build strategic partnerships between academia, government, and industry to assist in the development of research ideas and the implementation of research plans 
5. Identify and highlight research program affinities, shared visions, and geographic proximity, R&D and commercialization solutions among Northern post-secondary institutions.
6. To underscore the ways in which mining-related research and innovation are critical to the success of mining and allied northern development activities
Meeting participants brainstormed the following two questions on the afternoon of July 10th: 
 
1. What are the priority areas for the proposed Mining Research Alliance? 
2. What is the structure of the proposed Mining Research Alliance? 
 
The results of the brainstorming session were grouped into eight main areas which include 1) Partnerships and Shared Resources, 2) Diversity and Leadership 3) Health, 4) Partnership Collaboration, 5) First Nations 6) Planning 7) Climate Change and Environment and 8) Technology.  
The strategic framework for the development of a cohesive alliance will be developed over the summer with a Mission and Vision statement to support the collaborative model of the Alliance.  It is anticipated an industry/academic meeting will be held in the fall to identify key focus areas. 
 
Above all, the potential impact the Alliance will have on Mining Research is significant.  All meeting participants were very enthusiastic about continued discussions and collaboration.  Short-term goals include identifying leads from each institution for a management team as well as examining how the Alliance can support industry’s bid for a consortium, comprised of national and regional research centres, mining companies and established Canadian MSS organizations from across Canada.  This initiative is responding to the call for proposals by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) for the formation of a Clean Resources Innovation Supercluster. 
For questions about the Pan-Northern Mining Research Alliance, contact Gillian Schultze, Strategic Research Planning Manager, 705-675-1151 x. 3680.