May 25, 2017 – Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada
More than $37 million announced for 37 applied research projects between colleges and companies
(GREATER SUDBURY) The federal government is investing $2,145,644 in mining initiatives at Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology for its Mine Environmental Stewardship Initiative.
The announcement, made by Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, reinforces Greater Sudbury’s position as one of the largest integrated mining and mineral processing centres in the world. Cambrian’s Mine Environmental Stewardship Initiative will help address projects dealing with prevention and remediation in view of the mining industry impact on multiple environmental subjects as well as occupational health.
The Government of Canada recognizes that colleges play a valuable role in research and innovation in Canada. Strong ties with their communities place colleges in a unique position to collaborate with local companies to develop innovations that strengthen economic growth and create new quality jobs that help support a vibrant middle class. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to investing in partnerships between colleges and industry to help spur innovation and the development of new
technologies that benefit all Canadians.
As Northern Ontario’s largest community college with more than 4,400 students and over 70 programs, highlighted by Cambrian’s Schools of Skills Training (31 programs), of Engineering Technology (5 programs), and of Environmental Studies (3 programs), Cambrian College has a direct impact on the mineral processing
landscape. This investment in Cambrian is part of a $37.4 million investment in 37 projects through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program.
The CCI Program supports applied research and collaborations that lead to commercialization and technology transfer while facilitating the development of new technologies and innovative collaboration in communities across the country. By supporting these collaborations, the government is advancing its commitment to build an innovative economy, support a healthier environment and grow Canada’s middle class.
“Our government supports investments that are helping to build an innovative economy, and will create quality jobs to support a vibrant middle class. Fostering strong partnerships between Canada’s colleges and industry partners leads to new, innovative ideas and transforms the results of R&D into new products that
will benefit all Canadians.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
“Greater Sudbury has earned a reputation as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of hard-rock research expertise & innovation, and Cambrian College’s Mine Environmental Stewardship Initiative is a shining example of how our community leads the way when it comes to innovation and the mining sector. I am very pleased that the Government of Canada has recognized Cambrian College’s commitment to environmental stewardship and made a significant investment into the College’s Mine Environmental Stewardship Initiative, further
establishing Canada as a global leader in discovering new and innovative ways to of ensuring that mining projects are as efficient, safe, and above all, environmentally-friendly as possible.“
– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“Greater Sudbury has produced multiple integrated mineral processing facilities making it a region with the highest concentration of mining and mining associated activity in North America. Cambrian College’s work and this investment solidifies Sudbury’s place as a global mining leader.”
– Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury
“Cambrian College welcomes this significant investment by NSERC’s College and Community Innovation program, which will enhance research capacity, innovation, and productivity in our region. As one of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, Cambrian is a key player in applied research that supports innovation
and collaboration with small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s). This new funding will increase access to research and development opportunities for SME’s who will be collaborating with our faculty experts and student researchers to develop practical solutions to mining industry challenges.”
– Bill Best, President, Cambrian College
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Marc Serré MP Nickel Belt
Paul Lefebvre MP Sudbury